What Hindu book should I start with?
The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Hinduism
This Idiot’s Guide is an ideal first book on Hinduism that offers an excellent introduction and overview of the religion.
What holy book do Hindus read?
The Vedas. These are the most ancient religious texts which define truth for Hindus.
Which Hindu books to read first?
Where to Start? The epics( Ramanyana and Mahabharata) are a must to read first.
Who wrote Vedas?
According to tradition, Vyasa is the compiler of the Vedas, who arranged the four kinds of mantras into four Samhitas (Collections).
Who wrote Bhagavad Gita?
The Vedas are hymns that are also accompanied in the total Veda by Brahmanas (ritual texts) Aranyakas (“forest” or “wilderness” texts), and Upanishads (philosophical texts). … Though less studied than later texts, the Veda is the central scripture of Hinduism. The remembered texts consist of post-Vedic texts.
Is Bhagavad Gita Shruti or Smriti?
Since God Krishna has himself spoken the Bhagavad Gita, from that point of view it is Shruti. However, fromthe point of view of technical classification the Bhagavad Gita falls in the Mahabharata and the Mahabharata is a Smriti literature. Therefore the Bhagavad Gita is also considered to be Smriti.
Is Mahabharata part of the Vedas?
These texts are generally divided into two main groups: eternal, revealed texts, and those based upon what humanity has learned and written down. The Vedas are an example of the former, while the two great epics, the Mahabharata and Ramayana, belong to the latter category.