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Sruti include the Vedas (Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva) and the Bhagavad Gita. Each of the four Vedas consists of four parts: Samhitas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas, and Upanishads.
means "that which is remembered." Smriti scriptures are derived from the Vedas and are considered to be of human origin and not of divine origin.
They were written to explain and elaborate the Vedas, making them understandable and more meaningful to the general population.
All authoritative writings outside the Vedas are collectively referred to as Smriti. The stories and descriptions of the various regions of the earth and the various civilizations living on the "seven continents" provide priceless documentation on the world's oldest civilization." tells us that 'the importance of Indian literature as a whole consists of its originality.
They probed the human frame, and perfected a system of medicine for the welfare of the body, evolved the science of Yoga for the health of the mind, and the Tantra Shastra to develop the psychic and esoteric forces latent in man's being.Such is the nature-worship of the Rig Veda, such were the gods and goddesses whom our forefathers worshipped more than four thousand years ago on the banks of the Saraswati.The conception of the nature-gods and the single-hearted fervency with which they were adored, argue the simplicity and vigor of a manly race, as well as the culture and thoughtfulness of a people who had already made a considerable progress in civilization.Smriti inlcude the Dharma Shastras, Nibhandas, Puranas, The Epics, Agamas or Tantras, Darshanas and Vedangas (Upa Vedas). When the Greeks towards the end of the fourth century B. came to the north-west, the Indians had already worked out a national culture of their own, unaffected by foreign influence.
According to Alain Danielou distingused Orientalist, " The Puranas provide genealogies, which go back to the sixth millennium B. The Vedas and the Upanishads are to India what the Crown and Scepter are to an anointed king.
They brought out Dharma Sastras to guide man's conduct in society, Grihya Sutras to guide the conduct of house-holders, and a unique science, Meemamsa, prescribing sacrificial lore for the attainment of individual and national prosperity.