One of the best sage of Vedic India
Goddess Saraswati and Yajnavalkya (early 20th-century devotional illustration)

Yajnavalkya (Sanskrit: याज्ञवल्क्य, Yājñavalkya) was a Hindu Vedic sage. He is mentioned in the Upanishads, and likely lived in the Videha kingdom of northern Bihar approximately between the 8th century BCE, and the 7th century BCE.


  • Now as a man is like this or like that, according as he acts and according as he behaves, so will he be; a man of good acts will become good, a man of bad acts, bad;he becomes pure by pure deeds, bad by bad deeds;
    And here they say that a person consists of desires, and as is his desire, so is his will; and as is his will, so is his deed; and whatever deed he does, that he will reap.
    • discussions of Yajnavalkya in  Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
  • One should indeed see, hear, understand and meditate over the Self, O Maitreyi; indeed, he who has seen, heard, reflected and understood the Self – by him alone the whole world comes to be known.
    • — Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 2.4.5b

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