A Glimpse on Smrithi

A Glimpse on Smrithi

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Item Code: NAC594
Author: E.T Sankaran Kutty
Publisher: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 8172763883
Pages: 156
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 7.3 Inch X 4.8 Inch
Weight 100 gm
Back of the Book

The author having reproduced stories from the ‘Itihaas’ (Mahabharata and Raamayana) or Puranas’ (ancient legends) or ‘Dharmasastras’ (Smrithi and so on), quotes interesting anecdotes to introduce our culture to the younger generation. Proper guidance and detailed explanations would further enhance the inherent spiritual values of our people. Anyone can read this book to delve deep into the ancient days and appreciate the greatness of our culture.

E T Sankaran Kutty, born in 1937 in Madras, descends from a well-known family of Palghat, Kerala.

He graduated from the University of Madras with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, joined Indian Overseas Bank, Chennai, as an Officer and retired as Assistant General Manager in 1997 after more than three decades of tireless service. To fulfill his spiritual quest and thirst, he started writing on Hinduism after his retirement.


The scriptures of Sanatana Dharma or Hinduism are of two classes, namely Smrithi and Sruthi. If Sruthi is meant for a select class of people like priests and ‘Bramacharya’ students for recital; Smtithi, is meant for people in the low stage of spiritual evolution who like to either read them by themselves and to others; or hear others reading them. Thereby, their emotional inclinations as well their devotional aspirations are catered to and stirred up by reading the book.

These compositions of the great Rishis are of diverse nature. In these scriptures, the spiritual truths are described in various ways like stories and incidents, dialogues and anecdotes, in a practical way, with a human touch or in a life-like background. Unlike the Sruthi scriptures, the Smrithi scriptures appeal to play significant roles in stirring up their emotions, in activating their intellect and also in energising their actions, in their spiritual march.

Presented in this book, are excerpts from epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita and the Puranas, which contain values of Dharma, eternal truths and principles of high order. An endeavour to provide young readers of today a touch of the Smrithi scriptures in a capsule form, has been ventured on the hope that they would Paid the book handy for meeting their requirements and eventually help them to ascend to the highest rugs of understanding the spiritual realms.


Preface v
Part I: Forms of God 1
Avathar or Incarnation
Avathar or Incarnation as per Srimad Bhagavatham
Various Classification of Incarnations
Guna Avathar or Qualitative Incarnations
Caturvyuhas/Chaturmurthi or Emanations
Manvantara Avathar or Era Incarnations
Lilavathar or Past-time Incarnations
Part II: Vedic Literature 19
Names of Scriptures at a Glance
Part III: Sastras or Scriptures 25
Part IV: Epic – The Raamaayana 29
About Sage Valmiki
About Raamaayana
Biodata of Sree Raama
Part V: The Mahabharatha of the History of Great Bharath 41
Words about Mahabharatha
Some Extracts from the Mahabharatha
Short Introduction to: The Bhagavad Geetha
The Greatness of Bhagavad Geetha
Glories of Bhagavan – First Person- Singular
Sri Vishnu Sahasranama
Various Other Saharasranamam(s)
Part VI: Purana: Ancient Sacred Legend 92
Short Introduction to Bhagavad Purana
More About Srimad Bhagvatham or Beautiful Bhagavatham
Selections from Bhagvad Purana
Puranas- Who recited what and to whom
Some Teachings of the Puranas
Biodata of Sri Krishna
Part VII: Smrithi Echoes Sruthi!135
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