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There are two Maitreyee -
A dialog of Rishikaa Sulabhaa with King Janak of Videh kingdom on spirituality is recorded in the Shaanti Parv (12th book) of the Mahaabhaarat.
The Rig Ved contains about 1,000 hymns, of which about 10 are accredited to Maitreyee, the woman seer and philosopher. She has contributed towards the enhancement of her sage-husband Yaagyavalkya's personality and the flowering of his spiritual thoughts.
One day the sage decided to make a settlement of his worldly possessions between his two wives and renounce the world by taking up ascetic vows. He asked his wives their wishes. The learned Maitreyee asked her husband if all the wealth in the world would make her immortal. The sage replied that wealth could only make one rich, nothing else. She then asked for the wealth of immortality. Yaagyavalkya was happy to hear this, and imparted Maitreyee the doctrine of the soul and his knowledge of attaining immortality. This is found in the Part 2, Chapter 4 and Part 4, Chapter 5 of the Brihadaranyak Upanishad. Read this story here and here too.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 5/27/03
Updated on 10/11/13