Indian Scriptures – Kalpa Sutras

Kalpa Sutra is one of the six parts of Vedangas. Kalpa means ritual and sutra means formula. Kalpa sutras are so-called because it contains the prescriptions for actions in the form of formulas. The simple meaning of Kalpa Sutras is formulas to perform actions. Kalpa Sutras provide information on four types of actions – shrauta, grihya, dharma and shulbha. All the explanations given in sutras are brief, unambiguous and complete in essence. The first three type of actions are common to Rig-Veda, Yajurveda and Samaveda but the fourth type is a little bit different. Every type of action or class has distinct commands and so constitutes rituals. Continue reading “Indian Scriptures – Kalpa Sutras”

Indian Scriptures – Vedangas

There are four Vedas in Indian tradition. Their names are Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvaveda. Vedas are so much difficult to understand; have mysterious and hidden meanings in every word, so there is a particular system to understand the Vedas which is called ‘Vedangas’. It is said that without the complete understanding of Vedangas, one can never understand the true meaning of Vedas. So before going into Vedas, we must understand the Vedangas. Continue reading “Indian Scriptures – Vedangas”