Maharishi Ashtavakra, a great sage, had a body with eight folds. When he was in his mother’s womb, as a fetus, he would listen to the discourses of his father who was also a rishi, and got directed to his higher consciousness and, thus, steadfastly connected to the Lord. Once his father recited a Salok incorrectly, whilst still in the womb, the fetus corrected his father’s recitation mistake. This infuriated the father and he cursed the unborn child to be Ashtavakra, one with eight body folds, saying you know more, you must be extraordinarily formed, so he was.
Once Ashtavakra Ji walked into Raja Janak’s court. Arrogant people present in the court laughed at the Maharishi. He looked at Janak and said, “I thought you invited souls connected to their higher conciousness but these people are chamars. Cham means skin. Anyone who is called a chamar is a person who is only skin deep, lower consciousness; their spiritual evolution stops. It is not a caste but a state of poor being. Saying so, the Maharishi left the court.
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