This Brahmana, who was descended from Shri Vishvanatha, who was a treasure of Tapas
(austerities), who, when a child, had mastered the fourteen Vidyas without learning, by
virtue of the residue of former births, and who was a disciple of the devotees in the
Matha (monastery) of the god Mahakaladeva, went to Avanti to practise religious
8. This Brahmana passed many days or
rather years in meditating hard, with his eyes closed a little, on his identity with the
supreme imperishable principle, which is the cause of the Gunas in the form of the world,
and which is eternal bliss.