A Hindu religious text containing traditional teachings on religion, such as the Mahabharata.
- ‘Neither shastras nor smritis suggest that there exists an immutable, universal moral doctrine.’
- ‘There are different views among Hindus about which scriptures are shruti and which fall into the other important category of sacred literature, smriti, that which is remembered or handed down.’
- ‘Smarta means a follower of classical smriti, particularly the Dharma Shastras, Puranas and Itihasas.’
- ‘The Dharma Shastras are smritis, written by men who had vested interests and enforced as laws.’
- ‘‘JUSTICE, being destroyed,’ Manu wrote in his famous smriti, ‘will destroy; being preserved, it will preserve; therefore, it must never be violated.’’
From Sanskrit smṛti remembrance.