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Hinduism is a religious tradition that originated in the Indian subcontinent. Hinduism is often referred to as Sanatana Dharma by its practitioners, a Sanskrit phrase meaning "the eternal law". Dr. Radhakrishnan notes: "Hinduism is not just a faith. It is the union of reason and intuition that can not be defined but is only to be experienced. Evil and error are not ultimate. There is no Hell, for that means there is a place where God is not, and there are sins which exceed his love".

The Rudra-Gita is contained in Slokas 16-79 of chapter 24 of Skandha IV of Srimad Bhagavata, and chapters 70-72 of Varaha-purana.
The Angirasa legend and the Vritra my-thus are the two principal parables of the Rig-veda. They occur and recur everywhere.
The Dasyus stand in opposition to both the Aryan gods and the Aryan seers. The gods are born of Aditi in the Supreme Truth of things.
In the Rig-veda, the story of the Angirasas, Indra and Sarama, the cave of the Panis and the conquest of the Dawn, the Sun and the Cows is a struggle between the seekers of Light and the powers of Darkness.
To master the Vedic conception of the Truth and the discovery of the illuminations of the Dawn by the primeval Fathers, there is need to fix the identity of Sarama and the exact function of Panis, the two issues closely related to each other.
The hymns addressed by the great Rishi Vamadeva to the divine Flame, to the Seer-Will, Agni are among the most mystic in expression in the Rig-veda.
The characteristics of the Angirasa Rishis seem, at first sight, to indicate that they are, in the Vedic system, a class of demi-gods. In their outward aspect, they appear personifications or rather personalities of the Light, the Voice and the Flame. In their inner aspect, they appear to be powers of the Truth who second the gods in their battles.
The language of the hymns establishes a double aspect for the Angirasa Rishis. One belongs to the external garb of the Veda. It weaves together its naturalistic imagery of the Sun, the Flame, the Dawn, the Cow, the Horse, the Wine, and the sacrificial Hymn.
The name Angirasa occurs in the Veda in two different forms, Angira and Angirasa. The latter is the more common of the two. We have the name Angirasa applied to Brhaspati more than once.
The conquest of the Sun and the Dawn is a frequent subject of allusion in the hymns of the Rig-veda. Sometimes it is the finding of Surya, sometimes the finding or conquest of Swar, the world of Surya.