Who is Vasistha ?

Vasistha is one of the seven rishis. He is one of the prominent figure in bothe the Ramayana and Mahabharata period.
Srila Prabhupada writes about Vasistha in Srimad Bhagavatam as :-

Vasistha: The great celebrated sage among the brahmanas, well known as the Brahmarsi Vasisthadeva. He is a prominent figure in both the Ramayana and Mahabharata periods. He celebrated the coronation ceremony of the Personality of Godhead Shri Rama. He was present also on the Battlefield of Kurukhetra. He could approach all the higher and lower planets, and his name is also connected with the history of Hiranyakasipu. There was a great tension between him and Vishwamitra, who wanted his kamadhenu, wish-fulfilling cow. Vasistha Muni refused to spare his kamadhenu, and for this Vishwamitra killed his one hundred sons. As a perfect brahmana he tolerated all the taunts of Vishwamitra. Once he tried to commit suicide on account of Vishwamitra's torture, but all his attempts were unsuccessful. He jumped from a hill, but the stones on which he fell became a stack of cotton, and thus he was saved. He jumped into the ocean, but the waves washed him ashore. He jumped into the river, but the river also washed him ashore. Thus all his suicide attempts were unsuccessful. He is also one of the seven rishi and husband of Arundhati, the famous star.

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