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Hinduism - What Are The Kalpa Sutras?

 

The Kalpa Sutras are a collection of Hindu scriptures. ("Sacred Law Aphorisms") A crucial kind of smrti, or "remembered [literature]." Around the sixth century B.C.E., the Kalpa Sutras were first authored.

The sutras were compiled in order to provide a unified religious and legal perspective.

The idea utilized to correlate these sutras, according to academic opinion, placed an illusion of conceptual order on what was more likely an organic growth of Hindu religious law.

All of the Kalpa Sutras are credited to well-known sages.

In principle, each Kalpa Sutra is divided into three sections: prescriptions for Vedic rituals (Shrauta Sutras), prescriptions for household rites (Grhya Sutras), and prescriptions for proper human conduct (Kalpa Sutras) (Dharma Sutras).

Because just three sutras include all three elements and are assigned to a single author, the true picture is significantly more complicated.

The three surviving Kalpa Sutras are credited to the sages Apastamba, Baudhayana, and Hiranyakeshin, and are all part of the Black Yajur Veda school.

Many other collections have one or more of these components, but not all three.

Each of the Kalpa Sutras is considered to be linked to one of the four Vedas, the oldest Hindu sacred books.

However, it's possible that this claim was created to give the collection authorship.

 


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Hinduism - What Are The Grhya Sutras?


 ("aphorisms on domestic [rites]") Many religious Hindus still maintain the later ceremonies, which cover the period from birth through the memorial offerings after death, albeit the procedures have changed over time.

In principle, a Grhya Sutra should be part of a Kalpa Sutra that also includes instructions for Vedic ceremonies (Shrauta Sutras) and proper human conduct (Dharma Sutras).

In truth, this does not always seem to be the case, since there are at least six more Grhya Sutras outside the three full Kalpa Sutras, showing that these books were produced independently.

Also see Veda.

 


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