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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]] Upaniṣad<ref>[[Aitareya]] Upaniṣad 2.1.5</ref> says he had realized the [[Ātman|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 Upaniṣad<ref>Brhadāranyaka Upaniṣad 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 Upaniṣad<ref>[[Rāma]]-purvatāpanī Upaniṣad 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 [[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.
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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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[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]

Latest revision as of 08:43, 19 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