Classic Vedic & Hindu texts

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 Jagannāthāṣṭakam | Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu

Śrī Jagannāthāṣṭakam Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu Issued from the mouth of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu The only 8 authentic verses known as written down from the words of Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Mahāprabhu, the spiritual head and foremost authority of Gauḍīya Vaishnavas, from which all their philosophy and inspiration issues. One who carefully recites this sacred Jagannāthāṣṭakam, upon becoming sinless and pure-hearted, will attain entrance into Viṣṇuloka.

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.

Brahma Sūtras by Rāmānuja | Śrī Bhāshya

Śrī Bhāshya is the commentary by Śrī Rāmānuja on the Brahma Sutras of Bādarāyaṇa alias Vyāsa; and these Sutras form one of the earliest summary on the later portion of the Veda, known as the Upanishads or the Jñāna Kāṇda – the portion of Vedas dealing with Wisdom, as opposite to the Karma Kāṇda or the earlier portion of Veda dealing with offerings to various Devas and rituals for gaining material and spiritual prosperity.

Devī Māhātmyam | Durgā Saptashatī

The Devi Mahātmyam or Devi Mahātmya (Sanskrit: देवीमाहात्म्यम्), or "Glory of the Goddess") is a very popular devotional text in Hinduism and a root text of Śaktism, from Mārkaṇḍeya Purāṇa describing the victory of the goddess Durgā over the demon Mahishasura. Devī Māhātmyam is also known as the Durgā Saptashatī (दुर्गासप्तशती) or simply Saptashatī, Caṇḍī (चण्डी) or Caṇḍī Pāṭha (चण्डीपाठः): . The text is called Saptaśati as it contains 700 verses (saptashata; "seven hundred"), arranged into 13 chapters.

Shikshapatri of Swaminarayan

Shikshapatri means The Code of Precepts. It is the direct words and teachings of the founder of the tradition of Hinduism known as Swaminarayan Hinduism. Bhagwan Swaminarayan Himself wrote this quintessence of the scriptures, a code of conduct for the devotees, in Vadtal, in 1826. It contains 212 Sanskrit verses in couplets. Bhagwan Swaminarayan has covered an amazing range of subjects, prescribing practical injunctions for the followers. To those who implicitly obey them, He grants happiness and peace.

Mudhal Thiruvandhadhi | Poigai Āḻvār

Poigai Āḻvār was the forerunner of the Āḻvār tradition, who hailed from Kānchīpuram. Poigai Āḻvār, along with Bhutat Āḻvār who was born in Mahābalipuram, and Pei Āḻvār born in Mylapore in Chennai, are referred to as Mudhal Āḻvārs, and were born on successive days in the same month and year. According to historical belief, the first three Āḻvārs came together for the first time on a stormy night, seeking shelter in an anteroom of a house in Thirukkovalur, near the shrine of Trivikrama, in Tamil Nadu.

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