Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam First Acharyal : Sri Sarvajnatmanendra Saraswati (407 - 364 B.C.)

After having conquered the leaders of many heretic sects prevalent in many parts of India, Sri Sankara Bhagavatpada reached Kanchi, the southern Mokashapuri to spend the evening years of His life in that holy city. One of the famous incidents of Sri Sankara’s stay at Kanchi in his Sarvajna Peethahoranam or ascending the seat of Omniscience. On knowing about this, scholars from various parts of the Tamil regions gathered at Kanchi to witness the grand event. Among those, a band of scholars from Brahmadesam and its neighbourhood had a debate with Acharya on Deva bedha, Moorthybedha, etc.

 

By his clear exposition of Advaita doctirne, the Acharya silenced their arguments. After the successful ascending of the Sarvajna Peetha, Sri Sankara was attracted by a boy of 7 summers to be very precious. He sent word for the parents of the boy. They came with their son and bowed before Sri Sankara.

Then the great Acharya expressed His wish to nominate the little boy as his successor to the Kanchi Peetha. The parents greatly rejoiced and agreed to the Acharya’s proposal. There after the Acharya initiated the boy into sanyasa asrama, gave him the deeksha name of Sarvajnatman. The Bala Sanyasi was put under the care of Sri Sureveswaracharya.  Sri Sarvajnatman presided over the Sri Kanchi Sankaracharya Math for a long number of  years. He wrote a lucid summary or rather a further commentary on Sri Sankara’s Sutra Bashya. Sri Satvajnatman’s commentary is known as The Samkshepa Sareeraka. It is also that He is the author of poetical thesis called Sarvajna Vilasa. The Samkshapa Sareeraka of Sri Sarvajnatman contains 1267 verses couched in verses of elegance and easy style.

After an eventful and glorious career Sri Sarvajnatmanendra Saraswati attained mukthi in Kanchi on the 14th day of the dark fortnight (Vaishaka Krishna Caturdasi) of the cyclic year Nala (364 BC)