|Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya|
The Advent of Shankara
|Lord Shiva comes in Shivaguru's dream|
The Early Years
|Shivaguru, Aryamba and child Shankara|
After the passing of Shivaguru, the grief-stricken mother devoted herself to bringing up the little boy. She took him to a Guru, who taught the boy all kinds of scriptural knowledge. By the time he was 16, Shankara had completed study of the 4 Vedas and the 6 systems of philosophy. Normally even 50 years would not have sufficed for such study. Shankara was a prodigy. He could grasp anything at the first mention of the subject. Even the Guru was astonished at the boy’s genius.
One day, the mother and the son were sitting at their door step. At that time, some sages who were passing by, stopped on watching the boy and started conversing among themselves, “This effulgence, this radiance are not the appearance of an ordinary boy. He is the very spark of the Divine”. The second sage while closing his eyes said, “No doubt he is the spark of Shiva, but he won’t live long. Education is of a high standard, but he has a short life time. He has capacity but he will not have adequate time to spread the message.”
The mother asked Shankara to offer his respects to all the saints. Shankara offered his respects but didn't catch hold of any sage’s feet. There are four types of Namaskars, they are:
i. Sashtanga Namaskara – Saa-Ashtanga meaning Namaskaram with eight points in the body.
ii. Panchanga Namaskara – The head, the two legs and the two hands.
iii. Trayanga Namaskara – Bending the heads and joining both the hands.
iv. Ekanga Namaskara – Mere bending of the head.
Shankara didn't do even the Ekanga Namaskara. On seeing this one of the sages said, “The one who is capable of receiving respects from us, how can we expect to receive respects from him?” On listening to these words, the mother was very happy but was also dejected on hearing that he will have a short life.