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Why the pains of long pilgrimages? Why observances that emaciate the body? All the fruits anticipated from such austerities can be easily obtained by motiveless service to the guru. Kularnava Tantra, 2.1


Achieving great powers brings with it two possible obstacles to achieving moksha—the thought of utilizing them and pride in having them. Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami, publisher of HINDUISM TODAY


If Hindus really understood how deep into their soul their religion penetrates, if they knew how superior it is to any other spiritual path on the Earth today, they would not abandon it so easily but cherish and foster it into its great potential. They would not remain silent when asked about their religion, but speak out boldly its great truths. They would not hesitate to stand strong for Hinduism. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927- 2001), founder of HINDUISM TODAY


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What Are Hinduism’s Revealed Scriptures? From Sivaya Subramuniyaswami’s Merging with Siva


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he vedas and agamas, revealed by God, are Hinduism’s sovereign scriptures, called shruti, “that


which is heard.” Their timeless truths are expressed in the most extraordinarily profound mystical poetry known to man. Veda, from vid, “to know,” means


“supreme wisdom or science.” Similarly, Agama, which names the sacred sectarian


revelations, means “descent of knowledge.” The Vedas and Agamas are eternal truths transmitted by God through great clairaudient and clairvoyant ®ishis. They are Hinduism’s primary and most authoritative scriptures, expounding life’s sacredness and man’s purpose on the planet. These psalms of wisdom were disclosed over many


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in Sanskrit in the last few millennia. The subtly symbolic language of shruti, the cherished word of God, is lyrical and lofty. In imparting religious practice, rules and doctrine, the Vedas are general and the Agamas 3 ô ^ K + ô -ôõ 3 ôT


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a multiplicity of Gods through elaborate ^ ô


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temples and shrines. The Tirumantiram lauds, “Two are the scriptures that Lord Íiva revealed—the primal Vedas and the perfect Agamas.”


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