Divisions of the Vedic Literatures

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    Divisions of the Vedic Literatures


    SRUTI – [revealed writings, or “that which is heard”]:

    • The four Veda Samhitas - [Rg, Sama, Yajur, and Atharva].
    • Brahmanas
    • aranyakas
    • Upanisads [more than (108) books].
    SMRTI – [tradition, or “that which is remembered”]:

    • Itihasas - [Epics, such as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata,
    which includes the Bhagavad-gita].
    • Puranas (Histories):
      • The (18) Maha-Puranas (“Great Puranas”):
    (6) sattvic Puranas (for persons in goodness):
    Bhagavata-Purana (Srimad-Bhagavatam),
    Visnu-Purana,
    Naradiya-Purana
    Garuda-Purana
    Padma-Purana
    Varaha-Purana
    (6) rajasic Puranas (for persons in passion):
    Matsya-Purana
    Kurma-Purana
    Linga-Purana
    Siva-Purana
    Skanda-Purana
    Agni-Purana
    (6) tamasic Puranas (for persons in ignorance):
    Brahma-Purana
    Brahmanda-Purana
    Brahma-vaivarta-Purana
    Markandeya-Purana
    Bhavisya-Purana


    Vamana-Purana
      • The (18) Upa-Puranas (“Minor Puranas”)
      • The Numerous Sthala-Puranas (“Regional Puranas”)
    • Sutras(codes) - [Srauti-Sutra, Grha-Sutra, Kalpa-Sutra, Dharma-Sutra, Sulva-Sutra, Vedanta-Sutra].
    • Vedangas (auxiliary Sciences) - [Siksa, Chandas, Vyakarana, Nirukta, Jyotisa, Kalpa].
    • Upavedas(sciences indirectly related to Vedic Study) - [ayur-veda, Gandharva-veda, Dhanur-veda, Sthapatya-veda].
    • Bhasyas (writings and commentaries of the great acaryas throughout history).
     

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    the 18 Major Puranas [Histories]


    -- After "Compiling" 18 Puranas, Vyasadeva [ref: Matsya Purana] composed the Mahabharata consisting of 100,000 Verses (SB 12.13.9).

    -- Ramayana is an account originally related by Brahma, in 1 Billion Verses ~ Later Narada summarized it to Valmiki, who further presented it to Humans for Artha, Kama, and, Dharma. (12.13.9)

    --Therefore, the total quantity of Verses in all the above Puranas/Itihasas (Histories) = 525,000 Verses (12.13.9)

    --The Supreme Personality of Godhead revealed the Srimad-Bhagavatam in full to Brahma while sitting on the MahaVishnu's Lotus, before creation. (12.13.10)
     

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    10 topics of the Bhagavata-purana:
     

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