All knowledge does not make one a great devotee

The reclusive Uttang Rishi stayed  in the forests for most of his life  and  had  little contact with the rest of the world. It was during one such long stay away from civilization that the war between the Pandavas and Kauravas ripened to enmity and ended in the calamitous war at Kurukshetra  which  resulted in the decimation of all the Kauravas.


Always in penance the Rishi moved places . Pleased with his sincere devotion , LORD appeared and  said,

My  dear    ….

“I wish to grant you a boon,

O most righteous sage!

What would you ask of me?”


Uttang  Rishi  replied , Oh Lord

  “I need nothing !

The only thing that I, perhaps, may seek is that I may not lack for water wherever I am, since I travel in wild and inaccessible places.”

Lord replied ..“Granted!”


Later , once , Uttang Rishi was traveling  through a desert and was afflicted by  severe thirst and could not find any water to drink.

He remembered the boon   LORD  bestowed to him . He humbly  besought  some water.


Lord  instantly summoned  Indira and instructed  him to take the nectar ( Amrit ) and fullfill the sages  thirst permanently making him immortal .

jai jai jai

Indira was surprised with Lord’s command as the Nectar was meant for devas only  . .However as instructed by LORD , Indira out of curiosity    changes his attire and proceeds to meet the sage personally  .


He dresses himself as an ugly looking chandala in dirtiest clothes. He arrives before the Sage  along with a stray dog  .   The Sage  is in disgust looking at the him .  Indira who is in disguise  follows the  Sage pleading  him to take the  water he is carrying from the  deerskin container.


Uttang  Rishi is  aghast…

Though being thirsty , he avoids the ugly looking  man

….How could he, a Brahmin, take water from this low-caste chandala ?

 It  so happens , thrice the  chandala  offers water and thrice the sage ignores him and refuses his advances .  Irritated with his advances ,the sage  declares that he would die of  thirst rather than drink the water given by him .  Thus he  insults him further and asks him to leave . The  chandala disappears in fraction of a second .


Uttang Rishi  is  surprised by this miraculous disappearance of the chandala .  He  recollects the entire episode and  confirms  he could not really be a  chandala  but some divinity sent by  LORD  as a test. Uttang felt dejected about the possibility of having failed the Lord.

  Lord Krishna appears before him .


Uttang  Rishi complains ,

Oh  ”Lord! You promised me water whenever I needed it. How could you send it in the hands of a  chandala ?”


Lord Krishna  smiles   and replies ,

“O Sage! I asked Indra to give you the  divine nectar and make you immortal. Indra  was hesitant  saying that Amrit was not for normal human beings.  But I insisted that were a realised soul and deserved  immortality.

Indra  was apprehensive and pleaded me to put you to test , whether  you  were truly  a realised soul, that  would know that all differentiation between people were only the creation of mortals and  that all people were the same in the eyes of a realised soul and, thus, if you accepted the nectar from Indra in the guise of  a chandala , you would deserve it.

I agreed. But sad that

You let me down………………


The Rishi accepts that merely having all knowledge does not make one a great devotee but practicing a life in accordance with the knowledge was indeed what one has to follow for following true devotion

Merely knowing that LORD resides in everyone does not fulfill one’s status of being a devotee but practicing it in real life and treating everyone with respect and dignity is what is essential.

In the Purusha Sooktham one verse says padbhyAm Sudro aJayatha means all the sudras originated from the lotus feet of Lord ..


And Its Lord’s feet all the devotees surrender and only HIS feet can redeem us .

The great Azhwar Vipranarayana calls himself Thondar Adi podi Azhwar  ( dust from the feet of devotees ) .

holy feet

A true vaishnava  is always in a surrender mood and seeks LORDS company in all animate and inanimate species .For him LORD is everywhere ..

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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About Kazhiyur Varadan

Am seeker of true knowledge , aspiring to serve and share the divine pastimes of Lord and HIS devotees . Interested in meeting devotees and love traveling to all holy places . Major interest is to interact with devotees and be of some use to the world in spreading Lord's divine play . This blog is an attempt of knotting a garland of priceless pearls from Sri vaishnava Divya desam . .....Divya leelai .. .......and .Divyaanubhuthee shared by zillions of hari bhaktaas . Though Adiyen is neither competent or qualified in sharing this elixir of spiritual world , out of abundant mercy from asmath Acharyar His Holiness Sri Sri MudaliAnddan swamigal ,adiyen is attempting to reproduce the same which is done purely by the grace of AchAryar and the Lordships by hearing from various advanced devotees . Am like a bee collecting the nectar from sacred flowers and posting the same in this honey comb blog .. There can be few photographs which would have been uploaded from google images to practically have the feel of the holy place and be of some service to the devotees . In case the owner of the pictures /images, videos has any objections for this adiyen shall remove the same . If any of the images presented here violates copyright issues or infringes anyone copyright or are not under "Fair use" the same shall be removed ASAP . Anything erroneous in adiyens post is completely my fault/ignorance and anything noteworthy goes to the spiritual masters . Any faults are solely due to my poor understanding and seek pardon for my poor expression . All the divine pastimes shared are from the lectures and the ones shared by several advance devotees .All the compliments and praise belong to the great Spiritual masters for their mercy on adiyen ( your servant ) to share and re share in this blog to remain that bliss always ...... Seeking your blessings in this small service of sharing the divine posts .. Adiyen Ramanuja dasan Jai Sriman Narayana IMPORTANT 1) Spiritual Material posted in this blog are just for information purpose and for spreading awareness. Few divine pastimes which was shared in discourses and the holy place is being re shared which are subject to mistakes or discrepancies with time . So, kindly , don't be offensive and don't post any aggressive or illegitimate comments on the blogs due to the differences in opinions. 2) This blog may contain links to other sites through advertisement, user comments, articles. While Adiyen tries to link only to sites that are safe and secure, Adiyen am not responsible for the content or the privacy practices employed by other sites., since the linked site is not under the control of me, am not responsible for the contents of any linked site or contents of the links mentioned in the links site. Adiyen am providing this link just for informational and academic purposes only. 3) This blog may contain inaccurate, incorrect and clerical errors. Adiyen do not warrant nor assure the accuracy/correctness/completeness of the materials/articles or the reliability of any advice, opinion, comment or other information displayed or distributed through this blog . 4) We are in the service of spreading the divine pastimes of LORD and HIS devotees .Please correct adiyen in any shortcomings .
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6 Responses to All knowledge does not make one a great devotee

  1. Srinivasan K S says:

    ”janmana Sudhro jayathe” means even when born in a Brahmin family, he is considered a Sudhra until initiated into Brahmacharya for mastering the Vedas and their accompanying knowledge that ”sarvam kulvitam Brahma”. That knowledge again is a tinsel until we consider the entire world a family of ”Vasudeva kudumbakam” in respect of their Spiritual pursuit and not necessarily their mundane living. By mundane living I mean the Varna, Ashrama bedha and their practice relevance all the time in the words of Sri Krishna Himself in Bhagavat Gita – ”Swa Dharmo nidanam srEyam, para Dharmo bhaypaka : and condemns in strongest terms possible adding ” Srutir Smritir Mamai Aagnjya, yastam ullanga vartate….Aagnya chEti, Mamaiy Dhrogi” . Hence Knowledge is ”Seeing Sri Krishna in Every Thing” and following ”Every Word of what He said”, in Gita, The Divine Song.

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  2. Santhosh Ramanujadasa says:

    Knowledge and Practice are like two wings of a bird that will help the bird reach the proper destination – Srimad Bhagavath Geetha (Chapter 3)

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  3. Kishori Priya says:

    Hare Krishna! May the Lord bless you and engage you in His divine service forever.

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  4. shanthisethuraman says:

    Thanks for sharing it. It is true that that merely having all knowledge does not make one a great devotee but practicing a life in accordance with the knowledge was indeed what one has to follow for following True devotion.
    Still in some places, the Iyenkar people will not take water from any other people even from Iyer.

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  5. SATYA GOPALAN says:

    Hari Om!
    Ethirajar made Yagya Moorthy a Realized Soul!
    Adiyen Ramanuja Dasan – Jai Sriman Narayana!

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  6. Amudha says:

    A clever narrative to drive home the point! Thank you for the service…

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