Apantaratamas, Apāntaratamas: 5 definitions


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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Apāntaratamas (अपान्तरतमस्).—General. A Maharṣi (Great Sage). He was born out of the sound 'bhu' uttered by Mahāviṣṇu. The sage is also known as Sārasvata and Apāntaratamas. Because he was absolutely free from inner darkness or ignorance he was called Apāntaratamas. The sage, who was cognizant of the past, the present and the future divided and systematized the Vedas as ordered by Viṣṇu.

Vyāsa was Apāntaratamas reborn. Mahāviṣṇu ordained that in the Dvāpara age he be born as the son of Parāśara and once again divide and systematize the Vedas, and so was he born as Vyāsa. (Śrī Śaṅkara’s Muṇḍakopaniṣad and Brahmasūtra Bhāṣya). (See full article at Story of Apāntaratamas from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Apantaratamas in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Apāntaratamas (अपान्तरतमस्):—[=apāntara-tamas] m. Name of an ancient sage (who is identified with Kṛṣṇa Dvaipāyana), [Mahābhārata; Harivaṃśa]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Goldstücker Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Apāntaratamas (अपान्तरतमस्):—[bahuvrihi compound] m.

(-māḥ) The name of an ancient Ṛṣi, who in a subsequent birth became, according to the legend, the Vedavyāsa or Kṛṣṇadvaipāyana. (Śaṅkara in his comm. on a Vedānta Sūtra: apāntaratamā nāma vedācāryaḥ purāṇarṣirviṣṇuniyogātkalidvāparayoḥ saṃdhau kṛṣṇadvaipāyanaḥ saṃbabhūveti smaranti.) E. apa and antara-tamas, lit. ‘free from interior darkness’.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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