another incident, the Acharya taught his disciples how to face dangers in life. The party
was proceeding to Badari. They were passing through mountains and thick jungles. The
disciples carried the bundles containing their clothes and articles of worship on their
heads. Suddenly a band of dacoits confronted them, wielding axes. The disciples became
frightened. But the Acharya smiled, called one of the disciples, Upendratirtha, and said:
"Why are you standing like this when your fellowmen are facing danger? The hand
that carries the danda should also know how to wield an axe. Go forth."
Upendratirtha was aroused by his gurus call. He charged at the dacoits like a
storm, seized an axe from one of the dacoits and began swinging it with great force.
Shocked by this heroic act of a monk, the dacoits ran away.