Tuesday, October 06, 2009


Giri was a humble and devoted disciple of Sankaracharya. One day he was  washing the sage's clothes when the scriptural class began. The other students made fun of him in front of the Acharya.

Sankara felt compassionate towards Giri and wanted to teach a lesson to the proud students. Even as Giri was washing the clothes, the knowledge of all the scriptures spontaneously flashed on his mind due to the special transmission of Grace by his Guru. He came running to the class reciting beautiful Sanskrit verses composed extemporaneously in the difficult totaka metre. The other students were humbled. Giri was later given the name Totakacharya.

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