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ramana_maharshi

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Sri Sankara And The Butcher
« on: April 18, 2010, 11:31:31 AM »
SANKARACHARYA was a Brahmajnani, to be sure! But at the beginning he too had the feeling of differentiation. He didn't have the absolute faith that everything in the world is Brahman.

One day as he was coming out of the Ganges after his bath,he saw an untouchable, a butcher, carrying a load of meat. Inadvertently the butcher touched his body.

Sankara shouted angrily, "Hey there! How dare you touch me?" "Revered sir", said the butcher, "I have not touched you, nor have you touched me.

The pure Self cannot be the body or the five elements or the twenty four cosmic principles." Then Sankara came to his senses.


Source: Tales and Parables of Sri Ramakrishna

Subramanian.R

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Re: Sri Sankara And The Butcher
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2010, 11:35:00 AM »
This episode (which appears in all Sankara Vijayam biographies)
gave birth to the famous Maneesha Panchakam.  "Five Verses
on my determination." 

I have covered this work, in some posts, based on Brahmasri
Nochur Venkataraman's Sat Sangh.

Arunachala Siva.

ramana_maharshi

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Re: Sri Sankara And The Butcher
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2010, 11:57:50 AM »
Thanks Subramanian garu.

I did not read archives under section "Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members" .

I will read from today.

I think below links are the one you are discussing.

http://www.arunachala-ramana.org/forum/index.php?topic=3684.0
http://www.arunachala-ramana.org/forum/index.php?topic=306.0