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Śvetaketu is one of the great sages we come across in the Upaniṣads and the Mahā[[bhārata]]. He was the son of Gautama Āruṇi.<ref>Gautama Āruṇi was also known as Uddālaka.</ref> In his younger days he was proud and arrogant but had to taste defeat in the court of the king Pravāhaṇ[[a]] Jaivali.<ref>Chāndogya Upanisad 5.3.1-5</ref> Later on his father taught him the science of [[Brahman]]. <ref>Chāndogya Upanisad 6</ref>
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Śvetaketu is one of the great sages we come across in the Upaniṣads and the Mahā[[bhārata]]. He was the son of Gautama [[Āruṇi]].<ref>Gautama [[Āruṇi]] was also known as Uddālaka.</ref> In his younger days he was proud and arrogant but had to taste defeat in the court of the king Pravāhaṇ[[a]] Jaivali.<ref>Chāndogya Upanisad 5.3.1-5</ref> Later on his father taught him the science of [[Brahman]]. <ref>Chāndogya Upanisad 6</ref>
  
 
In course of time, he himself became [[a]] great teacher. Upakosala was his talented disciple.<ref>Chāndogya Upanisad 4.10</ref> Naciketa was his brother and Sujātā the wife of the sage [[Kahola]], was his sister. He had married Suvarcalā, the daughter of the sage [[Devala]]. Śvetaketu is considered to have assigned proper duties to the priests performing sacrifices.
 
In course of time, he himself became [[a]] great teacher. Upakosala was his talented disciple.<ref>Chāndogya Upanisad 4.10</ref> Naciketa was his brother and Sujātā the wife of the sage [[Kahola]], was his sister. He had married Suvarcalā, the daughter of the sage [[Devala]]. Śvetaketu is considered to have assigned proper duties to the priests performing sacrifices.
  
Annoyed at the loose sexual behavior of the people of his times, he is said to have systematized the institution of marriage. He also produced an abridged edition of the Kāmaśāstra<ref>Kāmaśāstra means Science of Erotics.</ref> originally written by Nandi, Śiva’s famous mount. Another famous sage, [[Aṣṭāvakra]], was his nephew.
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Annoyed at the loose sexual behavior of the people of his times, he is said to have systematized the institution of marriage. He also produced an abridged edition of the Kāmaśāstra<ref>Kāmaśāstra means Science of Erotics.</ref> originally written by [[Nandi]], [[Śiva]]’s famous mount. Another famous sage, [[Aṣṭāvakra]], was his nephew.
  
  

Latest revision as of 16:14, 19 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Svetaketu, Zvetaketu, shvetaketu


Śvetaketu is one of the great sages we come across in the Upaniṣads and the Mahābhārata. He was the son of Gautama Āruṇi.[1] In his younger days he was proud and arrogant but had to taste defeat in the court of the king Pravāhaṇa Jaivali.[2] Later on his father taught him the science of Brahman. [3]

In course of time, he himself became a great teacher. Upakosala was his talented disciple.[4] Naciketa was his brother and Sujātā the wife of the sage Kahola, was his sister. He had married Suvarcalā, the daughter of the sage Devala. Śvetaketu is considered to have assigned proper duties to the priests performing sacrifices.

Annoyed at the loose sexual behavior of the people of his times, he is said to have systematized the institution of marriage. He also produced an abridged edition of the Kāmaśāstra[5] originally written by Nandi, Śiva’s famous mount. Another famous sage, Aṣṭāvakra, was his nephew.


References

  1. Gautama Āruṇi was also known as Uddālaka.
  2. Chāndogya Upanisad 5.3.1-5
  3. Chāndogya Upanisad 6
  4. Chāndogya Upanisad 4.10
  5. Kāmaśāstra means Science of Erotics.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore