Chapter 100 Krishna and Indra Tested Hermit for His Gyan on Humanity
After the fight, Krishna bid the Pandavas farewell and departed towards Dwaraka. He ran upon Utanga, an old brahmana acquaintance, while travelling. When Krishna came to a stop, he greeted the brahmana while getting out of his chariot.
Utanga acknowledged the welcome and started asking the customary questions about the wellbeing of family members. “Madhava, do your cousins the Kauravas and the Pandavas have a sibling-like fondness for one another? Are they happy and thriving? “He queried.
The historical struggle that had been fought was unknown to the naive hermit.
The question from his brahmana acquaintance shocked Krishna. He hesitated for a moment, unsure of how to respond. Then he casually revealed what had occurred. “The Pandavas and the Kauravas engaged in a horrific struggle, and I exerted much effort and used all available ways to end the conflict and bring about peace. But they remained unresponsive. On the battlefield, almost all of them had died. Who is able to resist fate’s will?” Then he explained everything that had occurred.
Utanga was really angry when he heard the story. He addressed Madhava while his eyes were blazing with rage: “Vasudeva, did you watch all of this happen while you were present and just stood by? You have, in fact, done your task poorly. Without a doubt, you have misled them and practised deception. Get ready to get my curse immediately!”
Vasudeva replied with a smile: “A state of calm, Keep your cool. Do not let your wrath consume the rewards of your severe penances. After you have listened to what I have to say, you are welcome to use a swear word.”
The viswarupa, Krishna’s all-encompassing form, appeared to the enraged brahmana and calmed him down.
“I occasionally give birth to other bodies in an effort to establish the good and preserve the planet. I must behave in accordance with the nature of the body into which I am born. I behave as a Deva does when I am born as a Deva. When I take on the persona of a yaksha or rakshasa, I act in exactly the same way. Whether I am born a human or a beast, I carry out my mission in a way that is appropriate for that birth. I pleaded fervently with the illiterate-like Kauravas. They ignored my advise because they were conceited and drunk on power. To frighten them, I attempted. I also failed there. I was furious and displayed even my Viswarupa to them. Even that made no difference. They continued to act improperly. They engaged in combat and lost. You have no right to be furious with me, greatest of the brahmanas.”
After hearing this account of Krishna, Utanga regained his composure. Krishna was joyful.
“I want to grant you a blessing. What do you want?” Krishna asked.
“Is it not enough that I have seen Thee and Thy Universal Form, Achchyuta?” said Utanga. “I don’t want any more blessings.” However, Krishna persisted, prompting the humble brahmana to say: “So, if you must grant me a wish, please allow me always be able to find water to drink. Give that to me, please.”
“Is that it? then take it,” The boon was granted.
When Utanga was desperate for water one day and couldn’t locate any in the desert, he remembered back to the blessing he had received.
As soon as he accomplished this, a filthy-rag-clad Nishada materialised in front of him. He wore a water-skin slung to his shoulder and was holding five hunting dogs on a leash.
The Nishada smiled and addressed Utanga, “You appear to be parched. I’ve got some water for you.” he gave the brahmana a bamboo spout of his water-skin to sip from.
Utanga remarked with distaste, “Friend, I do not need that, thank you,” as he got to know the man, his dogs, and his skin made of water. When he said that, Krishna came to mind, and he was chastised in his mind: “Indeed, was this all the gift you offered me?”
Utanga was repeatedly pressured to drink by the Nishada, but this just made him angrier and he refused to do so. The hunter vanished along with his hounds.
When Utanga noticed the mysterious departure of the Nishada, he thought: “It was who? He could not have been the genuine article. It was undoubtedly a test, and I failed badly. I lost my philosophical compass. I showed myself to be a conceited idiot when I turned down the water that the Nishada provided.”
Utanga was suffering greatly. A little while later, Madhava himself showed in carrying a conch and a discus. Utanga cried, “O Purushottama! You put me through a tough struggle. Was it fair of you to put me through this? Given me a brahmana, a stranger offering dirty water to drink. This sort was it?” enquired Utanga but in a sour tone.
Smiled Janardana. “O Utanga, I requested Indra to bring amrita to you and deliver it to you as water when you used my boon for your benefit. He claimed that while he was prepared to do anything, he could not provide an immortal the gift that would grant him immortality. However, I persuaded him, and he consented to take amrita and offer it to you as water, on the condition that I let him do it as a Chandala and tested your comprehension and discovered that you were willing to receive water from a Chandala. I agreed to the test because I thought you had gained jnana and were above the world. But you forced me to experience Indra’s loss as a result of what you did.”
Utanga regretted his error and felt humiliated.
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