[Advaita-l] Sabda Pramana of Mimamsa

ShankaraBharadwaj Khandavalli shankarabharadwaj at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 12 16:30:37 CDT 2011

Revisiting this thread, having done some learning. My reading that Mimamsa's sabda pramana covers only the Brahmana part and not Aranyaka/Upanishad was incorrect. It is also incorrect to put all non-samhita portions into Brahmana. 

Mimamsa's analysis is not at the book level but at a micro level. The mantra/brahmana difference is applicable to each vAkya of the Veda, and is not applicable at a text/section level. Thus, Samhita has Mantra and Brahmana portions, Brahmana has Mantra and Brahmana portions, and Aranyaka has Mantra and Brahmana portions. 


[Advaita-l] How to read puranasJaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at braincells.com 
Thu Jun  9 23:17:28 CDT 2011 
On Mon, 23 May 2011, ShankaraBharadwaj Khandavalli wrote: >Mimamsa's division does not apply even to the entire Sruti - it is only for >Samhita and Brahmana. Their first division of Veda is into two parts - the >Mantra (Samhita) and Brahmana. > Brahmana is in its widest sense any part of shruti which is not mantra. 
Most of the historically earliest upanishads are part of a brahmana.  For 
instance brhadaranyaka (note the name) is the concluding parts of the 
shatapatha brahmana.  In fact its chapters are called brahmanas. 
Taittireyopanishad is the concluding part of the Taittireya Aranyaka which 
itself is the concluding part of the Taittireya Brahmana and so on. 

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