Posted on | November 30, 2013 | No Comments
Sri Ram Charita Manas (the Ramayana of Goswami Tulasidas)is an epic Indian poem, composed by the 16th-century Indian poet, Goswami Tulsidas. It enjoys a unique place among the classics of the world’s literature. It was considered to be the best work on Devotion by Mahatma Gandhi. It is universally accepted by all classes of people from Bihar to the Punjab and from the Himalayas to the Narmada. According to an old Christian missionary, who is no more in this world, no one could hope to understand the people of Upper India till he had mastered every line that the Ramayana of Goswami Tulasidas had written.
Download RamCharitaManas here in full length as a free pdf-ebook (1.119 pages/5 MB):
Posted on | November 21, 2013 | No Comments
Posted on | November 10, 2013 | 12 Comments
All books on www.holybooks.com can now be downloaded and shared via bittorrent. Get the torrent here:
Please help get this torrent up and running. Right now I am the only one seeding the torrent, so please start downloading and keep leeching and seeding.
This is a huge torrent, more than 3 gigabyte. It contains all 914 pdf ebooks and covers from www.holybooks.com. I believe this is the best way to preserve and backup this online library.
If you are not familiar with torrent-files you should first download a torrent client. This one for example: http://www.utorrent.com - and follow the instructions. Good luck.
Posted on | October 31, 2013 | No Comments
Mindfulness Precepts & Crashing in the Same Car by Ajahn Jayasaro was published in 2008. The title is taken from the David Bowie song “Always crashing in the same car” from the album Low from 1977. The title refers to certain phases of Buddhist meditations as practised in the thai Theravada tradition where the meditator seems to repeat the same unvoluntarely mistakes again and again. This books offers practical solutions and much more:
This is the weird thing – intention, thought, and feeling arise first, and the one who is thinking and feeling arises subsequent to the thought. From a philosophical point of view this could be debatable, but this is something we can observe very clearly. Common sense says that first there is someone who is thinking, and then you have a thought. Is that what really happens? Look directly at what is going on. Some of our most cherished assumptions are overturned quite radically when we’re willing to do that, to really look and see what’s going on here. It’s liberating.
Download the free ebook here:
Posted on | October 19, 2013 | No Comments
The Way of Liberation – A Practical Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment is a free ebook from Adyashantis website. I am very happy to be able to post the words of Adyashanti here on the site for the first time. I know from experience that his words can have a huge impact. From the intro:
Many people think that it is the function of a spiritual teaching to provide answers to life’s biggest questions, but actually the opposite is true. At this very moment, Reality and completeness are in plain sight. In fact, the only thing there is to see, hear, smell, taste, touch, or feel, is Reality, or God if you like.
The Way of Liberation is a call to action; it is something you do. It is a doing that will undo you absolutely. If you do not do the teaching, if you do not study and apply it fearlessly, it cannot effect any transformation. The Way of Liberation is not a belief system; it is something to be put into practice.
Thanks to Neil for pointing me in this direction. Download the book here (1.7MB/70 pages):
Posted on | August 22, 2013 | No Comments
Who Will Feed the Mice by Ajahn Amaro is about family relations. In Theravada Buddhism parents are referred to as “the early teachers”, “the early deities” and “those worthy of worship”.
This intimate spiritual relationship between children and parents are the theme of this short ebook. It is based on talks by Ajahn Amaro given on March 29, 2003, at Abhayagiri Monastery, Redwood Valley, California. Download the free ebook here (60 pages):
Posted on | August 4, 2013 | No Comments
By coincidence i yesterday learned about Alfred Julius Emmanuel Sorensen, who was better known by his Buddhist name Sunyata, as the ‘janam-siddha’ or simply as the ‘rare born mystic’ as Ramana Maharshi called him.
He was born on a farm in a village just outside Aarhus i Denmark, my hometown, in 1890. By a series of strange events he ended up in a cave in Indian Himalaya, where he as a Sadhu lived in solitude, meditated and received guest. In 1973 Sunyata met with people from the Allan Watts Society who asked him to come to California, though he insisted that he had nothing to teach or sell. He went and spent he last years in the US, where he held weekly sessions for the public. Read the Wikipedia article about him here.
Sunyata met with Gandhi, Ramana Maharshi, Anandamayee Ma, Yashoda Ma (Mirtola), Swami Ramdas and Neem Karoli Baba. He died in a car accident in California in 1984. There is a couple of books about Sunyata out there. They are all based on this raw 486 typewritten manuscript. The document is unfortunately in a very bad shape and it is more than 92 Mb. It is only here for the nerds, preservation and scientific reference: Sunyata – The typewritten manuscripts
For a more readable version choose this carefully retyped version:
Posted on | July 22, 2013 | 2 Comments
Jnaneshvar – The Life and Works of the Celebrated Thirteenth Century Indian Mystic-Poet is posted here with permission from the author Swami Abhayananda. Other books and articles by Swami Abhayananda may be read and freely downloaded on his website at: www.themysticsvision.weebly.com, he has graciously allowed us to offer them here as well.
Jnaneshvar’s biography is in this 2012-version enriched with thoughtful comparisons between him and similar mystics from other contemporaneous traditions. For instance, Meister Eckhart from the European Catholic church and the Sufi mystic-poets Farid-uddin Attar, Fakrh-uddin Iraqi and the more familiar Jalal-uddin Rumi. Download Jnaneshvar here:
Posted on | July 17, 2013 | 2 Comments
Cittanupassana and Vedananupassana with the subtitle Mogok Sayadaw‘s Way is a compilation of detailed instructions on the two meditation forms Meditation of Feeling (Vedanannupassana) and Meditation on Mind “Cittanupassana” as taught by Mogok Sayadaw.
Than Daing places the practices in the larger system of Burmese Buddhist meditation, he explains he diferent stages and uses several pages on illustration that will be helpfull to the devoted student. Download the ebook here:
Posted on | July 15, 2013 | No Comments
The Geneva – Breeches Bible translation. Here on the site we have the more readable and modern version, the King James version of the bible in many languages and it has been downloaded thousands of times, but I have been asked to provided some of the lesser known versions as well. The Geneva-Breeches Bible is about half a century older than the King James Bible, and it was the bible used by William Shakespeare and the whole protestant world of the time. The Geneva Bible is here presented in a version formatted for ebook-readers. Download it here (7.665 pages!/PDF 9,7 MB):
Secondly, here are the Geneva-Breeches Bible as a complete scan of the illustrated original. This file is about 171 MB and will take some time to download:
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