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Do the Vedas say they are eternal?

Many Hindu theologians, especially those of the Vedanta school, believe that not just the meaning, but the very words and sentences of the Vedas are eternal. Is there any support in the Vedas ...
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Which schools of Hinduism or acharyas have Hinduism believed that the Vedas were authored by the Rishis?

Vedanta and Purva Mimamsa believe that the Vedas are unauthored. Nyaya believes that the Vedas are authored by Ishvara. What do other sects believe? Is there anyone that believes that the Rishis ...
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Does apauruṣeyā mean truly authorless or simply 'no human author'? Or do different schools of philosophy interpret the word differently?

Does apauruṣeyā when applied to Vedas just mean 'not of human origin' leaving the possibility that a superhuman being could have authored them? Or do different schools of Hindu philosophy interpret ...
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If Veda vakyams are "eternal" because they are repeated every kalpa, then why can't other vakyams also be eternal because they are repeated?

Some people say that the veda-vakyams are eternal because they are repeated every kalpa. So vakyams like "yathA purvam akalpayat" (he created the universe just as before) are eternal. But so ...
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How can the Vedas be eternal when it has authored verses?

How can the Vedas be authorless when it has authored speech? For example in the Chandogya Upanishad: The Devas (gods) and Asuras (demons) both heard these words, and said: 'Well, let us search for ...
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Caste System in Vedas

Why do Vedas, which are authorless and eternal, contains something like caste system which divides people on the basis of birth and even if they divide people on the basis of guna or karma why there ...
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Eternality of vedas on the basis of Shabda (word) as per Purva Mimansa

In Jaimini Mimansa sutra one of the objections raised against eternality of vedas is:- By reason of no stability. (Sutra 7) The objector says that there is no stability of the word as soon as it is ...
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How do orthodox Hindus interpret these Vedic mantras that seem to suggest that the Rishis authored the mantras?

It has been asserted that these mantras suggest that the Rishis authored the Vedic mantras: RV 1.61.4: asmā idu stomaṃ saṃ hinomi rathaṃ na taṣṭeva — “For him, I design this hymn, just as a carpenter ...
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