|MAHAVEER - A young prince who gave up power,
position and money to the path of Jainism. He spent twelve long years in strict
meditation and became a light to millions.
NACHIKETA - He was a brave lad. He sought knowledge at a very tender age. He
persuaded Yama the God of Death to teach him. His father lost his temper one-day
and told Nachiketa, 'I have gifted you to the Lord of Death.' This curse turned
out to be a boon. He met the Lord of Death and by his humility won him over and
learnt the secrets of spiritual life from him. He is a true sage and a beacon-light
for others 'in he path of knowledge.
PRAHALAD - A lad who faced the anger of his mighty father for the sake of his
faith in God. Poison, sword and fire could not frighten him. And the Lord Himself
responded to the devotion of the five-year old boy and came to the earth.
SAVITHRI - She chose a noble young man for her husband. She knew he had only
a year to live, but yet she married him. Even the God of Death bowed to her love
and devotion, and restored her husband to life.
VASISHTA - Vasishta was a great ascetic. He was the preceptor of great men like
Sri Rama and Harischandra. He had conquered anger and desire. He was a great
saint who humbled insolent men. As a preceptor he imparted knowledge and became
a guide to thousands of aspirants.
VEDA VYASA - The 'Mahabharata' remains a marvel in the literature of the world.
Veda Vyasa was the sage who gave the world this Storehouse of realism, wisdom
and compassion. And he was the guide to whom seven generations of the high and
the humble looked up in hours of sorrow and darkness.
VIBHEESHANA - Devotee of Sri Rama and younger brother of the valiant Ravana,
king of Lanka. He had great affection and respect for his elder brother. But
when Ravana set him-self on an evil course, Vibheeshana boldly protested and
tendered proper advice. When no alternative was left, he went away from Lanka,
surrendered himself to e virtuous Sri Rama and helped him in the battle against
Ravana. Vibheeshana thus lived a life of unswerving piety and righteousness.
YUDDHISTIRA - The eldest of the Pandava brothers,
the heroes of the great epic, the Mahabharata. Yuddhistira lived for justice,
and patiently suffered humiliation and exile. 'A man should live virtuously because
virtue is good, not because it pays to be virtuous' - so he believed and acted.
And he said to the King of the Gods, 'I cannot enter a Heaven in which there
is no place for a faithful dog.'