It is said in Bhagavad Geeta, that we should live our life according to scriptural injunctions. What scriptures should we follow exactly? Where are the regulated principles laid out?

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    this is a very broad question.. in Kali Yuga, to start with, chant Bhagavan's names (Krishna, Rama, Govinda) continuously.
    – ram
    Commented May 19, 2017 at 20:44
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    They are laid out in the Gita itself. So you can start with that. Commented May 19, 2017 at 22:21
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    Dharma Sastras provide way/rules of living.
    – Pandya
    Commented May 20, 2017 at 2:44
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    @RohitSinghRathore If Dharma Shastras run contrary to the sensibilities of modern society, that is a condemnation of modern society, not a condemnation of the Dharma Shastras. Commented May 20, 2017 at 3:45
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    @RohitSinghRathore, are you able to see the ill-effects in society of NOT marrying off girls at age of 14 ? i know parents lamenting their hearts out, that their loving girl ran off with some christian or muslim or mleccha or non-dvija guy that she met in college or office, for registered marriage. once people see the tears of such parents who gave 'freedom' to their daughters, then they come to understand why shastras laid down these rules. It doesn't mean only girls are restricted freedom. Boys are asked to do same thing when they go to Acharya for guru kula (school).
    – ram
    Commented May 20, 2017 at 8:13

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I will answer according to Kashmiri Shaivism because the teachings of Bhagvat Geeta are meant to unite individual consciousness to the universal consciousness which is the ultimate aim in Kashmiri Shaivism (is to unite with Śiva/universe - Shivvyāpti.) This is said in Virupākshapañchākshikā.

Indeed, in the writings of the sages Shuka, Vamadeva, Krishna, Dadhici, and Vainya, identity with the universe is explained to be born of the yoga of identification with the elements. ( Verse 50)

So, any scripture which are meant to unite individual consciousness to universal consciousness should be followed. i.e Shāstras teaching the methods & philosophy to unite with the ultimate reality.

One may read Bhagvat Geeta & Upanishads with non dual commentaries to understand non duality which is prerequisite to unite individual consciousness to the universal consciousness. But I will cite scriptures of Kashmiri Shaivism as I'm answering according to Kashmiri Shaivism. Kashmiri Shaiva scriptures are broadly classified as

  1. Pratyabijna Shāstras - teaches philosophy of Pratyabijna. Non dualism between Shiva & Añu. Pratyabijna Hridyam, Ishvar Pratyabijna, Shiv drishti, Tantrāloka, tantrasāra etc are some Pratyabijna Shāstras.
  2. Spanda Shāstras - Expands content of Shiv Sutras from the point of Shakti. E.g, Spanda Karika or Spanda Sutras.
  3. Āgama Shāstras - Revelation of Shiva. They lay down both principles & practices. E.g, Mālinivijay tantra, Svechcandra tantra, Vijnānabhairav tantra, Rudrayāmala tantra, Shiv Sutras etc.

    Summary verse by achārya Abhinavgupta in his commentary on Bhagvat Geeta.

That all merciful Parāshakti, which blesses all living beings, blossoms & expands in that unitary consciousness called Brahman; therefore, one should strive to attain that highest reality.

  • Don't you think that we need more practical suggestions? Just leading a righteous life is more than enough. Listen to what ur elders say have compassion for every beings, be truthful etc.. That is how we all should be living our lives.
    – Rickross
    Commented May 20, 2017 at 7:04
  • Yes @Rickross this is how we unite individual consciousness to universal consciousness- by purifying chitta & all. Scriptures I've mentioned give upāye to purify chitta to become one with the Shiva. . He had asked scriptures, I've named them. There he would get both principles & practices. Commented May 20, 2017 at 7:10
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    @Rickross elders are not always right... We have dowry, sati, female foeticide. Thanks to elders !! Commented May 20, 2017 at 9:07
  • @RakeshJoshi that's a stupid comment.
    – Rickross
    Commented May 20, 2017 at 10:03
  • @Rickross now also elders are supporting such systems ... want to see? come where i say. Commented May 20, 2017 at 10:05

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