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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Vaiśeṣika-darśana is one of the six systems of philosophy grouped under the āstika schools. These schools accept the authority of the Vedas. They owe its systematization to the sage Kaṇāda. He was also known as Aulukya.

Kaṇāda probably lived subsisting on uñchavṛtti or small grains. Hence he got the name as Kaṇāda. Kaṇa means small grain and ad means to eat. Being the son of the sage Ulka, he was also nicknamed as Aulukya.[1]

There is not much information about him. According to some scholars he might have lived before Buddha and belonged to Prabhāsa in Saurāṣṭra, Gujarat.


  1. Aulukya means the son of, or belonging to the family of Uluka.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore