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Sri Sankara Vijayam - 39
« on: August 06, 2009, 12:39:29 PM »
Sankara continued his teachings of Upanishadic purport to his
four disciples, in Shrungagiri.  One day, he found Sureswara had
been shining more brilliantly than others.  Sureswara had the
knowledge of Vedas (karma kanda) and had also been a householder.  He told Sankara:  Master, I have no desires left
in my life.  If I have to do anything, please tell me.  Sankara
then told him:  Please write Vartikam, (further elucidation)
for my Brahmasutra Bhashyam.  Sureswara agreed. 

Padmapada, who had the habit of doubting any one's capability,
(due to his pride and prejudice), told Sankara:  Master!  Sureswara
is an exponent in karma kanda of Vedas. If he writes a Vartikam,
he would bring in karma kanda aspects in the Brahma Sutram which
would water down your Bhashyam.  Sankara knew Padmapda's
mind.  He smiled and asked: Are you concluding like that?  Padmapada:  Yes, master.  He then called Sureswara and told him:
You don't write Vartikam.  Let this be postponed.  Do something
of your own.

Sureswara agreed readily and wrote the famous Naishkarmya Siddhi, the state of no-action.  This is the most appreciated work and
considered equavalent to any of Sankara's own works.  (I have
written about Naishkarmya Siddhi almost nine or ten months back.)  Sankara then told Padmapada to write Vartikam on Brahma Sutra
Bhashyam.  Padmapada wrote Vartikam for the first four lines or
sutras only.  This is called Brahma Dandigam.  Sankara found it
more pedantic which is not a characteristic of a Vartikam.  Padmapada became silent and did not proceed with it.

Padmapada then asked Sankara's permission to go to Rameswaram and also Sri Rangam, his birth place.  Sankara told Padmapada:
You have got bad time now.  Please stay back with me.  Padmapada did not agree.  He proceeded to south.

Guru's words of advice should be totally adhrered to, if one wants to ward off prarabdha miseries.  Bhagavan Ramana once told one of His devotees, (who had heard about his bad time, from a astrologer of his village) to stay within Asramam for six months.  And this devotee agreed and stayed put inside the Asramam, and escaped the wrath
of prarabdha.

Arunachala Siva.