"Please let my cottage be
sanctified with the dust of your feet," requested Gora the Potter with folded hands,
inviting the circle of devotees to his house. They compliedwith his request and went to
his place. He felt extremely happy and treated them with great love and hospitality. They
were supremely pleased. When all of them were sitting together, Jnanadeva said,
"Gora, can you tell me, whom of these pots in your house are backed and which are
still unburnt, and wet?"
Gora understood what Jnanadeva had meant by this. He took a woodenplank, which was
kept, for tapping a pot into shape. He then went on stroking every body's head with it. No
one uttered a word. But when Namadeva was touched on the head he said, "Why do you
beat me so on the head?"
At this Gora told Jnanadeva, "Only t pot is unburnt."
"Gora, you are an experienced hand. You have tested well," said Muktabai. All
the saints began to laugh uproariously. Namadeva felt offended.
From there he went straight to Pandharapur. He was very much grieved to be told that he
was still not a realized soul. Filled with sorrow for not being qualified to be in the
company of such saints and for being so humiliated, he sat in the temple.
It is said that a remarkable thing happened then. Vitthala, seeing Namadeva so
depressed, tried to cheer him up. Namadeva said, "I was insulted in Gora's
"Gora has rightly tested. One who does not surrender to Sadguru is an unbaked
pot," said Vitthala.
This indeed was the last straw on the camel's back. Namadeva completely lost his poise.
"I came to you with the fond hope of getting relieved of my sorrow. But you too
speak in the same way as they spoke! Where do I go now?"
"Where elso do you go? Go to a Sadguru and surrender to him. Then you will
overcome this feeling of differences."
"0, my Lord, why do I need a Sadgu arent you enough for me?"
Then the Lord told him, "Namadeva, I too during my incarnation as Rama had bowed
down to revered sage Vashishta taking him as my Guru and had gained spiritual knowledge
from him. Next in myincarnation as Krishna I had taken revered Sandeepa as my Guru by
earnestly appealing to him. If you were to take my suggestion and act accordingly, you
will be honored by all the saints."
Namadeva made obeisance to the Lord and asked, "To whom shall I surrender?"
"There is one Visoba lying now in the temple of Mallikarjuna. He is a great Jnani.
Go to him and win his fervors to be your Guru."
Hearing these words, Namadeva burst into tears. "0 my master, I can't leave you
even for a moment."
"You must seek refuge in a Guru. That is the only way - right and proper,"
said Vitthala firmly. At this Namadeva left that place.
As suggested by Panduranga he w to the temple of Mallikarjuna.
There is also a story about the meeting of Namadeva with Visoba. Visoba Samba was lying
on the floor with his feet resting on the Shivalinga. Seeing this shocking sight, Namadeva
felt bad. He thought it was a bad omen. He awoke Visoba and said, "I hear that you
are a great saint. Here you are resting your feet on the very God Shankara.
Is it proper?"
Visoba replied, "True, it is wrong. But I am too weak to get up. Can you please do
me the favor of lifting my feet and placing them where there is no Shankara? Fruits of a
good turn will be yours."
Namadeva lifted his feet and kept them on a place near by. Lo, what a wonder! There was
a Shivalinga visible now under Visoba's feet. Namadeva got frightened as much as he was
surprised. He once again changed the place to rest Visoba's feet. There again a Linga was
seen. He then put Visoba's feet on still another place where again a Linga appeared
underneath. In this way wherever he placed Visoba's feet, there appeared a Linga beneath!
Namadeva realized that Shankara was everywhere and everything was Shankara. His egoism was
effaced. He thought that he too was Shiva. "That was how", say the' devotees,
"Namadeva realized the glory of his Guru Visoba."
One more story, which illustrates the intimacy between Namadeva and Panduranga
Vitthala, goes like this. Once, after the usual greeting with an embrace Panduranga told
Namadeva, "Ever since you got a Guru you have been gradually forgetting me."
"Now I have overcome the sense of duality. I do not see any difference between you
and my Sadguru essentially," submitted Namadeva politely.
Thereafter Panduranga told the saints, "Now, you see, the pot has been completely