The Dreamheron Diaries - স্বপ্নসারসের দিনলিপি

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


The story of Yajnavalkya and Maitreyi from the ancient Hindu lore goes thus: Yajnavalkya was a very wise sage – learned in the Vedic scriptures. Maitreyi was a young woman seeking timeless wisdom. She became both a beloved wife and a devoted disciple to Yajnavalkya.

They had a wonderful life together. When the husband was nearing the end of his life, he sat the wife down and told her that he was going to leave her a great deal of wealth.

The wife asked: "Will this wealth make me immortal?"

The husband answered: "No, wealth cannot make you immortal."

Then the wife, today revered as one of the wisest women of ancient India, asked her timeless question (in Sanskrit):

Yenaham namritah syam kim aham tena kuryam?
What shall I do with that which will not make me  immortal?

From this simple question flows the following diagram:

Seeking timeless knowledge