THE WAY TO KNOWLEDGE
became an ascetic on the battlefield, but there was still a tinge of
pride in him. He thought that he could be omniscient and then go to
see his father, Adinatha, so that he would not have to kneel before
his brothers who, though younger in years, had donned the asceticís
garb before him.
To attain omiscience, he undertook arduouos penance. He sat
uperturbed in the scorching heat, the bitting cold and the pouring
rain. He felt nothing, knew nothing, so lost was he in his
But he failed to acquire what he had so ardently longed for-the
spark of divine knowledge-for his panance was marred by his
Bhagwan Adinatha, however, took pity on this erring but steadfast
devotee and he sent Bahubaliís two saintly sisters to point out to
him, the futility of his penance and meditation. They-set out on
their mission and called out to him ďBrother! Brother ! Climb down
from the elephant if you wish to acquire omniscience of divine
knowledge; as when the light of knowledge is concealed by the screen
of vanity, man turns blind.
Bahubali realised in a flash why he had striven in vain so far. He
subdued his pride and was ready to pay respect to his younger
brothers. His soul was kindled with light. Truly, the way to
knowledge is paved with humility.