Biographies | Rishi
We meet Jaabaali Muni in Dasharath's court in Vaalmeeki Raamaayan. He is one of the nine Rishi there. His nine Rishi are - Vashishth Jee and Vaamdev were the in charge of religious ceremonies; and Suyagya, Jaabaali, Kashyap, Gautam, Maarkandeya, Deerghaayu, and Kaatyaayan were their assistants and also lived there ( V-Raamaayan, 2/2/7).
Thus Jaabaali was one of the priests in the court of King Dasharath in Ayodhyaa. It is believed that he is the son of Vishwaamitra. Jaabaali Muni is famous for the advice he gave to Lord Raam. Jaabaali Muni was a free thinker and an ascetic who did not believe in Heaven and a life hereafter - he advised Shree Raam not to follow his duty and go to the forest to fulfill his father Dasharath's vows to Queen Kaikeyee. Shree Raam, of course, ignores his advice and goes on to perform His duties as a faithful son. This is in the Ayodhyaa Kaand.
Here is one verse from
Atheist Jaabaali Muni to Shree Raam -
And Shree Raam replies :
Now read what Vashishth Jee says --
This is a very interesting conversation between Jaabaali Muni and Shree Raam, One may read it at valmikiramayan.net/ayodhya/sarga108/ continue reading its chapter 109 on Jaabaali Muni. But later on Sage Vashishth explains that Jaabaali Muni said all those words to Shree Raam only because Jaabaali Muni wanted Shree Raam to return to Ayodhyaa and not go to forest.
There are many stories connected with Jaabaali Muni including how he cursed river Nandinee because she refused to come down to Karnaatak to relieve the drought situation. Also, it is believed that the city Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh is named after Jaabaali Muni.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 5/27/03
Updated on 03/09/13