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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Vedānta is the last of the six systems of philosophy. Bādarāyaṇa is stated to be its author. Tradition identifies him with Veda-Vyāsa,[1] the celebrated author of the Mahābhārata. Lexicographers like Hemacandra (A. D. 1088-1173)[2] support this view.

Since Bādarāyaṇa lived along with his disciples and son Suka at the Badarī in the Himalayas, he has used the name Brahmasutras in his composition. Bādarāyaṇa appears in the Sāmavidhāna Brāhmana of the Sāmaveda.

Varāhamihira (A. D. 505-587) and Bhaṭṭotpala (10th cent. A. D.) well-known astronomers, have mentioned another Bādarāyaṇa in their works. But, they are different from Bādarāyaṇa-Vyāsa.


  1. Ved Vyāsa also known as Kṛṣna Dvaipāyana
  2. Abhidhānacintāmani—Martyakānda, 512
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore