The Source of
Teachings : The Vedas, Puranas and Tantras
"The One Truth the sages call by
many names." R.V.I.164.
There are many different forms of
spiritual and religious teachings in the world devised to lead us to
the truth. The Hindu and Vedic teaching contains all possible
varieties of these.
Each religion has its source
teaching. These are usually called scriptures. The Judeo-Christian
teaching has the Bible, Islam the Koran, Buddhism has the Buddha's
Sutras, Taoism has the Tao Teh Ching, Zoroastrianism the Zend Avesta.
The Bible and Koran consist of ancient history, stories and symbolic
teachings. The Buddhist Sutras are mainly the lectures and
discourses of the Buddha and possess a philosophical nature. They
are also a more diverse body than the scriptures of these
other religions. The Tao Teh Ching is the sayings of Lao Tse. The
Zend Avesta consists of the prayers of Zarathustra.
Hinduism does not contain any central
source teaching like these. There is no simple bible or Koran all
must study or follow every day. The ancient Vedas have a similar
position theoretically as scriptures, we might say, but they are
seldom read or understood today, and are a far more diverse set of
teachings from a number of different sources and teachers.