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Kashyapa
Kashyapa
(IAST: Kaśyapa) is a revered Vedic sage of Hinduism.[1] He was one of the seven ancient sages (rishi) considered as Saptarishis in Rigveda,[note 1] numerous Sanskrit texts and Indian mythologies.[4][5] He is the most ancient rishi listed in the colophon verse in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad,[6] and called a self-made scholar in the Atharvaveda.[7] He was based in the northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent, and legends attribute the region of Kashmir
Kashmir
to be derived from his name.[8] Kashyapa
Kashyapa
is a common ancient name, referring to many different personalities in the ancient Hindu
Hindu
and Buddhist texts.[9][10]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Buddhist texts 1.2 Kashmir

2 Texts 3 Hindu
Hindu
texts

3.1 Wives and children

4 Kashyapa
Kashyapa
in Sikhism 5 See also 6 Notes 7 References 8 External links

History[edit] Kaśyapa, alternatively kacchapa, means "turtle" in Sanskrit. According to Michael Witzel, it is related to Avestan
Avestan
kasiiapa, Sogdian kyšph, New Persian kašaf, kaš(a)p which mean "tortoise", after which Kashaf Rūd or a river in Turkmenistan and Khorasan is named.[11] Others trace it to Tokarian B kaccāp ("brainpan"), Polish kacap (czerep, "brainpan", "hardliner"),[12], Tokarian A kāccap ("turtle", "tortoise").[13] According to Frits Staal, Kaśyapa means tortoise but it is a non-Indo-European word.[14] Kashyapa
Kashyapa
is one of Saptarishi, the seven famed rishis considered to be author of many hymns and verses of the Rigveda
Rigveda
(1500-1200 BCE). He and his family of students are, for example, the author of the second verse of 10.137,[15] and numerous hymns in the eighth and ninth mandala of the Rigveda.[16][17] He is mentioned in verse 2.2.4 of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, along with Atri, Vashistha, Vishvamitra, Jamadagni, Bharadwaja
Bharadwaja
and Gotama.[18][19] Kashyapa
Kashyapa
is also mentioned as the earliest rishi in colophon verse 6.5.3 of Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, one of the oldest Upanishadic scriptures of Hinduism.[6] Kashyapa
Kashyapa
is mentioned in other Vedas
Vedas
and numerous other Vedic texts. For example, in one of several cosmology-related hymns of Atharvaveda (~1000 BCE), Kashyapa
Kashyapa
is mentioned in the allegory-filled Book XIX:

Undisturbed am I, undisturbed is my soul, undisturbed mine eye, undisturbed mine ear, undisturbed is mine in-breathing, undisturbed mine out-breathing, undisturbed my diffusive breath, undisturbed the whole of me.

Thereafter rose Desire in the beginning, Desire the primal seed and germ of Spirit, O Kama
Kama
dwelling with the lofty Kama, give growth of riches to the sacrificer, (...) Prolific, thousand eyed, and undecaying, a horse with seven reins Time bears us onward, Sages inspired with holy knowledge mount him, his chariot wheels are all the worlds of creatures.

Kala [Time] created yonder heaven, and Kala made these realms of earth, By Kala, stirred to motion, both what is and what shall be, expand, (...) Kala created living things and first of all Prajapati, From Kala self-made Kasyapa, from Kala Holy Fire was born.

— Atharvaveda, Book XIX, Hymns L51-53[7][20]

His name appears in Patanjali's ancient bhasya on verse 1.2.64 of Pāṇini.[21] His name is very common in the Epic and Purana literature.[5] Buddhist texts[edit] In Buddhist Pali canonical texts such as Digha Nikaya, Tevijja Sutta describes a discussion between the Buddha
Buddha
and Vedic scholars of his time. The Buddha
Buddha
names ten rishis, calls them "early sages" and makers of ancient verses that have been collected and chanted in his era, and among those ten rishi is Kassapa (the Pali spelling of Kashyapa
Kashyapa
in Sanskrit).[22][note 2] Kashmir[edit] Kashmir, the northern Himalayan region of the Indian subcontinent
Indian subcontinent
got its name from Kashyapa
Kashyapa
Rishi.[8] The name Kashmir, states Christopher Snedden, may be a shortened form of " Kashyapa
Kashyapa
Mir" or the "lake of the sage Kashyapa", or alternatively derived from " Kashyapa
Kashyapa
Meru" or the sacred mountains of Kashyapa.[23] In ancient texts of Greece, linked to the expedition of Alexander the Great, this land has been called "Kasperia",[23] possibly a contraction of "Kasyapamira".[24] The word "Kaspapyros" appears in Greek geographer Hekataois text, and as "Kaspatyros" in Herodotus
Herodotus
who states that Skylax the Karyandian began in Kaspatyros to trace the path of Indus river from the mountains to where it drained in the sea. Kaspatyros may be same as Kaspa-pyrus or Kasyapa-pur (city of Kashyapa) in other texts.[24] Texts[edit] Kashyapa
Kashyapa
is revered in the Hindu
Hindu
tradition, and numerous legends and texts composed in the medieval era are reverentially attributed to him in various Hindu
Hindu
traditions. Some treatises named after him or attributed to him include:

Kashyapa
Kashyapa
Samhita, also called Vriddajivakiya Tantra or Jivakiya Tantra, is a classical reference book on Ayurvedic pediatrics, gynecology and obstetrics.[25] It was revised by Vatsya.[26] The treatise is written as a tutorial between the medical sage Kashyapa and his student named Vriddhajivaka, and mostly related to caring for babies and diseases of children.[27] Kashyapa
Kashyapa
Jnanakandah, or Kashyapa's book of wisdom, is a 9th century text of the Vaishnavism
Vaishnavism
tradition.[28] Kasyapa dharmasutra, likely an ancient text, but now believed to be lost. The text's existence is inferred from quotes and citations by medieval Indian scholars.[29] Kasyapa sangita, likely another ancient text, but now believed to be lost. A treatise on music, it is quoted by Shaivism
Shaivism
and Advaita scholar Abhinavagupta, wherein he cites sage Kasyapa explanation on viniyoga of each rasa and bhava. Another Hindu
Hindu
music scholar named Hrdanyangama mentions Kashyapa's contributions to the theory of alankara (musical note decorations).[30][31] Kasyapasilpa, also called Amsumad agama, Kasypiya or Silpasastra of Kasyapa, is a Sanskrit treatise on architecture, iconography and the decorative arts, probably completed in the 11th century.[32]

Hindu
Hindu
texts[edit] Kashyapa
Kashyapa
is mentioned in numerous Hindu
Hindu
texts such as the Puranas
Puranas
and the Hindu
Hindu
Epics. These stories are widely inconsistent, and many are considered allegorical.[5][10] For example, in the Ramayana
Ramayana
he was married to eight daughters of mythical Daksha, while in the Mahabharata
Mahabharata
and Vishnu
Vishnu
Purana he is described as married to thirteen daughters. Some of the names of the thirteen daughters Kashyapa married in the Hindu
Hindu
text Vishnu
Vishnu
Purana are different than the list found in Mahabharata.[5] Some texts describe him as son of Marichi
Marichi
and a descendant of the solar dynasty, others as a descendant of Uttamapada who married the Daksha
Daksha
daughters, and yet others relate a Kashyapa
Kashyapa
as a descendant of Hiranya Kashyapa. These texts may correspond to different characters, all named Kashyapa.[10] In some Puranas, Kashyapa
Kashyapa
is said to have drained the Kashmir
Kashmir
valley to make it inhabitable. Some interpret this legend to parallel the legend of Buddhist Manjushri
Manjushri
draining Nepal
Nepal
and Tibet, wherein the "draining" is an allegory for teaching ideas and doctrines, removing stagnant waters of ignorance and extending learning and civilization into the valley.[33] The Sindh city Multan
Multan
(now in Pakistan), also called Mulasthana, has been interpreted alternatively as Kashyapapura in some stories after Kashyapa.[34] Yet another interpretation has been to associate Kashyapa
Kashyapa
as River Indus in the Sindh region. However, these interpretations and the links of Multan
Multan
as Kashyapapura to Kashmir
Kashmir
have been questioned.[35] According to the ancient legends, Kashyapa
Kashyapa
reclaimed that land from a vast lake, his school was based there, and the land was named after him.[8] Wives and children[edit] The Puranas
Puranas
and the Epics of Indian tradition mention Kashyapa
Kashyapa
and his genealogy numerous times. These are inconsistent, with allegorical stories exalting him as the father of all gods, men, demons and empirical universe, in some conflated as the tortoise avatar of the Hindu
Hindu
god Vishnu.[36] In the Vishnu
Vishnu
Purana, Kashyapa
Kashyapa
marries thirteen daughters of Daksha: Aditi, Diti, Kadru, Danu, Arishta, Surasa, Surabhi, Vinata, Tamra, Krodhavasha, Ira, Vishva and Muni.[5][37][38] Kashyapa, in the Vishnu
Vishnu
Purana and Vayu
Vayu
Purana, is attributed to be the father of the Devas, Asuras Yakhsas dravidas and all living creatures with various daughters of Daksha. He married Aditi, with whom he fathered Surya
Surya
or alternatively Agni, the Adityas, and in two inconsistent versions Vamana, an avatar of Vishnu, is the child of Aditi
Aditi
and Kashyapa.[39] In these fables, Kashyapa
Kashyapa
is the brother-in-law of Dharma
Dharma
and Adharma, both of whom are also described as married to other daughters of Daksha.[40] Kashyapa
Kashyapa
in Sikhism[edit] In the Brahm Avtar composition present in Dasam Granth, Second Scripture of Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh
Guru Gobind Singh
mentioned Rishi
Rishi
Kashyapa
Kashyapa
as the second avatar of Brahma.[41] According to him, Rishi
Rishi
Kashyapa
Kashyapa
had great knowledge of the Vedas
Vedas
and gave it a satisfactory universal interpretation.[42] He married four wives, Banita, Kadru, Diti and Aditi
Aditi
and had many children. Some of them remained religious (Deities) and others became irreligious (Demons).[43] See also[edit]

Atri Agastya Kassapa Buddha Japheth Suryavansha Ikshvaku dynasty Aditi Danu (Asura) Diti Mahākāśyapa Kāśyapīya House of Suren

Notes[edit]

^ Kasyapa is mentioned in RV 9.114.2, Atri
Atri
in RV 5.78.4, Bharadvaja in RV 6.25.9, Visvamitra in RV 10.167.4, Gautama in RV 1.78.1, Jamadagni in RV 3.62.18, etc.;[2] Original Sanskrit text: ऋषे मन्त्रकृतां स्तोमैः कश्यपोद्वर्धयन्गिरः । सोमं नमस्य राजानं यो जज्ञे वीरुधां पतिरिन्द्रायेन्दो परि स्रव ॥२॥[3] ^ The Buddha
Buddha
names the following as "early sages" of Vedic verses, "Atthaka (either Astaka or Atri), Vamaka, Vamadeva, Vessamitta (Visvamitra), Yamataggi, Angirasa, Bharadvaja, Vasettha (Vashistha), Kassapa (Kashyapa) and Bhagu (Bhrigu)".[22]

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Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840. p. 112. The daughters of Daksha
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who were married to Kaśyapa were Aditi, Diti, Danu, Arisjht́á, Surasá, Surabhi, Vinatá, Támrá, Krodhavaśá, Id́á, Khasá, Kadru, and Muni 19; whose progeny I will describe to you...Vishńu, Śakra, Áryaman, Dhútí, Twáshtri, Púshan, Vivaswat, Savitri, Mitra, Varuńa, Anśa, and Bhaga ^ Saklani, Dinesh Prasad (1998). Ancient Communities of Himalayas. Indus Publishing Co, New Delhi. p. 74. ISBN 978-81-7387090-3.  ^ Account of the several Manus and Manwantaras Vishnu
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Gritsamada Vishvamitra Vamadeva Atri Angiras Bharadvaja Vasishta

Dirghatamas

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 249468098 LCCN: n82132

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