Trivikrama Pandita was the
brother of Shankara Pandita who looked after the Acharyas library. None in the area
could match his scholarship.
Trivikrama Pandita entered into a vehement debate with the Acharya and showered him
with many questions. The Acharya, calm and smiling, answered every question. Their debate
went on for fifteen days and Trivikrama Pandita, with his doubts cleared and queries
answered, became the Acharyas disciple. The replies the Acharya gave him came as a
great revelation to the whole country:
"There is one God, the embodiment of positive Divinity. He is addressed as
Narayana; he is also called Ishwara, Brahma, Vishnu and by other names. You
can address Him by any name.
"This life is a reflection. The original image is God. We should understand the
original through the reflection. You cannot comprehend Him without realising your soul.
First, understand yourself; then you can understand Him.
"The Vedas are basic truths. One should not become a slave to argumentation to
know those basic principles. There is always the possibility of a debate losing its track.
We should surrender ourselves to the Vedas to realise the Truth.
"Never forget your duty and its related action. Real duty is your helping others
who suffer more than you. This worldly duty is the fee you pay God who is the
Lord of the universe.
"The world is Gods wonderful creation. Try to understand His greatness.
Also, know your own limitations and surrender yourself to Him. This is the only path for
The Acharya wrote the famous Prasthanatraya - commentaries on the Gita,
the ten Upanishads and the Brahmasutras. He wrote the well-known classic
Mahabharata Tatparya Nirnaya, a masterly analysis of the Mahabharata and
the Puranas; Wrishnamrita Mahamava, an anthology of puranic verses. He also
wrote commentaries on the Rigveda and the Bhagavata. He is the author of
Tantrasara Sangraha dealing with iconography and a unique Tithi-
nirnaya. work on mathematics
He wrote many other significant works.
The Acharya was proficient in music too. He has composed many beautiful songs. Dwadasha
Stotra is a distinguished musical creation.
Once after touring Goa, the Acharya was camping at a place called Pashupe. People there
had heard of his knowledge of music and his fine voice. They requested him to sing and he
agreed. That music was enchanting. Listeners could not believe that a male singer had such
a lilting voice.