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See also Gaargee-Yaagyavalkya
Gaargee (Vaachaknu), because she was the daughter of Vaachaknu, was a great ancient Indian philosopher, daughter of sage Vaachaknu, and was born in the family of Garg. Gaargee was one of the great sages (Nava Ratn) in Raajaa Janak's court in Mithilaa. She never married. She was a Vaidik prophetess and as the daughter of sage Vaachaknu she has composed several hymns that questioned the origin of all existence.
Gaargee is mentioned in the 6th and the 8th Braahman of Brihadaaranyak Upanishad. Once a Brahm Yagya, a philosophic congress, was organized by King Janak of Videh kingdom. In that congress she challenged the sage Yaagyavalkya with perturbing questions on the Aatmaa (soul). In Vaidik literature, she is honored as one of the great natural philosophers.
Gaargee has composed several hymns that questioned the origin of all existence. Once King Janak organized a "Brahm Yagya', a philosophic congress centered around the fire sacrament, Gaargee was one of the eminent participants. She challenged the sage Yaagyavalkya with several perturbing questions on the soul or Aatmaa that confounded the learned man who had till then silenced many an eminent scholar.
Her question was - "The layer that is above the sky and below the earth, which is described as being situated between the earth and the sky and which is indicated as the symbol of the past, present and future, where is that situated?" - bamboozled even the great Vaidik men of letters.
Yaagyavalkya Sanhitaa, a classical text on Yog, is a dialogue between sage Yaagyavalkya and Gaargee.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 5/27/03
Updated on 03/22/13