Questioned by him, Vasishtha called his cow Sabala and explained that she was the
fountain of unfailing plenty.
Expressing gratitude to the sage, 'King
Viswaamitra said: "You must give me this cow as she would be more useful with me than
with you. Such things of power and wealth by right belong to the King.
" Now Vasishtha could not part with
the divine cow. He gave many reasons and asked the King not to press his request. But the
more unwilling Vasishtha was to give the cow, the more eager the King became to possess
Failing in his efforts to tempt or persuade
the sage to part with the cow, Viswaamitra became angry and ordered his men to seize the
cow by force.