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Buddhist Legends VOL I-III

Posted on | November 10, 2017 | No Comments

Buddhist LegendsBuddhist Legends VOL I-III consists of a direct translations from the original Dhammapada Commentary Pali texts. The translations where made by various scholars at Yale University in during 1917 and 1918 and the work was published in the USA in 1921. The collection features hundreds of stories about great saints, human stupidity, parables similar to those of the Bible, animal stories which may remind you of Æsops fables and cryptic stories reminiscent of Sufi stories. Not the least, because you can easily read these books just for the pleasure of reading folktales, the books contains the words of the Buddha and his followers in the form of discussions and similes.

BUDDHIST LEGENDS VOL I-III
Buddhist Legends VOL I-III consists of a direct translations from the original Dhammapada Commentary Pali texts.
Written by: Various
Published by: Harvard University Press (Cambridge, Mass.)
Edition: Ver. 1.1 inc. Introduction, September, 2015
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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Motivation and Personality

Posted on | September 26, 2017 | No Comments

Motivation and Personality by Maslow PDFMotivation and Personality by Abraham H. Maslow is one of his major works. It was first published in 1954 and it has become a classic, most known for Maslow’s outline of the hierarchical pyramid of human needs, which became a mainstay in the understanding of human nature. At the time it was published it created a revolution in the way the western world understood child care and the later consequences of failing to provide a safe, nurturing environment for children.

Motivation and Personality
Motivation and Personality has become a classic, most known for Maslow’s outline of the hierarchical pyramid of human needs.
Written by: Abraham H. Maslow
Published by: Harper & Row,Publishers, Inc.
Edition: First
ISBN: 978-8131711491
Available in: Ebook

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The Book of Jasher

Posted on | August 30, 2017 | 1 Comment

TThe Book of Jasher PDFhe Book of Jasher is also known as the Book of the Just Man or the Book of the Upright and it is one of the non-canonical books referenced in the Bible. It is mentioned in the Bible the following places in Joshua 10:13:

“And the Sun stood still, and the Moon stayed,until the people had avenged themselves on their enemies.Is this not written in the Book of the Upright.”

The Book of Jasher is also mentioned in Samuel 1:18 and also referenced in Timothy 3:8 therefore it must have been an important work. We can not be sure if this book is the real Book of Jasher. If it is, it gives us many details that are not recorded in the Bible. However the publisher claims that this is the real deal and he attempts to document how entire parts ot the Bible might have been copied directly from the Book of Jasher. The publisher explains the complexity of the question of the origin of the work:

“I have in my possession a copy of Sefer Hayasher – The Book Of The Righteous, edited and translated by Seymour J. Cohen. Its introduction cites several other “Books of Jasher”, some of which are no longer known to be in existence, such as that by Zerahiah Ha-Yevani of the 13th century. There is also known to have been one written by Rabbi Jacob ben Mier of the 12th century, and one by Rabbi Jonah ben Abraham of Gerona of the 14th century. We are told of a work by that title from the Amoraim period (3rd to 6th centuries) that is characterized as containing “for the most part sayings of the sages of the first and second centuries”. So, this title has been a popular one for rabbinical writings, but most are clearly not intended to have been passed off as the book mentioned in the Bible and to this comes the frauds.  One version has been republished by the Rosicrucian Order. It claims to have been discovered by Flaccus Albinus Alcuinus, Abbot of Canterbury in the 8th century, while on a pilgrimage…”

Read more about the controversies, history and vindication of this version of the Book of Jasher in the foreword.

The Book of Jasher
The Book of Jasher is also known as the Book of the Just Man or the Book of the Upright
Written by: Unknown
Published by: J.H. PARRY & COMPANY
Edition: First English
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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Consciousness Studies

Posted on | August 24, 2017 | No Comments

Consciousness Studies Free PDF e-book

Consciousness Studies – a Wikibook. It is often said that consciousness cannot be defined. This is not true; philosophers have defined it in its own terms for centuries. Consciousness can be described in terms of two principal components: firstly phenomenal consciousness which consists of our experience with things laid out in space and time, sensations, emotions, thoughts, etc., and secondly access consciousness which is the processes that act on the things in experience. Phenomenal consciousness is much like the “perceptual space” of psychological and physiological research. It is the many simultaneous events that become the space of experience in general and it is now a legitimate target of scientific research.

This is a “Wikibook” and it describes how leading schools have dealt with the problems of consciousness up through history in philosophy and religions. It also gives an insight into the most recent research in consciousness and how it is used in the work with artificial intelligence and neural networks.

Consciousness Studies
Consciousness Studies explains how leading schools have dealt with the problems of consciousness up through history in philosophy and religions.
Written by: Various
Published by: Wikibooks
Date Published: 03/19/2013
Edition: First
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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History of Greek Philosophy VOL I-II

Posted on | August 22, 2017 | No Comments

History of Greek Philosophy VOL I-II Free PDF

History of Greek Philosophy is an immense work in two volumes about ancient Greek philosophy. It (Philosophie der Griechen) was written in German by Dr. E. Zeller a professor at the University of Berlin, this is the English translation published in England in 1881. The work is one of the most successful and ambitious attempts at dealing with the entire Greek philosophical tradition as a whole. The authors general idea is that Greek philosophy gains immeasurably by being studied in the order of its development. The first chapters discusses the sources of Greek philosophy and the connections to the Orient. Before the chronological examination of the single periods of time and the major Greek philosophers we are also given lectures on the ethics of the early Greek societies and the basic cosmological understanding in ancient Greece. I am sorry that the scannings are of such low quality.

You might also be interested in our complete works of Aristotle and Plato

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The Notion of Growth

Posted on | August 2, 2017 | No Comments

The Notion of Growth free PDFThe Notion of Growth describes a path to discover a world within us that becomes the more fascinating the deeper we venture into it. It is a path described in the ancient sutras path to the center of our consciousness which has never been described in this clarity and practicability in our time. It is independent of any philosophical orientation or faith. It is a path to experience the majesty, the grandeur, the infinite breadth of our existence, which everyone does sense within himself.

The objective of this path is not the annihilation of our individual existence in a faceless enlightenment, nirvana, satori or brahman. It isn’t even the insight into the fundamental mechanisms of this world. The real objective of this path is an ever growing comprehensive, loving understanding, – a love-filled expansion of our being that unfolds more with every single step, yet never violates or annihilates our individuality.

Sutras and their interpretation through commentaries originated in times when knowledge was learnt by heart and handed down orally from generation to generation. Sutras therefore were kept as brief as possible. They were governed by precise rules which for example defined the weight of a word by its position alone. To keep knowledge pure, even the commentators followed exact rules. This method worked with such precision that highly complex information conceived thousands of years ago reached our present times with hardly any distortion. To make this knowledge accessible to a wide audience, a modern commentary accompanies the ancient text.

The Notion of Growth
The Notion of Growth describes a path to discover a world within us.
Written by: Hermann Kuhn
Published by: CROSSWIND PUBLISHING
Edition: First
ISBN: 3-9806211-5-4
Available in: Ebook

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Ganadharavada

Posted on | July 31, 2017 | No Comments

Ganadharavada PDF Ganadharavada is an important philosophical book, which gives an insight into a number of problems of Indian philosophy from different points of view. It features profound discussions between different schools. For instance we find references to controversies and divergent views in the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Jaina Agamas and the Buddhist Pitakas from an ancient time when there was an open and intelligent and thoughtful atmosphere among leading scholars frem various directions. This book has been written so that people may read it and understand the meaning of the tattvas relating to the soul, the karmas, the five elements, rebirth, bondage, deliverance etc. and so they may understand the phenomenon of the Universe and attain the liberations from samsara.

Ganadharavada
Ganadharavada is an important philosophical which gives an insight into a number of problems of Indian philosophy.
Written by: Esther A. Solomon M.A., Ph.D.
Published by: Hariprasad Gangashankar Shastri
Edition: First Edition - Copies 750
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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Theory of Karman in Indian Thought

Posted on | July 17, 2017 | No Comments

Theory of Karman in Indian ThoughtThe problem of suffering and diversity of human nature is a great riddle which has been discussed widely in the eastern spiritual traditions for thousands of years. This book, the Theory of Karman in Indian Thought, outlines how the different schools have worked with the problem of Karma from the Upanishads, the Tantric sects to the ancient Jain scholars. The Jainas for instance call for the extinction of karma as essential to the attainment of salvation. The Buddhists interpreted karma strictly in terms of ethical cause and effect. Chapter I deals with Vedas and Dharmasastras to find out the mystery of karman. Chapter II describes Karman in Agama and Tantra. Chapter III gives the concept of karman in the Epics. Chapter IV mentions karman in the Puranas. Chapter V gives the description of karma as found in various systems of Indian philosophy. Chapters VI and VII tell us respectively about karman in Buddhism and Jainism.

Theory of Karman in Indian Thought
Different schools have worked with the problem of Karma from the Upanishads, the Tantric sects to the ancient Jain scholars.
Written by: Dr. Koshelya Walli
Published by: BHARATA MANISHA
Edition: First
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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The Zen of Love

Posted on | July 3, 2017 | No Comments

The Zen of Love Free PDF e-book

The Zen of Love with the subtitle Discover your own awakened heart, is a spiritual guidebook explaining the inexplicable: how the unified vision of
self-realization interfaces with the world of separation and duality, or how the One of Unity and the many of separation merge through the power and presence of Love. In down-to-earth, tell-it-like-it-is language, examples, and exercises, the author makes simple this seemingly impossible and complex task of using the language of duality to reveal the transcendent unifying power of Love. The beauty of this book is that its content is understandable, meaningful, and inspiring to any reader, whether advanced or beginning on the spiritual path, or journey Home. The Zen of Love is published here with the permission of the author.

THE ZEN OF LOVE
A spiritual guidebook explaining the inexplicable: how the unified vision of self-realization interfaces with the world of separation and duality
Written by: Peter Cutler
Published by: N-lightenment LLC
Edition: First
ISBN: 978-1540794796

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The One Step Path

Posted on | June 30, 2017 | 4 Comments

The One Step Path Free PDF e-book

The One Step Path is a remarkable little book with the single aim, to open your mind to a different perspective. It should be read with the intent of it being the last book you ever read. It is written to the one who, with deep sincerity, seeks conclusion of all illusion, vexation and suffering. For that person the Path to Reality and Liberation is revealed in one single step.

This different perspective is: What if everything you think you are – every way in which you describe yourself – is not your True Self, but an illusion, an apparition, a fictional character manufactured by the mind and having no existence apart from the mind? What if everything you think, and therefore your entire subjective experience of Life, is itself, just a certain perspective? What if a slight shift in this perspective could bring about a profound change of experience?

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Secret Magic Spells of the Romany Gypsies

Posted on | June 27, 2017 | No Comments

Money, health, love and power. With this book you will learn how the gypsies used and still are using spells to attract good fortune. According to the Secret Magic Spells of the Romany Gypsies the gypsies were skilled and experienced in the art of magick. The book claims that these spells actually works and are very effective and therefore should be treated with respect. The gypsies have always guarded their customs and traditions, none the less their magick tools, which is told to be very old. Most of the spells presented in this book have their origin from the Sanskrit or Prakit languages, spoken by the ancestors to the modern day gypsies in Europe. The ancestors are believed to have wandered out of India around A.D. 1300.

Secret Magic Spells of the Romany Gypsies
The gypsies have always guarded their customs and traditions, none the less their magick tools,
Written by: C. McGiolla Cathain and M. McGrath
Published by: FINBARR INTERNATIONAL
Edition: First
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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Buddhism Of Tibet Or Lamaism

Posted on | May 17, 2017 | No Comments

Buddhism Of Tibet Or LamaismBuddhism Of Tibet Or Lamaism is a classic work on Tibetan Buddhism as practiced by its monks and hermits. For many years this was the most adequate source of reliable information about Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism in the western world. The author, Major L. A. Waddell, learned the Tibetan language in order to fulfill his project and he joined the British Tibet expedition in 1903. The book is richly illustrated and the author seems to be especially interested in how the pre-buddhism occult traditions of Tibet has been incorporated in the numerous Buddhist sects in modern Tibet. This documentation has influenced a number of western esoteric thinkers and authors such as Israel Regardie, Cornelius Agrippa, Pietro d’Abano, and Eliphas Levi, etc.

Buddhism Of Tibet Or Lamaism
A classic work on Tibetan Buddhism as practiced by its monks and hermits.
Written by: Major L. A. Waddell
Published by: W. H. ALLEN & CO. LIMITED
Edition: First
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga and Kriya

Posted on | May 8, 2017 | No Comments

Yoga and KriyaA Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga and Kriya is Swami Satyananda Saraswati’s impressive and adequate work on yoga and tantra. The techniques unfolded here are handed down over the centuries from guru to disciple and have their foundation in the ancient Vedic traditions. The book presents a synthesis of the various paths of yoga in a scientific and systematic manner to ensure the harmonious development and unfoldment of every aspect of the individual. The different branches – hatha yoga, raja yoga, mantra yoga, karma yoga, bhakti yoga, jnana yoga and kriya yoga – are progressively introduced with special emphasis on practice and application in day to day life. Through the practice of integral yoga this PDF e-book aims to develop in the aspirant a state of perfect body health, peace of mind and mental stability, perfect intellectual clarity and higher spiritual knowledge and awareness, a state where one is both useful to himself and to mankind. It contains the essence of Swami Satyananda’s teachings and in this respect is an ideal single source of information for both teachers and students alike.

A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga and Kriya
This book presents a synthesis of the various paths of yoga in a scientific and systematic manner to ensure the harmonious development and unfoldment of every aspect of the individual.
Written by: Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Published by: Yoga Publications Trust, Munger, Bihar, India
Edition: Third English version
ISBN: 81-85787-08-5
Available in: Ebook

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Tantra yoga, Nada yoga and Kriya yoga

Posted on | April 30, 2017 | No Comments

Tantra yoga, Nada yoga and Kriya yogaTantra yoga, Nada yoga and Kriya yoga is hallmark of Sri Swami Sivanandas teachings. The introduction to the yogas are highly practical and also serves as an inspiration for the reader to establish a regular practice of doing he sadhanas.  Sri Swami Sivananda wrote 296 books on various topics centering about Hinduism, Vedanta, spirituality, yoga and psychology. He established the organisation The Divine Life Society, now an international foundation with several ashrams and devotes around the world.  You can find lots of other books by Sivananda here on the site, do a search.

Tantra yoga, Nada yoga and Kriya yoga
Tantra yoga, Nada yoga and Kriya yoga is hallmark of Sri Swami Sivanandas teachings.
Written by: Sri Swami Sivananda
Published by: The Yoga-Vedanta Forest University
Edition: First
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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Polygamy in Islam – The Rationale and Laws Behind

Posted on | April 15, 2017 | 2 Comments

Polygamy in Islam – The Rationale and Laws Behind. This is one of just a couple books in English on the both widespread and controversial culture of polygamy in Islam. As the subtitle suggests it aims at describing the historical background, arguing for instance that early Christians were polygamous, and legal practices as used throughout the Muslim world. The authors states that they are not promoting polygamy be the lifestyle for every Muslim, and that the practice of polygamy relationship is surely not only a bed of roses:

This material was not put together in defense of polygamy, for Allah has already confirmed the right to do so as clearly stated in the Quraan: “Marry of the women that please you; two, three or four, but if you fear that you will not be able to deal justly, then only one. Polygamy is a complicated aspect of marriage in Islam in which the welfare of the community supersedes the desires of the individual (woman). Nowadays, polygamy is usually viewed as a right that man has but should not take, or as a law that is outmoded and in need of being abolished. Muslims often attempt to hide it or apologize for its existence. There is no need to hide or apologize but there is a need for those who have decided to adopt it as a lifestyle to try and handle it in the best possible way.

This book contains basic guidelines for anyone interested in understanding the rights and obligations of males and females in Islamic plural marriages. The guidelines have been drawn from the Quraan, Hadeeth, the sayings and actions of the Prophet and the opinions of Islamic scholars.

I did a couple of simple fact checks on the book. For example it states that women outnumber men at birth, and uses this fact to further support Islamic polygamy. However, this is not true: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_sex_ratio.

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When I stumbled across this book, I couldn’t help thinking about the Ike and Tina Turner song where the chorus goes: “You think you’re too much man for one woman, but you’re not enough for two.” It’s good, it’s here:

Amrtacandrasuris Laghutattvasphota

Posted on | April 14, 2017 | No Comments

The Cosmic Man - A Jain representation of the universe in the shape of a man.

The Cosmic Man – A Jain representation of the universe in the shape of a man.

Amrtacandrasuris Laghutattvasphota is tenth-century poem in the stotra genre, consisting of 625 verses divided into 25 chapters each describing unique exposition of reality also called nayas which corresponds to a step on the path. According to the Jain tradition, reality has an infinite number of aspects. The world only appears to be consistent and unified within our individual viewpoints, but we are incapable of grasping the entirety of reality. But of course there is a hack..

This is not an easy read. In the form of poems Amrtacandrasuri guides the reader through concepts such as “empty-nonempty”, “eternalt-noneternal”, “being-nonbeing” etc. I highly recommend this excellent Wikipedia article about the Jain concept of reality: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jainism_and_non-creationism

Amrtacandrasuris Laghutattvasphota
A tenth-century poem in the stotra genre, consisting of 625 verses divided into 25 chapters.
Written by: Amrtacandrasuri
Published by: L.D. Institure of Indology Ahmedabad
Edition: First English
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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Posted on | April 13, 2017 | No Comments

vFinally Holybooks.com is on Twitter, please also join us there: https://twitter.com/wwwholybookscom

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The Free Soul

Posted on | April 8, 2017 | No Comments

The Free Soul PDFThe Free Soul is another free e-book from Wayne Wirs, published here on his request. The free e-book is a shorter version, 82 pages, of his other work Mystical Oneness and the Nine Aspects of Being. The book deals with enlightenment and it requirements, with the hard work and the carefree attitude needed. It also has chapters about the nature of the soul and discussions about death, reincarnation, consciousness etc. including cases and some interesting descriptions of Waynes past four lives. One of his main points is that the seeker must learn and accept that nothing is permanent, from the book:

The lesson of impermanence—the lesson of the soul—is that you will forget all of this. You will forget being bullied as a child. You will forget your first kiss. You will forget the argument that drove your spouse away. You will forget your wedding. You will forget this moment. You will forget this moment. Knowing that practically everything is impermanent—leads to the silver lining: Every moment, every interaction, is a gift—a gift you will soon forget.

The Free Soul
The Free Soul is free e-book from Wayne Wirs, published here on his request. The free e-book is a shorter version, 82 pages, of his other work Mystical Oneness and the Nine Aspects of Being.
Written by: Wayne Wirs
Published by: Wayne Wirs
Edition: First
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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Free Enlightenment

Posted on | March 12, 2017 | 1 Comment

Free EnlightenmentFree Enlightenment by Wayne Wirs was suggested to me by the author yesterday. As the title says the book is free but it is ambiguous. Wayne uses “free” as a term to “remove the bindings and letting something loose in the world”. His explicit aim is to free up the masses and his vision with this book is to show you how.

The book draws on personal experiences and starts out by defining enlightenment:

Enlightenment is the skill of being able to unite the personal and the impersonal on demand.

As often pointed out in other texts on enlightenment and spiritual oneness, the unification of the personal and the impersonal makes all boundaries of self collapse and the result is that everything becomes one thing. This is, as Wayne Wirs points out, a doorway to a completely new way of living and functioning as a human being.

Free Enlightenment
Free Enlightenment takes the reader on a fact based journey towards enlightenment and spiritual unity.
Written by: Wayne Wirs
Published by: Self published by Wayne Wirs
Edition: First
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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Transmutation of Personality through Preksha Meditation

Posted on | February 27, 2017 | No Comments

Transmutation of Personality through Preksha MeditationTransmutation of Personality through Preksha Meditation. Preksha meditation is one of the ways in which that immortal beauty may be observed according to the spiritual way of the Jain tradition. The word ‘preksha’ is generally used in the sense of seeing; but here it is meant as a special technique, which takes the meditator from the gross physical world to the subtle world of the soul; which makes the unknown manifest itself. In fact, it is a method of meditation, the user of which experiences within himself a unique transformation of personality. The Jain tradition has despite a huge catalog of philosophy only a few descriptions for practical work.

Transmutation of Personality through Preksha Meditation
Preksha meditation is one of the ways in which that immortal beauty may be observed according to the spiritual way of the Jain tradition.
Written by: Acharya Tulsi
Published by: Jain Visha Bharati
Edition: First English Edition 1994
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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