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When we come across various ancient texts, some enforce self and some are dedicated to programming. While it is important to know the difference between which texts attribute to the glory of the self. Sage Yagnavalkya is said to be a fabulously wealthy man, and he used to give tremendous gifts to people he meets. Sulabha Maithreyi, the daughter of Maitri, the Minister of King Janaka; she’s one of the most virtuous and educated women of Ancient India. She’s the master of Advaita Philosophy and quantum physics. Mahabharata says that Ascended Master Sulabha Maithreyi is a young beauty who never marries.   

One day, she met the Sage Yagnavalkya after knowing his attainment of Enlightenment. When Maitreyi became an ardent disciple of the sage, pleased by her grit, Yagnavalkya offered half of his wealth as a gift to her. But she politely refused but in turn asked that if she takes this gift, will it make her enlightened and Immortal? Yagnavalkya says no and even if all the riches in the world are of yours, that will not guarantee you Immortality. Then Maitreyi asks the sage to reveals the knowledge of enlightenment and immortality, then the wealth can be attained as a result.

Then Yagnavalkya says, that if anyone expresses love to you, that’s not because they’re what they are, that’s the self, expressing through them. Be it your friends, family, brother, sister, or your husband, they’re dear because of the self that’s expressing through them. Once you realize that and see everyone as the outward expression of God, you’ll be directed to the path of Immortality. Thus, Maithreyi became a partner to the sage in decoding ancient knowledge. This conversation has been documented in the Brihadaranyakopanishad.

-Viswanath Venkat Dasari

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