The Vedas are the sacred texts on which Hinduism is based. The Vedas are further divided into four sections: Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Artharvaveda. Most Hindu sacred texts do not have definite timelines or known authors. The large majority of people who practice Hinduism submit to a supreme being called Vishnu or Shiva.
According to Swami Vivekananda, "the accumulated treasury of spiritual laws discovered by different persons in different times" constitutes the sacred Hindu texts. Collectively referred to as the Shastras, there are two types of sacred writings in the Hindu scriptures: Shruti (heard) and Smriti (memorized).
Buddhism and Hinduism have different sacred texts. For Buddhists the Tripitaka, or Three Baskets are the primary teachings. for Hinduism the Vedas and the Upanishads are their sacred texts.
The Puranas are a vast genre of Hindu texts that encyclopedically cover a wide range of topics, particularly myths, legends and other traditional lore. Composed primarily in Sanskrit, but also in regional languages, several of these texts are named after major Hindu deities such as Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Goddess Devi.
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Hindu Sacred Texts: The Vedas The Vedas, or “Books of Knowledge,” are the foremost sacred texts in Hinduism. These books, written from around 1200 BCE to 100 CE, began with four vedas, or mantras: Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda. These expanded over time to include Brahmanas, Aranyakas and Upanishads.
Rig Veda is the most sacred Hindu text.However, it is not the only Hindu sacred text because there are the other three Vedas viz. Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Atharva Veda, the epics Ramayana and ...
Hindu sacred texts called the Tantras promote the worship of the divine feminine through... yantras, meditative, Kundalini. The three major aspects of the deity in Hinduism are called. brahma, vishnu, shiva. The two great Hindu epics are called. Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Hinduism or Sanatana Dharma ("eternal spiritual path") began about 4000 years ago in India. It was the religion of an ancient people known as the Aryans ("noble people") whose philosophy, religion, and customs are recorded in their sacred texts known as the Vedas. These texts were initially handed down by word of mouth from teacher to student.
A primary text of the Vaishnava branch of Hinduism, and one of the canonical Puranas of the Vishnu category. Among the portions of interest are a cycle of legends of the boyhood deeds of Krishna and Rama. H.H. Wilson was one of the first Europeans to translate a Hindu sacred text from the original Sanskrit.