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The Brahmanas are specific ritualistic. They are much like the Yajur Veda and its ritualistic approach but are not as old, nor do they have such an esoteric meaning. Yet they are more extensive. They show us how to recreate the ritual action of life itself, to portray the cosmic ritual in a few special actions.

Not all their rituals are of an outward nature. The outer things offered were symbolic of inner processes. The ritual proceeds primarily through speech, breath and mind. The main power of the ritual is the mantra or the chant. The chants attune us to the cosmic vibration and put us in tune with the transformative force of nature. The ritual brings us into the right action of life. The ritual order or the order of the sacrifice is the sacred nature and movement of life. Such rituals and chants prepare us for the spiritual knowledge, make our life and thought a rich field for it to grow. The Brahmanas thereby lead us to the Upanishads.

Important Brahmanas are the Aitareya, Shatapatha, Kaushitaki, Taittiriya and Chandogya. They are longer, sometimes much longer than their respective Upanishads. The rituals were aligned with the seasons and the equinoxes and were the basis for the calendar the culture followed.

 
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