The sage replied: "In that case grant that the life of my son may
persist as long as that mountain lasts." The boon was granted to him and he was duly
blessed with a son named Medhavi.
Medhavi grew conceited at the thought that he was safe from death
forever, since he would live as long as the mountain existed, and he behaved with
arrogance towards all.
One day, this vain man showed disrespect to a great sage named
Dhanushaksha. At once that sage cursed that he might be turned to ashes, but the curse
took no effect on Medhavi who remained in perfect health.
Seeing this, the high-souled sage was non-plussed and then remembered
the gift Medhavi had been endowed with at birth. Dhanushaksha took the form of a
wild buffalo and by the power of his-penances butted at the mountain and broke it to
pieces and Medhavi fell down dead.
Bharadwaja concluded the story with this solemn warning to his son:
"Learn wisdom from this old story. Be not ruined by vanity. Cultivate self-restraint.
Do not transgress the limits of good conduct and do not be disrespectful to the great