11 Facts About Aruni


Aruni is mentioned in many Vedic era Sanskrit texts, and his philosophical teachings are among the center piece in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad and Chandogya Upanishad, two of the oldest Upanishadic scriptures.

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Uddalaka Aruni was a brahmin of the Gautama lineage who was from Kuru-Pancala.

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Aruni was the preceptor of Yajnavalkya Vajasaneya, Kahola Kausitaki, Proti Kausurubindi, and his own son Svetaketu Auddalaki.

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Aruni defeated Pracinayogya Sauceya and likely Bhadrasena Ajatasatrava in debate, but was defeated in debate by his own pupil Yajnavalkya.

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Name Aruni appears in many of the Principal Upanishads, in numerous verses.

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Sage Aruni is revered in the Hindu tradition, and like many of its revered ancient scholars, later era scholars from the earliest times attributed or named their texts after him.

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Aruni wrote, 'Uddalaka collected observations as far as his historical conditions permitted him and even went on diligently to make experiments to understand nature and man.

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Aruni explained that the existent entered these three elements and when it entered, it caused the elements to contain something of other two.

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Aruni gives an example for Atman-Brahman doctrine: Just as bees collect nectar from different sources, but when gathered together they form an undifferentiated mass; just as different rivers after flowing into the ocean become one with the ocean, similarly Atman resides individually in every being but merges with the Brahman and becomes one with it.

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Aruni says, 'You don't perceive that one Reality exists in your body, my son, but it is truly there.

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Uddalaka Aruni is said to have systematized the Vedic and Upanishadic thoughts.

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