Indian Scriptures
Course Structure
What are our Scriptures? How were they created? What is their relevance today? Are Indians a passive lot accepting everything as their karma or does this concept put the onus on us to lead a morally and spiritually uplifting life? All these are answered in this section called Indian Scriptures.
Course Overview


The Hindu pantheon is replete with the names of gods and goddesses. Who are the gods who make up the Trinity? Why should you make prayer a daily habit? Are there specific prayers that can be chanted to propitiate the god of our choice? There are so many signs and symbols that are considered sacred in the Hindu religion. What is the significance of each symbol and where can they be used? What are our scriptures? Are there primary and secondary scriptures in Hinduism? Our epics Ramayana and Mahabharata are replete with so many stories that we should know about them wherever we are. These stories are for eternity and are relevant to man at all times. Why are teachers called gurus and how do they bring knowledge and wisdom to their students?


There are so many terms in Hinduism that convey different nuances like the concept of Dharma, which is well explained in the first chapter. The Hindu pantheon is not limited only to the Trinity but extends to the Vedic and Puranic deities and they are all described in this chapter. Hindu Scriptures, Symbols which include abstract symbols, sound symbols and those with form are all elaborated in the following chapters. Temple worship is a very important part in the life of a Hindu. There is a deep significance to the many customs practiced in a temple. You will be amazed by the sheer variety of temples that exist in this land. Temples are also built according to a particular pattern which is detailed in our Scriptures. This section makes for interested and informative reading. It is prayer time as you familiarize yourself with the various mantras, hymns and slokas. Know about the various sampradayas which describe various ways of worshipping the lord and the stories of rishis and gurus who have made Bharat a spiritual capital of the universe. The book concludes with detailed descriptions of various types of philosophies.  


Course Structure
What is dharma? Is it different for different people according to their place and position in life? This is an important concept that you should know about. The next chapter on gods and goddesses explores the classification of deities, various epithets for gods and their incarnations. Learn about the classification of Hindu Scriptures and all about the epics and puranas in detail in the next chapter. Sacred symbols are explained with illustrations along with the deep significance they hold in our tradition. Why do we visit temples? What is the origin of temple worship? Why are there so many customs associated with temples? Name the different parts of the temple. List the different types of temples. Seek answers for all these questions and gain clarity by reading the chapter on temples. Did you know that there are different types of prayers? A compilation of popular hymns and slokas makes this chapter very special. There are many processes involved in worshipping any deity and all these have been codified well. These are broadly called Sampraday. The chapter on Sampraday provides a great deal of clarity on the subject. You realize the greatness of the religion which shows by example the true meaning of the maxim, unity in diversity. Gurus are guides and they help seekers throughout different points of time with their wisdom and experience. There are many terms unique to Hinduism and these are explained in the chapter Basic Vedic Philosophy. The nine philosophical systems form the closing chapter of this book.

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