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Questions tagged [vashishta]

Maharishi Vashishtha is one of the Saptarishis (seven great Rishis) in the seventh, i.e. the present Manvantara, or age of Manu. He was also the Guru of Shri Rama as exemplified in the text Yoga Vashishtha.

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What does Vashishta mean by the term “self extinction”?

In Yoga Vashishta, Vasishta Maharishi has used the word Self extinction is the supreme bliss on few occasions. Here's in one context from Chapter 10 of Book 2. The Supreme Soul of infinite ...
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What is the story of Vasishtha's sister?

Recently I was in a discussion with a friend who had visited Chidambaram Temple and he was telling me about the legend of Vyaghrapada mentioned in this question but my curiosity was piqued by another ...
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Should one give up Moha?

In the book Yoga Vashistha(page 426) , Vashistha says one should give up moha as the snake casts off the skin. My question is : should one give up moha and what is the meaning of the word moha ?
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What was the reason behind the clash between Vashishtha and Vishwamitra?

I am not sure but I heard that there was some clash between Vashishtha and Vishwamitra before the Ramayana. We can say like the cold war. But in Ramayana, both were worked with Ayodhya happily. If ...
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Did the Ancient Indian Rishis keep Shikha?

Shikha is a lock of hair on the crown on a shaven head. In the modern times, it is mostly worn by priests. It is believed that traditionally all Hindu men kept Shikha, but later this was restricted ...
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What were the 7 previous births of Brahmarishi Vasishtha?

The Yog Vasishtha narrates the fascinating story of an immortal crow named Bhushunda who is met by Brahmarishi Vasisth. In Chapter 22 while reminiscing about his past lives, the divine crow tells ...
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Where in Mahabharata is found the story of Vashishta trying to commit suicide in Sutlej river?

Where in Mahabharata is found the story of Vashishta trying to commit suicide in Sutlej river? And Sutlej dividing itself into different channels to avoid that? Does this story has a Vedic ...
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Which scripture mentions Vasishth praying to Tantrik Goddess Tara?

The Tarapith Temple in West Bengal Goddess Tara, one of the Dash-Mahavidyashas, and has an interesting legend associated with it: Another oral legend about the temple states that sage Vashishtha ...
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What scriptures describe Vishwamitra and Vasishtha carrying the Earth?

This excerpt from the newly released Amar Chitra Katha comic book "Saptarshi" tells a story I hadn't heard before. In this account, the sage Vishwamitra visits the ashram of the sage Vasishta, who is ...
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Who freed Rambha from Vishwamitra's curse?

It is well-known that the sage Gautama cursed his wife Ahalya to turn into a rock. What is less well-known, however, is that the sage Vishwamitra cursed the Apsara Rambha in a similar fashion. ...
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What is the relationship between cause and effect as enunciated in the Yoga Vasistha?

Yoga Vashishtha is a text in which Maharishi Vashishtha gives knowledge to Shri Rama. It is in the form of conversation between the two of them. How is the relationship between cause and effect ...
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What is the story of Vasishta and Agastya's brother Matsya?

Most people only know about the fact the famous sage Vasishta, guru of Rama, was one of the mind-born sons of Brahma. But as I discuss in this question, Vasishta is no longer the son of Brahma. ...
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Who was sage Vasishth's most accomplished student? [closed]

Who's sage Vashishta's Best Student (other than the sons of King Dasharatha)?
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Which Hindu scriptures talk about multiple universes or planets? [duplicate]

The universe is split up into many island-universes, as described in the Yoga Vashishtha 6.2.60 I saw countless creations though they did not know of one another’s existence. Some were coming ...
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Evolution of Earth - Yoga Vashishtha

Yoga Vashishtha, is a conversation between Maharishi Vashistha and Shri Rama. Shri Rama, when young, comes to the palace back after travelling the country and is very despondent. Rishi Vashishtha ...
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Was Shri Rama named by Maharishi Vashishtha?

If so, was there any specific reason behind choosing that name?
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Was Rishi Vyasa the great grandson of Rishi Vashishtha?

The wiki articles on the following 4 Rishis says that: Rishi Shakti was the son of Rishi Vashishtha (to whom the text Yoga Vashishtha - a conversation between him and Shri Rama is ascribed), Shakti's ...
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What are similar scriptures like the Yoga Vasistha? [closed]

I have really enjoyed studying the yoga Vasistha and like to read other scriptures that revolve around the same topic with the same depth to it. What are some other scriptures that fit that bill?
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Which scripture says that during eclipse all water become pure like Ganges water?

Which scripture says that during eclipse all water become pure like Ganges water? This page make the following claims: During eclipse all waters are equivalent to Ganges water and all Brahmins ...
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What are the kriyas Swahakaram and Vashatkaram means?

In Balagandam Sarkam 52 (I think), the following passage appears in Tamil: Which when I translate: Then Vasishta said "Maharaj (addressing Vishwamithrar), I will not give Sabahalai in lieu of ...
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Why and how Vishwamitra plotted to kill sage Vashistha's son?

I recently read an incident in Vishnu Purana which says that once sage Vishwamitra plotted and got sage Vashista's son killed by some asur. Due to this sage Parashar, who is grandson of sage Vashistha ...
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Sannyasis, their habits and dharma - any message to be taken from it?

Why do some Swamis, Gurus, Sannyasis etc. have long, untrimmed beards and hair, and yet some of their disciples tend to have a more semi-professional look. Is it just a personal preference or is there ...
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Did Vasishta's brother sage Agastya have a previous birth?

Most people only know about the fact the famous sage Vasishta, guru of Rama, was one of the mind-born sons of Brahma. What's not as well-known, however, is the fact that Vasishta is no longer the son ...
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What was Vashishta's role in Ramayana?

What role did sage Vashishta play in the Ramayana? He was Rama's guru, but then, is there any other significant role? What weapons did he give Rama?
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Why is Venkateshwara called a descendant of sage Vasishta?

As I discuss in this question, the book "Venkatachala - Its Glory" by G.V. Chalapathi Rao is an English translation of the Sthala Purana (temple scripture) of the famous Tirupati temple and this ...
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What is the panchang to be used when generating a horoscope?

When generating a horoscope for a person, what is the Panchang to be used? There are two major panchangs, Vakya and Thirukanitha (Tamil name; I don't know what it is called in other states). Out of ...
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What form did Vishnu take in the Battle of Ten Kings?

According to the Rig Veda Anukramani, the seer of Mandala 7 of the Rig Veda is the sage Vashishta, and in the following verse from Mandala 7, Vasishta addresses Vishnu: What was there to be blamed ...