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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.

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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 | 2 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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Join Holybooks.com on Twitter

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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Sanmati Tarka or The Logic of the True Doctrine

Posted on | February 26, 2017 | No Comments

Sanmati Tarka PDFSanmati Tarka or The Logic of the True Doctrine is classic philosophical work on logic.  It was originally written by Siddhasēna Divākara in Sanskrit, then translated to Gujarati and to English. Siddhasēna Divākara was a fifth century CE monk, who was also known “Lamp-maker”, because of his great works on philosophy and epistemology in the early years of the Jain orders. In Sanmati Tarka he puts forward the theory of Anekantavada or many-sidedness. The basic idea of Anekantavada has its roots in the teachings of Mahāvīra, and it refers to the principles of pluralism and multiplicity of viewpoints, or vantage points, the notion that reality is perceived differently from diverse points of view, and that no single point of view is the complete truth, yet taken together they comprise the complete truth.

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Perception of Psychic Colours

Posted on | January 18, 2017 | 2 Comments

Perception of Psychic Colours is a book about Preksa Dhyana, a technique of meditation for attitudinal change, behavioural modification and integrated development of personality. It is based on the wisdom of ancient Jain philosophy and has been formulated in terms of modern scientific concepts.

The different methods of Preksa Dhyana (i.e. perception) include svasa-preksa, (perception of breathing), sarira-preksa (perception of body), chaitanya-kendra-preksa (perception of psychic centres, etc. All these are methods of transformation by practicing perception.

Perception of Psychic Colours
Preksa Dhyana is a technique of meditation for attitudinal change, behavioural modification and integrated development of personality.
Written by: Acharya Mahaprajna
Published by: Jain Vishva Bharati
Edition: Third English Edition
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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Sundara Kanda Hanuman’s Odysey

Posted on | January 15, 2017 | No Comments

Sundara Kanda – Hanuman’s Odysey a newer English translation from the original Sanskrit sources. If Mahabharata’s Bhagvad-Gita is taken as a philosophical guide, Ramayana’s Sundara Kanda is sought for spiritual solace. In India it is a general belief that reading Sundara Kanda, the fifth book in the Ramayana epic, or hearing it recited is a way of removing hurdles and bringing good fortune. It is in the nature of Sundara Kanda to inculcate fortitude and generate hope in one and all. Sundara Kanda is a depiction of how the monkey god Hanuman goes about his errand against all odds. One is bound to be charmed by the rhythm of the verse and the flow of the narrative in this sloka to sloka transcreation of Valmiki’s adi kavya – one the most praised poetical composition in the world.

Sundara Kanda – Hanuman’s Odysey
A newer English translation from the original Sanskrit sources of the adventures of Hanuman.
Written by: BS Murthy
Published by: Self Imprint
Edition: Second improved e-book version 2013
ISBN: 81-901911-7-9
Available in: Ebook

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Vaimanika Shastra

Posted on | January 14, 2017 | 3 Comments

Vaimanika Shastra is a very strange illustrated book about ancient flying machines from Hindu India. While everything seems to be debunked and even the author admits that the entire content is based upon visions, the content is widely used to ignite theories about an golden ancient era in India where people build flying machines.

The book was written and drawn in the early 20th-century by Subbaraya Shastry, a mystic from Anekal. He was en extraordinary man of great knowledge and he was know for his ability to speak in tongues or verses whenever he got inspired. The entire content of the Vaimānika Shāstra was thus spoken to his friend G. Venkatachala Sharma who transcribed it exactly as spoken in sanskrit. After some years the text was published in Hindi in 1959 and later in English with the title Vymanika Shastra. The later is the version presented here.

The book is extremely detailed in the description of the technology behind aircrafts, the metals used, assembly of planes and the theory of using planes in war.

The reason for the claims that this book might reveal ancient secrets lies in the fact that the author points out that the Vimanas, mythological castles and wagons mentioned in a number of Jain scriptures, where actual flying machines. Some even believe that the Rigvedas and the Ramayanas mention of Vimanas really refer til actual flying machines.

From time to time the idea that aeroplanes from ancient India pops up. The theories are that they could fly not only all over the globe but even to other planets. On one occasion, at the 102nd Indian Science Congress held at the Mumbai University in January 2015, Ameya Jadhav, who holds in an M.A. in Sanskrit as well as an M.Tech. degree declared that “In those days, aeroplanes were huge in size, and could move left, right, as well as backwards, unlike modern planes which only fly forward.” This caused quite a stir, and NASA-representatives demanded Jadhavs talk to be cancelled because of the obvious element of pseudo science.

Vaimanika Shastra
Extremely detailed in the description of the technology behind ancient aircrafts, the metals used, assembly of planes and the theory of using planes in war.
Written by: Subbaraya Shastry
Published by: Coronation Press, Mysore India
Edition: First English
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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Bhagvad Gita Treatise of self-help

Posted on | January 13, 2017 | 2 Comments

Bhagvad Gita Treatise of self-help was recently suggested to my the author Mr. BS Murthy, who was so kind to offer it for free download here on holybooks.com. From his letter:

“If one reads the otherwise peerless philosophical text with logically, as I did, then it would be apparent that 110 out of the 700+ 0 shlokas of the Gita are but interpolations. Fortunately, besides an analytical mind as I am blessed with the ability to versify the Sanskrit shlokas into English verses, I have come up with Bhagvad-Gita: Treatise of Self-help sans theological spins and inane interpolations that’s in the public domain as a free ebook.”

The Gita, without any religious dogma, deals with all aspects of human nature, and what is more, proposes corrective approaches for a peaceful, purposeful and realized life. And this makes it the Treatise of Self- help for one and all, irrespective of his or her religious orientation and social background. Figure it out for yourself as Arjuna could do. (If you would like to read the original Bhagavad Gita we have several version here: Link)

Bhagvad - Gita Treatise of self-help
The ancient Bhagavad Gita, without any religious dogma, deals with all aspects of human nature.
Written by: BS Murthy
Published by: Self Imprint
Edition: 2013 improved E-book edition
ISBN: ISBN 81-901911-0-1
Available in: Ebook

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Kularnava Tantra

Posted on | January 7, 2017 | No Comments

Kularnava Tantra is a main work in the Tantric tradition. The book teaches the Tantric rituals in great details and propounds the basic philosophy of Tantrism, revealing the best aspects of Saktism. The Kularnava Tantra also teaches the doctrine of duties, incorporating the laws of Manu, the Bhagavadgita, and sermons of the Buddha. Besides the work features detailed descriptions of the tantric rituals known as cakrapuja and panca-makara. This English PDF-version was published first time in India in 1916 with a foreword by Sir John Woodroffe. Downlod the free PDF here:

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Samayasara or Nature of Self

Posted on | December 1, 2016 | 1 Comment

samayasara-or-nature-of-self-pdfSamayasara or Nature of Self is a classic Jain discussion about the nature of the self and its relation to karma and moksha, meaning ultimate liberation or enlightenment. It was originally written more than 2.000 years ago, but this version has an introduction with comparisons between views and ideas about self in Christian, ancient Greek and newer European philosophical traditions.

Samayasara or Nature of Self
A classic Jain discussion about the nature of the self and its relation to karma and moksha, meaning ultimate liberation or enlightenment.
Written by: Sri Kunda Kunda
Published by: Bharatuya Jnanapitha, Kashi
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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