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Does the different texts within Vedas follow a certain hierarchy or any known order of authority?

In Vedas there are texts such as Aranyakas, Brahmanas, Upanisads, Samhitas etc. so in the case of differing views of various texts is there a certain order of which text view should be taken first? ...
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What classes of scripture are claimed to be apaurusheya?

It is well known that Vedas are claimed to be apaurusheya or not of human origin. Hindu scripture has been continuously produced since the Veda-Samhitas – Brahmanas, Aranyakas, Upanishads, Itihasas, ...
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Are the Brahmanas, Aranyakas, and Upanishads revealed texts, or are they composed?

No Hindu disputes that the mantras in the Samhita part of the Vedas are direct revelations by Rishis. But what about the texts of the Brahmanas, Aranyakas, and Upanishads? These don't seem to be ...
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Difference between Matanga and Vishwamitra

Matanga, born as Chandala, does penance to become a Brahmana. Indra tells him that he will not become a Brahmana and explains the birth cycles and durations to become a Brahmana. Indra says it's not ...
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Looking for scriptural source that introduce Brahmanas

I know about Brahmanas (ब्राह्मण ग्रंथ) as described at BharatDiscovery, what they are, how they originated, part of Vedas, association with Samhita, Shakha etc. I mentioned them in some of my posts ...
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Were there only three Varnas in Vedic Age?

Satapatha Brahmana II. 1.4.11 “(Uttering), ‘bhuh’, Prajapati generated this earth. (Uttering)‘bhuvah’ he generated the air, and (Uttering) ‘svah’ he generated the sky.This universe is co-extensive ...
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What is the difference between these four types of Brahmanas?

I got the following four categories of Brahmanas from Which of the Brahmana says, "wife is half her husband?" [A] Shatapatha Brahmana [B] Aitareya Brahmana [C] Gopatha Brahmana [D] ...
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Which scripture is the source of the verse "Janmanā jāyatē jantuḥ karmaṇā jāyatē dvijaḥ" (everyone is born worm)?

Complete verse is as follows. Janmanā jāyatē jantuḥ karmaṇā jāyatē dvijaḥ | vēdādhyayanatō vipraḥ brahmavid brāhmaṇa smr̥taḥ || In devanagari script: जन्मना जायते जन्तु: कर्मणा जायते द्विज:। वेदा...
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On what basis are parts of the Vedas classified as Upanishads, etc. as per the explanation of Adi Shankara?

The Vedas in their entirety are supposed to sing of Brahman. However, the main portions which directly do are the Upanishads or the Vedanta. In this regard Puri Shankaracharya talks of the explanation ...
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Does anyone know the exact location of the following text in the Padma Purana?

Does anyone know the exact location of the following text in the Padma Purana? The text is found here. ṣaṭ-karma-nipuṇo vipro mantra-tantra-viśāradaḥ avaiṣṇavo gurur na syād vaiṣṇavaḥ śva-...
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Who divided/rearranged the brāhmaṇas, āraṇyakas and upaniṣads?

According to SB 12.6.50 it appears Vyāsa (Kṛṣṇa Dvaipāyana) only rearranged the Vedic mantras into four parts: 50. Just as (out of a heap of mixed up) precious stones of the same kind are ...
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Offerings made at Shradda

In Anushasana parva, Bhishma explains about giving our taking offerings Shraddha by Bhrahmachari... If, having practised the vow of Brahmacharyya for the prescribed period (of twelve years) and ...
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Do stories, such as Prajapati having intercourse with his daughter or creating cattle out of his sperm, have any scriptural basis?

The stories mentioned in the question are from the reference below. Do these stories have any scriptural basis, and if so, I would like to understand the ethical concerns/dilemmas regarding these ...
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Was the creation of Earth story has roots in the Rig Veda or somewhere else?

Harivamsha in the mahAbharata - bhaviShyaparva Chapter 34 describes as to how viShNu takes varAha avatAra to lift the Earth from Netherworld There is a legend of creation in the Taittiriya Brahmana. ...
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Is there a scriptural base, from other than the Veda and Puranas, to indicate that the Battle of the Ten Kings occurred?

There is already a question existing - Timeline of the battle of the ten kings in the Vedas. However, there are no answers posted yet and my question is different. It was mentioned in this wikipedia ...
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Which characters of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa are also mentioned in the Vedas?

By characters, I mean people (kings, queens and sages) like Daśaratha, Rāma, Janaka, Sītā, Viśvāmitra, Vasiṣṭha, etc. and not gods/mythological beings like Indra, Agni, Śiva and Viṣṇu. And by Vedas, ...
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Is the daughter of Brahma in shatpatha brahmana Sandhya the nymph or saraswati?

The story of Brahma lusting after his daughter due to arrow struck by kama deva is present in shatpatha brahmana, my question is, is the daughter called Sandhya or saraswati, because there is ...
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Are there texts classified as Brahmanas that contain Taratamya of deities?

Taratamya: Gradation, proportion, relative importance, comparative value. The Paingirahasyabrahmana is alleged to do so: Does this alleged extended citation from Paingi Rahasya Brahmana invalidate &...
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Have any Hindu scholars/commentators touched on the topic of relationship between Brahma and saraswati?

Have any scholars commented on the whole lust of prajapati in shatpatha brahmana and other texts describing them as couple, what does shankaracharya and other scholars say?
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Why is the Karma Kand portion of the Vedas larger than the Jnana Kand?

Almost all Acharyas divide the Vedas into two parts: Karma Kand (as explained by the Purva Mimamsa sutras) and the Jnana Kand (Uttara Mimamsa sutras, aka Brahma Sutras). The Samhitas and Brahmanas ...
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What is the major difference between a Brahmana and a Maha Rishi (sage)? They both have divine knowledge, so what are their purposes?

. Are Brahmana and Rishis same? What makes them different? .
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Which Vedic text describes the Shyena yAga?

The Shyena yajna is a sorcery ritual in the Vedas meant to kill people. In which Vedic text is the description? The editor of Shabara's Bhashya references Shadvimsha Brahmana 8.1-2, but when I checked ...
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