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Chapter3 - The Basic Scriptures of Hinduism




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Hinduism is based primarily on the Vedas. Veda literally means knowledge or wisdom. It is also called Shruti which means what is heard or revealed. All other scriptures go under the omnibus term of Smriti (what is remembered). Shruti being divinely revealed to the great Rishis of yore in the depths of their mystical experience, its authority is supreme. Smritis are the secondary scriptures which derive their authority from the Shruti. Their business is to explain, elaborate and illustrate the fundamental teachings of the Shruti. 

However, according to the Hindu view, revelations are not limited to any individual, time or place. Just as there have been revelations in the past, they can occur at present or in future also. 




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