SB 1.9 – Paraśurāma, Vasiṣṭha, Trita, Gṛtsamada, Asita, Kakṣīvān, Atri

Some of the great souls who accompanied Yudhiṣṭhira to see Bhīṣma:

Some of the great souls who accompanied Yudhiṣṭhira to see Bhīṣma:

Paraśurāma – He is the son of Jamadagni and Reṇukā. He killed the kṣatriya community as a whole 21 times, and with their blood he pleased the souls of his forefathers. After taking the earth from the kings, he gave it in charity to Kaśyapa. Paraśurāma instructed the Dhanur-veda, or the science of fighting, to Droṇa. He was present during the coronation of Yudhiṣṭhira. He met Rāma and Kṛṣṇa at different times. He fought with Rāma and accepted Kṛṣṇa as the Supreme Lord. When Bhīṣma refused to obey his order to marry Ambā, Paraśurāma fought with Bhīṣma, and finally being pleased with Bhīṣma gave him the benediction of becoming the greatest fighter in the world.

Vasiṣṭha – He is known as Brahmaṛṣi. He is a prominent figure in both the Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata periods. He celebrated the coronation ceremony of Lord Rāma. Viśvāmitra wanted Vasiṣṭha’s kāmadhenu but the latter refused. So Viśvāmitra killed Vasiṣṭha’s one hundred sons. On account of Viśvamitra’s torture, he tried to commit suicide but was unsuccessful in all his attempts. He is the husband of Arundhatī and one of the seven ṛṣis.

Trita: One of the three sons of Gautama. By dint of severe penances, he and his brothers were promoted to Brahmaloka. Once he fell into a well. He was one of the seven sages in the Varuṇaloka.

Gṛtsamada: He was a close friend of Indra and used to visit the assembly of Yudhiṣṭhira. He explained the glories of Śiva before the king. He was the son of Vitahavya and resembled Indra. Sometimes the enemies of Indra mistook him to be Indra and arrested him. He was a great scholar of the Ṛg-veda, and lived a life of celibacy.

Asita: A great sage who explained to his father 1,500,000 verses from the Mahābhārata. A devotee of Lord Śiva. he was present during the snake sacrifice of Janamejaya. He gave instructions to Yudhiṣṭhira on the Añjana hill.

Kakṣīvān: One of the sons of Gautama and the father of the great sage Candakausika.

Atri: One of the mental sons of Brahmā. In his family the great Pracetās were born. He is one of the 21 prajāpatis. His wife is Anasūya, and he helped Parīkṣit in his great sacrifice.