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We have heard the terms #Shruti and #Smriti in Vedic literature. What are they?
The ancient Vedic literature is largely divided into two sections, one called “Shruti” and the other “Smriti”. Shruti is often considered the original knowledge of self or brahman, making it the
ultimate authority in Hinduism, whereas Smriti is the interpretation given to Shruti by great sages of the time.
In Sanskrit, the word ‘Shruti’ means ‘what is heard’. Sru means to hear. Iti mean thus. Sruti means thus heard. Srutam is the object of hearing. Srotha means
the audience, or those who hear a speech. In a religious or spiritual sense, Shruti means the knowledge which was heard by revelation. The Vedas are considered Shruti because they were originally heard from God by the Vedic seers who then transmitted it to to their successors and
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Thanks ICP for publishing this essay on #Ritamic Decision Policy. Into year-3 of this series, this post summarizes manthan, research and study of the Vedic origins of sustainable decision policy and strategy, with contemporary examples all can relate to.
Post focuses on sustainable policy to make not one, but a series of interconnected decisions over time.

Can ideas of Vedanta be applied here?
short ans: Y.

Content is of interest to those making gov or private policy, designers, startups, #Ganita/stem students, young parents.
The post is divided into 7 sections with links to each at the top. Those who simply want a easy-to-remember idea of Ritamic decision policy can go to the examples- read how Air India altered its DEL-SFO route in harmony with Ritam.…
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#Constitution #Smriti #Dharmashastra

A lot of discussion about Constitution and Smriti in the last two days.

Obviously, it is a Category Mistake to compare the two, technically.

Yet, I am sympathetic of people indulging in this comparison. This thread is to explain why.

Let us begin by understanding the difference between the two. That will also help us to understand why the Confusion.

1. Smriti-s are an elucidation of the Purushartha perspective. It is a Dharma-Artha-Kama-Moksha enterprise. For the individual, the community and the State.

The Constitution is merely the Philosophy of the Modern State & a Book of Law based on that. Minimally a philosophy, maximally Law and adequately an institutional framework for the two.

It is an administrative Contract between the State & the Society, rather the individual.

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#Thread - slightly longer one on #Kula, #Jati, #Varna and the Traditional View covering history and traditional thought.

And some musings on the #Smriti -s

Among the three

- Kula was the most real and coherent entity
- Jati was an aggregate of Kula-s
- Varna was the characteristic of an aggregate of Jati-s. It was more a perspective or View.

Will elaborate on Varna later in the thread.

The organization of Kula was around a “Profession” and a custom designed Tradition/Sampradaya from the larger Hindu Philosophy.

A Kula always moved together because it was minimally self-contained for the “Purushartha Practice” in that Profession

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