A Catechism of the Shaiva Religion
In order that we might be able to represent him, and to serve and praise him, he assumed a concrete form, and concentrated all his divine grace in the supreme Shakti, who constitutes his left side. In this form he is known by the name of Kailasapati, -‘the lord of the sacred hill Kailasa.’ Moreover, in order to accomplish the three divine functions of creation, preservation, and final destruction, he exists in the three forms of Brahma, Vishnu, and Rudra.
How may we learn the nature of the Supreme Being, the nature of the world, and the right way to worship God?
From the Vedas, the Agamas, the Puranas, and the Shastras.
Which are the Vedas.
They are four in number; 1. The Rig, 2, the Taittriya or Yajur, 3. the Sama, and 4. the Atharvana.
Are there any other Vedas besides these?
Yes: the four supplementary Vedas, called, 1. The Ayur, 3. The Dhanur, 2. The Ardha, 4. The Gandharbha. and also the six subordinate Vedas, called, 1. Mantra, 4. The Chhandobisidha, 2. The Vyakarana, 5. The Nirukti, 3. The Nighandu, 6. The Jyotisha.
Which are the Agamas?
They are twenty-eight in number. Their names are as follows:- 1. Kamika, 15. Vira, 2. Yogaja, 16. Raurava,