At that time, in order to overcome criticism of the holy doctrine, Shri Dharmapala himself thought, "I should declare that I have been improper." He left his room and offered his begging bowl, Dharma robes, and other monastic possessions before the holy shrine. He declared, "AME VIRWA!" [I AM WICKED] and naked, departed directly.
Virupa begged some flowers from flower sellers, fashioned them into garlands, and wore them around his head. He begged some leaves and radishes, put some in his mouth, and carried the rest in his hands. He went to bars and houses of prostitution and astonished everyone by his behavior.
The Sangha were summoned by beating gongs and drums. They proceeded to expel him from the monastery and passed a resolution that he would not be allowed to return. The songs of religious experience that Virupa sang at that time should be learned from other texts.
To perform the benefit of Lord Buddha's doctrine, to avert the disrespect of the worldly toward himself, and to show a symbol of his improper actions, when Virupa approached the Ganges River on his journey toward Varanasi, he said, "I am an improper person, so give me a path by which to cross." At that moment the river stopped flowing and the great stream parted, providing a path to cross. Then Virupa sang a song of his religious experience.
Through this the Sangha realized that Virupa had achieved high attainment. They did prostrations to his feet, begged his forgiveness, offered their apologies, and requested him to remain at the university. He accepted their apology but did not accept their request to stay.