In Sanskrit, Veda means “knowledge”, and anta means “end”. Vedanta is one of the six branches of Vedic knowledge.

Vedanta involves knowing Brahman, the universal supreme pure being. Vedanta comes mostly from the Aranyakas and the Upanishads. Different traditions in India traditions believe that the first Vedantic documents, the Vedanta sutras (Brahma sutras), were created by philosopher Badarayana and the wise Vyasa. Vyasa is also believed to have created authoritative compilations of the Vedas, and as an anthology the grand poem Mahabharata.

The Sanskrit name Vyasa, which means “collector” or “arranger”, has been given to numerous ancient Vedic authors and compilers. Over the millennia, the Vedantic teachings have been subject to interpretation, which has resulted in many schools of Indian philosophy.

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