What is the role of Grief acc. to scriptures? How is it categorised and on what basis?

  • Do the Vedas mention any definitive relationship between the processing of grief and its consequent culminating in wisdom? If so, what do they have to say?
  • On a related note, which vedic deities are associated with Grieving/Grief?
  • What an off-beat Q. 1. Conventional wisdom talks about smasaana vairaagyam (while ack'ing that it is transient. I can tell you the story of Vasishtha's grief that culminated into gnyana 2. Alakshmi or JyeshTha devi is associated with everything inauspicious including zOka. Don't know if she is a vedic deity although zrI sUktam which is a vedic hymn mentions alakshmi.
    – user1195
    Commented Nov 14, 2017 at 12:16
  • I would be interested in the story, can you point me to it? @moonstar2001 Commented Nov 14, 2017 at 12:22
  • @LakshmiNarayanan What is the story of Alakshmi?
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Nov 14, 2017 at 12:23
  • Grief can be due to the passing of a loved one and can make us realise the ephemeral nature of embodied existence, in that sense it has the power to give wisdom. So in this sense it is not exactly inauspicious i feel. @moonstar2001 Commented Nov 14, 2017 at 12:26
  • @TheDestroyer Again, i'm not sure Grief specifically is always something that is inauspicious. And so, i'm doubtful about specific connection to Alakshmi Commented Nov 14, 2017 at 12:30


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