Hindu Sacred Texts
Take from Philip Novak’s
The World’s Wisdom: Sacred Texts of the World’s Religions
“The ritual centerpiece of Aryan religion was a fire sacrifice, a burnt offering to the gods,
performed by priests specially trained to chant sacred hymns.
The hymns themselves
were known as Vedas or “sacred knowledge.”
The Vedas are the scriptural bedrock of
the Hindu tradition….a thousand years later.
..the Upanishads came into being.”
Upanishads contain those aspects of Hinduism such as reincarnation and yoga practices
Also, important is the Bhagavad Gita which contains the story of Krishna
From the Vedas (although polytheistic and containing hymns to various gods, there was
an underlying notion of an all-encompassing metaphysical unity which is seen in the
following creation hymn).
Then even nothingness was not, nor existence.
There was no air then, nor the heavens beyond it.
What covered it?
Where was it?
In whose keeping?
Was there then a cosmic water, in depths unfathomed?
Then there were neither death nor immortality,
Nor was there then the torch of night and day.
The One breathed windlessly and self-sustaining.
There was that One then, and there was no other.
At first there was only darkness wrapped in darkness.
All this was only unillumined water.
That One which came to be, enclosed in nothing,
Arose at last, born of the power of heat.
In the beginning desire descended on it –
That was the primal seed, born of the mind.
The sages who have searched their hearts with wisdom
Know that which is, is kin to that which is not.
But, after all, who knows, and who can say
Whence it all came, and how creation happened?
The gods themselves are later than cration,
So who knows truly whence it has arisen?
Whence all creation had its origin,
He, whether he fashioned it or whether he did not,
He, who surveys it all from highest heaven,
He knows – or maybe even he does not know.