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According to an ancient Hindu legend whose author is unknown, there was once a time when all human beings were gods but they so abused their divinity that Brahma, the chief god, decided to take it away from them and hide it where it could never be found. What did humans do to abuse their divinity and cause the gods to hide it?


A Traditional Hindu Legend: Where The Treasure Lies

According to an old Hindu legend, there was once a time when all human beings were Gods, but they so abused their divinity that Brahma, the chief God, decided to take it away from them and hide it in a place where it could never be found. In order to find the best spot, however, he needed to hold a council of the Gods to help him decide.

"Let's bury it deep in the earth," said the Gods.

Brahma answered, "No, that will not do, because humans will dig into the earth and find it."

The Gods replied, "Okay, let's sink it in the deepest ocean then."

But Brahma said, "No, not there, for they will learn to dive, and they will find it."

Then the gods said, "What about the highest mountain top, out in the farthest corner of the earth?"

But again Brahma replied, "No, that will not do either, because they will eventually climb every mountain, scale every peak, search every hidden cave and once again find and take up their divinity."

The rest of the Gods were exasperated. They threw up their arms in surrender. "There is no place!" they hollered. "The humans will proliferate, and they will find it anywhere we put it."

Brahma was quiet for a time. He thought long and deep. Finally, he looked up at the rest of the Gods, a knowing twinkle in his eye. "Here is what we shall do," he said. "We will hide their divinity deep down in the one place they will surely never look - the very center of their own being."

The rest of the Gods rejoiced. Of course! It was the perfect place! They all formally agreed on it, and the deed was done.

Ages passed, and since that time, humans have been on a desperate and unending search, travelling every corner of the planet, digging, diving, climbing, and exploring - searching for the one thing they know they've lost, and just can't seem to find.

  • I have read the opposite.. that during a time all Gods were human beings.. all of them were poor and prone to diseases just like the human beings are.. I have also read that they even did not know which way is the way to the heavens where eventually they were to live in future. – Rickross May 25 '18 at 4:59
  • I think you are confused. What Hindu 'legend'? This is contrary to the vedas. Not a question about Hinduism. – Swami Vishwananda May 25 '18 at 8:56
  • I keep seeing this "legend" written the same way all over the internet. This is how it goes: According to an ancient Hindu legend whose author is unknown, there was once a time when all human beings were gods but they so abused their divinity that Brahma, the chief god, decided to take it away from them and hide it where it could never be found. Where to hide their divinity was the question. So Brahma called a council of gods to help him decide. “Let’s bury it deep in the earth,” said the gods. But Brahma answered, “No, that will not do because humans will dig into the . . . etc. Thanks! – Joan May 25 '18 at 21:38
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    This story has no basis in Hindu scripture as far as I know. I think this is just one of those things someone makes up and then it spreads around the Internet. – Keshav Srinivasan Jun 24 '18 at 18:11
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The legend mentioned is most probably a created story. There is no basis of humans losing their divinity. It looks like an story created to motivate the readers to realize that they are no lesser than Gods and the divine.

On the contrary, there are mentions where Gods performed sacrifices and attained divinity. They ascended to heaven.

From Yajurveda Taittiriya Sanhita Kanda VII Prapathaka 4 Mantra 2,

As are men, so were the gods in the beginning. They desired, 'Let us strike off the misfortune, the evil of death, and reach the conclave of the gods.' They saw this twenty-four night (rite); they grasped it, and sacrificed with it. Then they struck off the misfortune, the evil of death, and reached the conclave of the gods. Those who knowing thus perform the twenty-four night (rite) strike off the misfortune, the evil, and win prosperity, for the conclave of the gods is in the case of man [1] prosperity.

(Emphasis mine.) There are stories in the Brahmanas and other texts like Rigveda, Apastambha Dharma sutras which mention Gods and humans living together. Gods have left the earth after some incidents. But they don't say that humans lost their divinity and Brahma hid it in the centre of their being.

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