Part 5 – Chapter 2 – Srī Siddhendra Yogi – Sripada Srivallabha Charitramrutam

Part 5 - Chapter 2 - Srī Siddhendra Yogi - Sripada Srivallabha Charitramrutam
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Contd: Chapter 2 – Srī Siddhendra Yogi and the Story of Vichitrapuram

The discussion between Shankar Bhatt and Maharaja

I was taken before the king. I was perspiring profusely. I thought about the rigorous tests Srīpāda Srīvallabha imposed upon me. I was mentally chanting the name of Srīpāda without any pause. I was getting courage that I never possessed before. The king posed the same question that he asked all the people. He asked me, “If that-much becomes this-much, how much this-much becomes?” I replied solemnly, “This-much only for this-much.” The king was taken aback and said, “Mahātmā, you are great. I am blessed to see you. Only recently I had recollection of the knowledge about my past lives. I was a very poor Brahmin in my previous birth. I was growing thotakura in my house. I was offering it freely to all those who asked for it. The Brahmins who received it from me were all wealthy and did not suffer from want of food and water. They simply took the vegetable gratis from me, but they did not cooperate with me on any day. They did not show any mercy on me. Whenever they were deputing me on their behalf for annual ceremonies of ancestors or for marriages, the householders used to give me large amounts of money and presents. Out of this, the people who were deputing me were snatching 99 percent and releasing one percent for me. The labour was mine and the reward was theirs. In addition, they were getting a free supply of thotakura from my house. I was suffering from acute poverty, but I continued to donate thotakura as usual. Those Brahmins were saying that the vegetable was very tasty and that no harm would happen by eating it daily.

“The circle of time rotated swiftly. As I was donating thotakura in spite of my abject poverty, I am born as a king in this birth. Those Brahmins who received that green vegetable from me took birth as Brahmins in my kingdom. In this way I was born many times richer and greater than them. By donating thotakura, I became a king. So, I am donating greater quantities of that vegetable in cart loads. So, I am asking everyone what would be the magnificent state I would achieve in the future as a result of my present donations. Only you gave the correct answer to my peculiar question.” The king concluded his speech. Then I explained, “Rajā, thotakura was very valuable under the circumstances of your previous life, but considering your present exalted position, its value is negligible. Being in a position to donate diamonds, precious stones and gold, you are still donating thotakura. So, however much you donate of that green leafy vegetable, you cannot get anything more except one hundred times of that thotakura.” The king was very pleased with my reply. It gave great relief to my mind that for a casual reply of mine the king gave an account of his previous life. I felt that thanks to the great grace of Srīpāda the dishonour of riding a donkey was avoided. I had already mounted a donkey for misinterpreting the sacred verse ‘Suklāmbaradharam Vishnum’ for fun in my childhood. I offered salutations in my mind to Srīpāda who saved me from riding a donkey in a disgraceful condition.

Then started the second test. The test was held in the sign language for the mute, which was very dear to the king. The raja-guru[1] began to examine me. Showing his fingers, the raja-guru questioned me with signs whether it was one or two. I thought that he was asking me whether I came alone or I was accompanied by anyone. I replied with signs showing one finger that I came singly. Then he showed me three fingers. That suggested to me about Lord Dattatreya. I assumed that he was inquiring whether I was a devotee of Datta. I felt that devotion should be kept as a secret. So, I showed a closed fist and conveyed the message that it was a secret matter, which belongs to the innermost heart. For that, the raja-guru offered sweets requesting me with gestures to accept. I refused to accept and I showed a pack of flattened rice. I took some flattened rice from the bundle and gave it to them. My idea was that I like flattened rice more than sweets and that they could also partake them.

Then the raja-guru in a profound voice praised, “Rajā, he is a great pandit. It is already known that he is a great Vedic scholar who mastered all Vedas. He is also a great expert in the sign language for the deaf.” All of this was perplexing to me. Then raja-guru told the king, “Rajā, I asked him whether Shiva and Keshava[2] are one or if they are different. Showing one finger he said that both are one. I showed him three fingers indicating that Trinity Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara exist differently. He replied by showing his closed fist and questioned, ‘Are not the five fingers of the hand existing collectively as one?’ I offered him sweets requesting him to accept me as his disciple. Thereupon he indicated that he is not bothered with disciples and that he leads a contented life like Kuchela[3]. Saying so, he turned down my request and gave me parched and flattened rice.” I was astonished. Oh! I wondered how vastly varied the methods of understanding minds and thoughts in the world are. Then came the third and final examination. Raja-guru was reading the mantras from Rudra Chamaka[4] and wanted me to explain their meaning. Remembering Srīvallabha, I began to expatiate their meaning according to my perfunctory knowledge.

  • “Ekachame means number 1. Trisrachame means number 3 added to the previous 1, it is 4 and its mathematical root is 2.
  • Panchachame is the addition of 5 to the previously arrived 4 that gives 9 and its mathematical root is 3.
  • Saptachame signifies the addition of 7 to the already arrived number The total is 16 and the root of it is 4.
  • Navachame means adding 9 to the already derived number 16. The total works out to 25 and the root is 5.
  • Ekadasachame involves the addition of 11 to the number 25 already worked out. The total is 36 and its root is 6.
  • Trayodasachame is the addition of 13 to the previous 36. The total comes to 49 and its mathematical root is 7.
  • Panchadasachame means the addition of 15 to the number 49. The total is 64 and its root is 8.
  • Saptadasachame is 17 + 64 = 81 and the mathematical root is 9.

The other factors are as following:

  • Navadasachame – 19 + 81 = 100 its root is 10
  • Ekavingsatischame – 21 + 100 = 121 its root is 11
  • Trayvingsatischame – 23 + 121 = 144 its root is 12
  • Panchavingsatischame – 25 + 144 = 169 its root is 13
  • Saptavingsatischame – 27 + 169 = 196 its root is 14
  • Navavingsatischame – 29 + 196 = 225 its root is 15
  • Ekatriyamsatischame – 31 + 225 = 256 its root is 16”

The above details are shown in the following way for better understanding

  • Ekachame 01 + 000 = 001 its root is 01
  • Trisrachame 03 + 001 = 004 its root is 02
  • Panchachame 05 + 004 = 009 its root is 03
  • Saptachame 07 + 009 = 016 its root is 04
  • Navachame 09 + 016 = 025 its root is 05
  • Ekadasachame 11 + 025 = 036 its root is 06
  • Trayodasachame 13 + 036 = 049 its root is 07
  • Panchadasachame 15 + 049 = 064 its root is 08
  • Saptadasachame 17 + 064 = 081 its root is 09
  • Navadasachame 19 + 081 = 100 its root is 10
  • Ekavingsatischame 21 + 100 = 121 its root is 11
  • Trayovingsatischame 23 + 121 = 144 its root is 12
  • Panchavingsatischame 25 + 144 = 169 its root is 13
  • Saptavingsatischame 27 + 169 = 196 its root is 14
  • Navavingsatischame 29 + 196 = 225 its root is 15
  • Ekatriyamsatischame 31 + 225 = 256 its root is 16

I explained in the foregoing manner the mathematical mysteries enshrined in the Vedic mantras of Rudra Chamaka[5]. My explanation was highly appreciated by the scholars of the court. I was amazed at my own explanation. Again, I added, “All this is about the mystery of atoms responsible for Creation. This was known to Sage Kānāda. Various metals form according to the different arrangement of the number of atoms.” On account of the great mercy of Srīpāda Srīvallabha I came out of the Vichitrapuram in
a strange way in the above manners.

Victory unto Srī Srīpāda Srīvallabha!

Word References

[1] The guru of the king
[2] Name for Vishnu
[3] A friend of Krishna from childhood who lived very contented; the meaning of the word is ‘one who is hardly closed’
[4] Verses from ‘Rudrādhya’ invoking the blessing of Rudra for grant of various desires
[5] Modern concepts of arithmetical progression, geometric progression and other scientific formulae are to be found in the Vedic texts

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