Once I debated with one regarding superiority of Darshana Sutras vs Puranas. Because of having interest in philosophical scripture, I argued that Mimansa Sutra are written/based on Samhita & Brahmana part of Vedas which are most authoritative but he argued that Puranas are more authoritative than Darshan Sutras. So, I had got the idea of asking the question, let me frame it:
- Shruti (Including Samhitas, Brahmanas, Aranyaka & Upanishads)
- Upaveda (Ayurveda, Dhanurveda, Gandharvaveda, Arthashashtra)
- Vedanga (Shiksha, Vyakaran, Nirukta, Chhand, Jyotish, Kalp)
- Kalpa Sutra, Grihya Sutra, Srauta Sutra etc. Sutras
- Darshana Sutras (Shada Darshana Sutras viz. Yoga Sutra, Brahma Sutra etc.)
- Dharma Sharshtras (i.e Manu Smriti, Yajnavalkya Smriti etc.)
- Puranas (18 Puranas and Upapuranas)
- Itihasa (epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata etc.)
- Agamas and Tantras
- Works of Acharyas
We know that Shruti is authoritative than Smriti, however I want to know the hierarchy of these broadly classified Scriptures.
So, Is there any scripture that gives the hierarchy of these scriptures? Or (as these scriptures have been written over yugas e.g Vedas are ancient and Works of Acharyas are recent comparatively) is there any work of Acharya (may be recent like Vivekananda) discuss it?
Note that I'm not looking for hierarchy in deeper level (i.e between Dharma Shashtras or between Puranas) just want to know the hierarchy of different levels/categories mentioned above or as possible as available.