Seeing the strange disappearance of the nishada, Utanga reflected:
"Who was this? He could not have been a real nishada. It was certainly a test and I
have blundered miserably. My philosophy deserted me.
I rejected the water offered by the nishada and proved myself to be an
arrogant fool. Utanga was in great anguish. A moment later Madhava himself appeared
withconch and discus. "O Purushottama!" exclaimed Utanga; "you put me to a
Was it right of you to try me thus-make an untouchable offer unclean
water to me a brahmana, to drinks Was this kind?" asked Utanga. Utanga spoke in
Janardana smiled. O Utanga, for your sake, when you put my boon into
action, I asked Indra to take amrita to you and give it to you as water. He said be could
notgive to a mortal what would give himimmortality, while he was willing to do anything
But I prevailed upon him and he agreed to
take amrita and give it to you as water, provided I let him do it as a Chandala and tested
your understanding and found you willing to take water from a Chandala.
I accepted the challenge believing you had
attained jnana and transcended externals. But you have done this and made me suffer defeat
at Indra's hands." Utanga saw his mistake and was ashamed.