refers to numerous and varied scriptures pertaining to any of several esoteric traditions.
“That which is heard,” the most sacred core of Brahmanic literature.
“That which is remembered,” secondary level of sacred writings that derive from revelation but are composed by human authors.
Ancient Brahmanic ritual poems and hymns.
A collection of over 1,000 sanskrit hymns, the liturgical handbook of early hotar priests, the oldest portion of Brahmanic “revealed” (Shruti) sacred literature.
This is merely a rearranged version of the Rig-Veda
Contains instructions on ritual
This contains spells and incantations
Commentaries on the Vedas stressing the potency of Brahmanic ritual for control over gods, nature, and humankind
Contains mystical and philosophical material and explications of esoteric rites.
There are 13 major ones; the idea of sitting at the feet of a guru while he recites these to you; but now they are written; aim of understanding the truly real.
Mahabharata; Bhagavad Gita
Popular epics, collections of stories and poems about favorite sectarian gods and sages
Concept of Dharma (your personal duty); Caste, diet, government, Laws of Manu
basic teachings of the six separate schools
Writings and commentaries
Often about the sutras because of hard to interpret they are. Or are the actually new lines of thought.
Four different schools of commentaries
Deal with human attempts to harness divine power.
Sectarian scriptures of what the best way to be Hindu is.