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Showing posts with label Baudhayana. Show all posts

Hinduism - Who Was Baudhayana?

Baudhayana (6th–3rd century B.C.E.) was a Wise Man, a Writer, and a Commentator. 

One of the three surviving religious scriptures known as the Kalpa Sutras is written by Baudhayana. 

The other two Kalpa Sutras were written by Apastamba and Hiranyakeshin. 

The three components required for a Kalpa Sutra are 

  1. prescriptions for Vedic rituals (Shrauta Sutras),
  2. prescriptions for household rites (Grhya Sutras)
  3. and prescriptions for proper human conduct (Grhya Sutras) in each of the extant works (Dharma Sutras)

All three writers belonged to the same school of the Black Yajur Veda, the Taittiriya school. 

  • Baudhayana was the eldest, Apastamba was his student, and Hiranyakeshin was Apastamba's disciple, according to legend. 
  • Because Baudhayana's work is considerably less structured than the others, his vocabulary is more archaic, and he is frequently less rigid in his views, the texts themselves corroborate this relative chronology. 
  • His writings take on more significance as a source for his successors.

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