G is for Gautamswami
Gautamswami was Lord Mahavir's*
Gautamswami was the most well-known Brahmin
during the time of Lord Mahavira. He was also very arrogant. He thought
that no one was smarter than him. He thought he knew everything. One day, he
saw some angels coming into the town. He told everyone, "See how great I am.
Even heavenly angels come to see me." But the angels didnot come to him.
Gautam was surprised and asked someone where they went. The town's people said
that the angels went to pay their respect to Lord Mahavira, who had come to
When Gautam came to Lord Mahavira and saw
his nice personality, Gautam felt something different that he never felt
before. Then, Lord Mahavira told him what was going through his mind. Gautam
couldn't take anymore. He knew that Mahavira was more powerful than he was. He
lost his ego. Gautam bowed down to him and became his first student.
We owe a lot to Gautamswami. Even though he
knew almost all the answers to all the questions in the world, he still asked
Lord Mahavira questions so that other people could learn about them. They are
a part of our Agams Sootras, the original books. If people like Gautamswami
can give up their ego, so can we.
* look under M