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Hindu texts

Smriti ("what is fit/deserves to be remembered") refers to a canon of Hindu religious scripture. Smriti is the name for non-Shruti texts; Smriti is generally seen as secondary to Shruti. They are also known as Dharma Sastras.

One grouping (they vary) of the Hindu Smriti includes:

  • DharmaShastra (the laws)
  • Itihasa (the Histories; including Mahabharata, Ramayana)
  • Puranas (the fables or writings)
  • Sutras (proverbs or aphorisms)
  • Agamas (the philosophies; including Mantras, Tantras, and Yantras)
  • Dyasanas (the philosophies; including the Vedanta)

There are eighteen main Smritis, the most important are:

The other fiteen Smritis are:

  • Vishnu Smriti;
  • Daksha Smriti;
  • Samvarta Smriti;
  • Vyasa Smriti;
  • Harita Smriti;
  • Satatapa Smriti;
  • Vasishtha Smriti;
  • Yama Smriti;
  • Apastamba Smriti;
  • Gautama Smriti;
  • Devala Smriti;
  • Sankha-Likhita Smriti;
  • Usana Smriti;
  • Atri Smriti and
  • SaunakaSmriti.

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NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Smriti (1169 words)
The first demonstration made in the Smritis is related with the right conduct of a man. The spiritual development of a man depends upon the implementation of the sixteen rites, wherein he is required to maintain his life style pure virtuous since his birth till his death by keeping away from sinful activities.
Smriti is one of the structuring dynamics of Rk Veda.
With reference to consciousness, Smriti comprises the specific sets of laws of Nature that are engaged in promoting the quality of Rishi — the observer, the witnessing quality — within the Samhita level of consciousness, providing a structure to the eternally silent, self-referral, self-sufficient, fully awake state of consciousness, which is intimately personal to everyone.
SMRITI - URDAY.com (1832 words)
Keeping this in mind the ancient sages of India preserved their memoirs, their conclusions in the form of code of conduct for the welfare of mankind stressing upon the importance of religion and salvation and his continuous endeavour in that direction.
Many Smritis have considered charity and Dakshina (giving alms) as the means for the atonement of his sins.
Smritis which were created after the Vedic literature contain some serious topics as well as many preaching in simple language.
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