I heard about a women ruled a kingdom after becoming Jivan muktha.

The story from yoga vasista goes like this:

A women attains the state of Jivan muktha. Her husband leaves kingdom and goes to forest for attaining moksha. She understands it and rules the kingdom and also helps her husband in another form.

What is the name of the women? I need an answer from Yoga Vashishtha only.

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    There is a story of king Sikhidhwaja and his queen Cudala. The queen becomes enlightened but the king is not. There is another story of queen Lila, who helps her husband king. I dont know if your story fits either of these. – user17987 Sep 29 '20 at 12:33
  • yeah @kākatālīya I think cudala. – hanugm Sep 29 '20 at 12:37
  • Good to know that you got the answer. – user17987 Sep 29 '20 at 12:39
  • yeah @kākatālīya. But, you can provide small answer if you can. – hanugm Sep 29 '20 at 12:41
  • Ok, posted a small answer. – user17987 Sep 29 '20 at 12:51

The story found in the Yoga Vasistha is that of King Sikhidhwaja and his Queen Chudala. A brief summary from the same link -

KING SIKHIDHWAJA AND QUEEN CHUDALA — The royal couple lead an idyllic life and both pursue spiritual knowledge. Chudala practices self-inquiry and attains Self realization. Sikhidhwaja notices she appears unusually radiant, but when she explains Self realization, he dismisses her as a mere woman. — ASTRAL TRAVEL : Chudala keeps her wisdom to herself and learns the yogic powers of manifesting astral bodies and astral travel. (VIA.77-80). Vasishta explains how such powers are possible. Queen Chudala tries to share her knowledge with her husband, but Sikhidhwaja continues to simply dismiss her as being only a woman. (VIA.83)

THE PARABLE OF THE MISER KIRATA AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE . In this interlude within the story of Sikhidhwaja and Chudala, Vasishta explains how one can learn something valuable despite seeking trifles. The miser is searching for a lost cowry shell when he discovers the Philosopher’s Stone. (VIA.83.16-24)

KING SIKHIDHWAJA THE HERMIT; CHUDALA AS THE BRAHMIN BOY KUMBHA — Thinking asceticism is the way to attain enlightenment, King Sikhidwaja abandons his kingdom to become a hermit. Queen Chudala, knowing she has to allow her husband to learn in his own lessons, remains home to govern the country in his name, periodically using her powers to astral travel and check on how her husband is faring. She assumes the form of a brahmin boy, Kumbha, who becomes the hermit-king’s spiritual teacher and questions whether the hermit is progressing towards his goal of liberation.(VIA.84-87)

THE RICH MAN WHO FAILED TO GRASP THE REAL PHILOSOPHER’S STONE — Kumbha (Chudala) tells her hermit-king husband a parable about a rich man who obtains the Philosopher’s Stone (chinthamani). (VIA.88, 90)

A FOOLISH ELEPHANT TWICE CAPTURED — This is also told by Kumbha (Chudala) to teach the hermit-king. (VIA.89, 91)

SIKHIDHWAJA & CHUDALA (KUMBA) CONTINUED — The king burns all his hermit possessions in an attempt at complete renunciation, and Kumbha (Chudala) explains the real meaning of renunciation and reality, and that God and creation are the same consciousness — THE KING ATTAINS SAMADHI : the king attains enlightenment and gives up his need to live as an ascetic. (VIA.92-103) — A MARRIED COUPLE AGAIN : Sikhidhwaja and Kumba (Chudala) wander the world together and the queen desires to make love with her husband. The queen, as the boy Kumbha, tells the king that a curse by sage Durvasa makes him become female each night. It is in this form that they are married. (VIA.104-106) — CHUDALA TESTS SIKHIDHWAJA by making a false Indra appear as if making love to her, he passes the test, Chudala reveals her true form to her husband, and they are reunited. (VIA.108-110)

  • @hanugm Thank you for the link. Yoga Vasistha is a great scripture. Fortunately, it has also been translated into my mother tongue Telugu. – user17987 Sep 29 '20 at 12:58
  • But I did not get in Gita press books. Where did you get? – hanugm Sep 29 '20 at 12:59
  • @hanugm I got it in Ramakrishna Math in Hyderabad. – user17987 Sep 29 '20 at 13:00
  • wow. Nice, I will try to buy it. – hanugm Sep 29 '20 at 13:01

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