Pride is accepted in the Bh\u0101rat\u012bya tradition as one of the six foes of mankind, that impede the blossoming of wisdom. Wisdom may be defined as awareness of the true-self, and pride is one of its greatest undoing, because pride leads man to identify with power that is fleeting and therefore false. Here is an anecdote from \u015ar\u012bmadv\u0101lm\u012bki-R\u0101m\u0101ya\u1e47a that elaborates how pride keeps one from doing the right thing for the right reasons. In the Raghuvam\u015ba was born the illustrious king Bhag\u012bratha, who had heard from his very childhood, that sixty-thousand of his ancestors had been reduced to a pile of ashes due to a curse. He had also heard that it is the waters of the heavenly Ga\u1e45g\u0101 alone that can liberate them. Bhag\u012bratha decided to undertake the herculean task of liberating his ancestors. He commissioned his trusted ministers to safeguard his kingdom while he undertook penance in the forest. He performed mind-boggling penance to win the grace of Lord Brahm\u0101, who revealed to Bhag\u012bratha that he should please Ga\u1e45g\u0101 with his penance. He then set out to perform the most austere of penance to win the grace of Ga\u1e45g\u0101. Pleased with his penance, Ga\u1e45g\u0101 appeared before the king and asked him what he desired. He said, \u2018Dev\u012b, it is by your grace that my ancestors can be redeemed from the pile of ashes they have been reduced to. Please descend upon earth and deliver my ancestors from the hell they are in.\u2019 Ga\u1e45g\u0101 prided herself on being the most pristine river, and a river who was worshipped by the great sages and celestials. She found it unacceptable to flow down to earth, even if it meant her presence upon earth would benefit millions of souls. She said to Bhag\u012bratha, \u2018king, I am untouched by sweat and dirt. I am worshipped by gods. If I descend upon earth, I will be sullied by the sins of mankind\u2019. Bhag\u0101ratha responded, \u2018O\u2019 Ga\u1e45ga, it is true that you will be the waters men wash their sins off in. However, you will also be the waters that the great sages of earth will revere as Vi\u1e63\u1e47upadodbhav\u0101 (born of the feet of Lord Vi\u1e63\u1e47u). These great sages who are dear to Lord Vi\u1e63\u1e47u, will take a dip in your waters, crying out the Divine Name of the Lord with ecstasy. If you desire the association of these liberated souls, please accede to descend upon earth\u2019. Ga\u1e45g\u0101 agreed to descend upon earth, but warned Bhag\u012bratha that the earth was incapable of bearing the velocity of her descent. She advised him to earn the grace of Lord \u015aiva, for she said, \u2018he alone is capable of bearing the burden of my swift descent\u2019. Bhag\u012bratha did as advised and earned the blessing of Lord \u015aiva. The compassionate Lord agreed to break Ga\u1e45ga\u2019s fall by bearing her upon his head as she descended. He shook loose his matted tresses and stood majestically, his face turned skyward, awaiting the waters that would liberate millions of souls. Ga\u1e45g\u0101 looked down from heaven at the Lord standing there, His tresses swaying in the wind, and was suddenly smitten with pride. Her heart darkened with the venom of arrogance. She mused to herself, \u2018I am Ga\u1e45g\u0101, the heavenly river. I am of immense power and inconceivable speed. I shall descend with all my might, that \u015aiva too is swept away into the nether world.\u2019 The omniscient Lord recognized the dark shadow of pride that seized the heart of Ga\u1e45g\u0101. A playful smile danced upon his lips as she began her ominous descent. He bound her in the unending depths of his matted locks, along with her pride, in a trice! Ga\u1e45g\u0101 was trapped. She found herself incapable of emerging from his locks, try as she may. The velocity of her waves were no match for the will of the Supreme. Her pride which lead her to desire establishing her power over the welfare of sixty-thousand suffering souls, was shattered. Her pride which made her believe she was the most powerful was shattered. Her pride that she was the one blessing Bhag\u012bratha too was destroyed, when he interceded on her behalf. He pleaded with Lord \u015aiva that he release her from his mighty tresses so that she could liberate his ancestors. Upon the words of Bhag\u012bratha, Lord \u015aiva released a portion of the heavenly river to flow through his matted locks. Rid of the venom of pride that blinded her to the opportunity of service to mankind, Ga\u1e45ga now followed Bhag\u012bratha to fulfil her duty. Bhag\u012bratha became a father to her in some sense, for he opened her eyes to the nobility of her calling. She became known as Bh\u0101g\u012brath\u012b, the daughter of Bhag\u012bratha. Humility embraces her, and she shone upon the matted tresses of the compassionate Lord like a diamond. Dev\u012b Ga\u1e45g\u0101 is worthy of our adulations not only because she is the heavenly river who is capable of destroying all our sins with her waters, but also because she has enacted this l\u012bl\u0101 in order to teach mankind the value of humility. \u0924\u093f\u0937\u094d\u0920\u0924\u093e\u0902 \u0924\u092a\u0938\u093f \u092a\u0941\u0923\u094d\u092f\u092e\u093e\u0938\u0943\u091c\u0928\u094d\u0938\u092e\u094d\u092a\u0926\u094b\u093d\u0928\u0941\u0917\u0941\u0923\u092f\u0928\u094d\u0938\u0941\u0916\u0948\u0937\u093f\u0923\u093e\u092e\u094d\u0964 \u092f\u094b\u0917\u093f\u0928\u093e\u0902 \u092a\u0930\u093f\u0923\u092e\u0928\u094d\u0935\u093f\u092e\u0941\u0915\u094d\u0924\u092f\u0947 \u0915\u0947\u0928 \u0928\u093e\u0938\u094d\u0924\u0941 \u0935\u093f\u0928\u092f\u0903 \u0938\u0924\u093e\u0902 \u092a\u094d\u0930\u093f\u092f\u0903\u0965 ti\u1e63\u1e6dhat\u0101\u1e41 tapasi pu\u1e47yam\u0101s\u1e5bjansampado'nugu\u1e47ayansukhai\u1e63i\u1e47\u0101m| yogin\u0101\u1e41 pari\u1e47amanvimuktaye kena n\u0101stu vinaya\u1e25 sat\u0101\u1e41 priya\u1e25|| To which noble soul is humility not valuable; add as it does to the merit of the austere, the riches of those seeking luxury, and to the ease of liberation of the detached.