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Have you seen the Pole Star? If you observe keenly you can see it at night in the northern part of the sky shining bright always. Below the Pole Star you will find a group of stars in the shape of inverted English letters as shown here-u). They are seven in number and are called Saptarshi Mandala or the Great Bear, a constellation. The seven saints after whom they are named are Marichi, Atri, Angiras, Pulastya, Pulaha, Kratu and Vasishta. Rishi or saint means a wise man, the man who knows the secret of the Veda.
"The Possessor of riches" = VASISHTA, whose wife was Fidelity = Arundhati. He was the son of the cow of Abundance (Delight = NANDINI). Son of Varuna and Mitra; (his mother would become the nymph Urvashi.)
The youngest of Bramha's seven sons, Rishi Vashisht. Vasishta is supposed to have been born as the result of Brahma s will power. He was a great ascetic, laboured for the welfare of the world Vasishta was not a recluse, he was householder. He was married Arundhati. Arundhati is famous for virtues and devotion to her husband there is a small star close to Vasisht in the Great Bear or Saptarshi Mandal.Vasishta had his hermitage on the banks of the river Saraswati. Arundhati spent all her time in the service of husband. He had with him thousand of disciples and taught them the Vedas as Kulapati or chief preceptor affectionately addressed Vasishta. Vasishta's daily routine was to teach his disciples, to preach dharma to the visitors and to practise tapas or austerities.
Vasishta was a great ascetic. He was the preceptor of great men like Sri Rama and Harischandra. He had conquered anger and desire. He was a great saint who humbled insolent men. As a preceptor he imparted knowledge and became a guide to thousands of aspirants.

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  • 21 Mar, 2001
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