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The Devotional Literature
The Bhagwat Gita contains the teachings of Lord Krishna to Shri Arjuna in the middle of bhagvat geetabattle field about the meaning of true self, renunciation of work, the true nature of karma, the three qualities, the true nature of God, the definition of a true devotee and so many other things. The book has profoundly influenced many generations of Hindus and still plays a significant role in moulding the lives of many modern day Hindus.

The two major epics are the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. They are mythological stories of a very ancient past about whose antiquity and real historical basis no one is really sure. They are a part of the Smriti tradition.

As religious books they occupy a special place of their own in the minds of Hindus. For centuries they have been rendering great service to the cause of Hinduism by spreading religious awareness among the multitude of Hindu masses in a language and medium which they can understand.

In a way one may even conclude that it was neither the Vedas nor the Upanishads but these two epics which kept the religion alive and dynamic at the mass level. It is no exaggeration to say that even today these two epics appeal to Hindus of all ages more than any Veda or Upanishad combined.Lord Shiva Any religious study of Hinduism, without a study and understanding of these two great epics is therefore incomplete and imperfect. Other principle sacred texts of Hinduism include the Saiva Agamas which are treatises on the greatness of Lord Shiva and His various aspects and Vaishnava Samhitas which deal with the worship of Lord Vishnu and His various forms, Bhagavata Purana which is considered to be very sacred by the followers of Vishnu, and the tantras, which deal with the worship of Shakti or Mother Goddess.

Hinduism was also greatly influenced by the works of later day scholars such as Shri Shankaracharya who provided commentaries on many Upanishads, brought the Vedic knowledge back to the forefront through his various works and tireless efforts and breathed life into sagging traditions.

Other prominent personalities who deserve to be mentioned are the works of Shri Ramanuja, the works of the Alvars, Shri Ramananda, Shri Vallabhacharya, Shri Nimbarka, Shri Tulsidas etc.tulsi das During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the works of Swami Dayananda Saraswathi, the teachings of Shri Ramakrishna Paramahans, Swami Vivekanada, Shri Ramana Maharshi, Shri Aurobindo and many such great Masters are worth mentioning. Through their teachings and actions they provided inspiration and guidance to millions of Hindus all over the world and helped them in finding the true greatness of their ancient traditions.
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