Vāmadeva

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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