What is escape sequence for * in SQL

I am using oracle 9. When I run a select query with a where clause as
AND UPPER (bnm.name_value_tx) LIKE '*/*%' ESCAPE '\'
I got an exception as
ORA-29902: error in executing ODCIIndexStart() routine ORA-20000: Oracle Text error: DRG-51030: wildcard query expansion resulted in too many terms ]; nested exception is java.sql.SQLException: ORA-29902: error in executing ODCIIndexStart() routine ORA-20000: Oracle Text error: DRG-51030: wildcard query expansion resulted in too many terms
Is there any escape sequence to handle the character * in query? or any other solution to this problem?

If what I understand in my limited knowledge is correct, then u want to search the character * or ** with any character after that as u have used %. But 1st of all, u dont need an escape character for * . Thats only required for _ and % if u use any of it as a search character. So go straight:
AND UPPER (bnm.name_value_tx) LIKE '**%' ....
(if u want to search for ** at the beginning of the field with any characters afterwards.)
Use Escape Characters like:
select first_name,job_id from employees where job_id like 'SA\_%' escape '\'

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