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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.

The date of Badarayana and his Brahma Sutras is uncertain. Different scholars have dated the Brahma Sutras variously from 500 BCE to 450 BCE.[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. ^ George C. Adams (1993). The Structure and Meaning of Bādarāyaṇa's Brahma Sūtras: A Translation and Analysis of Adhyaya 1. Motilal Banarsidass. p. 8. ISBN 978-81-208-0931-4.
  2. ^ Thibaut, George (1890). The Vedanta Sutras. Oxford: The Clarendon Press. pp. passim.
  3. ^ "Encyclopædia Britannica". Retrieved 14 January 2016.