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YAJNAVALKYA

Chancellor Yajnavalkya

Sage Uddalaka, one of the teachers of Yajnavalkya, became very old. He was no longer able to manage the affairs of the ashram as its chancellor. The office of the
chancellor is one of huge responsibility. A chancellor should be an eminent scholar and a good teacher. He should look after his pupils as his children. Uddalaka considered Yajnavalkya as the best- qualified person to become chancellor. Accordingly Yajnavalkya was made the chancellor of the gurukula run by Uddalaka. As the prestige and reputation of this Ashram grew remarkably with the arrival of Yajnavalkya as its Chancellor, large number of students came to join this gurukula. The enlightening lectures and discourses on Vedic studies delivered by Yajnavalkya, out of his profound and divine scholarship, proved an illumination of great fortune to the students.

The fame of Yajnavalkya spread in all directions. Janaka, the emperor of Videha, was eager to meet him and receive initiation from him.

Janaka was a very religious man as well as a great scholar. All the inmates of the ashram resolved at a meeting to conduct a conference of scholars at the time of Janaka's visit to the ashram and arrange for the recitation of and discourse on 'Shukla Yajurveda' written by Yajnavalkya. Accordingly all the necessary preparations were made.

Sages and scholars from different places came in large numbers. Maharaja Janaka arrived at the right time. The conference began. The Shukla Yajurveda was recited and discussed. Yajnavalkya explained the Vedic mantras wherever it was necessary. There was discussion and exchange of ideas on those Vedic mantras. Thus the
conference went on for a few days and was over.

Only philosophers of tremendous scholarship participated in the discussion during sessions. One among them was Gargi, daughter of a sage. She led a life of celibacy. Similarly there was one other maiden of a hermitage who participated in the deliberations of the meeting. She was maitreyi. After the recitation of the Vedas the entire galaxy of scholars assembled there glorified Yajnavalkya. The august body of scholars accepted Shukla Yajurveda, the sacred Vedic text, with great pride and pleasure. Maharshi Yajnavalkya was honored as Brahmarshi.

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Yajnavalkya - A brahmarshi, who produced 'Shukla Yajurveda'.
About Yajnavalkya
Introduction
Brahmaratha's Penance Bore Fruit
From Home to Gurukula
At The Gurukula
Holy Water To Cure King's Disease
What A Wonder!
'Leave The Ashram At Once'
Education Continued
At Uddalaka's Ashram
Mother Gayatri's Vision And Grace
Home Again From Gurukula
The Vow Of Aditya
Aditya's Grace, The Great Gift
The Great Works
You are Here! Chancellor Yajnavalkya
Maitreyi's Request Fulfilled
Take The Cows To Our Ashram
The Crown Of Sarvajna
Departed From The World
The Greatness Of His Life, The Light Of His Message
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