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DIVISIONS

* Samhita * Brahmana * Aranyaka * Upanishads

Upanishads RIG VEDIC

* Aitareya * Kaushitaki

SAMA VEDIC

* Chandogya * Kena

YAJUR VEDIC

* Brihadaranyaka * Isha * Taittiriya * Katha * Shvetashvatara * Maitri

ATHARVA VEDIC

* Mundaka * Mandukya * Prashna

Other scriptures

* Bhagavad Gita * Agamas

RELATED HINDU TEXTS

Vedangas

* Shiksha * Chandas * Vyakarana * Nirukta * Kalpa * Jyotisha

Puranas BRAHMA PURANAS

* Brahma
Brahma
* Brahmānda * Brahmavaivarta * Markandeya * Bhavishya

VAISHNAVA PURANAS

* Vishnu
Vishnu
* Bhagavata * Naradiya * Garuda * Padma * Vamana * Kurma * Matsya

SHAIVA PURANAS

* Shiva
Shiva
* Linga * Skanda * Vayu * Agni
Agni

Itihasa

* Ramayana
Ramayana
* Mahabharata

Shastras and sutras

* Dharma Shastra
Shastra
* Artha Śastra * Kamasutra * Brahma Sutras * Samkhya Sutras * Mimamsa Sutras * Nyāya Sūtras * Vaiśeṣika Sūtra * Yoga
Yoga
Sutras * Pramana
Pramana
Sutras * Charaka Samhita * Sushruta Samhita * Natya Shastra
Shastra
* Panchatantra * Divya Prabandha * Tirumurai * Ramcharitmanas * Yoga Vasistha * Swara yoga * Shiva
Shiva
Samhita * Gheranda Samhita * Panchadasi * Vedantasara * Stotra

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

The VEDAS (/ˈveɪdəz/ ; Sanskrit
Sanskrit
: वेद _veda_, "knowledge ") are a large body of knowledge texts originating in the ancient Indian subcontinent . Composed by ancient Aryans in Vedic Sanskrit
Sanskrit
, the texts constitute the oldest layer of Sanskrit
Sanskrit
literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduism . Hindus consider the Vedas
Vedas
to be _apauruṣeya _, which means "not of a man, superhuman" and "impersonal, authorless".

Vedas
Vedas
are also called _śruti _ ("what is heard") literature, 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. In the Hindu
Hindu
Epic the Mahabharata, the creation of Vedas
Vedas
is credited to Brahma
Brahma
. The Vedic hymns themselves assert that they were skillfully created by _Rishis _ (sages), after inspired creativity, just as a carpenter builds a chariot.

There are four Vedas: the Rigveda , the Yajurveda , the Samaveda and the Atharvaveda . 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 (commentaries on rituals, ceremonies and sacrifices), and the Upanishads (texts discussing meditation, philosophy and spiritual knowledge). Some scholars add a fifth category – the Upasanas (worship).

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 ). Other śramaṇa traditions, such as Lokayata , Carvaka , Ajivika , Buddhism
Buddhism
and Jainism
Jainism
, which did not regard the Vedas
Vedas
as authorities, are referred to as "heterodox" or "non-orthodox" (nāstika ) schools. Despite their differences, just like the texts of the śramaṇa traditions, the layers of texts in the Vedas
Vedas
discuss similar ideas and concepts.

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
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 and Upanishads

* 6 Post-Vedic literature

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

* 7 Western Indology * 8 See also * 9 Notes

* 10 References

* 10.1 Bibliography

* 11 Further reading * 12 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".

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.

The Sanskrit
Sanskrit
term _veda_ as a common noun means "knowledge". The term in some contexts, such as hymn 10.93.11 of the _Rigveda_, means "obtaining or finding wealth, property", while in some others it means "a bunch of grass together" as in a broom or for ritual fire .

A related word _Vedena_ appears in hymn 8.19.5 of the _Rigveda_. It was translated by Ralph T. H. Griffith as "ritual lore", 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 .

Vedas
Vedas
are called _Maṛai_ or _Vaymoli_ in parts of South India. Marai literally means "hidden, a secret, mystery". In some south Indian communities such as Iyengars
Iyengars
, the word Veda includes the Tamil writings of the Alvar saints, such as Divya Prabandham , for example Tiruvaymoli.

CHRONOLOGY

Main article: Vedic period

The Vedas
Vedas
are among the oldest sacred texts . The Samhitas
Samhitas
date to roughly 1700–1100 BC, 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
Bronze Age
and the Iron Age . The 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 discussions of their meaning, and reaches its end in the age of Buddha and Panini and the rise of the 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.

Transmission of texts in the 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 , perhaps earliest in the Kanva recension of the 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. 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. However, adds Goody, the Vedic texts likely involved both a written and oral tradition, calling it a "parallel products of a literate society".

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. The Sampurnanand Sanskrit
Sanskrit
University has a Rigveda manuscript from the 14th century; however, there are a number of older Veda manuscripts in Nepal
Nepal
that are dated from the 11th century onwards.

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
Taxila
, Nalanda
Nalanda
and Vikramashila .

CATEGORIES OF VEDIC TEXTS

_ Rigveda_ manuscript in Devanagari

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

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

VEDIC 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. * The 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 is associated with one of the Samhitas
Samhitas
or its recensions. The Brahmanas may either form separate texts or can be partly integrated into the text of the Samhitas. They may also include the 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 ritualisitic to symbolic meta-ritualistic points of view. It is frequently read in secondary literature. * Older Mukhya Upanishads (Bṛhadāraṇyaka , Chandogya , Kaṭha , Kena , Aitareya , and others).

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.

While production of Brahmanas and Aranyakas ceased with the end of the Vedic period, additional Upanishads were composed after the end of the Vedic period.

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 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 to classify each Veda into _karma-kanda_ (कर्म खण्ड, action/ritual-related sections) and _jnana-kanda_ (ज्ञान खण्ड, knowledge/spirituality-related sections).

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 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 and, while it is subject to some debate, it is still widely used. As Axel Michaels explains:

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 because it follows the Indian tradition, conveys the historical sequence fairly accurately, and underlies the current editions, translations, and monographs on Vedic literature."

The Upanishads are largely philosophical works, some in dialogue form. They are the foundation of Hindu
Hindu
philosophical thought and its diverse traditions. Of the Vedic corpus, they alone are widely known, and the central ideas of the Upanishads are at the spiritual core of Hindus.

VEDIC SCHOOLS OR RECENSIONS

Main article: Shakha

The four Vedas
Vedas
were transmitted in various śākhās (branches, schools). Each school likely represented an ancient community of a particular area, or kingdom. Each school followed its own canon. Multiple recensions are known for each of the Vedas. 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 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
Bihar
, south of Nepal
Nepal
. The Vedic canon in its entirety consists of texts from all the various Vedic schools taken together.

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. The Vedas
Vedas
each have an Index or Anukramani , the principal work of this kind being the general Index or _Sarvānukramaṇī_.

Prodigious energy was expended by ancient Indian culture in ensuring that these texts were transmitted from generation to generation with inordinate fidelity. 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 again in the original order. 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_ period, without any variant readings within that school.

The Vedas
Vedas
were likely written down for the first time around 500 BC. 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.

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The canonical division of the Vedas
Vedas
is fourfold (_turīya_) viz.,

* Rigveda (RV) * Yajurveda (YV, with the main division TS vs. VS ) * Samaveda (SV) * 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). The 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 itself, where incipient lists divide the Vedic texts into three (trayī) or four branches: Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva.

Each Veda has been subclassified into four major text types – the Samhitas
Samhitas
(mantras and benedictions), the 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 (commentaries on rituals, ceremonies and sacrifices), and the Upanishads (text discussing meditation, philosophy and spiritual knowledge). The Upasanas (short ritual worship-related sections) are considered by some scholars 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.

Only one version of the Rigveda is known to have survived into the modern era. 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.

RIGVEDA

Main article: Rigveda 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 10.129.6-7

The Rigveda Samhita is the oldest extant Indic text. It is a collection of 1,028 Vedic Sanskrit
Sanskrit
hymns and 10,600 verses in all, organized into ten books (Sanskrit: _mandalas_). The hymns are dedicated to Rigvedic deities .

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
Sapta Sindhu
) region of the northwest Indian subcontinent . The Rigveda is structured based on clear principles – the Veda begins with a small book addressed to Agni, Indra
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; yet, 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. In terms of substance, the nature of hymns shift from praise of deities in early books to Nasadiya Sukta with questions such as, "what is the origin of the universe?, do even gods know the answer?", the virtue of Dāna (charity) in society, and other metaphysical issues in its hymns.

There are similarities between the mythology, rituals and linguistics in Rigveda and those found in ancient central Asia, Iranian and Hindukush (Afghanistan) regions.

SAMAVEDA

Main article: Samaveda

The Samaveda Samhita consists of 1549 stanzas, taken almost entirely (except for 75 mantras) from the Rigveda. The Samaveda samhita has two major parts. The first part includes four melody collections (gāna, गान) and the second part three verse “books” (ārcika, आर्चिक). A melody in the song books corresponds to a verse in the _arcika_ books. Just as in the Rigveda, the early sections of Samaveda typically begin with hymns to Agni
Agni
and Indra, but shift to the abstract. Their meters shift also in a descending order. The songs in the later sections of the Samaveda have the least deviation from the hymns derived from the Rigveda.

In the Samaveda, some of the Rigvedic verses are repeated more than once. Including repetitions, there are a total of 1875 verses numbered in the Samaveda recension translated by Griffith. 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.

YAJURVEDA

Main article: Yajurveda

The Yajurveda Samhita consists of prose mantras. 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.

The earliest and most ancient layer of Yajurveda samhita includes about 1,875 verses, that are distinct yet borrow and build upon the foundation of verses in Rigveda . Unlike the Samaveda which is almost entirely based on Rigveda mantras and structured as songs, the Yajurveda samhitas are in prose and linguistically, they are different from earlier Vedic texts. The Yajur Veda has been the primary source of information about sacrifices during Vedic times and associated rituals.

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. The White Yajurveda separates the Samhita from its Brahmana (the Shatapatha Brahmana ), the Black Yajurveda intersperses the Samhita with 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). The youngest layer of Yajurveda text is not related to rituals nor sacrifice, it includes the largest collection of primary Upanishads, influential to various schools of Hindu philosophy .

ATHARVAVEDA

Main article: Atharvaveda

The Artharvaveda 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. Most of the verses are metrical, but some sections are in prose. Two different versions of the text – the Paippalāda and the Śaunakīya – have survived into the modern times. The Atharvaveda was not considered as a Veda in the Vedic era, and was accepted as a Veda in late 1st millennium BC. It was compiled last, probably around 900 BC, although some of its material may go back to the time of the Rigveda, or earlier.

The Atharvaveda is sometimes called the "Veda of magical formulas", an epithet declared to be incorrect by other scholars. The 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. 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". Many books of the Atharvaveda Samhita are dedicated to rituals without magic, such as to philosophical speculations and to theosophy .

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.

EMBEDDED VEDIC TEXTS

Brahmanas

Further information: Brahmanas

The Brahmanas are commentaries, explanation of proper methods and meaning of Vedic Samhita rituals in the four Vedas. They also incorporate myths, legends and in some cases philosophy. Each regional Vedic _shakha _ (school) has its own operating manual-like Brahmana text, most of which have been lost. A total of 19 Brahmana texts have survived into modern times: two associated with the Rigveda , six with the Yajurveda , ten with the Samaveda and one with the Atharvaveda . The oldest dated to about 900 BC, while the youngest Brahmanas (such as the Shatapatha Brahmana ), were complete by about 700 BC. According to Jan Gonda , the final codification of the Brahmanas took place in pre-Buddhist times (ca. 600 BC).

The substance of the 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. The first hymn is a recitation that accompanies offering a Yajna oblation to _Agni_ (fire) on the occasion of a marriage, and the hymn prays for prosperity of the couple getting married. The second hymn wishes for their long life, kind relatives, and a numerous progeny. 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 hymn 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 . However, these verses are incomplete expositions, and their complete context emerges only with the Samhita layer of text.

Aranyakas And Upanishads

Further information: Vedanta , Upanishads , and Aranyakas

The Aranyakas layer of the Vedas
Vedas
include rituals, discussion of symbolic meta-rituals, as well as philosophical speculations.

_Aranyakas_, however, neither are homogeneous in content nor in structure. They are a medley of instructions and ideas, and some include chapters of 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.

The 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". The concepts of Brahman (Ultimate Reality) and Ātman (Soul, Self) are central ideas in all the Upanishads , and "Know your Ātman" their thematic focus. The Upanishads are the foundation of Hindu
Hindu
philosophical thought and its diverse traditions. Of the Vedic corpus, they alone are widely known, and the central ideas of the Upanishads have influenced the diverse traditions of Hinduism.

_Aranyakas_ are sometimes identified as _karma-kanda_ (ritualistic section), while the Upanishads are identified as _jnana-kanda_ (spirituality section). In an alternate classification, the early part of Vedas
Vedas
are called Samhitas
Samhitas
and the commentary are called the Brahmanas which together are identified as the ceremonial _karma-kanda_, while _Aranyakas_ and _Upanishads_ are referred to as the _jnana-kanda_.

POST-VEDIC LITERATURE

VEDANGA

Main article: Vedanga

The 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. The Vedangas were sciences that focused on helping understand and interpret the Vedas
Vedas
that had been composed many centuries earlier.

The six subjects of Vedanga are phonetics (Śikṣā ), poetic meter (Chandas ), grammar ( Vyākaraṇa ), etymology and linguistics ( Nirukta ), rituals and rites of passage (Kalpa ), time keeping and astronomy (Jyotiṣa ).

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 philosophy . The Kalpa Vedanga studies, for example, gave rise to the Dharma-sutras, which later expanded into Dharma-shastras.

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
Samhitas
, Brahmanas , 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 is extensive.

* The _Āśvalāyana Gṛhya Pariśiṣṭa_ is a very late text associated with the 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 Pariśiṣṭa_. * The _Kṛṣṇa 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.

UPAVEDA

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

* Archery
Archery
( Dhanurveda ), associated with the Rigveda * Architecture ( Sthapatyaveda ), associated with the Yajurveda. * Music and sacred dance (Gāndharvaveda ), associated with the Samaveda * Medicine (Āyurveda ), associated with the Atharvaveda .

"FIFTH" AND OTHER VEDAS

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

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 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

" Divya Prabandha ", for example Tiruvaymoli, is a term for canonical Tamil texts considered as Vernacular Veda by some South Indian Hindus.

Other texts such as the Bhagavad Gita or the Vedanta Sutras are considered _shruti_ or "Vedic" by some Hindu denominations but not universally within Hinduism. The 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 .

PURANAS

Main article: Puranas

The _Puranas_ is a vast genre of encyclopedic Indian literature about a wide range of topics particularly myths, legends and other traditional lore. Several of these texts are named after major Hindu deities such as Vishnu, Shiva
Shiva
and Devi. There are 18 _Maha Puranas_ (Great Puranas) and 18 _Upa Puranas_ (Minor Puranas), with over 400,000 verses.

The Puranas have been influential in the Hindu
Hindu
culture. They are considered _Vaidika_ (congruent with Vedic literature). The Bhagavata Purana has been among the most celebrated and popular text in the Puranic genre, and is of non-dualistic tenor. The Puranic literature wove with the Bhakti movement in India, and both Dvaita and Advaita scholars have commented on the underlying Vedanta themes in the _Maha Puranas_.

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 drew attention to Vedic texts, specifically the Upanishads. The importance of Vedic Sanskrit
Sanskrit
for 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. 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.

Rigveda manuscripts were selected for inscription in UNESCO
UNESCO
's Memory of the World Register in 2007.

SEE ALSO

* Hindu philosophy * Historical Vedic religion * Pyramid Texts * Shakha * Vedic chant
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 5.2.11_, Translated by Ralph T.H. Griffith * ^ 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; (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.

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Vedas
and their corollaries (e.g. Vedic culture)". * ^ 37,575 are Rigvedic. Of the remaining, 34,857 appear in the other three Samhitas, and 16,405 are known only from Brahmanas, Upanishads or Sutras * ^ Klaus Klostermaier (1994), A Survey of Hinduism, Second Edition, State University of New York Press, ISBN 978-0791421093 , pages 67-69 * ^ _A_ _B_ Brahmana Encyclopædia Britannica (2013) * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ Jan Gonda (1975), Vedic Literature: (Saṃhitās and Brāhmaṇas), Otto Harrassowitz Verlag, ISBN 978-3447016032 , page 424-426 * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ _D_ Michaels 2004 , p. 51. * ^ _A_ _B_ Witzel, Michael, " Vedas
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and Upaniṣads", in: Flood 2003 , p. 69. * ^ For a table of all Vedic texts see Witzel, Michael, " Vedas
Vedas
and Upaniṣads", in: Flood 2003 , pp. 100–101. * ^ The Vedic Sanskrit
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
corpus besides some "sub-Vedic" texts. Volume I: Samhitas, Volume II: Brahmanas and Aranyakas, Volume III: Upanishads, Volume IV: Vedangas; A revised edition, extending to about 1800 pages, was published in 1973-1976. * ^ Flood 2003 , pp. 100–101 * ^ Edward Roer (Translator), _Shankara\'s Introduction_ at Google Books to _Brihad Aranyaka Upanishad_ at pages 1-5; Quote - "The 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
or the universal soul." * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ _D_ Wendy Doniger (1990), Textual Sources for the Study of Hinduism, 1st Edition, University of Chicago Press, ISBN 978-0226618470 , pages 2-3; QUOTE: "The Upanishads supply the basis of later Hindu
Hindu
philosophy; they alone of the Vedic corpus are widely known and quoted by most well-educated Hindus, and their central ideas have also become a part of the spiritual arsenal of rank-and-file Hindus."

* ^ Wiman Dissanayake (1993), Self as Body in Asian Theory and Practice (Editors: Thomas P. Kasulis et al.), State University of New York Press, ISBN 978-0791410806 , page 39; QUOTE: "The Upanishads form the foundations of Hindu
Hindu
philosophical thought and the central theme of the 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 , in reality it is the Upanishads that have continued to influence the life and thought of the various religious traditions that we have come to call Hindu. Upanishads are the scriptures par excellence of Hinduism". * ^ _A_ _B_ Flood 1996 , p. 39. * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ _D_ _E_ Witzel, M., "The Development of the Vedic Canon and its Schools : The Social and Political Milieu", Harvard University, in Witzel 1997 , pp. 261–264 * ^ _A_ _B_ Jamison and Witzel (1992), Vedic Hinduism, Harvard University, page 6 * ^ J. Muir (1868), _Original Sanskrit
Sanskrit
Texts on the Origin and History of the People of India - their religion and institutions_ at Google Books , 2nd Edition, page 12 * ^ Albert Friedrich Weber, _Indische Studien, herausg. von_ at Google Books , Volume 10, pp 1-9 with footnotes (in German); For a translation, _Original Sanskrit
Sanskrit
Texts_ at Google Books , page 14 * ^ For an example, see Sarvānukramaṇī Vivaraṇa Univ of Pennsylvania rare texts collection * ^ R̥gveda-sarvānukramaṇī Śaunakakr̥tāʼnuvākānukramaṇī ca, Maharṣi-Kātyayāna-viracitā, OCLC 11549595 * ^ (Staal 1986 ) * ^ _A_ _B_ (Filliozat 2004 , p. 139) * ^ Avari 2007 , pp. 69–70 * ^ Michael Witzel, " Vedas
Vedas
and Upaniṣads", in: Flood 2003 , p. 69, Quote: "... almost all printed editions depend on the late manuscripts that are hardly older than 500 years" * ^ Radhakrishnan Witzel, Michael, " Vedas
Vedas
and Upaniṣads", in: Flood 2003 , p. 68 * ^ Witzel, M., "The Development of the Vedic Canon and its Schools : The Social and Political Milieu" in Witzel 1997 , pp. 257–348 * ^ MacDonell 2004 , pp. 29–39 * ^ Jamison and Witzel (1992), Vedic Hinduism, Harvard University, page 21 * ^ Witzel, M., "The Development of the Vedic Canon and its Schools : The Social and Political Milieu" in Witzel 1997 , p. 286

* ^ _A_ _B_

* Original Sanskrit: Rigveda 10.129 Wikisource; * TRANSLATION 1: Max Müller (1859). _A History of Ancient Sanskrit Literature_. Williams and Norgate, London. pp. 559–565. * TRANSLATION 2: Kenneth Kramer (1986). _World Scriptures: An Introduction to Comparative Religions_. Paulist Press. p. 21. ISBN 0-8091-2781-4 . * TRANSLATION 3: David Christian (2011). _Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History_. University of California Press. pp. 17–18. ISBN 978-0-520-95067-2 .

* ^ 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 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
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 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 1.164.34, "Who gave blood, soul, spirit to the earth?", "How could the unstructured universe give origin to this structured world?" HYMN 1.164.5, "Where does the sun hide in the night?", "Where do gods live?" HYMN 1.164.6, "What, where is the unborn support for the born universe?"; HYMN 1.164.20 (a hymn that is widely cited in the 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 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
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Hindu
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* ^ 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 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 of the Veda, Volume 1, Motilal Banarsidass, ISBN 978-8120814684 , page 63 * ^ _The Development of the Female Mind in India_, p. 27, at Google Books , The Calcutta Review, Volume 60, page 27 * ^ Jan Gonda (1975), Vedic Literature: (Saṃhitās and Brāhmaṇas), Otto Harrassowitz Verlag, ISBN 978-3447016032 , pages 319-322, 368-383 with footnotes * ^ AB Keith (2007), The Religion and Philosophy of the Veda and Upanishads, Motilal Banarsidass, ISBN 978-8120806443 , pages 489-490 * ^ Max Müller, The Upanishads, Part 1, Oxford University Press, page LXXXVI footnote 1 * ^ Mahadevan 1956 , p. 59. * ^ _A_ _B_ PT Raju (1985), Structural Depths of Indian Thought, State University of New York Press, ISBN 978-0887061394 , pages 35-36 * ^ WD Strappini, _The Upanishads_, p. 258, at Google Books , The Month and Catholic Review, Vol. 23, Issue 42

* ^ Wiman Dissanayake (1993), Self as Body in Asian Theory and Practice (Editors: Thomas P. Kasulis et al), State University of New York Press, ISBN 978-0791410806 , page 39; QUOTE: "The Upanishads form the foundations of Hindu
Hindu
philosophical thought and the central theme of the 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 , in reality it is the Upanishads that have continued to influence the life and thought of the various religious traditions that we have come to call Hindu. Upanishads are the scriptures par excellence of Hinduism". * ^ See _Shankara\'s Introduction_ at Google Books to _Brihad Aranyaka Upanishad_ 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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FURTHER READING

Overviews

* J. Gonda, _Vedic Literature: Saṃhitās and Brāhmaṇas_, A History of Indian literature. Vol. 1, Veda and Upanishads (1975), ISBN 978-3-447-01603-2 . * J. A. Santucci, _An Outline of Vedic Literature_ (1976). * S. Shrava, _A Comprehensive History of Vedic Literature — Brahmana and Aranyaka Works_, Pranava Prakashan (1977).

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* 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.

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