Shishu Sansaar | Stories-Religious
|6-Guru Bhakt Sanandan|
Once while Aachaarya Shree Shankar Bhagavatpaad was in Kaashee, he saw one of his prime disciples Sanandan standing on the other bank of the Gangaa River. Sanandan was drying Aachaarya's clothes. At that moment, Aachaarya decided to reveal Sanandan's Guru Bhakti to the world. So, after his bath in the river, and with his wet clothes on, the Aachaarya asked Sanandan who was drying his clothes on the other bank, to bring those dry clothes to him.
Sanandan had to fulfill his Guru's wish immediately since he had intense devotion (Bhakti) towards his Guru. He could not bear to see Aachaarya with wet clothes on. When ardent love or devotion springs up in one's heart, the mind loses its rationality. So, Sanandan could not wait to find a boat to cross the River. While he was oblivious of the deep, vast Gangaa flowing before him in all her splendor, how could he even think of a boat? His mind was totally engrossed in the thought that Aachaarya was standing with wet clothes at a calling distance and had asked him to bring the dry clothes over to him.
So, he started walking over the flowing Gangaa, just as he would walk over plain dry land. He did not think twice that he might get drowned. He did not swim either since by swimming his Aachaarya's clothes would get wet and the purpose of his Aachaarya's call for dry clothes would be defeated.
When such an act of ardent devotion is witnessed, won't the Lord (in the form of his Aachaarya) Himself acknowledge it and show everyone its greatness? Sure. So, a miracle happened. As Sanandan walked over the Gangaa, big lotuses also started springing up before him supporting his every step. Keeping his feet on these lotuses, Sanandan was walking over the river, but he was so engrossed in Aachaarya's thoughts that he was not aware of the lotuses that supported his feet. Just as one who walks over fire as part of a ritual Thee Midhi does not feel the heat, Sanandan also did not feel the cool soft flowers beneath his feet. While everybody was witnessing this rare show of intense devotion and was awestruck by the miracle, Sanandan reached the other side of the bank and handed over the dry clothes to his Guru.
The Aachaarya asked Sanandan, teasingly "How did you cross the Gangaa, she is so deep and vast?" Even then Sanandan did not turn back to look at the river or the lotuses that had sprung up ahead of him beneath his feet. He felt strongly that it was Aachaarya who had ordered him to do so and he had to obey him. That being the case, how can his order remain without being fulfilled? It was his blessing that had brought him to this place.
So he said, "Guru Jee, The very thought of you reduces the deep ocean of Sansaar to shallow knee-deep waters, so there is nothing to wonder about how I crossed the Gangaa when you had ordered me to do so." After this, the Aachaarya himself showed him, the lotuses that had sprung up in order to support his feet and thus named him "Padmapaad". Though in one state, the Aachaarya himself is the Lord, he is also thought of to be the lotus feet of the Lord (Bhagavatpaad). It is indeed apt that such a Guru had a disciple named "Padmapaad".
Created by Sushma Gupta on January 15, 2002
Modified on 05/06/13