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Which Hindu religious/spiritual literature(s) influenced you?

Discussion in 'Hinduism DIR' started by La_Sonadora, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. La_Sonadora

    La_Sonadora Member

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    This is a continuation from my discussion on the "visiting temples" thread that I felt got a bit off topic. I thought that this question was best placed in a section devoted to such a vast query.
     
  2. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    Say something more to begin the discussion.
     
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  5. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    In my case, Srimad Bhagawat Purana, Upanishads, Tulsi Ramayana (local dialect, I am at an advantage because I can understand and savor it), and Srimad BhagawadGita (read in that order). That makes Aupmanyav.
     
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  6. Fireside_Hindu

    Fireside_Hindu Jai Lakshmi Maa

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    Valmiki's Ramayan
    The Bhagvad Gita
    The Devi Mahamayam
     
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    For me the main books were,

    Mahabarata
    Bhagavad Gita as it is
    Ramayana

    folowed by,
    Srimad Bagavatam
    Brahma Samhita
    Sri Skiksastakam
    Chaitanya Caritamrita

    Also many others that relate to my tradition but these are the most formative for me .
     
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  8. StarryNightshade

    StarryNightshade Aspiring Progressive Orthodox Jew
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    Various Upanishads
    The Bhagavad Gita
    Sri Bhasya

    Ramanuja's Vedartha Sangraha

    Non-Hindu:

    Various Buddhist Sutras
    The Tao of Pooh

    Writings from Catholic & Orthodox mystics and Saints.
     
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    ShivaFan Satyameva Jayate
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    Which Hindu religious/spiritual literature(s) influenced you?

    In regards to specific scriptures, I also want to mention that I was hugely influenced by writings of Hindu authors that were not scriptures at all but rather ranged from "catechism" type books, to those who wrote about the lives of Saints, to the actual selective Saints, to even "temple brochures" that included LOCAL traditions and history of local Devatas, to even travelogues! These non-scripture books ranged from Saiva Siddhanta literature, books, "how to" and such, to some of the other books and periodical types and even magazines, and JUST AS IMPORTANTLY song books of bhajans. Yes, I am serious. ALL had a huge influence, writings of modern Savants, Guru, all of it which is not "official scripture". I even was hugely influenced by Teachers where the document was HAND TYPED ON A TYPEWRITER and then photocopy or other copy type of the original paper with the type on it including their blemishes.

    Now in terms of actual scripture, as with Hindus - where could I began? A lot.

    But I will reserve mention of ONE which har profound heart for me and I will die with it in my arms - but even to mention this, there were MANY authors, versions, regional editions and traditional retelling of, even from many counties. I love and have most all of them.

    The Ramayana.

    And there are as many Ramayanas as the babes of the rabbit. More. More than the eggs of a chicken. More.
     
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  10. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    As Starry said, Buddhism also is important to me. And Kalama Sutta, that I live every moment or try to. Buddha is my second Guru.
     
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    I am that - Nisargadatta (I do own all 'his' books actually)
    Upanishads
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    Devi Gita
    Talkings with Sri Ramana
     
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  13. George-ananda

    George-ananda Advaita Vedanta, Theosophy, Spiritualism
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    The Autobiography of a Yogi.....by Paramhansa Yogananda
    Satya Sai Speaks.....by Satya Sai Baba

    It doesn't have to be ancient to be important and worthy of reverence. People often reserve great reverence only for the ancient scriptures as if a mystical class of being can only have existed in the deep past (with few details known about them).
     
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  14. Maya3

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    The Upanishads.

    They made me Hindu basically.

    Maya
     
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  15. Fireside_Hindu

    Fireside_Hindu Jai Lakshmi Maa

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    I was influenced early on by the philosophical and spiritual writing of Ralph Waldo Emerson. It wasn't until much later that I learned he was influenced by the Gita as many other Transcendentalists were.
     
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    My first influence was from the inside. Most likely most of us had that. Some inner sense of how to make sense of this world, and it jived with what we now know as Hinduism
     
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  17. Satyamavejayanti

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    Satyartha Parakasha by Maharishi Swami Dayananda Saraswati was first influence

    Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Atharva Veda were next (various translations)

    The Kural stands alone at third

    Bhagwad Gita/Mahabharatta/Ramayan comes in equal fourth.

    Kama Sutra/Yoga Sutra/Sankhya Sutra next

    Maybe Upanishads Last
     
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