short treatise of Apastamba on the Grihya ritual forms one Prasna of the great corpus of the Apastambiya-Kalpa-sutra and stands, among the Grihya texts, in closest connection withthe Hiranyakesi-Grihya-sutra. The chief difference between these two Sutras, both belonging tothe Taittiriya School of the Krishna Yajurveda, consists herein, that Apastamba, just as has beenstated above with regard to Gobhila, gives only the rules for the performance of the Grihya riteswithout the Mantras, which are contained in a special collection, the Mantrap
tha, standing bythe side of the Sutras: Hiranyakesin, on the other hand, follows the more usual practice, asadopted by Sankh
raskara, of interweaving the description of theceremonies with the text of the corresponding Mantras. As to the relation in which theApastambiya- sutras stand to the Mantrap
ha, there is, so far as I can see, no reason why weshould not extend the theory which we have tried to establish with regard to Gobhila, to theevidently parallel case of Apastamba: the Sutras presuppose the existence of the Mantrapa
ha, just as the latter text seems to presuppose the Sutras.--The questions regarding the historicalrelation of Apastamba to Hiranyakesin have been treated of by Professor Buhler in hisIntroduction to Apastamba's Dharmasutra, S.B.E., vol. ii, pp. xxiii seq.