Author: Kireet JoshiPublisher: Mira AditiYear: 2001Language: EnglishPages: 162ISBN/UPC (if available): 8190130412
There are a number of people who have heard of the Veda but have no practically no idea of the Vedic literature and its contents. There is therefore a need to present to them a few introductory notes which might provide some basic information about the Vedas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas and Upanishads which constitute the core of the Vedic literature. This work attempts to meet this need.These notes avoid scholarly discussions. They do not even touch the fringe of the Vedic literature and, therefore, the series of these notes has been entitled Glimpses of Vedic Literature. It is hoped that these notes will provide to readers some such basic information, which would stimulate them to turn to larger books on the subject.The purpose of these notes is not to enter into the vast and profound contents of Vedic knowledge; the purpose is much more limited. It is only to help a beginner to get acquainted with an outline of the development of the Vedic literature starting form the Vedic Samhitas up to the Upanishads. It is just to introduce to the beginner the ABC of the Vedic literature; for the rest, there are a number of important and valuable books and it is hoped that these notes will make it easier for the beginner to enter into the deeper and vaster ocean of the Vedic literature and knowledge.
INTRODUCTIONThe Four VedasRigvedaRigveda (contd.)Vedic Concept of the Ultimate RealityVedic World-KnowledgeYajurveda (contd.)SamavedaAtharva VedaBrahmanasBrahmans (contd.)Aranyaka LiteratureUpanishadsUpanishads (contd.)Upanishads (contd.)Upanishads (contd.)Upanishads (contd.)KathopanishadKathopanishad (contd.)Taittiriya Upanisad Taittiriya Upanisad (contd.)Taittiriya Upanisad (contd.)Mandukya Upanishad Mundaka Upanishad