the libation ceremony for Bhishma was over, Vyasa
narrated' to grief-stricken Yudhishthira an episode in Brihaspati's life.
The wisest of men are sometimesaffected by envy and suffer thereby.
Brihaspati, teacher to the gods themselves, was master of all knowledge. He was learned in
all the Vedas and all the sciences, yet he was once the victim of this debasing emotion
and suffered disgrace.
Brihaspati had a younger brother, Sam- varta, who was also a person of
great learning and a very good man. Brihaspati was, for this reason, stricken with envy of
In this world men become envious of others, just because the others are
good, while they themselves are not so good, and they cannot bear this. It is strange
indeed that men should not suffer even virtue in others.
Brihaspati harassed Samvarta in many ways. When he could not stand it
any more,poor Samvarta put on the appea- rance of an eccentric and wandered from place to
place, and spent his days in that way to escape from his brother's persecution.