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The Vedas
Vedas
are ancient Sanskrit
Sanskrit
texts of Hinduism. Above: A page from the Atharvaveda.

The Vedas
Vedas
(/ˈveɪdəz/;[1] Sanskrit: वेद veda, "knowledge") are a large body of knowledge texts originating in the ancient Indian subcontinent. Composed in Vedic Sanskrit, the texts constitute the oldest layer of Sanskrit
Sanskrit
literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduism.[2][3] Hindus consider the Vedas
Vedas
to be apauruṣeya, which means "not of a man, superhuman"[4] and "impersonal, authorless".[5][6][7] Vedas
Vedas
are also called śruti ("what is heard") literature,[8] distinguishing them from other religious texts, which are called smṛti ("what is remembered"). The Veda, for orthodox Indian theologians, are considered revelations seen by ancient sages after intense meditation, and texts that have been more carefully preserved since ancient times.[9][10] In the Hindu
Hindu
Epic the Mahabharata, the creation of Vedas
Vedas
is credited to Brahma.[11] The Vedic hymns themselves assert that they were skillfully created by Rishis (sages), after inspired creativity, just as a carpenter builds a chariot.[10][note 1] There are four Vedas: the Rigveda, the Yajurveda, the Samaveda
Samaveda
and the Atharvaveda.[13][14] Each Veda has been subclassified into four major text types – the Samhitas
Samhitas
(mantras and benedictions), the Aranyakas (text on rituals, ceremonies, sacrifices and symbolic-sacrifices), the Brahmanas
Brahmanas
(commentaries on rituals, ceremonies and sacrifices), and the Upanishads
Upanishads
(texts discussing meditation, philosophy and spiritual knowledge).[13][15][16] Some scholars add a fifth category – the Upasanas (worship).[17][18] The various Indian philosophies and denominations have taken differing positions on the Vedas. Schools of Indian philosophy which cite the Vedas
Vedas
as their scriptural authority are classified as "orthodox" (āstika).[note 2] Other śramaṇa traditions, such as Lokayata, Carvaka, Ajivika, Buddhism
Buddhism
and Jainism, which did not regard the Vedas as authorities, are referred to as "heterodox" or "non-orthodox" (nāstika) schools.[20][21] Despite their differences, just like the texts of the śramaṇa traditions, the layers of texts in the Vedas discuss similar ideas and concepts.[20]

Contents

1 Etymology and usage 2 Chronology

2.1 Ancient universities

3 Categories of Vedic texts

3.1 Vedic Sanskrit
Sanskrit
corpus 3.2 Shruti literature

4 Vedic schools or recensions 5 Four Vedas

5.1 Rigveda 5.2 Samaveda 5.3 Yajurveda 5.4 Atharvaveda 5.5 Embedded Vedic texts

5.5.1 Brahmanas 5.5.2 Aranyakas
Aranyakas
and Upanishads

6 Post-Vedic literature

6.1 Vedanga 6.2 Parisista 6.3 Upaveda 6.4 "Fifth" and other Vedas 6.5 Puranas

7 Western Indology 8 See also 9 Notes 10 References 11 Bibliography 12 Further reading 13 External links

Etymology and usage The Sanskrit
Sanskrit
word véda "knowledge, wisdom" is derived from the root vid- "to know". This is reconstructed as being derived from the Proto-Indo-European root *u̯eid-, meaning "see" or "know".[22] The noun is from Proto-Indo-European *u̯eidos, cognate to Greek (ϝ)εἶδος "aspect", "form" . Not to be confused is the homonymous 1st and 3rd person singular perfect tense véda, cognate to Greek (ϝ)οἶδα (w)oida "I know". Root cognates are Greek ἰδέα, English wit, etc., Latin
Latin
videō "I see", etc.[23] The Sanskrit
Sanskrit
term veda as a common noun means "knowledge".[24] The term in some contexts, such as hymn 10.93.11 of the Rigveda, means "obtaining or finding wealth, property",[25] while in some others it means "a bunch of grass together" as in a broom or for ritual fire.[26] A related word Vedena appears in hymn 8.19.5 of the Rigveda.[27] It was translated by Ralph T. H. Griffith as "ritual lore",[28] as "studying the Veda" by the 14th century Indian scholar Sayana, as "bundle of grass" by Max Müller, and as "with the Veda" by H.H. Wilson.[29] Vedas
Vedas
are called Maṛai or Vaymoli in parts of South India. Marai literally means "hidden, a secret, mystery".[30][31] In some south Indian communities such as Iyengars, the word Veda includes the Tamil writings of the Alvar saints, such as Divya Prabandham, for example Tiruvaymoli.[32] Chronology Main article: Vedic period The Vedas
Vedas
are among the oldest sacred texts.[33][34] The Samhitas
Samhitas
date to roughly 1700–1100 BC,[35] and the "circum-Vedic" texts, as well as the redaction of the Samhitas, date to c. 1000-500 BC, resulting in a Vedic period, spanning the mid 2nd to mid 1st millennium BC, or the Late Bronze Age and the Iron Age.[36] The Vedic period
Vedic period
reaches its peak only after the composition of the mantra texts, with the establishment of the various shakhas all over Northern India which annotated the mantra samhitas with Brahmana
Brahmana
discussions of their meaning, and reaches its end in the age of Buddha and Panini and the rise of the Mahajanapadas
Mahajanapadas
(archaeologically, Northern Black Polished Ware). Michael Witzel gives a time span of c. 1500 to c. 500-400 BC. Witzel makes special reference to the Near Eastern Mitanni material of the 14th century BC the only epigraphic record of Indo-Aryan contemporary to the Rigvedic period. He gives 150 BC (Patañjali) as a terminus ante quem for all Vedic Sanskrit
Sanskrit
literature, and 1200 BC (the early Iron Age) as terminus post quem for the Atharvaveda.[37] Transmission of texts in the Vedic period
Vedic period
was by oral tradition, preserved with precision with the help of elaborate mnemonic techniques. A literary tradition is traceable in post-Vedic times, after the rise of Buddhism
Buddhism
in the Maurya period,[note 3] perhaps earliest in the Kanva recension of the Yajurveda
Yajurveda
about the 1st century BC; however oral tradition of transmission remained active. Witzel suggests the possibility of written Vedic texts towards the end of 1st millennium BCE.[39] Some scholars such as Jack Goody state that "the Vedas
Vedas
are not the product of an oral society", basing this view by comparing inconsistencies in the transmitted versions of literature from various oral societies such as the Greek, Serbia and other cultures, then noting that the Vedic literature is too consistent and vast to have been composed and transmitted orally across generations, without being written down.[40] However, adds Goody, the Vedic texts likely involved both a written and oral tradition, calling it a "parallel products of a literate society".[38][40] Due to the ephemeral nature of the manuscript material (birch bark or palm leaves), surviving manuscripts rarely surpass an age of a few hundred years.[41] The Sampurnanand Sanskrit
Sanskrit
University has a Rigveda manuscript from the 14th century;[42] however, there are a number of older Veda manuscripts in Nepal
Nepal
that are dated from the 11th century onwards.[43] Ancient universities The Vedas, Vedic rituals and its ancillary sciences called the Vedangas, were part of the curriculum at ancient universities such as at Taxila, Nalanda
Nalanda
and Vikramashila.[44][45][46][47] Categories of Vedic texts

Rigveda
Rigveda
manuscript in Devanagari

The term "Vedic texts" is used in two distinct meanings:

Texts composed in Vedic Sanskrit
Sanskrit
during the Vedic period
Vedic period
(Iron Age India) Any text considered as "connected to the Vedas" or a "corollary of the Vedas"[48]

Vedic Sanskrit
Sanskrit
corpus The corpus of Vedic Sanskrit
Sanskrit
texts includes:

The Samhitas
Samhitas
( Sanskrit
Sanskrit
saṃhitā, "collection"), are collections of metric texts ("mantras"). There are four "Vedic" Samhitas: the Rig-Veda, Sama-Veda, Yajur-Veda, and Atharva-Veda, most of which are available in several recensions (śākhā). In some contexts, the term Veda is used to refer to these Samhitas. This is the oldest layer of Vedic texts, apart from the Rigvedic hymns, which were probably essentially complete by 1200 BC, dating to c. the 12th to 10th centuries BC. The complete corpus of Vedic mantras as collected in Bloomfield's Vedic Concordance (1907) consists of some 89,000 padas (metrical feet), of which 72,000 occur in the four Samhitas.[49] The Brahmanas
Brahmanas
are prose texts that comment and explain the solemn rituals as well as expound on their meaning and many connected themes. Each of the Brahmanas
Brahmanas
is associated with one of the Samhitas
Samhitas
or its recensions.[50][51] The Brahmanas
Brahmanas
may either form separate texts or can be partly integrated into the text of the Samhitas. They may also include the Aranyakas
Aranyakas
and Upanishads. The Aranyakas, "wilderness texts" or "forest treaties", were composed by people who meditated in the woods as recluses and are the third part of the Vedas. The texts contain discussions and interpretations of ceremonies, from ritualistic to symbolic meta-ritualistic points of view.[52] It is frequently read in secondary literature. Older Mukhya Upanishads
Upanishads
(Bṛhadāraṇyaka, Chandogya, Kaṭha, Kena, Aitareya, and others).[53][54]

The Vedas
Vedas
(sruti) are different from Vedic era texts such as Shrauta Sutras and Gryha Sutras, which are smriti texts. Together, the Vedas and these Sutras form part of the Vedic Sanskrit
Sanskrit
corpus.[54][55][56] While production of Brahmanas
Brahmanas
and Aranyakas
Aranyakas
ceased with the end of the Vedic period, additional Upanishads
Upanishads
were composed after the end of the Vedic period.[57] The Brahmanas, Aranyakas, and Upanishads, among other things, interpret and discuss the Samhitas
Samhitas
in philosophical and metaphorical ways to explore abstract concepts such as the Absolute (Brahman), and the soul or the self (Atman), introducing Vedanta
Vedanta
philosophy, one of the major trends of later Hinduism. In other parts, they show evolution of ideas, such as from actual sacrifice to symbolic sacrifice, and of spirituality in the Upanishads. This has inspired later Hindu
Hindu
scholars such as Adi Shankara
Adi Shankara
to classify each Veda into karma-kanda (कर्म खण्ड, action/ritual-related sections) and jnana-kanda (ज्ञान खण्ड, knowledge/spirituality-related sections).[17][58] Shruti literature Main article: Śruti The texts considered "Vedic" in the sense of "corollaries of the Vedas" is less clearly defined, and may include numerous post-Vedic texts such as the later Upanishads
Upanishads
and the Sutra
Sutra
literature. Texts not considered to be shruti are known as smriti (Sanskrit: smṛti; "the remembered"), or texts of remembered traditions. This indigenous system of categorization was adopted by Max Müller
Max Müller
and, while it is subject to some debate, it is still widely used. As Axel Michaels explains:[53]

These classifications are often not tenable for linguistic and formal reasons: There is not only one collection at any one time, but rather several handed down in separate Vedic schools; Upanişads ... are sometimes not to be distinguished from Āraṇyakas...; Brāhmaṇas contain older strata of language attributed to the Saṃhitās; there are various dialects and locally prominent traditions of the Vedic schools. Nevertheless, it is advisable to stick to the division adopted by Max Müller
Max Müller
because it follows the Indian tradition, conveys the historical sequence fairly accurately, and underlies the current editions, translations, and monographs on Vedic literature."[53]

The Upanishads
Upanishads
are largely philosophical works, some in dialogue form. They are the foundation of Hindu
Hindu
philosophical thought and its diverse traditions.[59][60] Of the Vedic corpus, they alone are widely known, and the central ideas of the Upanishads
Upanishads
are at the spiritual core of Hindus.[59][61] Vedic schools or recensions Main article: Shakha The four Vedas
Vedas
were transmitted in various śākhās (branches, schools).[62][63] Each school likely represented an ancient community of a particular area, or kingdom.[63] Each school followed its own canon. Multiple recensions are known for each of the Vedas.[62] Thus, states Witzel as well as Renou, in the 2nd millennium BC, there was likely no canon of one broadly accepted Vedic texts, no Vedic “Scripture”, but only a canon of various texts accepted by each school. Some of these texts have survived, most lost or yet to be found. Rigveda
Rigveda
that survives in modern times, for example, is in only one extremely well preserved school of Śåkalya, from a region called Videha, in modern north Bihar, south of Nepal.[64] The Vedic canon in its entirety consists of texts from all the various Vedic schools taken together.[63] Each of the four Vedas
Vedas
were shared by the numerous schools, but revised, interpolated and adapted locally, in and after the Vedic period, giving rise to various recensions of the text. Some texts were revised into the modern era, raising significant debate on parts of the text which are believed to have been corrupted at a later date.[65][66] The Vedas
Vedas
each have an Index or Anukramani, the principal work of this kind being the general Index or Sarvānukramaṇī.[67][68] Prodigious energy was expended by ancient Indian culture in ensuring that these texts were transmitted from generation to generation with inordinate fidelity.[69] For example, memorization of the sacred Vedas included up to eleven forms of recitation of the same text. The texts were subsequently "proof-read" by comparing the different recited versions. Forms of recitation included the jaṭā-pāṭha (literally "mesh recitation") in which every two adjacent words in the text were first recited in their original order, then repeated in the reverse order, and finally repeated in the original order.[70] That these methods have been effective, is testified to by the preservation of the most ancient Indian religious text, the Rigveda, as redacted into a single text during the Brahmana
Brahmana
period, without any variant readings within that school.[70] The Vedas
Vedas
were likely written down for the first time around 500 BC.[71] However, all printed editions of the Vedas
Vedas
that survive in the modern times are likely the version existing in about the 16th century AD.[72] Four Vedas

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and their Shakhas

Rigveda Shakala Bhashkala

Samaveda Ranayana Shatyamukhya Vyasa Bhaguri Olundi Goulgulvi Bhanumanoupamayava Karati Mashaka Argya Varshgagavya Kuthuma Shakugitre Jaiminiya

Krishna
Krishna
Yajurveda Taittiriya Samhita Maitrayani
Maitrayani
Samhita Karaka Katha Samhita Kapisthala Kahta Samhita Kathaka

Shukla Yajurveda Kanava Madhyandin

Atharvaveda Shaunaka Paippalada Stauda Mauda Jajala Jalada Kuntap Brahmavada Devadarsa Caranavaidya

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The canonical division of the Vedas
Vedas
is fourfold (turīya) viz.,[73]

Rigveda
Rigveda
(RV) Yajurveda
Yajurveda
(YV, with the main division TS vs. VS) Samaveda
Samaveda
(SV) Atharvaveda
Atharvaveda
(AV)

Of these, the first three were the principal original division, also called "trayī vidyā"; that is, "the triple science" of reciting hymns (Rigveda), performing sacrifices (Yajurveda), and chanting songs (Samaveda).[74][75] The Rigveda
Rigveda
is the oldest work, which Witzel states are probably from the period of 1900 to 1100 BC. Witzel, also notes that it is the Vedic period
Vedic period
itself, where incipient lists divide the Vedic texts into three (trayī) or four branches: Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva.[63] Each Veda has been subclassified into four major text types – the Samhitas
Samhitas
(mantras and benedictions), the Aranyakas
Aranyakas
(text on rituals, ceremonies such as newborn baby's rites of passage, coming of age, marriages, retirement and cremation, sacrifices and symbolic-sacrifices), the Brahmanas
Brahmanas
(commentaries on rituals, ceremonies and sacrifices), and the Upanishads
Upanishads
(text discussing meditation, philosophy and spiritual knowledge).[13][15][16] The Upasanas (short ritual worship-related sections) are considered by some scholars[17][18] as the fifth part. Witzel notes that the rituals, rites and ceremonies described in these ancient texts reconstruct to a large degree the Indo-European marriage rituals observed in a region spanning the Indian subcontinent, Persia and the European area, and some greater details are found in the Vedic era texts such as the Grhya Sūtras.[76] Only one version of the Rigveda
Rigveda
is known to have survived into the modern era.[64] Several different versions of the Sama Veda and the Atharva Veda are known, and many different versions of the Yajur Veda have been found in different parts of South Asia.[77] Rigveda Main article: Rigveda

Nasadiya Sukta
Nasadiya Sukta
( Hymn
Hymn
of non-Eternity): Who really knows? Who can here proclaim it? Whence, whence this creation sprang? Gods came later, after the creation of this universe. Who then knows whence it has arisen? Whether God's will created it, or whether He was mute; Only He who is its overseer in highest heaven knows, He only knows, or perhaps He does not know.

Rig Veda
Rig Veda
10.129.6-7[78]

The Rigveda
Rigveda
Samhita
Samhita
is the oldest extant Indic text.[79] It is a collection of 1,028 Vedic Sanskrit
Sanskrit
hymns and 10,600 verses in all, organized into ten books (Sanskrit: mandalas).[80] The hymns are dedicated to Rigvedic deities.[81] The books were composed by poets from different priestly groups over a period of several centuries from roughly the second half of the 2nd millennium BC (the early Vedic period), starting with the Punjab (Sapta Sindhu) region of the northwest Indian subcontinent.[82] The Rigveda
Rigveda
is structured based on clear principles – the Veda begins with a small book addressed to Agni, Indra, and other gods, all arranged according to decreasing total number of hymns in each deity collection; for each deity series, the hymns progress from longer to shorter ones, but the number of hymns per book increases. Finally, the meter too is systematically arranged from jagati and tristubh to anustubh and gayatri as the text progresses.[63] In terms of substance, the nature of hymns shift from praise of deities in early books to Nasadiya Sukta
Nasadiya Sukta
with questions such as, "what is the origin of the universe?, do even gods know the answer?",[78] the virtue of Dāna (charity) in society,[83] and other metaphysical issues in its hymns.[84] There are similarities between the mythology, rituals and linguistics in Rigveda
Rigveda
and those found in ancient central Asia, Iranian and Hindukush (Afghanistan) regions.[85] Samaveda Main article: Samaveda The Samaveda
Samaveda
Samhita[86] consists of 1549 stanzas, taken almost entirely (except for 75 mantras) from the Rigveda.[53][87] The Samaveda
Samaveda
samhita has two major parts. The first part includes four melody collections (gāna, गान) and the second part three verse “books” (ārcika, आर्चिक).[87] A melody in the song books corresponds to a verse in the arcika books. Just as in the Rigveda, the early sections of Samaveda
Samaveda
typically begin with hymns to Agni
Agni
and Indra
Indra
but shift to the abstract. Their meters shift also in a descending order. The songs in the later sections of the Samaveda
Samaveda
have the least deviation from the hymns derived from the Rigveda.[87] In the Samaveda, some of the Rigvedic verses are repeated.[88] Including repetitions, there are a total of 1875 verses numbered in the Samaveda
Samaveda
recension translated by Griffith.[89] Two major recensions have survived, the Kauthuma/Ranayaniya and the Jaiminiya. Its purpose was liturgical, and they were the repertoire of the udgātṛ or "singer" priests.[90] Yajurveda Main article: Yajurveda The Yajurveda
Yajurveda
Samhita
Samhita
consists of prose mantras.[91] It is a compilation of ritual offering formulas that were said by a priest while an individual performed ritual actions such as those before the yajna fire.[91] The earliest and most ancient layer of Yajurveda
Yajurveda
samhita includes about 1,875 verses, that are distinct yet borrow and build upon the foundation of verses in Rigveda.[92] Unlike the Samaveda
Samaveda
which is almost entirely based on Rigveda
Rigveda
mantras and structured as songs, the Yajurveda
Yajurveda
samhitas are in prose and linguistically, they are different from earlier Vedic texts.[93] The Yajur Veda has been the primary source of information about sacrifices during Vedic times and associated rituals.[94] There are two major groups of texts in this Veda: the "Black" (Krishna) and the "White" (Shukla). The term "black" implies "the un-arranged, motley collection" of verses in Yajurveda, in contrast to the "white" (well arranged) Yajurveda.[95] The White Yajurveda separates the Samhita
Samhita
from its Brahmana
Brahmana
(the Shatapatha Brahmana), the Black Yajurveda
Yajurveda
intersperses the Samhita
Samhita
with Brahmana
Brahmana
commentary. Of the Black Yajurveda, texts from four major schools have survived (Maitrayani, Katha, Kapisthala-Katha, Taittiriya), while of the White Yajurveda, two (Kanva and Madhyandina).[96][97] The youngest layer of Yajurveda
Yajurveda
text is not related to rituals nor sacrifice, it includes the largest collection of primary Upanishads, influential to various schools of Hindu
Hindu
philosophy.[98][99] Atharvaveda Main article: Atharvaveda The Artharvaveda Samhita
Samhita
is the text 'belonging to the Atharvan and Angirasa poets. It has about 760 hymns, and about 160 of the hymns are in common with the Rigveda.[100] Most of the verses are metrical, but some sections are in prose.[100] Two different versions of the text – the Paippalāda and the Śaunakīya – have survived into the modern times.[100][101] The Atharvaveda
Atharvaveda
was not considered as a Veda in the Vedic era, and was accepted as a Veda in late 1st millennium BC.[102][103] It was compiled last,[104] probably around 900 BC, although some of its material may go back to the time of the Rigveda,[105] or earlier.[100] The Atharvaveda
Atharvaveda
is sometimes called the "Veda of magical formulas",[106] an epithet declared to be incorrect by other scholars.[107] The Samhita
Samhita
layer of the text likely represents a developing 2nd millennium BC tradition of magico-religious rites to address superstitious anxiety, spells to remove maladies believed to be caused by demons, and herbs- and nature-derived potions as medicine.[108][109] The text, states Kenneth Zysk, is one of oldest surviving record of the evolutionary practices in religious medicine and reveals the "earliest forms of folk healing of Indo-European antiquity".[110] Many books of the Atharvaveda
Atharvaveda
Samhita
Samhita
are dedicated to rituals without magic, such as to philosophical speculations and to theosophy.[107] The Atharva veda has been a primary source for information about Vedic culture, the customs and beliefs, the aspirations and frustrations of everyday Vedic life, as well as those associated with kings and governance. The text also includes hymns dealing with the two major rituals of passage – marriage and cremation. The Atharva Veda also dedicates significant portion of the text asking the meaning of a ritual.[111] Embedded Vedic texts Brahmanas Further information: Brahmanas The Brahmanas
Brahmanas
are commentaries, explanation of proper methods and meaning of Vedic Samhita
Samhita
rituals in the four Vedas.[112] They also incorporate myths, legends and in some cases philosophy.[112][51] Each regional Vedic shakha (school) has its own operating manual-like Brahmana
Brahmana
text, most of which have been lost.[113] A total of 19 Brahmana
Brahmana
texts have survived into modern times: two associated with the Rigveda, six with the Yajurveda, ten with the Samaveda
Samaveda
and one with the Atharvaveda. The oldest dated to about 900 BC, while the youngest Brahmanas
Brahmanas
(such as the Shatapatha Brahmana), were complete by about 700 BC.[114][115] According to Jan Gonda, the final codification of the Brahmanas
Brahmanas
took place in pre-Buddhist times (ca. 600 BC).[116] The substance of the Brahmana
Brahmana
text varies with each Veda. For example, the first chapter of the Chandogya Brahmana, one of the oldest Brahmanas, includes eight ritual suktas (hymns) for the ceremony of marriage and rituals at the birth of a child.[117][118] The first hymn is a recitation that accompanies offering a Yajna
Yajna
oblation to Agni (fire) on the occasion of a marriage, and the hymn prays for prosperity of the couple getting married.[117][119] The second hymn wishes for their long life, kind relatives, and a numerous progeny.[117] The third hymn is a mutual marriage pledge, between the bride and groom, by which the two bind themselves to each other. The sixth through last hymns of the first chapter in Chandogya Brahmana are ritual celebrations on the birth of a child and wishes for health, wealth, and prosperity with a profusion of cows and artha.[117] However, these verses are incomplete expositions, and their complete context emerges only with the Samhita
Samhita
layer of text.[120] Aranyakas
Aranyakas
and Upanishads Further information: Vedanta, Upanishads, and Aranyakas The Aranyakas
Aranyakas
layer of the Vedas
Vedas
include rituals, discussion of symbolic meta-rituals, as well as philosophical speculations.[18][52] Aranyakas, however, neither are homogeneous in content nor in structure.[52] They are a medley of instructions and ideas, and some include chapters of Upanishads
Upanishads
within them. Two theories have been proposed on the origin of the word Aranyakas. One theory holds that these texts were meant to be studied in a forest, while the other holds that the name came from these being the manuals of allegorical interpretation of sacrifices, for those in Vanaprastha
Vanaprastha
(retired, forest-dwelling) stage of their life, according to the historic age-based Ashrama system of human life.[121] The Upanishads
Upanishads
reflect the last composed layer of texts in the Vedas. They are commonly referred to as Vedānta, variously interpreted to mean either the "last chapters, parts of the Vedas" or "the object, the highest purpose of the Veda".[122] The concepts of Brahman (Ultimate Reality) and Ātman (Soul, Self) are central ideas in all the Upanishads,[123][124] and "Know your Ātman" their thematic focus.[124][125] The Upanishads
Upanishads
are the foundation of Hindu philosophical thought and its diverse traditions.[59][126] Of the Vedic corpus, they alone are widely known, and the central ideas of the Upanishads
Upanishads
have influenced the diverse traditions of Hinduism.[59][127] Aranyakas
Aranyakas
are sometimes identified as karma-kanda (ritualistic section), while the Upanishads
Upanishads
are identified as jnana-kanda (spirituality section).[17][128] In an alternate classification, the early part of Vedas
Vedas
are called Samhitas
Samhitas
and the commentary are called the Brahmanas
Brahmanas
which together are identified as the ceremonial karma-kanda, while Aranyakas
Aranyakas
and Upanishads
Upanishads
are referred to as the jnana-kanda.[129] Post-Vedic literature Vedanga Main article: Vedanga The Vedangas
Vedangas
developed towards the end of the vedic period, around or after the middle of the 1st millennium BC. These auxiliary fields of Vedic studies emerged because the language of the Vedas, composed centuries earlier, became too archaic to the people of that time.[130] The Vedangas
Vedangas
were sciences that focused on helping understand and interpret the Vedas
Vedas
that had been composed many centuries earlier.[130] The six subjects of Vedanga
Vedanga
are phonetics (Śikṣā), poetic meter (Chandas), grammar (Vyākaraṇa), etymology and linguistics (Nirukta), rituals and rites of passage (Kalpa), time keeping and astronomy (Jyotiṣa).[131][132][133] Vedangas
Vedangas
developed as ancillary studies for the Vedas, but its insights into meters, structure of sound and language, grammar, linguistic analysis and other subjects influenced post-Vedic studies, arts, culture and various schools of Hindu
Hindu
philosophy.[134][135][136] The Kalpa Vedanga
Vedanga
studies, for example, gave rise to the Dharma-sutras, which later expanded into Dharma-shastras.[130][137] Parisista Main article: Parisista Pariśiṣṭa "supplement, appendix" is the term applied to various ancillary works of Vedic literature, dealing mainly with details of ritual and elaborations of the texts logically and chronologically prior to them: the Samhitas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas
Aranyakas
and Sutras. Naturally classified with the Veda to which each pertains, Parisista works exist for each of the four Vedas. However, only the literature associated with the Atharvaveda
Atharvaveda
is extensive.

The Āśvalāyana Gṛhya Pariśiṣṭa is a very late text associated with the Rigveda
Rigveda
canon. The Gobhila Gṛhya Pariśiṣṭa is a short metrical text of two chapters, with 113 and 95 verses respectively. The Kātiya Pariśiṣṭas, ascribed to Kātyāyana, consist of 18 works enumerated self-referentially in the fifth of the series (the Caraṇavyūha) and the Kātyāyana Śrauta Sūtra
Sūtra
Pariśiṣṭa. The Kṛṣṇa Yajurveda
Yajurveda
has 3 parisistas The Āpastamba Hautra Pariśiṣṭa, which is also found as the second praśna of the Satyasāḍha Śrauta Sūtra', the Vārāha Śrauta Sūtra Pariśiṣṭa For the Atharvaveda, there are 79 works, collected as 72 distinctly named parisistas.[138]

Upaveda The term upaveda ("applied knowledge") is used in traditional literature to designate the subjects of certain technical works.[139][140] Lists of what subjects are included in this class differ among sources. The Charanavyuha mentions four Upavedas:[141]

Archery
Archery
(Dhanurveda), associated with the Yajurveda Architecture (Sthapatyaveda), associated with the Atharvaveda. Music and sacred dance (Gāndharvaveda), associated with the Samaveda Medicine (Āyurveda), associated with either the Rigveda
Rigveda
or the Atharvaveda
Atharvaveda
.[142][143]

"Fifth" and other Vedas Some post-Vedic texts, including the Mahabharata, the Natyasastra[144] and certain Puranas, refer to themselves as the "fifth Veda".[145] The earliest reference to such a "fifth Veda" is found in the Chandogya Upanishad
Upanishad
in hymn 7.1.2.[146]

Let drama and dance (Nātya, नाट्य) be the fifth vedic scripture. Combined with an epic story, tending to virtue, wealth, joy and spiritual freedom, it must contain the significance of every scripture, and forward every art. Thus, from all the Vedas, Brahma framed the Nātya Veda. From the Rig Veda
Rig Veda
he drew forth the words, from the Sama Veda the melody, from the Yajur Veda gesture, and from the Atharva Veda the sentiment. — First chapter of Nātyaśāstra, Abhinaya Darpana [147][148]

"Divya Prabandha", for example Tiruvaymoli, is a term for canonical Tamil texts considered as Vernacular Veda by some South Indian Hindus.[31][32] Other texts such as the Bhagavad Gita
Bhagavad Gita
or the Vedanta
Vedanta
Sutras are considered shruti or "Vedic" by some Hindu denominations
Hindu denominations
but not universally within Hinduism. The Bhakti
Bhakti
movement, and Gaudiya Vaishnavism in particular extended the term veda to include the Sanskrit
Sanskrit
Epics and Vaishnavite devotional texts such as the Pancaratra.[149] Puranas Main article: Puranas The Puranas
Puranas
is a vast genre of encyclopedic Indian literature about a wide range of topics particularly myths, legends and other traditional lore.[150] Several of these texts are named after major Hindu
Hindu
deities such as Vishnu, Shiva
Shiva
and Devi.[151][152] There are 18 Maha Puranas (Great Puranas) and 18 Upa Puranas
Puranas
(Minor Puranas), with over 400,000 verses.[150] The Puranas
Puranas
have been influential in the Hindu
Hindu
culture.[153][154] They are considered Vaidika (congruent with Vedic literature).[155] The Bhagavata Purana
Bhagavata Purana
has been among the most celebrated and popular text in the Puranic genre, and is of non-dualistic tenor.[156][157] The Puranic literature wove with the Bhakti movement
Bhakti movement
in India, and both Dvaita
Dvaita
and Advaita
Advaita
scholars have commented on the underlying Vedanta themes in the Maha Puranas.[158] Western Indology Further information: Sanskrit
Sanskrit
in the West The study of Sanskrit
Sanskrit
in the West began in the 17th century. In the early 19th century, Arthur Schopenhauer
Arthur Schopenhauer
drew attention to Vedic texts, specifically the Upanishads. The importance of Vedic Sanskrit
Sanskrit
for Indo-European studies
Indo-European studies
was also recognized in the early 19th century. English translations of the Samhitas
Samhitas
were published in the later 19th century, in the Sacred Books of the East series edited by Müller between 1879 and 1910.[159] Ralph T. H. Griffith also presented English translations of the four Samhitas, published 1889 to 1899. Voltaire
Voltaire
regarded Vedas
Vedas
to be exceptional, he remarked that:

The Veda was the most precious gift for which the West had ever been indebted to the East.[160][161]

Rigveda
Rigveda
manuscripts were selected for inscription in UNESCO's Memory of the World Register in 2007.[162] See also

Hindu
Hindu
philosophy Historical Vedic religion Pyramid Texts Shakha Vedic chant

Notes

^ "As a skilled craftsman makes a car, a singer I, Mighty One! this hymn for thee have fashioned.If thou, O Agni, God, accept it gladly, may we obtain thereby the heavenly Waters". – Rigveda
Rigveda
5.2.11, Translated by Ralph T.H. Griffith[12] ^ Elisa Freschi (2012): The Vedas
Vedas
are not deontic authorities in absolute sense and may be disobeyed, but are recognized as an deontological epistemic authority by a Hindu
Hindu
orthodox school;[19] (Note: This differentiation between epistemic and deontic authority is true for all Indian religions) ^ The early Buddhist texts are also generally believed to be of oral tradition, with the first Pali Canon written many centuries after the death of the Buddha.[38]

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Vedas
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Sanskrit
corpus is incorporated in A Vedic Word Concordance (Vaidika-Padānukrama-Koṣa) prepared from 1930 under Vishva Bandhu, and published in five volumes in 1935-1965. Its scope extends to about 400 texts, including the entire Vedic Sanskrit
Sanskrit
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Upanishad
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Vedas
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Brahma
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Upanishads
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Hindu
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Upanishads
form the foundations of Hindu
Hindu
philosophical thought and the central theme of the Upanishads
Upanishads
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Upanishads
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Upanishads
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Rigveda
10.129 Wikisource; Translation 1: Max Müller
Max Müller
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^ see e.g. Avari 2007, p. 77. ^ For 1,028 hymns and 10,600 verses and division into ten mandalas, see: Avari 2007, p. 77. ^ For characterization of content and mentions of deities including Agni, Indra, Varuna, Soma, Surya, etc. see: Avari 2007, p. 77. ^ see e.g. Avari 2007, p. 77 Max Müller
Max Müller
gave 1700–1100 BC, Michael Witzel gives 1450-1350 BC as terminus ad quem. ^ Original text translated in English: The Rig Veda, Mandala 10, Hymn 117, Ralph T. H. Griffith (Translator); C Chatterjee (1995), Values in the Indian Ethos: An Overview, Journal of Human Values, Vol 1, No 1, pages 3-12 ^ For example, Hymn
Hymn
1.164.34, "What is the ultimate limit of the earth?", "What is the center of the universe?", "What is the semen of the cosmic horse?", "What is the ultimate source of human speech?" Hymn
Hymn
1.164.34, "Who gave blood, soul, spirit to the earth?", "How could the unstructured universe give origin to this structured world?" Hymn
Hymn
1.164.5, "Where does the sun hide in the night?", "Where do gods live?" Hymn
Hymn
1.164.6, "What, where is the unborn support for the born universe?"; Hymn
Hymn
1.164.20 (a hymn that is widely cited in the Upanishads
Upanishads
as the parable of the Body and the Soul): "Two birds with fair wings, inseparable companions; Have found refuge in the same sheltering tree. One incessantly eats from the fig tree; the other, not eating, just looks on."; Sources: (a) Antonio de Nicholas (2003), Meditations Through the Rig Veda: Four-Dimensional Man, ISBN 978-0595269259, pages 64-69; Jan Gonda, A History of Indian Literature: Veda and Upanishads, Volume 1, Part 1, Otto Harrassowitz Verlag, ISBN 978-3447016032, pages 134-135; Rigveda
Rigveda
Book 1, Hymn
Hymn
164 Wikisource ^ Michael Witzel, The Rigvedic religious system and its central Asian and Hindukush antecedents, in The Vedas
Vedas
- Texts, Language and Ritual, Editors: Griffiths and Houben (2004), Brill Academic, ISBN 978-9069801490, pages 581-627 ^ (from sāman, the term for a melody applied to a metrical hymn or a song of praise, Apte 1965, p. 981. ^ a b c Witzel, M., "The Development of the Vedic Canon and its Schools : The Social and Political Milieu" in Witzel 1997, pp. 269–270 ^ M Bloomfield, Rig-veda Repetitions, p. 402, at Google Books, pages 402-464 ^ For 1875 total verses, see the numbering given in Ralph T. H. Griffith. Griffith's introduction mentions the recension history for his text. Repetitions may be found by consulting the cross-index in Griffith pp. 491-99. ^ Annette Wilke and Oliver Moebus (2011), Sound and Communication: An Aesthetic Cultural History of Sanskrit
Sanskrit
Hinduism, Walter de Gruyter, ISBN 978-3110181593, page 381 ^ a b Michael Witzel (2003), " Vedas
Vedas
and Upaniṣads", in The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism
Hinduism
(Editor: Gavin Flood), Blackwell, ISBN 0-631215352, pages 76-77 ^ Antonio de Nicholas (2003), Meditations Through the Rig Veda: Four-Dimensional Man, ISBN 978-0595269259, pages 273-274 ^ Witzel, M., "The Development of the Vedic Canon and its Schools : The Social and Political Milieu" in Witzel 1997, pp. 270–271 ^ Witzel, M., "The Development of the Vedic Canon and its Schools : The Social and Political Milieu" in Witzel 1997, pp. 272–274 ^ Paul Deussen, Sixty Upanishads
Upanishads
of the Veda, Volume 1, Motilal Banarsidass, ISBN 978-8120814684, pages 217-219 ^ Michaels 2004, p. 52 Table 3 ^ CL Prabhakar (1972), The Recensions of the Sukla Yajurveda, Archív Orientální, Volume 40, Issue 1, pages 347-353 ^ Paul Deussen, The Philosophy of the Upanishads, Motilal Banarsidass (2011 Edition), ISBN 978-8120816206, page 23 ^ Patrick Olivelle (1998), Upaniṣhads, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-282292-6, pages 1-17 ^ a b c d Michaels 2004, p. 56. ^ Frits Staal
Frits Staal
(2009), Discovering the Vedas: Origins, Mantras, Rituals, Insights, Penguin, ISBN 978-0143099864, pages 136-137 ^ Frits Staal
Frits Staal
(2009), Discovering the Vedas: Origins, Mantras, Rituals, Insights, Penguin, ISBN 978-0143099864, page 135 ^ Alex Wayman (1997), Untying the Knots in Buddhism, Motilal Banarsidass, ISBN 978-8120813212, pages 52-53 ^ "The latest of the four Vedas, the Atharva-Veda, is, as we have seen, largely composed of magical texts and charms, but here and there we find cosmological hymns which anticipate the Upanishads, -- hymns to Skambha, the 'Support', who is seen as the first principle which is both the material and efficient cause of the universe, to Prāna, the 'Breath of Life', to Vāc, the 'Word', and so on." Zaehner 1966, p. vii. ^ Flood 1996, p. 37. ^ Laurie Patton (2004), Veda and Upanishad, in The Hindu
Hindu
World (Editors: Sushil Mittal and Gene Thursby), Routledge, ISBN 0-415215277, page 38 ^ a b Jan Gonda (1975), Vedic Literature: Saṃhitās and Brāhmaṇas, Vol 1, Fasc. 1, Otto Harrassowitz Verlag, ISBN 978-3447016032, pages 277-280, Quote: "It would be incorrect to describe the Atharvaveda
Atharvaveda
Samhita
Samhita
as a collection of magical formulas". ^ Kenneth Zysk (2012), Understanding Mantras (Editor: Harvey Alper), Motilal Banarsidass, ISBN 978-8120807464, pages 123-129 ^ On magic spells and charms, such as those to gain better health: Atharva Veda 2.32 Bhaishagykni, Charm to secure perfect health Maurice Bloomfield (Translator), Sacred Books of the East, Vol. 42, Oxford University Press; see also chapters 3.11, 3.31, 4.10, 5.30, 19.26; On finding a good husband: Atharva Veda 4.2.36 Strijaratani Maurice Bloomfield (Translator), Sacred Books of the East, Vol. 42, Oxford University Press; Atharvaveda
Atharvaveda
dedicates over 30 chapters to love relationships, sexuality and for conceiving a child, see e.g. chapters 1.14, 2.30, 3.25, 6.60, 6.78, 6.82, 6.130-6.132; On peaceful social and family relationships: Atharva Veda 6.3.30 Maurice Bloomfield (Translator), Sacred Books of the East, Vol. 42, Oxford University Press; ^ Kenneth Zysk (1993), Religious Medicine: The History and Evolution of Indian Medicine, Routledge, ISBN 978-1560000761, pages x-xii ^ Witzel, M., "The Development of the Vedic Canon and its Schools : The Social and Political Milieu" in Witzel 1997, pp. 275–276 ^ a b Klaus Klostermaier (1994), A Survey of Hinduism, Second Edition, State University of New York Press, ISBN 978-0791421093, pages 67-69 ^ Moriz Winternitz (2010), A History of Indian Literature, Volume 1, Motilal Banarsidass, ISBN 978-8120802643, pages 175-176 ^ Michael Witzel, "Tracing the Vedic dialects" in Dialectes dans les litteratures Indo-Aryennes ed. Caillat, Paris, 1989, 97–265. ^ Biswas et al (1989), Cosmic Perspectives, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0521343541, pages 42-43 ^ Klaus Klostermaier (1994), A Survey of Hinduism, Second Edition, State University of New York Press, ISBN 978-0791421093, page 67 ^ a b c d Max Müller, Chandogya Upanishad, The Upanishads, Part I, Oxford University Press, page LXXXVII with footnote 2 ^ Paul Deussen, Sixty Upanishads
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Upanishads
form the foundations of Hindu
Hindu
philosophical thought and the central theme of the Upanishads
Upanishads
is the identity of Atman and Brahman, or the inner self and the cosmic self."; Michael McDowell and Nathan Brown (2009), World Religions, Penguin, ISBN 978-1592578467, pages 208-210 ^ Patrick Olivelle (2014), The Early Upanisads, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0195352429, page 3; Quote: "Even though theoretically the whole of vedic corpus is accepted as revealed truth [shruti], in reality it is the Upanishads
Upanishads
that have continued to influence the life and thought of the various religious traditions that we have come to call Hindu. Upanishads
Upanishads
are the scriptures par excellence of Hinduism". ^ See Shankara's Introduction at Google Books
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to Brihad Aranyaka Upanishad
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at pages 1-5; Quote - "The Vedas
Vedas
are divided in two parts, the first is the karma-kanda, the ceremonial part, also (called) purva-kanda, and treats on ceremonies; the second part is the jnana kanda, the part which contains knowledge, also named uttara-kanda or posterior part, and unfolds the knowledge of Brahma
Brahma
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Dvaita
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Further reading

Overviews

J. Gonda, Vedic Literature: Saṃhitās and Brāhmaṇas, A History of Indian literature. Vol. 1, Veda and Upanishads, Wiesnaden: Harrasssowitz (1975), ISBN 978-3-447-01603-2. J. A. Santucci, An Outline of Vedic Literature, Scholars Press for the American Academy of Religion, (1976). S. Shrava, A Comprehensive History of Vedic Literature — Brahmana and Aranyaka
Aranyaka
Works, Pranava Prakashan (1977).

Concordances

M. Bloomfield, A Vedic Concordance (1907) Vishva Bandhu, Bhim Dev, S. Bhaskaran Nair (eds.), Vaidika-Padānukrama-Koṣa: A Vedic Word-Concordance, Vishveshvaranand Vedic Research Institute, Hoshiarpur, 1963–1965, revised edition 1973-1976.

Conference proceedings

Griffiths, Arlo and Houben, Jan E. M. (eds.), The Vedas : texts, language & ritual: proceedings of the Third International Vedic Workshop, Leiden 2002, Groningen Oriental Studies 20, Groningen : Forsten, (2004), ISBN 90-6980-149-3.

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Vedas.

Look up Veda or Vedic in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

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Sketch of the Historical Grammar of the Rig and Atharva Vedas, Edward Vernon Arnold, Journal of the American Oriental Society On the History and the Present State of Vedic Tradition in Nepal, Michael Witzel GRETIL etexts A Vedic Concordance, Maurice Bloomfield, Harvard University (an alphabetic index to every line, every stanza of the Vedas
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