Because Hinduism is made of many varied traditions, not all follow the "Agama Shastra," but most do. Most sections of the collection are ancient and are clearly pre-Vedic, but others are dated later.
The "Agama Shastra" is one of many agamas, which is composed of four padas, or "parts":
- Jnana pada, which describes the philosophy and worldview.
- Yoga pada, which describes the mental and physical practices that lead to unification with higher consciousness.
- Kriya pada, which lays out details for worship and temple construction.
- Charya pada, which describes rules and code of conduct for worship.