Definition of Brahmana in US English:



  • (in Hinduism) any of the lengthy commentaries on the Vedas, composed in Sanskrit c.900–700 BC and containing expository material relating to Vedic sacrificial ritual.

    • ‘The Vedic samhitas, the ceremonialism of the Brahmanas and the idealism of the Upanishads could not become popular with the masses.’
    • ‘The Brahmanas are rituals and prayers to guide the priests in their duties.’
    • ‘There is absolutely no reference about this Veda in the Chandogya Upanishad or in the Brahmana texts or in the Jatakas or in the Bhagavad Gita.’
    • ‘According to the great dictionary compiler, Hemacandra, Vedanta refers to the purport of the Upanishads and the Brahmana portion of the Vedas.’
    • ‘All others (like Brahmanas, Upanishads, Purana, Dharma Shastras, Sutras, etc.) are just commentaries, explanatory notes written by individuals.’
    • ‘The Vedas had been slowly expanded to include the massive Brahmanas, the instructions of sacrificial rituals.’
    • ‘In fact mantra appears within Brahmanas, Arankyas, Puranas, and Upanishads.’
    • ‘There have been some variations in nomenclature about what constitutes a Veda, e.g. Veda Samhitas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas, Upanishads, etc. are sometimes all taken together to constitute a Veda.’
    • ‘In Thailand, our Hindu tradition is called Brahmanism, after the Brahmanas, the second book of the Vedas which describe ritual worship.’
    • ‘The Samhitas are considered the Vedas proper; the Brahmanas, the Aranyakas and the Upanishads are periodic additions, made by way of growing with the changing times.’
    • ‘This Upanishad is a part of the Brahmanas of the Rig Veda.’
    • ‘The Pali Canon, and to some extent the Jaina Canon, show us energetic movements that rejected the caste ideology seen in the Vedas and Brahmanas in favor of more egalitarian values.’
    • ‘Cotton finds mention in the earliest Sutras but is absent from the Vedas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas.’
    • ‘The regulated knowledge for living in the city, is revealed in the books known as Brahmanas, whereas the regulated knowledge for living in the forest is revealed in the books known as Aranyakas.’
    • ‘The strange thing is that Indian literature started with deep philosophy and science; later on the Brahmanas and Puranas explained things by using mythology.’
    • ‘Mention about river Saraswati could be found in the Vedic and ancient literature such as Rigveda, Brahmana and Srautasutra, Mahabharata, Ramayana, Bhagvat Purana and Vamana Purana.’
    • ‘In the Karma Kanda or ritualistic portion of the Vedas, nowhere in the Samhitas, Brahmanas or the Aranyakas is there any mention about Yoga, as this portion of the Vedas deals wholly with various forms of Yajnas or fire sacrifices.’
    • ‘In the Vedas, Samhitas and Brahmanas mainly make up the sacrifices and rituals of the Karma-kanda, whereas the Aranyakas and the Upanishads that deal with knowledge are the Jnana-kanda texts.’
    • ‘The Brahmanas are for the Grahastha to follow Vedic rituals.’
    • ‘For the period preceding the Buddha we have the Sanskrit texts of the Brahmanical tradition (what was later to become Hinduism proper), the Brahmanas and Upanishads.’