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yajvan
12 April 2007, 07:32 AM
Brahmanas- The Veda's consist of 4 sections the Samhita (the collection of mantra's), Brahmana, Aranyaka (forest books) , and Upanishads (knowledge of the Veda and vidyas) . The significance behind the Vedic rituals of the Samhitas are explained in the Brahmanas.They include some detail as to the performance of rituals themselves, the Brahmanas are primarily concerned with the meaning of rituals. Each Brahmana is associated with one of the four Vedas, and within the tradition of that Veda with a particular shakha or school.

Discussion- This information is nicely laid out at the following site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahmana (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahmana)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahmana (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahmana)

References Used:
http://www.religionfacts.com/hinduism/texts/vedas.htm (http://www.religionfacts.com/hinduism/texts/vedas.htm)
Secrets of the Rig Veda - R.L. Kashypa
Krishna Yajur Veda Taittitiya Samhita - R.L. Kashyap
The Secret of the Veda - Sri Aruobindo
The Essence of the Veda - Swami Sivananda
Brihadaranyaka - Swami Sivananda
The Principle Upanishads - Swami Sivananda
Chhandogya Upanishads and commentaries - Swami Krishnananda
Lights on the Upanishads - T.V. Kapali Sastry
Upanishads - Alistair Shearer , Peter Russel
The Works of T.V. Kapali Sastry
112 Upanishads ( more academic) K.L. Joshi, O.N. Bimali, Bindia Trivedi
Bhagavad Gita from multiple authors - Srila Prabhapada, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, S.Radhakrishnan, Sri Janandeva