Divinity and Ego

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Value- Truth

Sub Value- Divinity is in all

There once lived a  pious Sage named Uttanga, who was doing penance for the benefit of mankind. By caste, he was a Brahmin and was known to Lord Krishna. He lead a nomadic life free from desire, lust, hatred,  and greed ; he was in different world of his own.

Lord Krishna was very happy with the sage’s penance, the  Lord not only showed him His Virat Swaroop but also wanted to bestow the sage with a boon. Sage Uttanga told Him that he was desire less and he did not want anything, but Lord Krishna insisted for some boon to be granted to him as a reward for his penance.

Krishna with flute

At Lord Krishna’s insistence  the latter asked for a boon that whenever he was in need of water (and since that area was a desert area) & whenever he felt thirsty, water may be provided to him. Lord Krishna granted him the boon & disappeared.

One day, the Sage Uttanga after walking for a long distance in the desert area felt thirsty, but there was no trace of water. Then he remembered that the Lord Krishna had granted him a boon that he would find water. The moment this thought was within his system, he saw a hunter dressed in torn rags accompanied by furious dog, carrying water in a leather pouch and asked him, “Sir, would you like to have some water.” Looking at the apparent condition of the hunter, being a staunch Brahmin, the sage felt repelled. He politely refused “No, Thank you”. The hunter again approached him for the water, but in utter disgust & in anger the sage told the hunter to go way and that he was not interested in the water. The hunter and the dogs disappeared.

Witnessing this, he realized that it must be God, who disguised Himself and came to quench his thirst. He felt hurt and wondered  how Lord Krishna could send water to him through  a person of lower caste. How could He expect a Brahmin to accept and drink water from the leather pouch?

Meantime, Lord Krishna appeared, smiled and asked him, “Do you know who was the hunter? I had asked the Indra Devta to fetch the water, who instead of water, had actually brought nectar to make you immortal, but on one condition to test whether you could see the Divinity in all. Hence I allowed him to do so.”

Sage Uttanga understood how he had failed in the test. It was his Ego, which made him refuse the nectar, which came in the form of water and through Indra Devta.

When sages like Uttanga could fail when tested, what are we? Are we capable and fully equipped to understand the Leela or Maya of God? We, therefore, have to be constantly on guard and develop sharp sense to understand the real meaning of life. He always puts us to test. He always does good for us. There cannot be any negative in His actions, whatever He does, is always good for us.


We are all one. We have all come from one source. When we realise this and start seeing the divinity in all, we will be very happy from within.

Shared by Shivani in Guru Gyanopedia


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