Biographies | Rishi
His story appears in V-Raamaayan,7/22 also
See also Vishwaamitra Jee
Vashishth Jee and Vishwaamitra Jee
While Vashishth Jee and Vishwaamitra Jee were still cross, several incidents occurred in between, such as the incident of the King Satyavrat (Trishanku), Curse to King Saudaas ---
Birth of Paraashar - Vashishth's Grandson
A little while later Vishwaamitra Jee saw a Raakshas named Kinkar. He got an opportunity to take revenge, so he asked that Raakshas to enter Kalmaashpaad's body. Kinkar entered the King's body and thus Shakti's words proved true. Then Kalmaashpaad insulted another saint and that saint also cursed him to become a Raakshas. Now the King's nature was changing to a Raakshas nature, so he went to Shakti and said - "I am behaving like this because of you, so let me begin my Raakshas career with eating you. So he ate Shakti up and killed his brothers too.
When Vashishth Jee heard this, he became very sad and started towards the forest to commit suicide. On the way he saw Shakti's pregnant widow Adrashyanti coming. He got pity on her, so he brought her in his Aashram, and after a few days she delivered a son. Vashishth Jee named him Paraashar.
One day Vashishth Jee and Adrishyanti went to collect Samidhaa (twigs for Yagya), that a Raakshas came and roared near Adrishyanti. Vashishth Jee also roared on him in return and the Raakshas got stuck there only. He was the King Kalmaashpaad (who ate Vashishth's son Shakti). Vashishth Jee recognized him, so he took some holy water from his Kamandal and sprinkled on him pronouncing some Mantra. He became free from the curse. He asked for Vashishth's forgiveness and Vashishith Jee forgave him. When Paraashar grew up he decided to take revenge of his father's killing by doing the Raakshas Yagya but Vashishth Jee stopped him saying that this is not good for saints.
Reason Not to Declare Vishwaamitra as Brahmarshi
Sage Vashishth said to Vishwaamitra "You have shown to the world that the human spirit is invincible and accepts no defeat. You conquered lust, anger, greediness, attachment and arrogance one by one through your austerities and meditation. The last barrier was jealousy. Now you have conquered that enemy also. "Hail Brahmarshi Vishwaamitra." - As Sage Vashishth Jee touched the brow center of Vishwaamitra, his third eye opened and he saw the seven rhythms with which the cosmos was created. The sacred Gaayatree-Mantra with its seven Vyaahriti or rhythms was revealed to him at that time.
Some Other Incidents
Once Vashishth Jee gave Shaap to eight Vasu to take birth on Earth. On their way to their home they met Gangaa. Gangaa asked them as why they were so sad? They told her the whole incident. They said to her - "Once Vashishth Jee was doing his evening worship, we could not see him and we crossed him. So he cursed us to be born on Prithvi. We do not want to live in any human womb. Since you are also cursed to be born on Prithvi, if you can help us. You can flow us in your water as soon as we are born, thus we will be free from our curse." Then Gangaa assured them that she would produce them as her children and would give them Mukti. She said - "I ill give you birth but I will drown you in me (Gangaa River) so you will get Mukti from this Shaap, but who do you choose to become your father?" They said - "There is a king named Prateep on Prithvi, he will have a son named Shaantanu. He will be our father." Gangaa said - "Fine. But at least one of you would have to live there for your whole life, because my living with Shaantanu will not go completely waste. Who is going to live there? They decided that whoever was specifically the culprit of Vashishth Jee will stay back on Earth. So the youngest one stayed on Earth. The other seven Vasu gave him their 1/8th part of their powers to sustain on Prithvi and said to him - "You will not have any progeny on Earth and will come back here in Uttaraayan if you want salvation from your human birth." That is why he did not marry and left his body in Uttaraayan so that he could get salvation from the human birth.
In this context Gangaa came to live with king Shaantanu of Hastinaapur and gave birth to eight children. She drowned seven of them but the last one had to live. He was famous Mahaabhaarat character Bheeshm. When Yudhishthir went for his guidance, Krishn said that he had to live 56 days more on this Earth.
According to Mahaabhaaarat, G-1-Beginning/3, Gangaa tells the following story of Vasu's curse - "Varun has a son named Vashishth. Once he was went on Meru Parvat and started doing penance at a convenient spot. Daksh had a daughter named Surabhi who gave birth to a daughter named Nandinee in the form of a cow. Vashishth Jee got Nandinee for the fulfillment of his Yagya needs and he used to live with her there.
One day Vasu came there along with Prithu and wandered there along with their wives. One of the Vasu's wife saw Nandinee there and showed her to her husband Dyu. Dyu said - "This cow belongs to Vashishth Jee. Whoever mortal drinks its milk remains young for 10,000 years." Dyu's wife said - "There is a friend of mine on Earth named Jitavatee, the daughter of King Usheenar. I wish to have this cow with her calf for my that friend. Please bring that cow to me so that my friend can drink its milk and remain young for ever." So Dyu, just in humor, stole that cow aided by his brother Prithu and the others. He didn't think about the sin of stealing the Rishi's cow. When Vashishth Jee came back, he didn't see his cow. He came to see [with his Yog power] that Vasu had stolen his cow, he immediately got angry and gave Shaap to them, "since they have stolen my cow they will certainly have to be born on Earth."
After cursing them thus he sat down for his Tap. When Vasu came to know about it, they prayed him to pacify him, but failed to get his grace. Then Vashishth Jee said - "O Dhava and others, listen, You have been cursed by me, but you will be free from that Yoni within a year of your birth. I do not lie. Dyu, You will be born on Earth but you will not have any children. However you will be conversant with scriptures, but will not have the pleasure of women there." Then all Vasu came to me and requested me to be their mother and begged me a boon that I shall throw them in water as soon as they are born. I did as they wished to free them from human form. Thus according to Rishi's curse, this Dyu has to live on Earth for some time." After telling this Gangaa disappeared then and there. She took Gangaadatt, who was Gaangeya and Devavrat with her.
Vashishth's Curse to Rishi Grihatsamad
Vashishth Jee and Kaartveerya Arjun
Created by Sushma Gupta On 5/27/04
Modified on 05/03/13