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Hindu Scriptures & Epics

The world's first scriptures, the oldest religious texts, the longest epic poems were all born in India. Here's your one-stop resource center on the Vedas, Upanishads, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata...
  1. Ramayana & Mahabharata (28)
  2. The Bhagavad Gita (34)
  3. Vedic Maths (10)

The Principal Upanishads
The Upanishads, hailed as the supreme work of the Indian mind, form the core of Hindu teachings. Learn about the 13 principal Upanishads and read the English translation of these texts by Max Muller.

Laws of Manu or 'Manava Dharma Shastra'
Traditionally accepted as an arm of the Vedas, the 'Laws of Manu' or 'Manava Dharma Shastra' (c. 500 BC) is a key Hindu text. It presents the norms of domestic, social, and religious life, and is fundamental to the understanding of ancient India.

The Upanishads
The Upanishads, hailed as the supreme work of the Indian mind, form the core of Hindu teachings. They are summits of thought on man and the universe, designed to push human ideas to its very limit and beyond. Discover this secret science of the self!

The Story of the Mahabharata
Read the moving story of this great epic in a summarized version written by Prof. James L Fitzgerald of the University of Tennessee.

The Upanishads (Text)
Read the English text of the principal Upanishads from 'The Sacred Books of the East' translated by various Oriental scholars and edited by F. Max Mller

Immortal Love Legends
Perhaps no other faith glorifies the idea of love between the sexes as Hinduism. The amazing variety of mythical love stories that abounds Sanskrit literature is undoubtedly one of the richest treasure hoards of exciting love tales. Come, explore!

Tirukkural: The Book of Wisdom
Tirukkural, the poetic work by Tiru Valluvar, embodies values that are ever relevant and unchanging. The ancient saint-poet believed that with this knowledge of virtue, wealth and love one can lead the soul to nirvana and salvation.

Rig Veda in UNESCO's 'Memory of the World' Register
The Rig Veda manuscripts - believed to be the first literary documents in the history of humankind – are now part of UNESCO’s “Memory of the World” Register.

What Are the Hindu Scriptures?
The basic scriptures of Hinduism are the Vedas. The major and most popular Hindu texts include the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata.

The Vedas: Worlds Oldest Spiritual Teachings
The Vedas are the most comprehensive and universal of all ancient scriptures. They have guided our religious direction for ages and will continue to do so for generations to come. Here's an introduction to Vedic Literature and the four Vedas...

All About the Upanishads (Vedanta)
The Upanishads, hailed as the supreme work of the Indian mind, form the core of Hindu teachings. They are summits of thought on man and the universe, designed to push human ideas to its very limit and beyond.

The Itihasas or Histories: Ancient Hindu Scriptures
The Itihasas (Sanskrit for 'Histories') are supplementary Vedic literature that include the 'Mahabharata', the 'Ramayana' and the 'Bhagavad Gita'. Are they authentic Vedic literature? Find out...

Vedic Lesson: 7 Pillars of a Business
In his “Arthashastra”, Chanakya lists the seven pillars of an organization: The king, the minister, the country, the fortified city, the treasury, the army and the ally are the constituent elements of the state. What does it translate to in terms of today’s business corporations? Find out…

Vedic Women: Loving, Learned, Lucky!
We've got lots to learn from the status of women in the Vedic age (circa 1500-1200 BCE). Come, meet the Vedic woman! Includes bios of Lopamudra, Maitreyi, Ghosha and Gargi.

Veda Pathshala of Kerala
The Sree Seetharam Anjeneya Kendra (SSAK) Vedic Center in the southern Indian city of Trivandrum is a recherché “Pathshala” (Sanskrit for “school”) where the Vedas are taught systematically under the pedagogic principles of the age-old “gurukul” system of education.

Vedic City: Heaven on Earth!
Iowa’s newest city is fully based on Vedic architectural designs. Called Vedic City, it is part of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s efforts to create heaven on earth.

The Rig Veda
The 10 books of Rig Veda, as translated by Ralph T.H. Griffith.

Advaita Vedanta Homepage
This site provides "an easy and structured online introduction to the philosophy of advaita vedAnta, as taught by SankarAcArya and his followers."

Vedanta Life Institute
Founded by Swami Parthasarthy, the academy offers short term courses on Vedanta.

Site explains the Vedanta philosophy, its main tenets, and offers a brief history of Vedanta.

Vedanta FAQ
All topics you can possibly think of regarding Vedanta. Also contains a list of infrequently asked questions on Vedanta.

The Purusha Sukta
Vedic hymns on the Supreme Being, translated by V Sundar.

What are Puranas?
The Puranas are ancient Hindu texts eulogizing various deities of the Hindu pantheon through divine stories. These scriptures have the essence of the Vedas, and written to popularize the thoughts contained therein.

A Brief Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita is the most important and influential of all Hindu scriptures. Here's a brief introduction to the Gita from Lars Martin Fosse's translation of the book. This provides a summary of the plot of Gita and sets a context to the teachings of the holy book.

Shrimad Bhagavatam
The Shrimad Bhagavatam, often been called the Bible of the Vaishnavas, is a vast and encyclopedic work that surveys a broad spectrum of knowledge, including history, psychology, politics, cosmology, metaphysics, and Hindu theology.

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