Who Am I?. Hindu Texts. What do we already know about the history of the Hindu tradition? What do we mean by ‘sacred text’?. Hindu Texts. Smriti “that which is remembered”. Sruti “that which is heard”. The Ramayana The Mahabharata The Bhagavad Gita. The Four Vedas Upanishads.
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“that which is remembered”
“that which is heard”
Rig Veda - A collection of 1,028 hymns to various deities. It also contains many mythological and poetical accounts of the origins of the world
Sama Veda – ‘Sama’ means ‘melody’ and so this text is a copy of the Rig Veda’s hymns set to music. It was used as liturgy by the priests in ritual sacrifices
Yajur Veda – Mantras from the Rig Veda are paired up with certain sacrificial actions
Atharva Veda – This text is less concerned with sacrifice, but more with magic that will protect the individual against evil. It also contains philosophical hymns.
Answer the following questions :
a. Give two differences between “Shrutis” and “Smritis”.
b. Give two main messages of Hindu Scriptures for Mankind which appeal to you. Why do they appeal to you?