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Vedic Texts

Major Works

  • Sruti
  • Smriti
  • Itihasa
  • Sastra
  • Bha sa | Sahitya
  • Tantra
  • Vedanta
  • Yoga

Sruti
- Veda
- Upanisad
- Bhagavadgita

 

Smriti
- Purana

 

Itihasa
- Mahabharata
- Ramayana

- Adhyatma
- Ramayana

 

Sastra
- Artha
- Sastra

- Jyotisha Shastra
- Manu Smrti
- Natya Sastra

 

Bha Sa | Sahitya
- Amarakosa

- Kalidasa

- Anya Sahitya

 

Tantra

Here we recommend to experience the tantric teachings through the Retreats lead by Vamadeva Shastri & Yogini Shambhavi as there is no point in reading about Tantra. Tantra can only be experienced through and in Mother Nature. At this point we would also like to emphasize that the misinterpretations and ignorant reductions of Tantra to sexual practices are not what we mean by Tantra. 

 

Vedanta

- Gita

- Adi Samkaracarya
- Vedanta

 

Yoga

Same as Tantra - can only be experienced.

However, here is a quick overview of  the five primary yoga paths:

1. Jnana Yoga - the yoga of knowledge - self-realization through inner knowledge and insight

2. Bhakti Yoga - the yoga of devotion - self-relaization through devotion or divine love

3. Karma Yoga - the yoga of service - self-realization through selfless work and sacred ritual

4. Raja Yoga - the royal yoga - self-realization through a combination of knowledge, devotion and work

5. Hatha Yoga - the yoga of technique - self-realization through a combinationof asana, pranayama, mantra and meditation practices

NOTE that it says on each explanation "self-realization through..."...

 

Outer Yoga and Inner Yoga

Bahir Anga - outer limbs of Yoga - Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara

Antar Anga - inner limbs of Yoga - Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi

 

Yama - yogic attitudes and observances

Niyama - yogic lifestyle practices

Asana - yoga postures

Pranayama - yogic breathing and energy work 

Pratyahara - internalization of the mind and senses

Dharana - concentration, the yoga of the outer mind

Dhyana - meditation, the yoga of the inner mind

Samadhi - absorption or unity consciousness, the yoga of the inner heart

 

The Four Vedas

  • Rig Veda - the oldest of the four - key wisdom of the vedic seers (Rishis)
  • Sama Veda - music and song - ecstacy of self realization
  • Yajur Veda - vedic rituals: practice of yoga - speech, breath and mind
  • Atharva Veda - additional mantras e.g. for healing purposes

The Brahmanas and Aranyakas, Upanishad & Gita

  • Brahmanas - ritualistic interpretations of vedic mantras which also reflect yogic practices
  • Aranyakas - extended to meditational level
  • Upanishads & Gita - clearest and most understandable portions of the Vedas - over a dozen ancient upanishads and over a hundred upanishads from later times

Six Vedangas

  • Jyotish (Vedic Astrology)
  • Chandas (Meter)
  • Nirukta (Etymology)
  • Shiksha (Pronunciation)
  • Vyakarana (Grammar)
  • Kalpa (Ritual)

Four Upavedas - the four secondary Vedas

  • Ayurveda - Vedic Medicine
  • Dhanur Veda - Martial Arts
  • Sthapatya Veda - Architecture
  • Ghandarva Veda - Music

Yoga

  • Raja Yoga of Patanjali - integral science of asana, pranayama, mantra and meditation based upon dharmic living principles

Vedanta

  • such as Shankaracharyas works

 

Some Selected Upanishads to begin with

  • Kena Upanishad
  • Ishavasya Upanishad (sometimes also Isha-Upanishad)
  • Chandogya Upanishad
  • Mundaka Upanishad
  • Mundakya Upanishad
  • Prashna Upanishad
  • Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

 

Recommended Books for the beginning study of the Upanishads:
"Kena Upanishad and other Upanishads" by Sri Aurobindo (english)
"Ishavasya Upanishad" by Sri Aurobindo (english)

"Ten Upansihads" by Swami Sivananda (english)

"Nine Principle Upanishads" by Swami Satyananda (english)

"Umgang mit der Ishavasya Upanishad", Margreth Distelbarth (german)
"Mandukya Upanishad", Margret Distelbarth (german)

"Yoga Darshan - Vision of the Upanishads", Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati (english)

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