Classic Vedic & Hindu texts

Thirupalliyezhuchi | Thondaradipodi Āḻvār

Thirupalliyezhuchi by Thondaradipodi Āḻvār The Āḻvār, Śrī Thondar-adi-podi (dust of the feet of the devotees of the Lord), in these verses requests the Lord of Śrīraṅgam to awake from his Yoga Nidrā to bless all those gathered to receive his Darśan. With a fine description of the nature around Śrīraṅgam and a broad canvas of poetic imagery, the verses carry the refrain: O’ Śrī Raṅganātha be pleased to arise and bless us all! (Arangathama Palliyezhundarulaye).

Periya Thiruvandhadhi | Nammāḷvār

Periya Thiruvandhadhi is another work of the famous Vaishnava Āḻvār Nammāḷvār – one and probably the most popular of ancient Vaiṣṇavite saints. The present poem of Śrī Nammāḷvār consists of 87 verses and also forms a part of Nālāyira Divya Prabandham - also known as Drāviḍa Veda – consisting of 4000 verses altogether. Another, much longer poem of the same - Tiruvāymoḷi we could read earlier. Works of the Āḻvārs are chanted on a regular basis as part of daily pujas and daily practice.

Tiruppāvai of Āṇḍāḷ | Divya Prabandham

Here I continue to publish significant works of Drāviḍa Veda – Divya Prabandham – and this time – it is the work Tiruppāvai in 30 verses by an ancient Tamil saint – Śrī Āṇḍāḷ - the only female saint among the classical 12 Āḻvār saints of Śrī Vaiṣṇavism. The work itself in original Tamil transliterated text and English translation can be read on this current page, but there are classical commentaries of each verse provided in the following pages. They are very recommended indeed.

Tiruvāymoḷi of Śrī Nammāḷvār | Divya Prabandham

Tiruvāymoḷi of Śrī Nammāḷvār | Divya Prabandham. This work comprises of ten hundreds - centums or hundred decades, each of which is called a “Tiruvāymoḷi” which means “Inspired utterance” as well as “Divine speech”, the speech from the holy mouth of the Saint Nammāḷvār. Tiruvāymoḷi of Śrī Nammāḷvār is also a part of what is known as Collection of Works of ancient Vaiṣṇavite Āḻvārs or Ancient Saints – usually called Divya Prabandham or also known as Drāviḍa Veda.

Shandilya Bhakti Sūtras

Śrī Śāṇḍilya is a great rishi of an ancient time. Śāṇḍilya's Bhakti Sūtras are numbering all total one hundred only but within this compass he has given an unambiguous Doctrine of unalloyed Bhakti and demons­trates that Bhakti is the unshakable attachment to the Supreme Godhead and that is the only way for one striving to become immortal, beatific and eternally blissful.” He says Jñāna is not indispensable for culturing Bhakti. At the dawn of Bhakti Jñāna itself is totally lost of its charm and significance.

Vivekachudamani: The Crest-Jewel of Discrimination | Śankara-ācārya

The Vivekacūḍāmaṇi, literally "The Crest-Jewel of Discrimination," is perhaps the most famous non-commentarial work of Śankara that expounds Vedanta philosophy. Viveka means “discrimination”, Cūḍā is crest and Mani – jewel. Hence the title means “Crest jewel of discrimination”. Just as the jewel on the crest of a diadem is the most conspicuous ornament on the person’s body, so the present treatise is a masterpiece among works treating of discrimination between the Real and the Unreal.

Mahā Nārāyaṇa Upanishad

Here you can read the Mahā Nārāyaṇa Upanishad; full text translated in English together with Romanized Sanskrit text and very detailed commentaries done by Swāmi Vimalānanda of Śrī Ramakrishna Math, done according to other historically significant commentaries on Mahā Nārāyaṇa Upanishad and Taittirīya Āraṇyaka and Brāhmaṇa, from which many mantras of Mahā Nārāyaṇa Upanishad have originated. Mahā Nārāyaṇa Upanishad belongs to Krishna Yajur Veda.

Śrī Hayagrīva Stotra | Swami Deśikan

Śrī Hayagrīva Stotra by Swami Deśikan. Lord Hayagrīva is one of the Avatars of Para Vāsudeva. In this Embodiment, the Śrī Hayagrīva’s face alone is that of a majestic horse and the body is like that of a human, except that it is pure sāttvic emanation. He is the embodiment of Prāṇava (Oṁkāra). He is the First Lord of all Vidyās (wisdoms). Śrī Hayagrīva recovered the Vedas and returned them to Brahma Deva and restarted His Yoganidrā as Hayagrīva.

Śrī Stuti | Swāmi Deśikan

Śrī Stuti is a devotional text dedicated to Śrī, our Divine Mother and consort of Lord Nārāyaṇa, also known as Lakshmi Devi or in South-Indian tradition of Śrī Vaiṣṇavism often known as Perundevi Thayar. It is believed that reading and studying Śrī Stuti can bestow many kinds of riches to devotees – both spiritual and material. It is also filled with profound philosophical and devotional meaning. While there have been several texts known as Śrī Stuti, this is the one handed down through Swami Vedanta Deśikan, one of the most revered Gurus of Śrī Vaiṣṇava paramparā of 13th century.

Śrīnivāsa Kalyāṇam story

Śrīnivāsa Kalyāṇam The Story of Lord Veṅkaṭeśvara (Śrīnivāsa, incarnation of Lord Vishnu) and his marriage with Śrī Lakshmi Devī and Padmāvatī (Bhu-devī) The story of Śrīnivāsa Kalyāṇam spans over 3 eons (Yugas) relating to incidents from Trētā Yuga (Rāma’s period), to Dvāpara Yuga (Krishna’s period), and finally to Kālī Yuga (Veṅkaṭeśvara). Kālī Yuga started soon after the Mahābhārata period. There was a general decline in morality and ethics amongst people. Several sages began a yajña (sacrifice) with the guidance of Kaśyapa Rishi to ward off the impending evil.

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