|Sankara is one
of the greatest religious teachers of our country, and of the world.
He taught us some great truths about God.
He was born about twelve hundred years ago in Kalati, a
village in Kerala. His father was Sivaguru and his mother Aryamba. But he lost his
father when he was a child. His relatives gave him the sacred thread in his fifth year or
so. Sankara learnt all the Vedas and sastras from teachers before he was seven years old.
One day he and his mother went for a bath in the river
Purna near his village.
While he was bathing, a crocodile in the river, caught hold
of Sankaras leg. He shouted for help. No one came to helphim. His mother heard him,
and started crying.