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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Suka, Zuka, shuka

Śuka, son of Sage Vyāsa

Śuka, the son of the sage Vyāsa, was an extremely great and respected sage. He is said to have been born of the celestial maiden Ghṛtācī when she had taken the form of a śuka or parrot, from Vyāsa. He had his education from his father and also from the king Janaka. His self-control was so great that Rambhā, a reputed apsarā[1] failed to entice him by her amorous charms. He learnt the Bhāgavata from his father Vyāsa and then taught it to the king Parīkṣit during his last days.

Śuka, a Spy

There was another Śuka along with Sāraṇa who was one of the spies of Rāvaṇa and who had sneaked into the army camp of Rāma. However Rāma ordered that he should be shown everything and sent back to Rāvaṇa.


  1. Apsarā means celestial maiden.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore