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Tale of Yayati
« on: March 19, 2009, 11:46:09 AM »
Nahush had six sons- Yati, Yayati, Sanyati, Aayati, Viyati and Kriti. Yayati had two wives, Devyani, the
daughter of Shukracharya and Sharmishtha, the daughter of Vrishparva. Devyani gave birth to Yadu
and Turvasu whereas Sharmishtha gave birth to Druhayu, Anu and Puru. Because of a curse of
Shukracharya old age had descended on Yayati prematurely.

Yayati then requested his eldest son Yadu to exchange his youth with his old age but Yadu refused.
Then Yayati requested each of his sons one by one but all of them refused plainly for the fear of getting
old prematurely.

At last Yayati’s youngest son Puru gladly accepted his request and gave him his youth. Regaining the youth,
Yayati once again indulged in carnal pleasures with both his queens. But everyday his desire for pleasures
increased like a fire flared up by ghee. After one thousand years Yayati realised his mistake and decided to
expiate for his sin. Thus, Yayati returned Puru his youth and acquired his old age once again. Then crowning Puru
as the king, he took an exile to the forest.

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta