Religious Glossary - common terms used related to Religion
Vedas - Most ancient Hindu scriptures, composed of
hymns to various deities. There are four collections of theses
hymns, known as Rigveda, Samaveda, Yajurveda and Atharveda.
"Veda" means knowledge or wisdom. The Vedas are the sacred
and most ancient scriptures of the Hindus. Orthodox Hindus
believe that the Vedas are the result of direct divine revelation;
they are considered the final authority in all spiritual matters.
There are four Vedas: the Rik, Yajur, Sama, and Atharva. Each
Veda consists of a ritual or "work" portion, and the philosophical
or "knowledge" portion, known as the Upanishads. (vedanta)
The most sacred Hindu scriptures, regarded as revealed by
God. They contain hymns in praise of God, sacrificial prayer
and sacrificial ceremonies and the mystic teachings of the
ancient sages. The four Vedas are the Rigveda, Yajurveda,
Samveda and Atharvaveda. (senatan)
The Vedas (also referred to as Vedam) are part of the Hindu
Shruti; these religious scriptures form part of the core of
the Brahminical and Vedic traditions within Hinduism and are
the inspirational, metaphysical and mythological foundation
for later Vedanta, Yoga, Tantra and even Bhakti forms of Hinduism.
In Sanskrit the word means Knowledge or Truth, and is cognate
with the word "wisdom" in English. (wikipedia)