As a young and diligent student in the ashrama of Rishi Veda, Uttanka found himself in a dilemma one day. His guru had to leave the hermitage to perform a sacrifice for the kings and had left Uttanka in charge. While Veda was away, the women in the ashrama came to Uttanka with a request. The teacher’s wife had sent for him, she was in her fertile period and in the absence of the guru she had said that it was his duty to take his place in her bed. Uttanka was appalled at the suggestion and refused.
When Veda returned and heard the story, he commended his student and said that his time at the ashrama was now over and that he could go out into the world. But Uttanka asked, what would be the fee, the guru-dakshina? Veda was silent but when his student insisted, he asked him to go ask his wife.