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Gargi Vachaknavi Quotes

Gargi Vachaknavi Quotes are primarily from Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. Gargi, who is also known as Mahabhaga and Brahmavidvara, came forward as n opponent of Sage Yajnavalkya and asked him a series of complex and perplexing questions relating to the nature of water, air, sun, demigods, Brahman and other allied matters. The members of the philosophical conference at Janaka’s court had the rare opportunity to notice the erudition and wisdom of Gargi, who dared to challenge the versatile sage-scholar Yajnavalkya.

She asked Yajnavalkya

The entire world exists in waters. In what do these waters exist?
Yajnavalkya replied in the wind do the waters exist.

In what does the wind exist?
In the intermediate region.

In what does the intermediate region exist?
In the Gandharva Loka.

In what does the Gandharva Loka exist?
In the aditya loka.

In what does the Aditya Loka exist?
In the Chandraloka.

In what does the Chandraloka exist?
In the Nakshatra Loka.

In what does the Nakshatra Loka exist?
In the Devaloka.

In what does the Devaloka exist?
In the Indraloka.

In what does the Indraloka exist?
In the Prajapati Loka.

In what does the Prajapati Loka exist?
In the Brahmaloka.

At this point Yajnavalkya warned Gargi not to cross the limit, because there is nothing beyond the Brahmaloka. If she persisted on this, her head would be separated. Gargi fell silent. (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, III. 6)

Later, Gargi poised two questions which were like two arrows placed on the string of the bow of great warriors – Kashua and Ugraputra – to kill enemies.

The first question:
In what are the regions beyond heaven, below the earth, between the heaven and earth, the heaven and earth themselves, the past, the present and the future interwoven?

Yajnavalkya replied: O Gargi, the regions beyond the heaven, below the earth, in between the between the heaven and earth, the heaven and earth themselves, the past, the present and the future all are interwoven in Akasha.

The she asked the second question:
In what is the Akasha interwoven?
Yajnavalkya replied: In the Akshara.

Gargi was satisfied with these answers given by Yajnavalkya. (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, III. 8.1-12)