Classic Vedic & Hindu texts

Upanishads | Index

This is a sticky index file about all Upanishads and important commentaries on text of Upanishads. As we already remember – Upanishads are the concluding teachings of Vedas and from Vedas,and they are the very fundament of Vedanta – the Vedic Wisdom squeezed out by generations of enlightened Vedic seers,saints,teachers and their best students;

12 Alvars - Azhwars

Āḻvārs or Āzhwārs, their history and works - included in Nālāyira Divya Prabandham or otherwise called - Drāviḍa Veda or Tamil Veda – very important holy scriptures in the tradition of Śrī Vaiṣṇavism – also called – the Ubhaya Veda – or Double Veda – founded both on Ancient Vedic Scriptures in Sanskrit language, known as the 4 Vedas – on one hand – and The Scriptures of ancient Vaiṣṇava Saints – namely – Āḻvārs – on another – as collected in 4 000 verses in Nālāyira Divya Prabandham. Sticky Index page – to easy find resources on particular Āḻvār.

Gītās, Purāṇas, Itihāsas, Śāstras recommended

Vedic Hindu sacred literature is a treasury of hymns, legends, mythology, philosophy, science and ethics. From among this vast body of writings, each lineage recognizes a se­lect portion as its secondary scripture, called smṛiti. Especially central are the ancient Sanskrit texts, such as the Itihāsas, Purāṇas and Dharma Śāstras, which are widely termed the classical smṛiti. Yes, this is the Great Index of all Smṛiti or Secondary Vedic writings – such as these – Gītās, Purāṇas, Itihāsas, Śāstras and similar...

Sānkhya Aphorisms of Kapila

Sānkhya Aphorisms of Kapila in 6 Books to read online. The illustrious sage, Kapila, the teacher of man and of Buddha Śākyamuni, said: Well, the complete cessation of pain [which is] of 3 kinds is the complete end of man. The effectuation of complete cessation of pain is not to be expected by means of the visible [such as wealth, etc.]; for we see the restoration suffering.

Śaraṇāgati Gādyam | Śrī Rāmānuja Āchārya

Śaraṇāgati Gādya, the poetic work of Śrī Rāmānuja Āchārya is a commentary on the principle of the Dvaya mantra, which declares the method and goal to reach the nature of Brahman. In this context, it will be noticed that the Mantra (Dvaya) starts with the mention of Śrī, who is full of (maternal) love and who is the (Puruṣākāra) mediator for approaching the Lord, the almighty Father, As He, like all fathers, is sometimes harsh and not easily approachable.

Śrī Vaikuṇṭha Gādyam | Śrī Rāmānuja Āchārya

Śrī Vaikuṇṭha Gādyam of Śrī Rāmānuja Āchārya, is the 3rd and concluding of the 3 main poetic works of the great Āchārya of Śrī Vaiṣṇavism, the famous prayer describing the Meaning of Dvaya Mantra in great detail. Śrī Vaikuṇṭha Gādyam consists of 6 stanzas. Śrī Vaikuṇṭha Gādyam gives a graphic description of Vaikuṇṭha or Parama-pāda, the Supreme abode of Śrīman Nārāyaṇa, who lives amidst a community of liberated souls and eternal heavenly servants (Mukta Jīvas and Nitya Sūrīs).

Śrīraṅga Gādyam | Śrī Rāmānuja Āchārya

Śrīraṅga Gādyam of Śrī Rāmānuja Āchārya, one of the 3 main poetic works of the great Āchārya of Śrī Vaiṣṇavism, the famous prayer describing the Meaning of Dvaya Mantra in great detail.

Śrī Gauḍīya Kaṇṭhahāra

Śrī Gauḍīya Kaṇṭhahāra ("The Necklace of the Gauḍīya Bhaktas") – this is a very important and authoritative work in the tradition of Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism, also differently known as a movement of Krishna Chaitanya Mahāprabhu or ISKCON Krishnaites. Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī published it with a purpose to train devotees in the philosophy of Krishna-consciousness and to be able to quote the authoritative parts of the Vedas.

Śrī Rāma Carita Mānasa Stotra

Śrī Rāma Carita Mānasa Stotra also spelt as Ramacharitamanasa, is an epic poem composed by the 16th-century Indian bhakti poet Goswami Tulsidas (c.1532–1623) and originally written in a dialect of Hindi language – a fact noteworthy because until then most of Religious Scriptures and Poems were in Sanskrit and unavailable to simple folk without special education. The present work - Śrī Rāma Carita Mānasa Stotra – is a work of exquisite poetics retelling the old famous epic Rāmāyaṇa.

The Laws of Manu | Manu Smriti

The Manu Smriti or “Laws of Manu” is a very ancient text which has formed the source for Hindu Law and Social customs for thousands of years. The Laws of Manu are very comprehensive ranging from the Duties of Kings to domestic management. Much of what he taught as Law is no longer applicable, dealing as it does with the duties of the various castes and customs, and social situations and conditions which have now become irrelevant and obsolete.