Definition of Aranyaka in English:



  • Each of a set of Hindu sacred treatises based on the Brahmanas, composed in Sanskrit c.700 BC. Intended only for initiates, the Aranyakas contain mystical and philosophical material and explications of esoteric rites.

    • ‘The concept of the Brahman as the Supreme Being and the soul's (Atman) desire to be immortal is first speculated in the Aranyaka literature.’
    • ‘The Taittiriya Aranyaka, part of Vedic prose literature, describes Ayodhya as a celestial city, whereas the Ramayana describes it as a real city.’
    • ‘Part of Aitareya Aranyaka belonging to the Rig Veda, this Upanishad deals with creation and life after death in more clear terms.’
    • ‘Each Veda is divided into four parts, namely Samhita, Brahmana, Aranyaka and Upanishad.’
    • ‘We do not have to go far afield for confirmation of these facts I am presenting because this same truth is preserved in the Brihad Aranyaka Upanishad.’
    • ‘Upanishads normally appear in the last part of Aranyaka and deal with spiritual philosophy.’
    • ‘Upanishads are found in Aranyaka portion of the Veda.’
    • ‘Aranyaka has Mantras and methods that are practiced in the forests (that is, not for grhasthas).’
    • ‘Each Veda has three sections - Samhita, Brahmana and Aranyaka.’
    • ‘Each of these four Vedas has four parts: the Samhita, the Brahmana, the Aranyaka, and a number of Upanishads.’
    • ‘Each Veda has four different parts namely, Samhita (hymns), Brahmana (significance of the hymns), Aranyaka (interpretation) and Vedanta (Upanishad - the metaphysical dialogue).’
    • ‘dictums or treatises of a ritualistic and sacrificial character which prepared the way, sometimes over an Aranyaka (q-v.)’
    • ‘Into these lineages were incorporated Brahmana and Aranyaka texts, which contained ideas on the nature of the sacrifice and of internalizing the sacrifice.’
    • ‘Mention of Usha, the divine Dawn, brings us to another formidible truth of the Brihad Aranyaka.’
    • ‘Vanaprasthi is supposed to follow Aranyaka.’
    • ‘This Upanishad is a part of the Taittariya Aranyaka and belongs to the Yajur Veda.’
    • ‘The Aranyaka section of the Taittiriya Upanishad describes one goddess Durga who is resplendent like the raging fire.’
    • ‘Composed according to an advanced poetic technique and complex metrical system, the Veda consists of four types of literature: Samhita, Brahmana, Aranyaka, and Upanishad.’