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Badarayana (IAST Bādarāyaṇa; Devanāgari बादरायण) was an Indian philosopher about whom almost no personal details are reliably known. He wrote the foundational philosophical treatise Vedanta school of philosophy.

Badarayana has been variously dated. The current scholarly consensus dates him to the middle of the first century CE.[1]


Badarayana is regarded as having written the basic text of the Vedanta system, the Vedāntasūtra a.k.a. Brahmasūtra.[2] He is thus considered the founder of the Vedānta[3] system of philosophy.


  1. ^ Potter, Karl. "Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies". Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  2. ^ Thibaut, George (1890). The Vedanta Sutras. Oxford: The Clarendon Press. pp. passim. 
  3. ^ "Encyclopædia Britannica". Retrieved 2016-01-14.