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God Books

Dear Children,

Today I shall tell you about Hindu Spiritual Books.

The Sanskrit word Upanishad comes from the verb 'sad' which means 'to sit' and 'upa' meaning 'under'. The whole word means 'sitting for learning at the feet of a Master or Guru'. The Upanishads are part of the Vedas. 'Vid" means 'to know'. Hence Vedas mean knowledge.

Originally there was one Veda which was passed down by word of mouth but later the Vedas were divided into four parts. We, Hindus have the 'Shrutis'. It literally means 'What is heard' The 'Vedas' belong to that category. (They were written later) They are a collection of Hymns, Prayers… Each Veda consists of many Upanishads. The main ones are 12 in number.

The 'Smrutis' are composed on 'Dharma' ie 'Law giving books (Dharma Shastras) (To mention one of many)

The Itihaasas (Historical Recordings) : The Ramayana, Mahaabhaarata…

The Puraanas appeal to the imagination : Vishnu Puraana, Bhaagvad Puraana…

Agamas: A worship of a particular aspect of God. : Could be Vishnu, Shiva, Shakti…

Darsanas: appeal to logical understanding. They are based upon the teachings of the Vedas. : Nyaya, Samkhya, Vaisesika…

Books divided according to subject matter

'Karma Kaanda' deals with rituals

'Upaasana Kaanda' deals with worship<

'Jnaana Kaanda' deals with the Highest Spiritual knowledge.

Dear Children,

By informing you that Hindus have so many Spiritual books, the message that I am trying to convey is that there is a vast amount of knowledge that we have accumulated. The main message remains, that of love, brotherhood and Peace. It is enough if you remember that our Scriptures state that Creation is a 'Vasudeva Kutumbakam' which means that everyone belongs to God's family. Hinduism believes that all paths ultimately lead to the main Highway, which reaches the common Spiritual destination of Humanity.

The most chanted mantra is:

Aum Shanti Shanti Shanti

Which means:

Aum Peace Peace Peace.

Remember to chant the above mantra, whenever you want Peace at home, or outside!

With love,
Dadi Ma Nani Ma

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