Namaste brothers and sisters. My second(!) post on this fascinating web site. As a Hindu bought up in the west since the age of 5 (now 38), I’ve had very little exposure to Hinduism as a formal subject. Therefore I’ve only had my parents as a guide and felt it necessary to research the holes in their understanding of our religion. I have many questions but I’ll start with the most fundamental. Having stated that I was bought up in a Christian country whose “truth” lay within the writings of The Bible it was natural for me to find equivalent within our cannon, and I’ve been captivated by the writings of the Veda’s/Upanishads/Mahabharata ect, some great stories and vivid observations on the fabric of life. But recently I’ve come across these two quotes and would like to set a discussion on the true centre on individual truth and knowledge they are: - Therefore (from what I have gathered) knowledge can only be found from within ones self and not from “lower knowledge” gained from rituals and scriptures. This is very unlike the followers of The Bible or The Qu’ran or Torah where they exist as the literal word of God. Now to my question (phew!). Is it possible to be a devout true believer/follower of the Hindu faith without recourse to any scriptures as implied above? Peace to you all.