‘A wicked son may be born, but not a wicked mother.’
’ कुपुत्रो जायेत, क्वचित् कुमाता न भवति’।
kuputro jāyeta kvacit kumātā na bhavati|
There is nothing greater and more sacred than the mother.
सन्न्यस्ताखिलकर्मापि पितुर्वन्द्यो हि मस्करी।
सर्ववन्द्येन यतिना प्रसूर्वन्द्या प्रयत्नतः।।
sannyastākhilakarmāpi piturvandyo hi maskarī|
sarvavandyena yatinā prasūrvandyā prayatnataḥ||
‘The father of a sanyaasin can prostrate before his son. But the ascetic who is revered or worshipped by all should bow before his mother.’
But do the elevated souls like Adi Sankara need to do their karma?
यत् यत् आचरति श्रेष्ठः तत् तदेव इतरो जनः ।
सः यत् प्रमाणं कुरुते लोकस्तदनुवर्तते।।
yat yat ācarati śreṣṭhaḥ tat tadeva itare janaḥ|
saḥ yat pramāṇaṁ kurute lokastadanuvartate||
‘Whatever is done by the elevated souls or the great men is followed by the common people. Hence, they perform the duties till their body leaves this world in order to show a path for others, though they are not bound by it’.