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.
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.