Gargya was a good talker

Gargya, son of Valaka, was a good talker, but exceedingly vain. Coming one day into the presence of Ajatasatru, king of Varanasi, he accosted him with boastful speech.

Gargya: “I will teach you of Brahman.”

Ajatasatru: ” Indeed? Well just for that kind proposal you should be rewarded with a thousand cows. People nowadays flock to King Janaka to speak and hear of Brahman. I am pleased that you have come to me instead.”

Gargya: “He who is the being in the sun and at the same time the being in the eye; he who, having entered the body through the eye, resides in the heart and is the doer and the experiencer – him I meditate on as Brahman.”

Ajatasatru: “Nay, nay! Do not speak thus of Brahman. That being I worship as transcendental, luminous, supreme. He who meditates on Brahman as such goes beyond all created beings and becomes the glorious ruler of all.”

Gargya: ” The being who is in the moon and at the same time in the mind – him I meditate upon as Brahman.”

Ajatasatru: ” Nay, nay! Do not speak thus of Brahman. That being worship as infinite, clad in purity, blissful, resplendent. He who meditates upon Brahman as such lacks nothing and is forever happy.”

Gargya: ” The being who is in the lightning and at the same time in the heart – him I meditate upon as Brahman.”

Ajatasatru: “Nay, nay! Do not speak thus of Brahman. That being I worship as power. He who meditates upon Brahman as such becomes powerful, and his children after him.”

Gargya: ” The being who is in the sky and at the same time in the heart – him I meditate upon as Brahman.”

Ajatasatru: “Nay, nay! Do not speak thus of Brahman. That being I worship as all-pervading, changeless. He who meditates upon Brahman as such is blessed with children and with cattle. The thread of his progeny shall never be cut.”

This conversation continues until Gargya realises that he has run out of ideas. At this point, he turns to Ajatasatru and requests to become his disciple. Can Ajatasatru teach Gargya about Brahman? We shall see tomorrow…

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