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Uddalaka was a disciple called Aruni of the teacher अयॊधाधौम्य || Ayodhadhaumya. To know how Aruni got the name Uddalaka, see under अयॊधाधौम्य || Ayodhadhaumya.  
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Uddalaka (samskrit: उद्दालकः) was a disciple called Aruni (आरुणिः) of the teacher Ayodhadhaumya (अयोधधौम्यः).<ref name=":1">Vettam Mani (1975), [https://archive.org/details/puranicencyclopa00maniuoft/page/802 Puranic Encyclopaedia], Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass.</ref>
  
It is stated in Mahabharata, Sabha Parva, Chapter 7, Stanza 12 that this hermit Uddalaka was a prominent figure in the दरबार || durbar (court) of Indra. Uddalaka had a son called Shvetaketu and a daughter called Sujata. He gave his daughter Sujata in marriage to his favourite disciple कहॊदक || Kahodaka. The hermit अस्तवक्र || Astavakra was their son. (See under Astavakra; Mahabharata, Vana Parva, Chapter 132). Once Uddalaka caused the river Sarasvati to appear at the place of sacrifice. From that day onwards Sarasvati got the name 'Manorama' because when the thought came to his मनस || manas (mind), the river made its appearance good(Mahabharata, Salya Parva, Chapter 33). It is mentioned in Mahabharata, Santi Parva, Chapter 57, Stanza 10, that Uddalaka expelled his son Shvetaketu from the house because the son was a hater of Brahmins.<ref>Mani, V. (1975). ''[https://archive.org/details/puranicencyclopa00maniuoft Puranic encyclopaedia: A Comprehensive Dictionary with Special Reference to the Epic and Puranic Literature]''. Delhi:Motilal Banarsidass.</ref>
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== परिचयः ॥ Introduction ==
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It is stated in Mahabharata, Sabha Parva, Chapter 7, Stanza 12 that this hermit Uddalaka was a prominent figure in the दरबार || durbar (court) of Indra. Uddalaka had a son called Shvetaketu and a daughter called Sujata. He gave his daughter Sujata in marriage to his favourite disciple कहॊदक || Kahodaka. The hermit अष्टावक्रः || Ashtavakra was their son. (Mahabharata, Vana Parva, Chapter 132). Once Uddalaka caused the river Sarasvati to appear at the place of yajna. From that day onwards Sarasvati got the name 'Manorama' because when the thought came to his मनस् || manas (mind), the river made its appearance. (Mahabharata, Shalya Parva, Chapter 33). It is mentioned in Mahabharata, Shanti Parva, Chapter 57, Stanza 10, that Uddalaka expelled his son Shvetaketu from the house because the son was a hater of Brahmanas.<ref name=":1" />
  
 
== नामाभिधानम् ॥ The Name Uddalaka ==
 
== नामाभिधानम् ॥ The Name Uddalaka ==
Aruni (आरुणिः), a resident of Panchala, was a student of the well known maharshi, Ayoda Dhaumya (अयोदधौम्यः). One day, the guru sent Aruni to the field and asked him to construct a mound to obstruct the flow of water. Thus instructed by the guru, Aruni immediately went to the field of grains and began efforts to raise a weir. However, his efforts failed to bear fruits. Amidst his multiple attempts towards this end, an idea finally dawned on him. Accordingly, he himself laid down in place of the broken weir and stopped the flow of water. After sometime, the guru asked other disciples of the whereabouts of Aruni. They replied that Aruni had gone to fulfill the instructions of the teacher. Hearing this, the guru, along with his other disciples went to the field in search of Aruni. Having reached the field, the guru called out to Aruni and said. ‘Oh Aruni, where are you my child ? Come here.’ As soon as Aruni heard the words of his guru, he immediately raised from the field and presented himself in front of his guru. He then politely explained to his guru that he himself laid down in the field in order to stop the flow of water. However, now, hearing the call of his teacher, he abandoned the field and came there. He then offered salutations to his guru and asked his advice on which of the two works, from amongst blocking the flow of water and attending to the guru, should be accomplished by him. The pleased guru then blessed Aruni that in recognition of his arising from the weir of the field, Aruni will be known by the name Uddalaka. This is how Aruni gained the name Uddalaka.
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Aruni (आरुणिः), a resident of Panchala, was a student of the well known maharshi, Ayoda Dhaumya (अयोदधौम्यः). One day, the guru sent Aruni to the field and asked him to construct a mound to obstruct the flow of water. Thus instructed by the guru, Aruni immediately went to the field of grains and began efforts to raise a weir. However, his efforts failed to bear fruits. Amidst his multiple attempts towards this end, an idea finally dawned on him. Accordingly, he himself laid down in place of the broken weir and stopped the flow of water. After sometime, the guru asked other disciples about the whereabouts of Aruni. They replied that Aruni had gone to fulfill the instructions of the teacher. Hearing this, the guru, along with his other disciples went to the field in search of Aruni. Having reached the field, the guru called out to Aruni and said. ‘Oh Aruni, where are you my child ? Come here.’ As soon as Aruni heard the words of his guru, he immediately raised from the field and presented himself in front of his guru. He then politely explained to his guru that he himself laid down in the field in order to stop the flow of water. However, now, hearing the call of his teacher, he abandoned the field and came there. He then offered salutations to his guru and asked his advice on which of the two works, from amongst blocking the flow of water and attending to the guru, should be accomplished by him. The pleased guru then blessed Aruni that in recognition of his arising from the weir of the field, Aruni will be known by the name Uddalaka. This is how Aruni gained the name Uddalaka.
  
 
The guru also said that owing to Aruni’s unflinching devotion towards his guru’s words, he will gain all auspiciousness. And that, he will be enlightened with the knowledge of all the Vedas and Dharmashastras.<ref name=":0">Ramanarayanadatta Shastri Pandeya, Mahabharata ([https://archive.org/details/MAHABHARATA_201902/page/n71 Vol.1]), Gorakhpur: Gita Press.</ref><blockquote>यस्माच्च त्वया मद्वचनमनुष्ठितं तस्माच्छ्रेयोऽवाप्स्यसि।  सर्वे च ते वेदाः प्रतिभास्यन्ति सर्वाणि च धर्मशास्त्राणीति ॥३२॥<ref>Mahabharata, Adi Parva, [https://sa.wikisource.org/wiki/%E0%A4%AE%E0%A4%B9%E0%A4%BE%E0%A4%AD%E0%A4%BE%E0%A4%B0%E0%A4%A4%E0%A4%AE%E0%A5%8D-01-%E0%A4%86%E0%A4%A6%E0%A4%BF%E0%A4%AA%E0%A4%B0%E0%A5%8D%E0%A4%B5-003 Adhyaya 3].</ref></blockquote><blockquote>''yasmācca tvayā madvacanamanuṣṭhitaṁ tasmācchreyo'vāpsyasi। sarve ca te vedāḥ pratibhāsyanti sarvāṇi ca dharmaśāstrāṇīti ॥32॥''</blockquote>This story occurs in the 3rd Adhyaya (Paushya Parva) of the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata.<ref name=":0" />  
 
The guru also said that owing to Aruni’s unflinching devotion towards his guru’s words, he will gain all auspiciousness. And that, he will be enlightened with the knowledge of all the Vedas and Dharmashastras.<ref name=":0">Ramanarayanadatta Shastri Pandeya, Mahabharata ([https://archive.org/details/MAHABHARATA_201902/page/n71 Vol.1]), Gorakhpur: Gita Press.</ref><blockquote>यस्माच्च त्वया मद्वचनमनुष्ठितं तस्माच्छ्रेयोऽवाप्स्यसि।  सर्वे च ते वेदाः प्रतिभास्यन्ति सर्वाणि च धर्मशास्त्राणीति ॥३२॥<ref>Mahabharata, Adi Parva, [https://sa.wikisource.org/wiki/%E0%A4%AE%E0%A4%B9%E0%A4%BE%E0%A4%AD%E0%A4%BE%E0%A4%B0%E0%A4%A4%E0%A4%AE%E0%A5%8D-01-%E0%A4%86%E0%A4%A6%E0%A4%BF%E0%A4%AA%E0%A4%B0%E0%A5%8D%E0%A4%B5-003 Adhyaya 3].</ref></blockquote><blockquote>''yasmācca tvayā madvacanamanuṣṭhitaṁ tasmācchreyo'vāpsyasi। sarve ca te vedāḥ pratibhāsyanti sarvāṇi ca dharmaśāstrāṇīti ॥32॥''</blockquote>This story occurs in the 3rd Adhyaya (Paushya Parva) of the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata.<ref name=":0" />  
  
 
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Uddalaka (samskrit: उद्दालकः) was a disciple called Aruni (आरुणिः) of the teacher Ayodhadhaumya (अयोधधौम्यः).[1]

परिचयः ॥ Introduction

It is stated in Mahabharata, Sabha Parva, Chapter 7, Stanza 12 that this hermit Uddalaka was a prominent figure in the दरबार || durbar (court) of Indra. Uddalaka had a son called Shvetaketu and a daughter called Sujata. He gave his daughter Sujata in marriage to his favourite disciple कहॊदक || Kahodaka. The hermit अष्टावक्रः || Ashtavakra was their son. (Mahabharata, Vana Parva, Chapter 132). Once Uddalaka caused the river Sarasvati to appear at the place of yajna. From that day onwards Sarasvati got the name 'Manorama' because when the thought came to his मनस् || manas (mind), the river made its appearance. (Mahabharata, Shalya Parva, Chapter 33). It is mentioned in Mahabharata, Shanti Parva, Chapter 57, Stanza 10, that Uddalaka expelled his son Shvetaketu from the house because the son was a hater of Brahmanas.[1]

नामाभिधानम् ॥ The Name Uddalaka

Aruni (आरुणिः), a resident of Panchala, was a student of the well known maharshi, Ayoda Dhaumya (अयोदधौम्यः). One day, the guru sent Aruni to the field and asked him to construct a mound to obstruct the flow of water. Thus instructed by the guru, Aruni immediately went to the field of grains and began efforts to raise a weir. However, his efforts failed to bear fruits. Amidst his multiple attempts towards this end, an idea finally dawned on him. Accordingly, he himself laid down in place of the broken weir and stopped the flow of water. After sometime, the guru asked other disciples about the whereabouts of Aruni. They replied that Aruni had gone to fulfill the instructions of the teacher. Hearing this, the guru, along with his other disciples went to the field in search of Aruni. Having reached the field, the guru called out to Aruni and said. ‘Oh Aruni, where are you my child ? Come here.’ As soon as Aruni heard the words of his guru, he immediately raised from the field and presented himself in front of his guru. He then politely explained to his guru that he himself laid down in the field in order to stop the flow of water. However, now, hearing the call of his teacher, he abandoned the field and came there. He then offered salutations to his guru and asked his advice on which of the two works, from amongst blocking the flow of water and attending to the guru, should be accomplished by him. The pleased guru then blessed Aruni that in recognition of his arising from the weir of the field, Aruni will be known by the name Uddalaka. This is how Aruni gained the name Uddalaka.

The guru also said that owing to Aruni’s unflinching devotion towards his guru’s words, he will gain all auspiciousness. And that, he will be enlightened with the knowledge of all the Vedas and Dharmashastras.[2]

यस्माच्च त्वया मद्वचनमनुष्ठितं तस्माच्छ्रेयोऽवाप्स्यसि। सर्वे च ते वेदाः प्रतिभास्यन्ति सर्वाणि च धर्मशास्त्राणीति ॥३२॥[3]

yasmācca tvayā madvacanamanuṣṭhitaṁ tasmācchreyo'vāpsyasi। sarve ca te vedāḥ pratibhāsyanti sarvāṇi ca dharmaśāstrāṇīti ॥32॥

This story occurs in the 3rd Adhyaya (Paushya Parva) of the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata.[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Vettam Mani (1975), Puranic Encyclopaedia, Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ramanarayanadatta Shastri Pandeya, Mahabharata (Vol.1), Gorakhpur: Gita Press.
  3. Mahabharata, Adi Parva, Adhyaya 3.