supposed to have been born as the result of Brahmas will-power. He was a great
ascetic, laboured for the welfare of the world Vasishta was not a recluse, he was
householder. He was married Arundhati. Arundhati is famous for virtues and devotion to her
husband There is a small star close to Vasish in the Great Bear or Saptarshi Mandal They
have named it after Arundha Among the Hindus, immediately after, the wedding, the bride is
shown Arundhati and she worships the star. It is a symbolic acceptance of the ideal of
virtue and devotion by the bride .
Vasishta had his hermitage on the banks of the river Saraswati. Arundhati spent all her
time in the service of husband. He had with him thousand of disciples and taught them he
Vasishta was affectionately addressed by his disciples as Kulapati or chiefpreceptor.
In those days a teacher who fed and taught at least ten thousand students was called
Kulapati. Vasishta's daily routine was to teach his disciples, to preach dharma to the
visitors and to practise tapas or austerities.
There was an atmosphere of peace in the hermitage. The plants and trees were full of
flowers and fruits. A variety of birds sang and flew about in the hermitage. Herds of deer
and cows lived there. There was regular performance of several holy sacrifices for the
good of the world. Several Hundreds of visitors used to come to the hermitage to meet
Vasishta. The merit earneds by the performance of tapas was Vasishta's great strength.
He was a man of peace. He had conquered desire and anger. His Ashram needed great
quantities of milk, curds and ghee for the feeding of thousands of his disciples, guests
and performance of sacrifices regularly. Devendra had gifted to Vasishta a divine cow,
having admired his generosity and performance of sacrifices. The cow was called Nandini.
She was the daughter of Kamadhenu. Since it was a divine cow it had extra ordinary powers.
The Ashram got plenty of milk and ghee from this cow. Since it had moonlike patches all
over the body, it was also called 'Shabala.' The word mean many-coloured. Vasishta and
Arundha were very fond of Nandini.