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