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;

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.

Āpastamba Dharmasūtra

According to Hindu tradition Āpastamba 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. Historians place the dates of Āpastamba Dharmasūtras approximately around 450-350 BCE.

Śrī Jagannāthāṣṭakam | Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu

Śrī Jagannāthāṣṭakam Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu Issued from the mouth of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu The only 8 authentic verses known as written down from the words of Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Mahāprabhu, the spiritual head and foremost authority of Gauḍīya Vaishnavas, from which all their philosophy and inspiration issues. One who carefully recites this sacred Jagannāthāṣṭakam, upon becoming sinless and pure-hearted, will attain entrance into Viṣṇuloka.

Śrī Gauḍīya Kaṇṭhahāra

Śrī Gauḍīya Kaṇṭhahāra ("The Necklace of the Gauḍīya Bhaktas") – this is a very important and authoritative work in the tradition of Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism, also differently known as a movement of Krishna Chaitanya Mahāprabhu or ISKCON Krishnaites. Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī published it with a purpose to train devotees in the philosophy of Krishna-consciousness and to be able to quote the authoritative parts of the Vedas.

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.

The Laws of Manu | Manu Smriti

The Manu Smriti or “Laws of Manu” is a very ancient text which has formed the source for Hindu Law and Social customs for thousands of years. The Laws of Manu are very comprehensive ranging from the Duties of Kings to domestic management. Much of what he taught as Law is no longer applicable, dealing as it does with the duties of the various castes and customs, and social situations and conditions which have now become irrelevant and obsolete.

Shandilya Bhakti Sūtras

Śrī Śāṇḍilya is a great rishi of an ancient time. Śāṇḍilya's Bhakti Sūtras are numbering all total one hundred only but within this compass he has given an unambiguous Doctrine of unalloyed Bhakti and demons­trates that Bhakti is the unshakable attachment to the Supreme Godhead and that is the only way for one striving to become immortal, beatific and eternally blissful.” He says Jñāna is not indispensable for culturing Bhakti. At the dawn of Bhakti Jñāna itself is totally lost of its charm and significance.

Śrīmad Bhāgavatam Purāṇa

The Bhāgavata Purāṇa (Devanagari: भागवतपुराण, also known as Śrīmad Bhāgavatam or Bhāgavata, literally meaning Divine-Eternal Tales of The Supreme Lord) is one of the Maha (Sanskrit: 'great') Purāṇic texts of Hinduism, with its focus on bhakti (religious devotion) to Supreme God Vishnu (Nārāyaṇa), primarily focusing on Krishna. The Bhagavata Purāṇa includes many stories well known in Hinduism, including the various avatars of Vishnu and the life and pastimes of his incarnation, Krishna or Svayam Bhagavan.

Vishnu Purana online

The Vishnu Purāṇa is one of the earliest of the eighteen major Purāṇas (“ancient stories”) revered by the Hindus. It is considered to be one of the most important Purāṇas and for this reason is referred to by the name Purāṇa-ratna, which means “Gem of Purāṇas.” Like some of the other Purāṇas, the Vishnu Purāṇa is presented in the form of a dialogue, in this instance with the sage Parāśara teaching his disciple Maitreya how Vishnu, as the Supreme Being, takes care of his devotees and how one should evolve spiritually for the attainment of liberation.