Brihadaranyakopanishad, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, Bṛhadāraṇyakopaniṣad: 4 definitions


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The Sanskrit term Bṛhadāraṇyakopaniṣad can be transliterated into English as Brhadaranyakopanisad or Brihadaranyakopanishad, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Vedanta (school of philosophy)

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The Bṛhadāraṇyaka is the biggest and most important one among principal Upaniṣads and contains numerous discussions of teachers, pupils, questioners and others. It is marked by philosophical speculations not opposed to but in conformity with a vigorous performance of rituals. The Bṛhadāraṇyaka reveals to us the towering personality of the great Upaniṣadic thinker Yājñavalkya who affirmed neti neti, i.e. indescibability of the Brahman, the ultimate Truth. It is on this basis that Śaṅkara built up his theory of Non-dualistic Vedānta.

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Vedanta (वेदान्त, vedānta) refers to a school of orthodox Hindu philosophy (astika), drawing its subject-matter from the Upanishads. There are a number of sub-schools of Vedanta, however all of them expound on the basic teaching of the ultimate reality (brahman) and liberation (moksha) of the individual soul (atman).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: World Philosophy: Hinduism

The anonymous Bṛhadāranyaka Upaniṣad (c. 8th century BCE) is one of the earliest texts to reflect and argue about metaphysical questions: where the universe comes from, what it is made of. It has been an inspirational text for much of later (non-Buddhist) Indian philosophy.

Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

The Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upanishad (बृहदारण्यक उपनिषद्) is one of the older, "primary" (mukhya) Upanishads. It is contained within the Shatapatha Brahmana, and its status as an independent Upanishad may be considered a secondary extraction of a portion of the Brahmana text. This makes it one of the oldest texts of the Upanishad corpus. It is largely the oldest Upanishad, excluding some parts which were composed after the Chandogya. and the largely neglected Jaiminiya Upanisad Brahmana. It is associated with the Shukla Yajurveda. It figures as number 10 in the Muktika canon of 108 Upanishads and was notably commented upon by Adi Shankara.

Content: The Upanishad is widely known for its philosophical statements and is ascribed to Yajnavalkya. Its name means "great-wilderness-Upaniṣad" or the "great forest of knowledge". It includes three sections: Madhu Kanda, Muni Kanda (or Yajnavalkya Kanda) and Khila Kanda.

The Madhu Kanda explains the teachings of the basic identity of the individual or Atman. Muni Kanda includes the conversations between the sage Yajnavalkya and one of his wives, Maitreyi. Methods of meditation and some secret rites are dealt in the Khila Kanda. The doctrine of "neti neti" (later on understood as "neither this, nor that") and an often quoted verse, "Asato Maa", is found in this Upanishad.

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad is a commentary on Purush Sukta of the Vedas. Being an intuitional revelation it is rich in the use of metaphors, symbolism and imagery to describe the nature of Reality. Instead of using deduction to derive the truth, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad uses self-evident psychological arguments. The Upanishad uses the imagery of Asvamedha sacrifice, described in Purusha Sukta, to depict the creation of the universe.

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