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==Attributes of Sage Vāmadeva==
 
==Attributes of Sage Vāmadeva==
 
Vāmadeva is a sage well-known in the Upaniṣads. He is described in various upanisads as follows:
 
Vāmadeva is a sage well-known in the Upaniṣads. He is described in various upanisads as follows:
* The Aitareya Upanisad<ref>Aitareya Upanisad 2.1.5</ref> says he had realized the ātman even while in the womb of his mother.
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* The Aitareya Upaniṣad<ref>Aitareya Upaniṣad 2.1.5</ref> says he had realized the ātman even while in the womb of his mother.
* 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.
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* The Brhadāranyaka Upaniṣad<ref>Brhadāranyaka Upaniṣad 1.4.10</ref> declares that the sage Vāmadeva realized Brahman and hence his identity with Manu and Surya.
* The Rāma-purvatāpanī Upanisad<ref>Rāma-purvatāpanī Upanisad 6.16</ref> describes that Rāma was worshiped by great sages like Vasiṣṭha and Vāmadeva.
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* The Rāma-purvatāpanī Upaniṣad<ref>Rāma-purvatāpanī Upaniṣad 6.16</ref> describes that Rāma was worshiped by great sages like Vasiṣṭha and Vāmadeva.
* 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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* According to the Śivapurāṇa<ref>Kailāsakhanda 11.12</ref> he learnt about Praṇava from Kumārasvāmi<ref>Kumārasvāmi is Saṇmukha or Subrahmaṇya.</ref> and taught it to other sages.
 
* Ātreya was his disciple.
 
* Ātreya was his disciple.
  

Revision as of 05:18, 3 December 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 Upaniṣad[1] says he had realized the ātman even while in the womb of his mother.
  • The Brhadāranyaka Upaniṣad[2] declares that the sage Vāmadeva realized Brahman and hence his identity with Manu and Surya.
  • The Rāma-purvatāpanī Upaniṣad[3] describes that Rāma was worshiped by great sages like Vasiṣṭha and Vāmadeva.
  • According to the Śivapurāṇa[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 Upaniṣad 2.1.5
  2. Brhadāranyaka Upaniṣad 1.4.10
  3. Rāma-purvatāpanī Upaniṣad 6.16
  4. Kailāsakhanda 11.12
  5. Kumārasvāmi is Saṇmukha or Subrahmaṇya.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore