GURU’S GRACE BRINGS ETERNAL GLORY
Sankara, the great Acharya, had four chief pupils: Thotaka, Hastamalaka, Sureswara and Padmapada. Of these Padmapada was intent only on service to the Guru; he could not pay attention to the lessons.
The others used to sneer at him for his backwardness in studies. But his deep reverence for the Guru made up for it.
It was getting late; the Guru would need the washed clothes soon; so Padmapada resolved to walk across, over the raging waters. He knew that the blessing of his Guru would rescue him. It did. Wherever his foot was planted, a sturdy lotus bloomed and bore him on its petals. That is why he came to be called, Lotus-footed, Padmapada!
The grace of the Guru enabled him to master all knowledge and shine as a brilliant exponent of the ancient wisdom.
Gurur Brahmaa Gurur Vishnu;
Gurur Devo Maheshvarah
Guruh Saakshaat Para Brahma;
Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah