patience and the aura of God-realization were so great that king Vishwamitra was
influenced by him to give up his kingship and desired to become a Rishi like Vasishta.
Vishwamitra was a king. He went to the forest to hunt. Once, after hunting he was
returning with his tired army and happened to pass through Vasishta's Ashram. He wished to
pay his kingship and desired to respects to Vasishta. Vishwamitra saluted Vasishta with
proper respect and humility. Vasishta was glad to meet king Vishwamitra. He entertained
the king and his army with fruits and other delicacies and spoke to him with affection.
Vishwamitra got ready to depart after this. Then Vasishta said, "Vishwamitra, you
are a guest here. You and your army may take food and rest here and then depart."
Vishwamitra thought, 'My army is big. If all of us stay here for food, the inhabitants
in the Ashram will be put to hardship'. He said aloud, "Great soul, we are all
satisfied with your kind words. I am fortunate to have met you. I thank you for your
kindness. Extend the same love always. Allow us to depart." Vasishta said,
"King, do not feel embarrassed. I do not feel happy if you go away without taking
food. All of you should stay back." Vishwamitra agreed to do so since Vasishta
As a result of Nandini's divine powers there were large quantities sweets and other
eatables. Vishwamitra and his followers ate to their heart content.