Each Veda has been subclassified into four major text parts – the Samhitas, the Aranyakas, the Brahmanas, and the Upanishads.


  • Essence of all Samhitas --> compiled as Devata Kanda Sutras
  • Essence of all Brahmanas --> compiled as Purva Mimansa Sutras by Vyasa's students Jaimini
  • Essence of all Upanishads --> compiled as Brahma Sutras (Vedanta sutras) by Vedvyasa

Now, my question is that, which scripture claims to be essence of all Aaranyakas ?

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    I think Jaimini's Purva Mimansa Sutra also constitutes the philosophical interpretation of Yajnas and hence Aranyaka. – Pandya Jul 11 '18 at 7:46

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