SANKARACHARYA AND HIS FOOLFSH DISCIPLE

THE great Sankaracharya had a foolish disciple
who used to imitate his Master in all matters.
Sankara uttered ‘Sivoham’ (I am Siva); the disciple
also repeated “Sivoham‟. To correct his disciple’s
folly, Sankara one day, while passing by a smithy,
took a potful of molten iron and swallowed it; and
he asked that disciple also to do the same. Of
course, the disciple could not imitate this act of his
Master, and thence forward he left oil saying
“Sivoham‟.

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