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smriti   Term Image (smṛti) Script Image
(Language:  Sanskrit)
Alternate Spellings: smrti
Short Description: Literally, "what is remembered;" classical texts that perpetuate and prolong the scriptural texts of divine revelation (śruti).
Long Description: Literally, "what is remembered;" in Hinduism, a category of sacred writings understood to be part of inspired tradition, but not directly revealed, including the Upavedas ("branches of the Vedas"), the Vedāṃgas ("limbs of the Vedas"), the Śāstras (classical "textbooks"), the Purāṇas (mythological tales), and the epics Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata; in contrast to shruti (śruti).
Source(s): The Fullness of God: Frithjof Schuon on Christianity, by Frithjof Schuon, edited by Dr. James S. Cutsinger
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Related Terms: shruti
Provided By: Dictionary of Spiritual Terms