Sage Yajnavalkya had two wives — Maitreyi and Katyayani.
When Yajnavalkya wanted to renounce the world, he said
to Maitreyi: “I shall divide my property between you and
Katyayani.” Maitreyi then asked him: “Will I become
immortal if you place all the wealth of the world at my
disposal?” Yajnavalkya clarified that immortality could not
be had through wealth, said M.K. Srinivasan in a discourse.
Maitreyi told her husband that she did not want anything
that would not confer immortality. Instead she wanted to
know the means to immortality.
Yajnavalkya was pleased with Maitreyi’s response and
began to tell her about Paramatma: “It is not because of the
husband’s will that he becomes dear to his wife. It is not
because of the wife’s will that she becomes dear to her
husband. Children do not become dear to their parents
through their will. All of this happens because of the
Paramatma. So to gain the afection of any person,
Paramatma’s grace is necessary. The Paramatma alone is to
be meditated upon and it is through such meditation that
all of this will be understood.” So the sage taught Maitreyi
the means to liberation.
The Paramatma dwells in all entities. It has all entities as
its body. So when Paramatma is known, everything that
constitutes Paramatma’s body also is known.
To understand Paramatma, we have to control the sense
organs. But when sense organs come into contact with
sense objects, how can we prevent the experience of the
objects? The best thing to do is to take away the objects.
To keep a man from blowing a conch, it is best to take it
away from him.
Likewise to control the sense organs, it is best to keep
sense objects away