The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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“Utanka said, ’I must accomplish that, O lord, which thou thinkest should be done.  I desire to have water wherever my wish for it may arise.  Water is scarce in such deserts.’  Withdrawing that energy, the Supreme Lord then said unto Utanka—­Whenever thou wilt require water, think of me!  Having said so, he proceeded towards Dwaraka.  Subsequently, one day, the illustrious Utanka, solicitous of water and exceedingly thirsty, wandered over the desert.  In course of his wanderings he thought of Krishna of unfading glory.  The intelligent Rishi then beheld in that desert a naked hunter (of the Chandala class), all besmeared with dirt, surrounded by a pack of dogs.  Extremely fierce-looking, he carried a sword and was armed with bow and arrows.  That foremost of regenerate ones beheld copious streams of water issuing from the urinary organs of that hunter.  As soon as Utanka had thought of Krishna, that hunter smilingly addressed him, saying,—­’O Utanka, O thou of Bhrigu’s race, do thou accept this water from me.  Beholding thee afflicted by thirst I have felt great compassion for thee.’  Thus addressed by the hunter, the ascetic showed no inclination to accept that water.  The intelligent Utanka even began to censure Krishna of unfading glory.  The hunter, how ever, repeatedly addressed the Rishi, saying,—­’Drink!’ The ascetic refused to drink the water thus offered.  On the other hand, with heart afflicted by hunger and thirst, he even gave way to wrath.  Disregarded by the high-souled Rishi through that conviction, the hunter, O king, with his pack of dogs, disappeared there and then.  Beholding that (wonderful) disappearance, Utanka became filled with shame.  He even thought that Krishna, that slayer of foes, had beguiled him (in the matter of the boon he had granted).  Soon after, the holder of the conch and discus and mace, endued with great intelligence, came to Utanka by the way (along which the hunter had come).  Addressing Krishna, the Brahmana said,—­’O foremost of beings, it was scarcely proper for thee to offer water unto foremost of Brahmanas in the form of a hunter’s urine, O lord.’  Unto Utanka who said these words, Janarddana of great intelligence replied, comforting him with many soft words—­’That form which it was proper to assume for offering thee water, in that form was water offered to thee.  But, also, thou couldst not understand it.  The wielder of the thunder bolt, Purandara, was requested by me for thy sake.  My words to that puissant deity were—­’Do thou give nectar in the form of water unto Utanka.’  The chief of the celestials replied to me saying—­It is not proper that a mortal should become immortal.  Let some other boon be granted to Utanka.’—­O son of Bhrigu’s race, these words were repeatedly addressed to me.  The lord of Sachi, however, was once more requested by me in these words, viz., even nectar should be given to Utanka.’—­The chief of the celestials then, comforting me, said,—­’If, O thou of great intelligence, nectar is to be given

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