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Actually, Yadavaprakasa was very envious of Ramanuja, seeing in him both a purer heart and a greater intellect than his own. One day, therefore, he called all his other students to a secret meeting. There he addressed them, "My  dear children, none of you has ever found fault with my teachings, but this impudent Ramanuja has repeatedly challenged my explanations. He may be an intelligent boy, but all his ideas are based on the false doctrine of  dualism, seeing a difference between the self and God. He is a complete heretic who will cause havoc in society through his teachings. We must find some way to be rid of him."Sir, surely you could just forbid him from coming to  the school," suggested one student."But then our master's worst fears would be realized," responded another, "for he would open his own school and go on propagating his falsehoods all the more. Already he has written a  commentary on the mantra: satyam jnanam anantam brahma, which contradicts everything we have learned from our teacher." This was true, for Ramanuja had effectively refuted Sahkara's explanations; and his writing had been  widely read and appreciated by Vaisnavas in south India, including Yamunacarya at Rahgaksetra.After discussing the matter for some timer they all agreed the only way to stop Ramanuja was to kill him. They then began to  consider how this could be done secretly without anyone discovering their crime. Eventually Yadavaprakasa made a proposal, "Let us all go on pilgrimage to bathe in the Ganges. On the way there are many remote areas, where  we can put an end to this heretic without anyone knowing anything about it. By bathing in the sacred Ganges we will free ourselves from the sin of killing a brdhmana and when we return we will simply say he fell sick and died on  the journey." All the disciples readily accepted their teacher's suggestion and set out to induce Ramanuja to ac¬company them on their journey. Ramanuja was delighted at the idea of bathing in the Ganges and happily accepted  their invitation. Govinda, Ramanuja's cousin, was living with his aunt in Kancipuram at this time, and he also studied at the school of Yadavaprakasa. When Ramanuja announced that he was going on pilgrimage to north India,  Govinda immediately decided to go with his beloved friend and relative