The Samhitas are collections of Vedic
hymns. The Brahmanas are treatises
written in prose, dealing with the conduct
of sacrifices and other rites associated
with them. The Upanisads deal with
philosophical truths and esoteric wisdom.
The Aranyakas form a link between
the ritualism of the Brahmanas as and the
philosophy of the Upanisads.
The extant Aranyakas of the four
Vedas may be listed as follows:
Aitareya Aranyaka, Sankhyana Aranyaka
(sometimes called Kausitaki Aranyaka also).
Brhadaranyaka (the earlier part of
the Satapatha Brahmana, the later part
being the Upanisad).
Taittiriya Aranyaka, Maitrayaniya Aranyaka.
Last part of the Tandya-mahabrahmana
(also known as Pancavimsabrahmana), Talavakara Aranyaka.
No Aranyaka is available.
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