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Hinduism is formed of multiple traditions and does not have a founder. Originally, Hindu was a secular term which was used to describe all inhabitants of the Indian subcontinent (or Hindustan) irrespective of their religious affiliation. An important part of Hinduism is the "Vedic religion". It is also called the oldest living religion. A large body of texts is classified as Hindu which includes discussions on theology, philosophy and mythology, and information on the practice of dharma (religious living).

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Volume I comprises Buddhist and Jaina Philosophy and the six systems of Hindu thought, viz.., Samkhya, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisesika, Mimamsa and Vedanta. This is the first of five volumes, that were originally published between 1922 ...
by Surendranath Dasgupta
212,996 words read / comments (0)
Volume 2 completes studies in the Sankara School of Vedanta. It also contains the philosophy of the Yogavasistha, the Bhagavadgita and speculations in the medical schools. This is the second of five volumes, that were original...
by Surendranath Dasgupta
242,319 words read / comments (0)
Vol. III contains an elaborate account of the principal dualistic and pluralistic systems such as the philosophy of the Pancaratra. Bhaskara, Yamuna, Ramanuja, Nimbarka, Vijnanabhiksu and philosophical speculations of some of the ...
by Surendranath Dasgupta
232,998 words read / comments (0)
Vol. IV deals with the Bhagavata Purana, Madhva and his School, Vallabha, Caitanya, Jiva Gosvami and Baladeva Vidyabhusana. This is the fourth of five volumes, that were originally published between 1922 and 1955. In these vol...
by Surendranath Dasgupta
186,586 words read / comments (0)
Vol. V contains an examination of the literature of southern Saivism, Vira-Saivism, the philosophy of Srikantha, the Saiva philosophy in the Puranas, and Saiva philosophy in some important texts. This is the fifth and final of ...
by Surendranath Dasgupta
79,928 words read / comments (0)
added 2014-09-04
The Dharmasutra of Āpastamba forms a part of the larger Kalpasūtra of Āpastamba. It contains thirty praśnas, which literally means ‘questions’ or books. The subjects of this Dharmasūtra are well organized and preserved in...
by Āpastamba; translated by Georg Bühler
60,011 words read / comments (0)
These Sūtras give some general information about the performance of sacrifices, and may prove useful to the students both of the Śrauta and the Gṛhya sacrifices. Paribhāshā is defined as a general rule or definition applicab...
by Āpastamba; translated by Hermann Oldenberg
12,023 words read / comments (0)
added 2014-09-05
The short treatise of Āpastamba on the Gṛhya ritual forms one Praśna of the great corpus of the Āpastambīya-Kalpa-sūtra and stands, among the Gṛhya texts, in closest connection with the Hiraṇyakeśi-Gṛhya-sūtra.
by Āpastamba; translated by Hermann Oldenberg
21,043 words read / comments (0)
added 2014-07-31
The Ashtavakra Gita (अष्टावक्रगीता; aṣṭāvakragītā) or the 'Song of Ashtavakra' is a classical Advaita Vedanta scripture. Ashtavakra Gita (or 'Ashtavakra Samhita') is a dialogue between Ashtavakr...
by Ashtavakra; translated by John Richards
8,560 words read / comments (0)
added 2014-09-05
Most of the questions referring to the Gṛhya-sūtra of Āśvalāyana will be treated of more conveniently in connection with the different subjects which we shall have to discuss in our General Introduction to the Gṛhya-sūtras.
by Āśvalāyana; translated by Hermann Oldenberg
27,388 words read / comments (0)
added 2014-09-04
The praśnas of the Dharmasūtra of Baudhāyana consist of the Srautasutra and other ritual treatises, the Sulvasutra which deals with vedic geometry, and the Grhyasutra which deals with domestic rituals. The Dharmasūtra of Ba...
by Baudhāyana; translated by Georg Bühler
56,962 words read / comments (0)
added 2014-07-31
Gita-mahatmya is a conversation between Shiva and his consort Srimati Parvati. It is Lord Shiva's glorification of the Bhagavad-gita.
15,622 words read / comments (0)
added 2010-09-08
God has a million Names. Select any Name of His, any Name that appeals to you, select any Form of His; every day when you awaken to the call of the brightening east, recite the Name, meditate on the Form; have the Name and Form as...
by Sathya Sai Baba
31,409 words read / comments (0)
The Brahma sūtras (or, Vedānta Sūtras), are one of the three canonical texts of the Vedānta school of Hindu philosophy. The Brahma sūtra is an early exposition of the Vedanta-interpretation of the Upanishads. It is an atte...
translated by Swami Vireshwarananda
126,236 words read / comments (0)
added 2013-05-08
The Bṛhad-Bhāgavatāmṛta by Sanātana Gosvāmī is a consummate rendering in Sanskrit verse of Vaiṣṇava devotional spirituality as inspired by Kṛṣṇa-Caitanya, or simply Caitanya (1486–1533). This edition contai...
by Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī
552,965 words read / comments (0)
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is revered by devotees as an incarnation of Krishna and Radharani as avatars of the Parmatma, or Supreme Godhead. He was born in an Oriya Hindu family. According to beliefs of orthodox followers Caitanya Mahap...
by Krishna-das Kaviraj; translated by Jadunath Sarkar
90,709 words read / comments (0)
added 2014-09-04
The topics in this Dharmasūtra are devoted to the student, the order of a person's life (āśramas), the householder, occupations of the four classes, the king, impurity, ancestral offerings, women and marriage, property, inherit...
by Gautama; translated by Georg Bühler
41,849 words read / comments (0)
added 2014-09-05
The Sūtra of Gobhila presupposes, beside the Saṃhitā of the Sāma-veda, another collection of Mantras which evidently was composed expressly with the purpose of being used at Gṛhya ceremonies.
by Gobhila; translated by Hermann Oldenberg
44,344 words read / comments (0)
added 2013-02-05
Possibly the oldest extant text about Hatha Yoga, The Hatha Yoga Pradipika was written about the 15th century CE, by Swami Swatmarama, a disciple of Swami Goraknath.
translated by Pancham Sinh
25,513 words read / comments (0)
Hiraṇyakeśin was the founder of a ritual and scholastic tradition belonging to the Taittirīya branch of the Black Yajur Veda.
by Hiraṇyakeśin; translated by Hermann Oldenberg
37,649 words read / comments (0)
added 2015-02-28
The Isha Upanishad is a key scripture of the Vedanta sub-schools, and an influential Śruti to diverse schools of Hinduism. The text discusses the Atman (Soul, Self) theory of Hinduism, and is referenced by both Dvaita (dualism) a...
by Swami Nirvikarananda
45,666 words read / comments (0)
added 2015-02-07
The Kaivalya Upanishad is an advanced philosophy and is in reply to the plea of Ashvalayana, already advanced in both years and practice. Ashvalayana askes for the full understanding and realisation of the truth of his non-dual id...
9,902 words read / comments (0)
added 2015-02-28
The first chapter contains the story of Naciketas and Yama; the second chapter teaches the path to liberation; the third chapter relates to Jivatma and the Paramatma; the fourth to sixth chapters contain the conclusion and verses ...
by Swami Nirvikarananda
119,635 words read / comments (0)
This is the English translation of the Kathasaritsagara written by Somadeva around 1070. The principle story line revolves around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the Vidhyādharas (‘celestial being...
by Somadeva; translated by C. H. Tawney
1,050,534 words read / comments (0)
added 2015-02-26
The very title of this Upanishad is philosophically significant. Kena in Sanskrit implies a question, and means by ‘by whom?’ Philosophy matures only when it becomes a critical estimate of experience and all its assumptions; o...
by Swami Nirvikarananda
28,281 words read / comments (0)
added 2014-09-05
The Khādira-Gṛhya has evidently been composed with the intention of abridging Gobhila's very detailed and somewhat lengthy treatise on the domestic rites The Gṛhya-sūtra ascribed to Khādirācārya belongs to the Drāhyā...
by Khādira; translated by Hermann Oldenberg
14,135 words read / comments (0)
added 2015-01-09
The Mahabharata is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of India. Besides its epic narrative of the Kurukshetra War and the fates of the Kaurava and the Pandava princes, the Mahabharata contains philosophical and devotional materia...
258,337 words read / comments (0)
This is the English translation of the Manusmriti, which is a collection of Sanskrit verses dealing with ‘Dharma’, a collective name for human purpose, their duties and the law. Various topics will be dealt with, but this volu...
by Manu; translated by Ganganatha Jha
717,854 words read / comments (0)
by Narayana Kasturi
7,940 words read / comments (0)
added 2014-08-02
2,083 words read / comments (0)
added 2013-02-01
The Nectar of Devotion is a summary study of Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu, which was written in Sanskrit by Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī Prabhupāda. He was the chief of the six Gosvāmīs, who were the direct disciples of Lord Caitanya M...
by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
139,860 words read / comments (0)
added 2013-05-26
While going through the Complete Works of Swami Rama, “In Woods of God Realization” one is struck with the vast number of simple stories, so profusely used by Swami Rama to illustrate the highest teaching of Vedanta. The most ...
by Swami Rama Tirtha
102,836 words read / comments (0)
added 2014-09-05
THE Gṛhya-sūtra of Pāraskara, which belongs to the White Yajur-veda and forms an appendix to Kātyāyana's Śrauta-sūtra, has been edited, with a German translation.
by Pāraskara; translated by Hermann Oldenberg
27,910 words read / comments (0)
added 2013-07-07
The Advaita tradition traces its inspiration to God Himself — as Śrīman-Nārāyaṇa or as Sadā-Śiva. The supreme Lord revealed the wisdom of Advaita to Brahma, the Creator, who in turn imparted it to Vasiṣṭha.
by T. M. P. Mahadevan
179,170 words read / comments (0)
The Gṛhya-sūtra ascribed to Śāṅkhāyana, which has been edited and translated into German in the XVth volume of the "Indische Studien", is based on the first of the four Vedas, the Rig-veda in the Bāshkala recens...
by Śāṅkhāyana; translated by Hermann Oldenberg
37,785 words read / comments (0)
Śrī Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu is an ontological analysis of the pastimes of Śrī Kṛṣṇa presented in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, in terms of the internal structure and stages of development of uttama-bhakti, pure devotional serv...
by Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī
118,302 words read / comments (0)
Gaudiya Kantahara was published by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati to train devotees in the philosophy of Krishna-consciousness and to be able to quote the authoritative parts of the Vedas. A collection of over a thousand verses, ...
by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati
83,221 words read / comments (0)
The book contains the essence on how devotees develop love of Krishna, and how they bring Krishna under control through their love.
by Sarasvati Thkura
14,715 words read / comments (0)
added 2013-05-26
The Isha Upanishad (īśa upaniṣad or īśopaniṣad) is one of the shortest of the Upanishads. It describes the nature of the supreme being (Ish). Copyright: bvml.org; Please visit source for more information. Permission wa...
by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
30,313 words read / comments (0)
added 2014-08-13
Sri Krishna Vijaya is the description of Lord Krishna's pastimes when He appeared on earth more than five thousand years ago. Compiled by the famous Vaishnava Poet Gunaraja Khan (also known as Maladhar Vasu).
by Śrī Gunaraja Khan
5,981 words read / comments (0)
added 2014-08-02
Sanatkumara in Sanskrit means "eternal youth". Sage Sanatkumara was one of the Four Kumaras, the four Manasputras (mind-born-sons) or spiritual sons of Brahma. He is also the author of the Sanatkumara Samhita, which i...
27,723 words read / comments (0)
added 2013-05-08
A Hundred Verses Glorifying Śrī Syamananda.
by Srila Rasikananda Prabhu
12,762 words read / comments (0)
added 2013-05-16
The text describes the Devi (Divine), the Goddess, as the foundation of the world and as identical with Brahman, the Supreme Being. The Devi Bhagavata Purana is one of the most important works in Shaktism, a branch of Hinduism ...
by Vyasa; translated by Swami Vijñanananda
547,335 words read / comments (0)
The Sushruta Samhita is the most representative work of the Hindu system of medicine. It embraces all that can possibly appertain to the science of medicine. Susruta-samhita is recognized as the first authoritative book on Ayurv...
by Sushruta; translated by Kaviraj Kunja Lal Bhishagratna
148,756 words read / comments (0)
The Sushruta Samhita is the most representative work of the Hindu system of medicine. It embraces all that can possibly appertain to the science of medicine. Susruta-samhita is recognized as the first authoritative book on Ayurv...
by Sushruta; translated by Kaviraj Kunja Lal Bhishagratna
37,609 words read / comments (0)
The Sushruta Samhita is the most representative work of the Hindu system of medicine. It embraces all that can possibly appertain to the science of medicine. Susruta-samhita is recognized as the first authoritative book on Ayurv...
by Sushruta; translated by Kaviraj Kunja Lal Bhishagratna
36,821 words read / comments (0)
The Sushruta Samhita is the most representative work of the Hindu system of medicine. It embraces all that can possibly appertain to the science of medicine. Susruta-samhita is recognized as the first authoritative book on Ayurv...
by Sushruta; translated by Kaviraj Kunja Lal Bhishagratna
123,229 words read / comments (0)
The Sushruta Samhita is the most representative work of the Hindu system of medicine. It embraces all that can possibly appertain to the science of medicine. Susruta-samhita is recognized as the first authoritative book on Ayurv...
by Sushruta; translated by Kaviraj Kunja Lal Bhishagratna
24,963 words read / comments (0)
The Sushruta Samhita is the most representative work of the Hindu system of medicine. It embraces all that can possibly appertain to the science of medicine. Susruta-samhita is recognized as the first authoritative book on Ayurv...
by Sushruta; translated by Kaviraj Kunja Lal Bhishagratna
113,078 words read / comments (0)
added 2016-01-26
Volume 8, The Sacred Books of the East. This part Contains the english translation of the Anugita (a portion of the Ashvamedhika Parva from the Mahabharata).
translated by Kashinath Trimbak Telang
64,929 words read / comments (0)
added 2014-08-01
Volume 8, The Sacred Books of the East. This part Contains the english translation of the Bhagavad-gita.
translated by Kashinath Trimbak Telang
125,859 words read / comments (0)
added 2014-08-31
The Hitopadesa is a work of high antiquity, and extended popularity. The prose is doubtless as old as our own era; but the intercalated verses and proverbs compose a selection from writings of an age extremely remote.
by Sir Edwin Arnold
33,335 words read / comments (0)
added 2013-05-25
The Brahma Purana (Brahma Purāņa) is one of the major eighteen Mahapuranas, a genre of Hindu religious texts. It is divided into two parts: 1) the Purvabhaga and 2) the Uttarabhaga. The first part narrates the story be...
19,470 words read / comments (0)
added 2015-02-23
This Upanishad is widely known for its philosophical statements and is ascribed to Yajnavalkya. It looks at reality as being indescribable and its nature to be infinite and consciousness-bliss. Ethics revolve around the five Yajna...
by Swāmī Mādhavānanda
272,359 words read / comments (0)
added 2014-09-04
The Ganesha Purana is a Hindu religious text dedicated to the Hindu deity Ganesha (Gaṇeśa). It is an upapurāṇa that includes many stories and ritualistic elements relating to Ganesha. Ganesha Purana – Translated by Prof...
translated by Gregory Baily
11,149 words read / comments (0)
added 2013-05-26
The Garuda Purana (Garuḍa purāṇa) is a smriti Purana (smṛti, Hindu customary law). Its first part contains a dialog between Vishnu and Garuda, the King of Birds. The second half contains details of life after death, funeral...
19,037 words read / comments (0)
added 2013-07-18
This is a translation of an abridged version of the Garuda Purana. The Garuda Purana is one of the Vishnu Puranas. It is in the form of a dialog between Vishnu and Garuda, the King of Birds. The second section of this Purana (give...
translated by Ernest Wood
34,987 words read / comments (0)
added 2015-04-16
In the Garuda Purana is a brief notice of the creation; but the greater part is occupied with the description of Vratas, or religious observances, of holidays, of sacred places dedicated to the sun, and with prayers from the Tantr...
translated by Manmatha Nath Dutt
247,549 words read / comments (0)
added 2014-08-31
The Harsha-charita of Banabhatta, trans. by E. B. Cowell and F. W Thomas, 1897
by Bāṇabhaṭṭa; translated by E. B. Cowell
81,679 words read / comments (0)
The Ishavasya Upanishad (or simply Isha) is one of the shortest of its kind, and basically represents a brief philosophical poem discussing the soul/self (Atman). This edition contains the Kanva recension, consisting of 18 verses....
translated by S. Sitarama Sastri
6,692 words read / comments (0)
The Ishavasya Upanishad (or simply Isha) is one of the shortest of its kind, and basically represents a brief philosophical poem discussing the soul/self (Atman). This edition contains the Kanva recension, consisting of 18 verses....
translated by M. Hiriyanna
8,461 words read / comments (0)
The Katha Upanishad is a collection of philosophical poems representing a conversation between the sage Naciketas and Yama (god of death). They discuss the nature of Atman, Brahman and Moksha (liberation). The book is made up of s...
translated by S. Sitarama Sastri
24,483 words read / comments (0)
The Kena Upanishad is a collection of philosophical poems discussing the attributes of Brahman: the unchanging, infinite universal spirit. Brahman is further proposed as the cause for all the forces of nature, symbolized as Gods. ...
translated by S. Sitarama Sastri
13,836 words read / comments (0)
added 2010-12-27
The Mahabharata is a large text describing ancient India. In it are records of the adventures of mythological beings, wars among the gods and stories of ancient humans. Also, it documents the fate of the Kauravas and the Pandavas ...
by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa; translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
233,931 words read / comments (0)
The Mahabharata is a large text describing ancient India. In it are records of the adventures of mythological beings, wars among the gods and stories of ancient humans. Also, it documents the fate of the Kauravas and the Pandavas ...
by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa; translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
63,554 words read / comments (0)
The Mahabharata is a large text describing ancient India. In it are records of the adventures of mythological beings, wars among the gods and stories of ancient humans. Also, it documents the fate of the Kauravas and the Pandavas ...
by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa; translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
75,824 words read / comments (0)
added 2012-12-14
The Mahabharata is a large text describing ancient India. In it are records of the adventures of mythological beings, wars among the gods and stories of ancient humans. Also, it documents the fate of the Kauravas and the Pandavas ...
by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa; translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
328,783 words read / comments (0)
added 2015-02-24
The Mandukya Upanishad is a short, just twelve verses, description of the material manifestation and the eventual return to unmanifest form of the Universe.
31,733 words read / comments (0)
The Mandukya Karika by Gaudapada is a commentary on the Mandukya Upanishad. The school of philosophy this book attempts to expose is ‘Advaita Vedanta’, a non-dualistic path to spiritual realization of the self. Many of the ...
translated by Swami Nikhilananda
118,229 words read / comments (0)
added 2014-09-13
This is the English translation of the Markandeya Purana, one of the eighteen Mahapuranas. The Puranas (purāṇa) are a genre of Hindu religious texts. Its leading feature is narrative; and it presents an uninterrupted succession...
by Frederick Eden Pargiter
255,251 words read / comments (0)
The Abhinaya-darpana by Nandikeshvara is an encyclopedic manual of the art of gesticulation. It belongs to a wide range of literature known as Natya-shastra: the art of dramatic performance, theatrics, dance and music. The Abh...
by Nandikeshvara; translated by Ananda Coomaraswamy
17,422 words read / comments (0)
The Mundaka Upanishad is a collection of philosophical poems used to teach meditation and spiritual knowledge regarding the true nature of Brahma and the Self (Atman). It is composed of the three main parts (mundakas): 1) The f...
translated by S. Sitarama Sastri
20,528 words read / comments (0)
added 2013-05-25
The Narada Purana (Nārada Purāṇa) is one of the major eighteen Mahapuranas, a genre of Hindu religious texts. It deals with the places of pilgrimages and features a dialogue between the sage Narada, and Sanatkumara. During...
18,115 words read / comments (0)
added 2014-08-02
Om auspiciousness. Salutation to the auspicious Ganes'a. Salutation to the venerable Vasudeva Om.
translated by Dr. Ved Kumari
31,992 words read / comments (0)
added 2013-10-02
The Kathā Sarit Sāgara is the earliest extant short story collection, written by Somadeva around 1070. It's a fine collection of stories, presented in a fine translation, fascinating both simply as a good read and as an artifact...
by Somadeva; translated by C. H. Tawney
134,822 words read / comments (0)
added 2014-03-18
The Kathā Sarit Sāgara is the earliest extant short story collection, written by Somadeva around 1070. It's a fine collection of stories, presented in a fine translation, fascinating both simply as a good read and as an artifact...
by Somadeva; translated by C. H. Tawney
136,154 words read / comments (0)
added 2014-05-22
The Kathā Sarit Sāgara is the earliest extant short story collection, written by Somadeva around 1070. It's a fine collection of stories, presented in a fine translation, fascinating both simply as a good read and as an artifact...
by Somadeva; translated by C. H. Tawney
114,236 words read / comments (0)
added 2014-08-31
The Kathā Sarit Sāgara is the earliest extant short story collection, written by Somadeva around 1070. It's a fine collection of stories, presented in a fine translation, fascinating both simply as a good read and as an artifact...
by Somadeva; translated by C. H. Tawney
119,021 words read / comments (0)
added 2015-01-27
The Kathā Sarit Sāgara is the earliest extant short story collection, written by Somadeva around 1070. It's a fine collection of stories, presented in a fine translation, fascinating both simply as a good read and as an artifact...
by Somadeva; translated by C. H. Tawney
124,753 words read / comments (0)
added 2016-01-03
The Kathā Sarit Sāgara is the earliest extant short story collection, written by Somadeva around 1070. It's a fine collection of stories, presented in a fine translation, fascinating both simply as a good read and as an artifact...
by Somadeva; translated by C. H. Tawney
112,067 words read / comments (0)
added 2016-01-10
The Kathā Sarit Sāgara is the earliest extant short story collection, written by Somadeva around 1070. It's a fine collection of stories, presented in a fine translation, fascinating both simply as a good read and as an artifact...
by Somadeva; translated by C. H. Tawney
134,779 words read / comments (0)
added 2016-01-11
The Kathā Sarit Sāgara is the earliest extant short story collection, written by Somadeva around 1070. It's a fine collection of stories, presented in a fine translation, fascinating both simply as a good read and as an artifact...
by Somadeva; translated by C. H. Tawney
52,584 words read / comments (0)
The Prashna Upanishad is a series philosophical poems presented as questions (prashna) inquired by various Hindu sages (Rishi) and answered by Sage Pippalada. The questions discuss knowledge about Brahman, the relation of the indi...
translated by S. Sitarama Sastri
19,733 words read / comments (0)
added 2016-01-26
Volume 8, The Sacred Books of the East. This part Contains the english translation of the Sanatsujatiya (a portion of the Udyoga Parva from the Mahabharata).
translated by Kashinath Trimbak Telang
19,694 words read / comments (0)
The Sarvadarśanasaṅgraha is a compendium of different philosophical schools of Hindu thought and Pañcadaśī, an important text in the Advaita Vedanta tradition.
by Mādhava Āchārya; translated by E. B. Cowell
105,998 words read / comments (0)
This is part I of the Sacred Books of the East Satapatha Brahamana translation, containing Books I and II. This portion is notable for the description of the story of the flood of Manu.
translated by Julius Eggeling
159,215 words read / comments (0)
This is part II of the Sacred Books of the East Satapatha Brahamana translation, containing Books III and IV. This volume is concerned with the construction of the ceremonial space used in the Soma sacrifice. Every act, word and i...
translated by Julius Eggeling
153,240 words read / comments (0)
This is part III of the Sacred Books of the East Satapatha Brahamana translation, containing Books V, VI and VII. This portion is notable for the description of the extended Vedic creation myth. This includes a mention of a 'cosmi...
translated by Julius Eggeling
130,397 words read / comments (0)
This is part IV of the Sacred Books of the East Satapatha Brahamana translation, containing Books VIII, IX and X.
translated by Julius Eggeling
126,128 words read / comments (0)
This is part V of the Sacred Books of the East Satapatha Brahamana translation, the final part, containing Books XI, XII, XIII, and XIV.
translated by Julius Eggeling
206,110 words read / comments (0)
The following story of the appearance of Lord Nrisimhadeva is from Srimad-Bhagavatam, Canto 7, Chapters 2-10. At the performance of the Rajasuya sacrifice by Maharaja Yudhisthira, the celestial sage Narada Muni appeared to giv...
22,703 words read / comments (0)
added 2014-07-20
The Taittiriya Upanishad is one of the older, "primary" Upanishads, part of the Yajur Veda. It says that the highest goal is to know the Brahman, for that is truth. It is divided into three sections, 1) the Siksha Valli,...
translated by A. Mahadeva Sastri
206,351 words read / comments (0)
added 2013-05-25
The Vishnu Purana (Viṣṇu Purāṇa) is a religious Hindu text and one of the (most important) eighteen Mahapuranas. It is also known as Puranaratna ("gem of Puranas"). Presented as a dialogue between Parashara and...
27,616 words read / comments (0)
added 2014-08-29
The Vishnu Purana is a primary sacred text of the Vaishnava branch of Hinduism, which today probably has more adherents than any other. It is one of the canonical Puranas, a branch of post-Vedic sacred literature which was first c...
translated by Horace Hayman Wilson
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added 2014-03-03
Tirukkuṟaḷ is a classic of couplets or Kurals (1330 rhyming Tamil couplets) or aphorisms. It was authored by Thiruvalluvar, a poet who is said to have lived anytime between 2nd century BCE and 5th century CE. Most believe he w...
by Tiruvaḷḷuvar; translated by Rev. G.U. Pope
52,982 words read / comments (0)
added 2014-03-03
Thiruvasagam is a volume of Tamil hymns composed by the ninth century Shaivite bhakti poet Manikkavacakar. It contains 51 compositions and constitutes the eighth volume of the Tirumurai, the sacred anthology of Tamil Shaiva Siddha...
by Māṇikkavācakar; translated by Rev. G.U. Pope
27,722 words read / comments (0)
added 2014-09-04
The Dharmasūtra of Vasiṣṭha forms an independent treatise and has no relationship with the Kalpasutra. The chapters of this text are divided in a way that resemble the practice of later Smritis. This Dharmasūtra has a unique...
by Vāsiṣṭha; translated by Georg Bühler
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added 2013-07-21
The Brahma sūtras (aka. Vedānta Sūtras) are one of the three canonical texts of the Vedānta school of Hindu philosophy. The Brahma sūtra is the exposition of the philosophy of the Upanishads. It is an attempt to systemati...
translated by George Thibaut
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added 2013-07-21
The Brahma sūtras (aka. Vedānta Sūtras) are one of the three canonical texts of the Vedānta school of Hindu philosophy. The Brahma sūtra is the exposition of the philosophy of the Upanishads. It is an attempt to systemati...
translated by George Thibaut
149,353 words read / comments (0)
added 2016-02-21
The Vivekachudamani is a collection of poetical couplets authored by Shankara around the eighth century. The philosophical school this compilation attempts to expose is called ‘Advaita Vedanta’, or non-dualism, one of the clas...
by Shankara; translated by Swami Madhavananda
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The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali are 196 Indian sūtras (aphorisms) that constitute the foundational text of Ashtanga Yoga, also called Raja Yoga. The commentaries are based upon the ancient commentaries written by Vyasa and Bhoj...
by Patañjali
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added 2014-12-14
Yoga Vasistha (Sanskrit: योग-वासिष्ठ) is a Hindu spiritual text written by sage Valmiki. It is believed by some Hindus to answer all the questions that arise in the human mind, and can help one to attain Moksha...
by Vālmīki; translated by Vihari-Lala Mitra
168,371 words read / comments (0)
Yoga Vasistha (Sanskrit: योग-वासिष्ठ) is a Hindu spiritual text written by sage Valmiki. It is believed by some Hindus to answer all the questions that arise in the human mind, and can help one to attain Moksha...
by Vālmīki; translated by Vihari-Lala Mitra
124,412 words read / comments (0)
Yoga Vasistha (Sanskrit: योग-वासिष्ठ) is a Hindu spiritual text written by sage Valmiki. It is believed by some Hindus to answer all the questions that arise in the human mind, and can help one to attain Moksha...
by Vālmīki; translated by Vihari-Lala Mitra
175,372 words read / comments (0)
Yoga Vasistha (Sanskrit: योग-वासिष्ठ) is a Hindu spiritual text written by sage Valmiki. It is believed by some Hindus to answer all the questions that arise in the human mind, and can help one to attain Moksha...
by Vālmīki; translated by Vihari-Lala Mitra
72,109 words read / comments (0)
Yoga Vasistha (Sanskrit: योग-वासिष्ठ) is a Hindu spiritual text written by sage Valmiki. It is believed by some Hindus to answer all the questions that arise in the human mind, and can help one to attain Moksha...
by Vālmīki; translated by Vihari-Lala Mitra
226,115 words read / comments (0)