Classic Vedic & Hindu texts

Upanishads | Index

This is a sticky index file about all Upanishads and important commentaries on text of Upanishads. As we already remember – Upanishads are the concluding teachings of Vedas and from Vedas,and they are the very fundament of Vedanta – the Vedic Wisdom squeezed out by generations of enlightened Vedic seers,saints,teachers and their best students;

12 Alvars - Azhwars

Āḻvārs or Āzhwārs, their history and works - included in Nālāyira Divya Prabandham or otherwise called - Drāviḍa Veda or Tamil Veda – very important holy scriptures in the tradition of Śrī Vaiṣṇavism – also called – the Ubhaya Veda – or Double Veda – founded both on Ancient Vedic Scriptures in Sanskrit language, known as the 4 Vedas – on one hand – and The Scriptures of ancient Vaiṣṇava Saints – namely – Āḻvārs – on another – as collected in 4 000 verses in Nālāyira Divya Prabandham. Sticky Index page – to easy find resources on particular Āḻvār.

Gautama Dharmasūtra

According to Hindu tradition Gautama Dharmasūtra is a very ancient work and collection of rules and duties for different classes of people in Ancient Vedic society, the notoriously famous Varṇāśrama system: First of all – it means a collection of Laws and Rules for the Vedic Brahmin class and for other classes according to Brahmins. Gautama Dharmasūtra is not the only collection of Laws of this kind.

Śaraṇāgati Gādyam | Śrī Rāmānuja Āchārya

Śaraṇāgati Gādya, the poetic work of Śrī Rāmānuja Āchārya is a commentary on the principle of the Dvaya mantra, which declares the method and goal to reach the nature of Brahman. In this context, it will be noticed that the Mantra (Dvaya) starts with the mention of Śrī, who is full of (maternal) love and who is the (Puruṣākāra) mediator for approaching the Lord, the almighty Father, As He, like all fathers, is sometimes harsh and not easily approachable.

Śrī Vaikuṇṭha Gādyam | Śrī Rāmānuja Āchārya

Śrī Vaikuṇṭha Gādyam of Śrī Rāmānuja Āchārya, is the 3rd and concluding of the 3 main poetic works of the great Āchārya of Śrī Vaiṣṇavism, the famous prayer describing the Meaning of Dvaya Mantra in great detail. Śrī Vaikuṇṭha Gādyam consists of 6 stanzas. Śrī Vaikuṇṭha Gādyam gives a graphic description of Vaikuṇṭha or Parama-pāda, the Supreme abode of Śrīman Nārāyaṇa, who lives amidst a community of liberated souls and eternal heavenly servants (Mukta Jīvas and Nitya Sūrīs).

Śrīraṅga Gādyam | Śrī Rāmānuja Āchārya

Śrīraṅga Gādyam of Śrī Rāmānuja Āchārya, one of the 3 main poetic works of the great Āchārya of Śrī Vaiṣṇavism, the famous prayer describing the Meaning of Dvaya Mantra in great detail.

Śrī Rāma Carita Mānasa Stotra

Śrī Rāma Carita Mānasa Stotra also spelt as Ramacharitamanasa, is an epic poem composed by the 16th-century Indian bhakti poet Goswami Tulsidas (c.1532–1623) and originally written in a dialect of Hindi language – a fact noteworthy because until then most of Religious Scriptures and Poems were in Sanskrit and unavailable to simple folk without special education. The present work - Śrī Rāma Carita Mānasa Stotra – is a work of exquisite poetics retelling the old famous epic Rāmāyaṇa.

Brahma Sūtras by Rāmānuja | Śrī Bhāshya

Śrī Bhāshya is the commentary by Śrī Rāmānuja on the Brahma Sutras of Bādarāyaṇa alias Vyāsa; and these Sutras form one of the earliest summary on the later portion of the Veda, known as the Upanishads or the Jñāna Kāṇda – the portion of Vedas dealing with Wisdom, as opposite to the Karma Kāṇda or the earlier portion of Veda dealing with offerings to various Devas and rituals for gaining material and spiritual prosperity.

Mudhal Thiruvandhadhi | Poigai Āḻvār

Poigai Āḻvār was the forerunner of the Āḻvār tradition, who hailed from Kānchīpuram. Poigai Āḻvār, along with Bhutat Āḻvār who was born in Mahābalipuram, and Pei Āḻvār born in Mylapore in Chennai, are referred to as Mudhal Āḻvārs, and were born on successive days in the same month and year. According to historical belief, the first three Āḻvārs came together for the first time on a stormy night, seeking shelter in an anteroom of a house in Thirukkovalur, near the shrine of Trivikrama, in Tamil Nadu.

Nācciyār Tirumoḷi | Āṇḍāḷ

Govinda appeared in dream to Periyāḻvār: "My dearest Periyāḻvār, Viṣṇucitta! For singing verses of glory and wearing my garlands Godā has earned a special place in my heart. She is my beloved Bhūdevī (Mother-Earth) and only appeared as your daughter and she shall be called Āṇḍāḷ hereafter. Do not try to stop her from wearing the garlands. She should continue wearing them." Āṇḍāḷ wrote Tiruppāvai (30 verses) and Nācciyār Tirumoḷi (143 verses) as a prapatti to the Lord and to seek refuge at His Lotus feet.