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Vāmadeva is a sage well-known in the Upaniṣads. The Aitareya Upanisad
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(2.1.5) says he had realised the ātman even while in the womb of his mother. The Brhadāranyaka Upanisad (1.4.10) declares that the sage Vāmadeva realised Brahman and hence his identity with Manu and Sṅrya. The Rāma-purva-tāpanī Upanisad (6.16) describes that Rāma was worshipped by great sages like Vasiṣṭha and Vāmadeva.
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==Attributes of Sage Vāmadeva==
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Vāmadeva is a sage well-known in the Upaniṣads. He is described in various upanisads as follows:
According to the Sivapurāna (Kailāsakhanda 11.12) he learnt about
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* The Aitareya Upanisad<ref>Aitareya Upanisad 2.1.5</ref> says he had realized the ātman even while in the womb of his mother.
Praṇava from Kumārasvāmi (Saṇmukha or Subrahmaṇya) and taught it to other sages.
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* The Brhadāranyaka Upanisad<ref>Brhadāranyaka Upanisad 1.4.10</ref> declares that the sage Vāmadeva realized Brahman and hence his identity with Manu and Surya.
Ātreya was his disciple.
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* The Rāma-purvatāpanī Upanisad<ref>Rāma-purvatāpanī Upanisad 6.16</ref> describes that Rāma was worshiped by great sages like Vasiṣṭha and Vāmadeva.
Vāmadeva is also one of the five aspects of Śiva (See PAÑCĀNANA.)
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* According to the Śivapurāna<ref>Kailāsakhanda 11.12</ref> he learnt about Praṇava from Kumārasvāmi<ref>Kumārasvāmi is Saṇmukha or Subrahmaṇya.</ref> and taught it to other sages.
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* Ātreya was his disciple.
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==Aspects of Vāmadeva==
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Vāmadeva is also one of the five aspects of Śiva.
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==References==
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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Revision as of 06:37, 26 April 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Vamadeva, VAmadeva, Vaamadeva


Attributes of Sage Vāmadeva

Vāmadeva is a sage well-known in the Upaniṣads. He is described in various upanisads as follows:

  • The Aitareya Upanisad[1] says he had realized the ātman even while in the womb of his mother.
  • The Brhadāranyaka Upanisad[2] declares that the sage Vāmadeva realized Brahman and hence his identity with Manu and Surya.
  • The Rāma-purvatāpanī Upanisad[3] describes that Rāma was worshiped by great sages like Vasiṣṭha and Vāmadeva.
  • According to the Śivapurāna[4] he learnt about Praṇava from Kumārasvāmi[5] and taught it to other sages.
  • Ātreya was his disciple.

Aspects of Vāmadeva

Vāmadeva is also one of the five aspects of Śiva.


References

  1. Aitareya Upanisad 2.1.5
  2. Brhadāranyaka Upanisad 1.4.10
  3. Rāma-purvatāpanī Upanisad 6.16
  4. Kailāsakhanda 11.12
  5. Kumārasvāmi is Saṇmukha or Subrahmaṇya.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore