A pious Brahmin couple lived in Atreyapuram, a village in Godavari District in Andhra Pradesh. After many prayers, the couple was blessed with a son. The child, the apple of their eye was christened Vyaghreshwar Sharma after their family deity.
(Vyaghreshwara is one of the names, rather forms of Lord Siva.If you want full information open the link and learn more:
When Vyaghreshwar was 5 years old Aksharabhyasam’ – ceremony of initiation to learning, was performed with full grandeur. He was left under the tutelage of an able Guru. But alas! The poor boy could neither grasp nor recollect anything. Other than uttering his name he could not answer any question. The strenuous attempts of his father to impart knowledge turned futile. Obviously he was ridiculed and shunned by his peers. Whenever the father and son went out together, people mocked at them, “Look! Father is an erudite scholar and ironically the son is just an antithesis to him. The old adage “pandita putraha parama shunthaha” (son of a scholar turns a nescient) applies very apt to them.” The father felt humiliated and started nagging the child and the mother showed total indifference towards the boy. The poor kid used to sob bitterly for being left and ignored by one and all.
One night Vyaghreswar dreamt a divine form approaching and taking him into his hands with such warmth and affection that he hugged him tight appealing amidst sobs never to desert him, not even for a single moment. As if showering the affection of millions of mothers, the Lord without loosening his grip gently patted the boy and consoled him, “Do not bemoan, my son. I am Sripada Srivallabha. I will always be there for you, forever. Proceed to Badarika forest near the Himalayas, and your life will get elevated.” With these words the Lord disappeared. The boy at once woke up and looked around. He could still feel the warmth and the motherly touch of the Divine. Silently he sneaked out of the house and in the darkness of the night proceeded towards Badarika.
On his way he met a congregation of monks who not only led him to the Himalayas but also fulfilled his needs from time to time with loving concern. On reaching Badarika, Vyaghreshwar took a holy dip in Urvashi Kund, a sacred lake. Just then a sage who appeared as the personification of compassion arrived there with an entourage of his disciples. Gazing into his blissful eyes, the boy fell upon his lotus feet and implored the Sage to accept him as his disciple. The Sage gave his consent and stated that, but for the gracious mercy of Lord Sripada, Vyaghreshwar would not have stepped into that holy place sanctified by the penance of Nar and Narayana.
(Nar and Narayan are incarnations of Vishnu. They are brothers. They are the sons of Dharm and his wife Murti. It is said that they are still living like hermits in a holy place called Badrinath, also called Badrikashram.
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The sage informed that Lord Dattatreya had descended in human form as Shripada Shrivallavha in Pithikapuram. He taught the significance of meditation, Kriya yoga and other related spiritual practices to Vyaghreshwar Sharma and the other disciples. After sometime the Guru announced that he would be leaving for Dronagiri near the Himalayas, to serve and spend some time with Mahavatara Babaji, his reverend Guru and would return only after one year. He asked his disciples to sincerely practice the lessons he taught, sitting in their respective allotted caves.
Vyaghreshwar Sharma, the poor soul could not understand anything explained by his teacher except that one has to concentrate upon the inner soul to attain self-realization. Sitting in his cave he started pondering, ‘as my name suggests, my soul must be of a tiger. Its hide is used as the seat by the sages and Yogis and is worn by Lord Siva, how great a tiger must be! So obeying the command of our guru I must meditate upon the tiger. Then only I will become a self-realized man.’ He started meditating upon the form of a tiger with a soul-yearning desire to follow the injunctions of his guru. (click here for page…2)