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What is Vedanta ?

Often people get confused about the words Veda and Vedanta.

Vedanta is the concatenation of the words ved and anta (end). This does not mean the end of vedas. To known the true meaning of vedanta, we need to know what is Upanishad. The Upanishad, of which approximately 108 are known, record the views of a succession of Hindu teachers and sages who were active as early as 1000 BC and who flourished about 600 BC. The texts form the basis of much of later Indian philosophy. They represent the final stage in the tradition of the Vedas, so the teaching based on them is known as the Vedanta.