I am currently reading the Yog Vasishth and it is throwing up a lot of interesting details. In Chapter 2 of Book 1 we find the following statement:

28-29 The eight ministers of Rama — Dhrishta, Jayanta, Bhasa, Satya, Vijaya, Vibishanah, Sushena and Hanumana, and also Indrajita — are said to have been equally dispassionate in their minds and content with what was their lot. They were great souls, free in their lives.

I know Sushen and Hanuman were Vanar chiefs and Vibhishan was the newly appointed saintly king of Lanka But I want to know about the other five. Are there any details in scriptures about them?

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    You answered the question who were eight generals in the question itself. You should edit the title to something like "What are the details of eight generals of Rama?" or similar. Feb 22, 2018 at 7:26
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    They were the ministers with the help of whom Dasharatha was ruling his kingdom . May be Rama also carried them forward in his rule. Feb 22, 2018 at 9:42
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    @Dr.VineetAggarwal - valmikiramayan.net/bala/sarga7/bala_7_frame.htm Feb 22, 2018 at 10:50
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    What? When did Hanuman become Rama's general? Did he desert his leader Sugriva? Indrajit died in the war. What's he doing in Ayodhya? Makes me wonder if Yoga Vasistha has anything to do with Valmiki Ramayana at all. Feb 22, 2018 at 17:37
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    @SwiftPushkar I think except that Balakanda they are not mentioned anywhere.
    – The Destroyer
    Mar 16, 2018 at 11:46

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[Source: Khemraj Shree Krishnadas Prakashan]

The 8 mantri are listed, but the context is clearly about becoming a jeevan-mukta and not a ministerial post.

Mantri (Sanskrit: मन्त्री) is a word of Sanskrit origin (meaning sage, i.e. the "person who thinks and says" in that language, cf. Mantra), and it is used for a variety of public offices, from fairly humble to ministerial in rank [Source: http://dictionary.sensagent.com/mantri/en-en/].

sanskritdictionary.com also translates mantri as wise/ eloquent/ knowing sacred texts/ minister.

I think, in this context Rishi Valmiki is referring to mantri as a jeevan-mukta knower of mantra.

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