Shruti is considered the most authoritative source of Dharma, followed by Smriti, then Sadāchāra and finally one’s own liking or disposition.
Vedic scriptures are considered the most important authority because they are said to be of Divine inspiration, and all other sources are successively of lesser authority than the preceding ones.
Stories from life of Sri Krishna with practical advices as to how rules can be broken to prevent an adharmi like Duryodhana from becoming Invincible or the perils of excessive charity.
In this concluding part, let us look into life accounts of few more Rishis like Bhagvan Dattatreya, Rajarshi Bharata, Maharshi Charaka, Rishi Kapila, Rishi Kanada, Maharshi Panini.
Nārada was no gossip-monger – in fact he acted as a carrier of news from one place to another, so as to disrupt the devious and harmful plans of Adharmic people and also to impart valuable life lessons to common masses
The Gita is said to have been revealed to humanity around 3100 BCE. Some historians date it to 1400 BCE, whereas others think of 500 BCE.
Hindu tradition lays great stress on the study of scriptures and there is region-wise distribution of Sages, Saints, Scriptures, Languages and Holy Places
God will listen to our prayers no matter which language we use to worship him. The important thing to keep in mind is that we should remember God with faith and devotion, no matter what the language of our prayers is.
Hindu tradition states that the rules of Sanskrit as well as Tamil grammar were both formulated by Lord Shiva, and the latter were subsequently written down by Sage Agastya in the work Tolkappiyam. Just as Sanskrit is called the ‘Language of Gods’, Tamil too is credited with a Divine origin and is said to have originated from Lord Shiva himself.
Hindu personal law is largely derived from Mitāksharā commentary on Yājñavalkya Smriti, in view of its great popularity in large parts of India during last few centuries
The word Purāņa itself means “ancient,” and a good deal of Purāṇic lore may have coexisted with the Vedas themselves.
It is customary to know three things about each #mantra – devatā (deity), Rishi (speaker) and Chhanda (poetical meter) & it is forbidden to study Vedas without knowing these.
Unlike the mantras, the Brāhmaṇas are predominantly prose & contain formulas for rituals, rules and regulations for rites, sacrifices & other religious duties
Whereas Shruti is considered of Divine origin, Smriti is considered the wisdom of Saints and Sages who were pious, virtuous and had understood the Vedas.
There is a lot of wisdom in Hindu Dharma since the sages of yore have collected their teachings resulting in a vast number of sacred writings and this requires many books