Yajurveda In Sanskrit Literature

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The Sanskrit word Veda is derived from the word “Vid ” meaning to know which is reconstructed as being derived from Proto-Indian European root meaning to see or know. It is the huge body of texts originating in ancient India composed in Vedic Sanskrit, the texts constitutes the older layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduism. Since, they are supposed to be directly revealed and thus they are called as “sruti” which means what is heard, distinguishing it from other religious texts.
Many Indian philosophies and sects have taken differing positions in Vedas. Schools of Indian philosophy that cite Vedas as their scriptural authority are classified as orthodox. There are four Vedas which are Rig-Veda (Book of Mantra), Yajurveda
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They are a collection of texts in the Vedic Sanskrit language that contains the earliest emergence of some of the central religious concepts of Hinduism. According to Hindus they contain reveal truths, the ultimate reality and the describing character and form of human salvation. Out of 108 Upanishads that have been preserved 12 are considered as principle Upanishads which have elucidated important questions of human existence. It constitutes the zenith of human thinking, a height it has never reached either before or after, and is the glory and treasure of the culture of India. Now a person was able to reach the universal soul Brahman through self-knowledge not just through ritualistic knowledge performed by the Brahmin priests. There is an evidence of two learned women participating in theological discussions. How different this is compared to the same time frame in the Near East where Pandora and Eve are doing evil. Women in India are doing theological inquiry. But, unfortunately, current Indian scholars have commented unfavorably about these two…show more content…
As per Hindu mythology, Manusmriti is the word of Brahma and is classified as the most authoritative statement on Dharma. The scripture consists of 2690 versus divided in twelve chapters. It is presumed that the actual human author of this compilation used eponym “Manu”, who has led the text to be associated by Hindus with the first human being and the first king in the Indian tradition.
Manu sketches women as under the guardianship of males, when she is married it is regarded as her second birth, in religious rituals women were to be present to utilize her fertility powers and most importantly women’s economic contributions were important in ancient India. As India was an agricultural country, women were needed to assist the men folk in various seasonal activities. As today, ancient India also had villages but, it was the entire family and not just an individual who was the basic unit. Patriarchal system prevailed in religious rituals. The Indians practiced a form of ancestor worship, whereby the oldest male was responsible for conducting the rites on regular basis in the home. And, this patriarchal system is still prevalent in society but again misinterpreted by the Indian males as they think they can throb their decisions on females in their homes or in society, they have the right over their bodies, they can use them as the toy where if they want can love them or
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