This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Upanishads and Brahma Sutras

The Upanishads form an integral part of the Veda, and in case of doubt, at least with respect to doctrine, it is to the Upanishads that we must appeal. The Vendata has its prinicpal teaching drawn from the Upanishads and concentrated into sutra form in the Brahma-Sutras or the Shariraka-Mimansa. The author of these is said to be either Badarayana or Krishna-Dwaipayana, and is again identified with Vyasa. While the Upanisads belong to shruti, the Brahma-Sutras belong to smriti; we will deal with the difference between these two classes of writings below.

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