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Which are the characteristics of brAhmaNas?

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 ...
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Is Soma Really a drink Or a Metaphor For Vedic Immortality?

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 ...
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Do the following incarnations of Vishnu have references in Rig Veda/ brAhmanAs/ Upanishads?

Whole story of Matsya is narrated in Satapatha Brahmana. 1:33. It said, 'As long as we are small, there is great destruction for us: fish devours fish. Thou wilt first keep me in a jar. When I ...
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Who decided that mantras should be used for yajñas that came later?

I would like to preface my answer by addressing some misconceptions here. These misconceptions arise from inaccurate or inauthentic understanding of the role of yajna. The concept and practice of ...
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How many Brahmanas and Aranyakas are there in the Vedas?

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, ...
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Does Veda has more than one Samhita regarding to Shakha?

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 ...
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Does Bhagavad Gita Sloka 17.23 refer to Brahmanas or Brahmins?

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: ...
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Alternatives to animal sacrifice during Vedic yajnas, according to Brahmana texts?

Your are probably looking for Śatapatha Brāhmaṇa 1.2.3.5 (... paśur ha vā eṣa ālabhyate yat puroḍāśaḥ). Kanda I, adhyaya 2, brahmana 3 THE PREPARATION OF THE ALTAR 5. Thereupon the gods ordained this ...
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Was absence of mention about brAhmanas, upanishads, aranyakas in Ramayana indicates that it had been composed much earlier to them?

It would appear so. There are other references of vedas in Ramayana. kushiilavau tu dharmaGYau raajaputrau yashasvinau | bhraatarau svarasampannau dadarsha aashramavaasinau || sa tu medhaavinau ...
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Is Soma Really a drink Or a Metaphor For Vedic Immortality?

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 ...
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How many Brahmanas and Aranyakas are there in the Vedas?

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 ...
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Is the 6th section/Putramantha Brahmana of Brihadaranyaka Upanishad shruti?

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 ...
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Which characters of Mahābhārata are also mentioned in the Vedas?

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 ...
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Offspring due to marriage between a Sudra man and a Brahmana woman

For a Sudra male and a Vaishya woman, their offspring is called Ayogavah. Sudra male and Kshatriya women creates a Kshatri offspring. A Sudra male and a Brahmin woman creates a Chandala offspring. So, ...
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Varaha Avatara - reference in Taittirya recensions

In the Taittirtya Brahmana (1.1.3.5), Prajapati is stated to have assumed the form of a Boar, who lifted up the earth which remained plunged in the water (p.49). प्रजापतिः प्रजा असृजत । तासाम् ...
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Vedas are pan-geographic?

The Vedas are set in the framework of the geography of the Indian subcontinent. This is clearly obvious through the innumerable references to geographical features. For example, the River Hymn (Nadi ...
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Alternatives to animal sacrifice during Vedic yajnas, according to Brahmana texts?

Aitareya Brahmana (chapter)6.8-9 or (pancika)2.1.8-9 has a very explicit statement regarding effectiveness of using grain in place of real animals. Khanda 8 starts with describing how the Devas first ...
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Is Surdarshan Chakra mentioned In Vedic literature?

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 ...
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How was manu born according to Vedas?

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 ...
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Is amrita or legend of samudra manthan mentioned in Vedic scriptures?

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 ...
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What are the arguments of Purva Mimansa that says Brahmanas are Apaurusheya?

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 ...
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Do the Karma Kanda of Vedas themselves anywhere say performing rituals won't give us liberation?

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 ...
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Ritwijas and Purohitas becoming Kshatriya

Ritwij is defined in Manu 2.143 as follows: agnadhyeam paka-yajnan agni-stoma-adikan makhan | yah karoti vrito yasya sa tasya ritwig iha uchyate || 2.143. He who, being (duly) chosen (for the purpose)...
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Do Vedas praise today minor gods as Brahman anywhere?

They are not minor gods, but epithets used to describe the same Almighty. Consider the following mantras from Rig Veda II.1, dedicated to Agni. Agni was declared at BRAHMAN and then AGNI was stated to ...
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Varaha Avatara - reference in Taittirya recensions

Mahanarayana Upanishad, a part of taittiriya arankya describes about it. bhūmirdhenurdharaṇī lokadhāriṇī . uddhṛtāsi varāheṇa kṛṣṇena śatabāhunā .. 38.. The earth is the giver of ...
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How is Bramhana part of Veda?

The following is the answer provided by Sri Kiron Krishnan in another site, on the same subject. Actually, if Vedas refer to the revealed, inspired visions of the sages, then they comprise ...
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Was absence of mention about brAhmanas, upanishads, aranyakas in Ramayana indicates that it had been composed much earlier to them?

In the Taittirtya Brahmana (1.1.3.5), Prajapati is stated to have assumed the form of a Boar,who lifted up the earth which remained plunged in the water. prajapatih praja asrjata/ ...
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Is the 6th section/Putramantha Brahmana of Brihadaranyaka Upanishad shruti?

The sixth section should have been thrown out by Sankaracharya. It has obnoxious passages that are contrary to morality. The obnoxious passages tell us about ancient customs and should not be treated ...
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