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Volume - IX
Preface Prayer
Yajna- valkya and maitreyi Hymn to the earth
How The Ramayana was born Jadabharata
Parikshit Highest Virtues
The gupta age Akbar
Sundarar Mirabai
Major Sections
Culture Course
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Volume-IV

Volume-V

Volume-VI

Volume-VII

Volume-VIII

Volume-IX

Volume-X

YAJNAVALKYA AND MAITREYI

YOU have read in an earlier book the story of Rishi Yajnavalkya.

As you know, the rishi had two wives: Maitreyi and Katyayani. The former were learned in the Sastras and she was a seeker after Self-knowledge or the Atman. Katyayani, on the other hand, was an ordinary housewife doing the household chores.

One day the rishi called Maitreyi and said: "My dear, I have decided to renounce life and become a sanyasi. Before I do so, I want to make a settlement of my properties between you and Katyayani."

Maitreyi said, "I understand your anxiety; but Lord, will that wealth or, for that matter, the wealth of the entire world given to me, give me Atma-gnana or Self-knowledge?"

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