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...

Aitareya Upanishad | Shankara's Commentaries

Here you can read Aitareya Upanishad with commentaries of the famous Hindu Advaita Vedanta Swāmī Shankara-Ācārya (788-820) online. Aitareya Upanishad is contained in the Ṛig Veda and forms a part of the Aitareya Āraṇyaka. The Aitareya Upanishad is a short prose text, divided into 3 chapters, containing 33 verses. It comprises the 4-5th and 6th chapters of the Aitareya Āraṇyaka. It is one of the Classical 11 Upanishads.

Kena Upanishad | Shankara's Commentaries

Here you can read Kena Upanishad with commentaries of the famous Hindu Advaita Vedanta Swāmī Shankara-Ācārya (788-820) online. The Kena Upanishad belongs to the Talavakāra Brāhmaṇa of Sama Veda, giving the etymological roots of an alternate name of Talavakāra Upanishad for it, in ancient and medieval era Indian texts. The Kena Upanishad is also referred to as the Kenopanishad.

Isha Upanishad | Shankara's Commentaries

Isha Upanishad (Īśā Upaniṣad) with commentaries of the famous Hindu Advaita Swāmī Shankara-Āchārya: The (Vedic) mantras (verses) beginning with Īśāvāsyam have not been utilised in karma (rituals etc.), for they serve to reveal the true nature of the Self, which is not an appendage to karma. The real nature of the Ātman consists in Its purity, sinlessness, oneness, eternity, incorporeity, omnipresence, etc.

Gautama Dharmasūtra

According to Hindu tradition Gautama Dharmasūtra is a very ancient work and collection of rules and duties for different classes of people in Ancient Vedic society, the notoriously famous Varṇāśrama system: First of all – it means a collection of Laws and Rules for the Vedic Brahmin class and for other classes according to Brahmins. Gautama Dharmasūtra is not the only collection of Laws of this kind.

Āpastamba Dharmasūtra

According to Hindu tradition Āpastamba Dharmasūtra is a very ancient work and collection of rules and duties for different classes of people in Ancient Vedic society, the notoriously famous Varṇāśrama system: First of all – it means a collection of Laws and Rules for the Vedic Brahmin class and for other classes according to Brahmins. Historians place the dates of Āpastamba Dharmasūtras approximately around 450-350 BCE.

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.

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