Uddalaka, aka: Uddālaka; 10 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism


[Uddalaka in Purana glossaries]

1) Uddālaka (उद्दालक).—A disciple called Āruṇi of the teacher Āyodhadhaumya. To know how Āruṇi got the name Uddālaka, see under Āyodhadhaumya.

It is stated in Mahābhārata, Sabhā Parva, Chapter 7, Stanza 12 that this hermit Uddālaka was a prominent figure in the Durbar of Indra. Uddālaka had a son called Śvetaketu and a daughter called Sujātā. He gave his daughter Sujātā in marriage to his favourite disciple Kahoḍaka. The hermit Aṣṭāvakra was their son. See under Aṣṭāvakra. (Mahābhārata Vana Parva, Chapter 132). Once Uddālaka caused the river Sarasvatī to appear at the place of sacrifice. From that day onwards Sarasvatī got the name 'Manoramā' because when the thought came to his mind (manas) the river made its appearance. (Mahābhārata Śalya Parva, Chapter 33). It is mentioned in Mahābhārata, Śānti Parva, Chapter 57, Stanza 10, that Uddālaka expelled his son Śvetaketu from the house because the son was a hater of Brahmins.

2) Uddālaka (उद्दालक).—The story of another hermit of the name Uddālaka is mentioned in the Mahābhārata, Anuśāsana Parva. Chapter 71. This hermit is known as Uddālaki also. Once this hermit happened to forget that he had left flowers, food and his waterpot on the bank of the river and reaching his hermitage, he asked his son Nāciketa to fetch them from the bank of the river. When Nāciketa reached the bank of the river, those things had been washed down by the current. The son returned and reported the matter to his father. The father got angry and cursed his son to death. Seeing the son lying dead on darbha (mattress made of darbha grass) the hermit cried aloud. In that flow of tears life returned to the body and the son woke up as if from sleep. The father asked the son about the news of the realm of Yama (the god of death) and the son told the hermit the news about the world of the dead.

(Source): archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia

Uddālaka (उद्दालक).—A sage.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 41. 44; 61. 25.
(Source): Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index
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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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Ayurveda (science of life)

[Uddalaka in Ayurveda glossaries]

Uddālaka (उद्दालक) is a Sanskrit word for a variety of rice (ṣaṣṭika) which is said to have a superior quality, according to Caraka in his Carakasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna (chapter 27), a classical Āyurvedic work. The plant Uddālaka is part of the Śūkadhānyavarga group of medicinal plants, referring to the “group of awned grains”. Caraka defined such groups (vargas) based on the dietic value of the plant. Uddālaka is said to be cold, unctuous, non-heavy, promoting the stability of and alleviates the three doṣas.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Itihasa (narrative history)

[Uddalaka in Itihasa glossaries]

Uddālaka (उद्दालक) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.48.7, I.53) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Uddālaka) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

(Source): JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places
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Itihasa (इतिहास, itihāsa) refers to ‘epic history’ and represents a branch of Sanskrit literature which popularly includes 1) the eighteen major Puranas, 2) the Mahabharata and 3) the Ramayana. It is a branch of Vedic Hinduism categorised as smriti literature (‘that which is remembered’) as opposed to shruti literature (‘that which is transmitted verbally’).

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General definition (in Hinduism)

[Uddalaka in Hinduism glossaries]

Uddalaka, also known as Uddalaka Aruni, was a very learned Rishi. He was a famous teacher of the scriptures and the Vedas. He had daughter named Sujata and a much younger son named Shwetaketu. He gave his daughter in marriage to his favorite disciple Kahoda. A son named Ashtavakra was born to them. In order to win wealth, Kahoda went to participate in a debating contest in the court of King Janaka, where, however, he was defeated by the court scholar Bandy. As per the rules of the contest, Kahoda was drowned in the river.

(Source): Apam Napat: Indian Mythology

Uddalaka : A great sage and teacher of Vedanta.

(Source): WikiPedia: Hinduism

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[Uddalaka in Theravada glossaries]

Son of the Bodhisatta (then chaplain of the king of Benares) and a slave girl, whom he first met in the royal park. The boy was so called because he was conceived under an uddala tree. When grown up he went to Takkasila and later became leader of a large company of ascetics. In the course of their travels he and his followers came to Benares, where they received great favours from the people. Attracted by his reputation, the king once visited him with the royal chaplain. On that occasion Uddalaka arranged that he and his followers should feign to be very holy men given up to various austerities. The chaplain, seeing through their dishonesty and discovering the identity of Uddalaka, persuaded him to leave his asceticism and become chaplain under him (J.iv.298-304).

(Source): Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[Uddalaka in Pali glossaries]

uddālaka : (m.) the tree Cassia Fistula.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Uddālaka, (fr. ud + dal, see dalati) the Uddāla tree, Cassia Fistula (also known as indīvara), or Cordia Myxa, lit. “uprooter” Vv 67 (= vātaghātako yo rājarukkho ti pi vuccati VvA. 43); J. IV, 301 (°rukkha), 440; V, 199 (= vātaghātaka C.), 405; VI, 530 (so read for uddh°); VvA. 197 (°puppha = indīvara); PvA. 169. (Page 135)

(Source): Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

[Uddalaka in Sanskrit glossaries]

Uddālaka (उद्दालक).—=

1) उद्दाल (uddāla) q. v.

2) Name of a sage उद्दालक आरुणिः (uddālaka āruṇiḥ) Bṛ. Up.3.7.1.

-kam A kind of honey.

Derivable forms: uddālakaḥ (उद्दालकः).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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