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Any of several ancient Hindu religious prose texts that explain the relationship of the Vedas to the sacrificial ceremonies.

[Sanskrit Brāhmaṇam, from neuter of brāhmaṇa-, brahminical; see Brahman.]


(Hinduism) Hinduism any of a number of sacred treatises added to each of the Vedas
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Noun1.Brahmana - prose works attached to the Samhitas instructing the bahmins to perform the very elaborate sacrificial rituals
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He combines insights from ethnographic and textual analysis to explore how the recitation of the Vedic texts and the Vedic traditions, as well as the identity of the traditional brahmana in general, are transmitted from one generation to the next in traditional Vedic schools of contemporary India.
Meanwhile, an Indian trooper committed suicide by shooting himself in Bari Brahmana military station in Jammu.
During Ayurvedic consultation, the therapist examines the root cause of the ailment and prescribes treatments that are either Sodhana therapy for cleansing of metabolic wastes, Samana therapy for therapeutic benefits or Brahmana therapy for body rejuvenation.
Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA), said that 'karma', the web of cause and effect and the rule of universal causality resulting from action, was first commented in ancient Satapatha Brahmana, and forms one of the basic principles of Hindu philosophy.
In most of the book this is unproblematic, but it becomes perplexing, for example, when Black shifts between exclusive reference to the Brhadaranyaka Upanisad in the Kanva recension and then cites the Satapatha Brahmana only in the Madhyamdina.
The Shatapatha Brahmana tells us: "Sacrifice has only one sure foundation, only one destination, the heavenly realm
Vaishnava leaders from all four sects clearly indicated their adherence to belief systems and personal life styles that differentiated the superior brahmana from all other jatis, based on their interpretations of documentation coming down from hoary antiquity.
The Brahmanas belong to the period 900-700 BC, when the sacred hymns were gathered into Samhitas ("collections").
Brahmanas learned in the Vedas regard a-virtuous Sudra as a model of a Brahmana himself.
The only major Indological works of Oertel not included are his edition and annotated translation of the Jaiminiya Upanisad Brahmana (JAOS 16 [1894]: 79-260), his Syntax of Cases in the Narrative and Descriptive Prose of the Brahmanas (Heidelberg, 1926), and a lesser-known study entitled Zur indischen Apologetik (Stuttgart, 1930).
For example, Agni, Brhaspati, Vac, and Mitra were brahmanas; Varuna, Rudra, Vayu, Yama, and Visnu were ksatriyas; multiple deities such as the Visve Devas, Adityas, Maruts, Vasus, and Rhus were vaisyas or sudras; Savitr and Soma could be either brahmanas or ksatriyas; Sarasvati could be either brahmana or vaisya; and Prajapati could be of any varna.