Vedamula, Vedamūla, Veda-mula: 3 definitions


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In Hinduism

Vedanta (school of philosophy)

Source: Religious Inclusivism in the Writings of an Early Modern Sanskrit Intellectual (vedanta)

Vedamūla (वेदमूल) refers to that which is “rooted in the Vedic tradition”.—The extent to which other traditions and branches of knowledge possess an authoritative status of their own depends on their more or less close ‘proximity’ to the Veda. More specifically, for Śaṅkara the question is not so much whether a given tradition doctrinally agrees or not with the Veda, but whether it is rooted or not in the Vedic tradition (vedamūla). If a given tradition denies the authority of the Veda, whether implicitly or explicitly, or relies on an extra-Vedic authority, it must be considered heretical.

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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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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Columbia Academic Commons: Mīmāṃsā, Vedānta, and the Bhakti Movement (vaiṣṇavism)

Vedamūla (वेदमूल) refers to that which “illuminates the meaning of the Veda”.—Madhva (or Madhvācārya, Ānandatīrtha) refashioned the vedamūla doctrine to mean that any text which illuminates the meaning of the Veda, and is therefore “rooted” in it, is independently valid. This includes not only Pāñcarātra Āgamas, but the Mahābhārata, purāṇas, and all of those “unknown sources” which Madhva is infamous for quoting. In Madhva’s account, these authored sources manifested simultaneously with the eternal Veda, since both were transmitted by the god Viṣṇu through a series of hierarchically ordered sages. Thus no one text-tradition is given a privileged place; each informs the other in a symbiotic relationship.

Note: If we understand śruti to mean “that which was heard by the ancient Ṛṣis [or ‘seers’] as part of a primordial cognition in the beginning of creation,” then Madhva’s assertion in his [Ṛgbhāṣya] that Viṣṇu reveals the Vedic corpus together with certain Vedamūla traditions effectively incorporates these pauruṣeya traditions into the primordial cognition and thus, into the category of śruti.

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vedamūla (वेदमूल):—[=veda-mūla] [from veda] mfn. ‘Veda-rooted’, grounded on the Veda, [Kāmandakīya-nītisāra]

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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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