The story of Sage Dadeechi
There are two other episodes in theSrimad Bhagavatham, which very clearly illustrate the
great ideals of service and sacrifice for the sake of the poor and the suffering. One is
the story of the Sage Dadeechi, who was deeply engrossed in tapas. During that time, the
Deva Loka was under the throes of a great struggle against the invading Asuras. To stem
the tide of this invasion was the task of Indra, the Ruler of the Deva Loka.
Though Indra fought many battles, he could not succeed in resisting the
invasion. He was advised by the Rishis that if he could improvise a bow made out of the
back-bone of the great Muni Dadeechi, be could acquire necessary powers to fight his foes
successfully and rescue Deva Loka from them, While every one was afraid to approach the
great sage with such a request, Indra made bold to go and seek his help in the matter. He
pleaded with him and put forward the reason for such an extraordinary request on his part
by pointing out his own miserable condition and the predicament of the Devas.