Once I debated with someone regarding the superiority of Darshana Sutras vs Puranas. Because of my interest in philosophical scripture, I argued that Mimansa Sutras 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 got the idea of asking this 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 more authoritative than Smriti, but 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 comparatively recent) is there any work of any 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.