Where Natural Enemies Are Friends (Album with photos)
Indradyumna Swami: The other day we drove many hours through a jungle area to vist Sringeri, the site of the first matha established by Sankaracarya, who propagated Mayavada ( impersonalist ) philosophy in the 8th century. Sringeri is located on the banks of the Tunga river and has an historical temple that is over 1200 years old.
Sankaracarya selected Sringeri as his main center because one day while walking by the Tunga river he saw a cobra with a raised hood providing shelter from the hot sun to a frog about to spawn. Impressed with a place where natural enemies appeared as friends, he decided to establish his mission there.
Despite the fact that our philosophies are diametrically opposed, we were nicely received by the monks who lived at the monastery there.
We also visited a nearby Sanskrit College, where signs posted throughout the school reminded students of the value of transcendental knowledge.