Four Kumaras


Four Kumaras

The Four Kumaras or Catursana are the four sons of Brahma from the Puranic texts of Hinduism [ [http://vedabase.net/sb/3/15/12/en1 Bhag-P 3.15.12] "Lord Brahma said: My four sons Sanaka, Sanatana, Sanandana and Sanatkumara, who were born from my mind" ] named Sanaka, Sanatana, Sanandana and Sanatkumara.

Born from Brahma's mind, the four sons are described as great sages who undertook lifelong vows of celibacy (brahmacarya) against the wishes of their father.

The Bhagavata Purana lists the Kumaras among the twelve "Mahajanas" (great devotees or bhaktas) [ [http://srimadbhagavatam.com/6/3/20-21/en1 Bhag-P 6.3.20-21] ] who although being eternally liberated souls from birth, still became attracted to the devotional service of Vishnu from their already enlightened state. Despite being very senior in age the Four Kumaras are said to wander the universe in the forms of small children [ [http://vedabase.net/sb/7/1/37/en1 Bhag-P 7.1.37] "Although these four great sages were older than Brahma's other sons like Marici, they appeared like small naked children only five or six years old" ] . They play a significant role in a number Hindu spiritual traditions, especially those associated with the worship of Krishna and Vishnu.

ee also

* Narada Muni
* Vaishnavism
* Nimbarka Sampradaya

References

External links

* [http://vedabase.net/sb/4/22/en1 Prithu Maharaja's Meeting with the Four Kumaras] (vedabase.net)
* [http://www.dharmakshetra.com/sages/Kumaras.htm The Four Kumaras] (dharmakshetra.com)
* [http://logos_endless_summer.tripod.com/id186.html The Four Kumaras as Representitive of the Root Cube] (logos_endless_summer.tripod.com)
* [http://www.experiencefestival.com/four_kumaras Four Kumaras] (experiencefestival.com)


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