|| shrI sha.nkarAchArya aShTottara-shata-nAma-stotram.h ||
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Tue May 12 14:19:34 CDT 1998
> ?doubt? what does the name brahmarAkShasapoShakaH mean?
> Is it correct? Or it should be something else?
> Thanks for your help.
The nourisher of the Brahmarakshasa? Perhaps this refers to a story in
the Digvijayas that Gaudapadacharya had learned Vyakarana from Patanjali
but was cursed by him to beome a Brahmarakshasa. The Brahmarakshasa would
trap a Brahman every day and ask him a question on grammar. If the
hapless scholar failed to answer he was eaten. This continued until one
day a certain Chandra Sharma answered the question freeing Gaudapadacharya
from the curse. This Chandra Sharma went on to be Govindacharya and the
guru of Shankaracharya.
The only problem I see with this explanation is it would make
Govindacharya the Poshaka not Shankaracharya but I don't have a better
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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