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Vedanga is a Sanskrit word. Anga means both- body parts as well as the number six. Thus Vedanga means six (Anga) Essential components or limbs of studies that are required to understand Vedas & application of Veda Mantras.
Vedangas are not auxiliary studies but foundational essential basic studies, without which keys to Veda Mantras & Yagnyas remain obscure.

These six Vedangas are:

1. Shiksha : Study of Vedic Verbal Sound.

Vedas distinguish between two different aspects of sound.

i. Linguistic Sound- Phonetics, pronunciations, focused on the letters of the Sanskrit alphabet, accent,stress, and rules of grammatical combination of words needed for effective application of Veda Mantras for different purposes.
It also focuses on Transcedental implications of Sanskrit Alphabets known as Varnamala & its co-relation with (Shoonya)Void Energy- Time.

ii. Mysterious Higher Potencies of HARMONIC (Music) Sound & Meaningful White Noise ( Stobhas of Sama Veda) as potencies of Space & Cardinal Points of Compass Directions.

2. Chhandas : Prosody. This is the most important discipline with focus on the poetic meters based on fixed number of syllables per verse. It is said that the Gods initially taught the Truth Wisdom of Vedas in Chhanda keys.
Chhandas are mathematical representation of Will or Purpose of the Mantra recitation & application with or without Yagnya & Sama (melody)

3. Kalpa : The Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for conduct of applied Vedic activities for different purposes. The seemingly ritualistic format is steeped with symbolic inner meanings that are both practical & metaphysical.

4. Jyotisha : Vedic Astronomy & study of Time- Space- Event Analysis.
The real application of Vedic Jyotish is to unlock the Veda Mantra Potencies. Without Vedic Jyotish insight, especially about Nakshatras; Indologists & Veda enthusiasts are liable to get wrong & pseudo notions about Mantra meanings. Used both for day to day time keeping, cosmic time keeping & Strategic Intervention Technology through Mantras & Yagnyas; Jyotish studies in Vedic context is intended to get desired results from Cosmic Creative Consciousness.
Fortune telling is just a very fringe aspect of Vedic Jyotish.

5. Vyaakarana : Grammar and linguistic analysis for expansion & expression of ideas in Sanskrit language

6. Nirukta : Roughly translated as Etymology, Nirukta stands for explanation of words, particularly those that are archaic & symbolic. Nirukta helps in finding the root of the unspoken (nirukta) idea that has been rendered as Mantras.

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