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As I discuss in this answer, each of the four Vedas comes in multiple Shakhas or recensions. Each Shakha has its own Samhita, Brahmana, Aranyaka, and Upanishad. According to Patanjali's Mahabhashya, there were originally 1131 Shakhas, so there were 1131 Brahmanas and 1131 Aranyakas. But most Shakhas are now lost. Let me enumerate the surviving Shakhas of ...


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Though Bhashya of Adi Shankaracharya on this verse of BG doens't elaborate much, according to Sri Ramanujacharya, Brahmanas means the Vedas. Quoting Sri Ramanujacharya's Bhashya on mentioned verse: English Translation of Ramanuja's Sanskrit Commentary By Swami Adidevananda 17.23 Here Brahman means the Veda. It is the secondary meaning of the ...


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Do Veda have more than one Samhita regarding to Shakha? Yes, each Shakha of Veda has it's own Samhita. There were 21 Shakhas of RigVeda, 1000 Shakhas of SamaVeda, 101 Shakhas of Yajurveda and 9 Shakhas of Atharvaveda as I discuss in my answer here. Thus total about 1131 Samhitas. We have only about 12 Shakhas alive with 12 Samhitas. In other words, ...


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Yes, Brahmans are the very important text and part of Vedas, which contains instructions and explanation to the sacrifices and rituals and procedures for performing them. There are ten characteristics of Brahmanas described by Shabara Swami in his Bhashya on (Purva) Mimansa Sutras of Jaimini. Shabara Bhashya on Purva Mimansa Sutra 2.1.33: हेतुर्निर्वचनं ...


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Soma is not a metaphor rather it represents two distinct yet related things - ONE is the Moon-god also known as Chandrama and other is the invigorating drink that was consumed by the gods. They are both inter-related hence there is sometimes confusion regarding its real nature but the following excerpts should be able to help us understand the distinction as ...


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Some scholars think Lord Krishna is mentioned in the Vedas.. Ghora Angirasa expounded this well known doctrine to Devaki's son Krishna and said , 'Such a knower should at the time of death repeat this triad - "Thou art the imperishable, Thou art the unchangeable, Thou art the subtle essence of Prana." (on hearing the above) he [Krishna] became ...


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Soma was really a creeper, which when pressed, used to produce a juice that was drinkable and that drink used to be intoxicating and mind-altering in nature. Apart from the Mantras that you have already given, there are other Vedic Mantras too that give the impression that Soma is purely symbolic. For example: somenAdityA valinah (1) somena pritihvi ...


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Vedic Sanskrit corpus The corpus of Vedic Sanskrit texts includes: The Samhitas (Sanskrit saṃhitā, "collection"), are collections of metric texts (" mantras"). There are four "Vedic" Samhitas: the Rig- Veda, Sama-Veda , Yajur-Veda , and Atharva-Veda , most of which are available in several recensions (śākhā ). In some contexts, the term Veda is used to ...


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Yes surdarshan chakra was called Vishnu s chakra in ancient texts including RIG Veda and even in valmiki Ramayana it is called Vishnu s Chakra. He, like a rounded wheel, hath in swift motion set his ninety racing steeds together with the four.Developed, vast in form, with those who sing forth praise, a youth, no more a child, he cometh to our call(Rig ...


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I could not find refernces of samudra manthan in vedas but I found refernces of amrita- for,wealthy waters,ye control all treasures:ye bring auspicious intellect and amrta ye are the queens of independent riches sarasvati give full life to the singer!(Rig veda book 10 hymn 30 verse 12). Now,ye sapient ones,make ye the axes sharp wherewith ye fashion ...


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I think you have misunderstood the verses in question and have taken them out of context. It is important to read the first verse of this section 4 and the commentary. The Brhadaranyaka Upanishad with the Commentary of Sankaracarya reads (Swami Madhavananda translator): VI.iv.1 The earth is the essence of all these beings, water the essence of the earth, ...


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What are the arguments of Purva Mimansa that says Brahmanas are Apaurusheya? Their argument is that the entire Vedas, aranyakas and upanishads included, do not have an author because there is no recollection of authorship. Here is where the relevant argument starts. They say (paraphrased by me): Our answer to this view is as follows: What we have ...


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There's no verse in the Karma Kanda that specifically says that moksha can't be obtained through yajnas, but the Karma Kanda lists the fruits of each yajna, and none of them reward moksha; they reward material things, and the results are temporary. So from that it's known that the Karma Kanda doesn't directly reward moksha. But however, it indirectly leads ...


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Vedas do mention Mahabharata character as according to tradition in previous Yuga only 3 Vedas were present and that too only samhitas. Atharva veda was compiled after Mahabharata that's why in oldest part of Mahabharata (Sanjaya conversation including bhagvad geeta) you'll only find mention of 3 Vedas and in ramayana too only 3 Vedas, the four priest ...


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Vedas also say the same thing that he was born out of Brahma, refer: 51:5 Brahmá, after detaching from himself the property of anger, in the form of Rudra, converted himself into two persons, the first male, or the Manu Swáyambhuva, and the first woman, or Śatarúpá: so in the Vedas; 'So himself was indeed (his) son.'


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