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Invading the Sacred – An Analysis of Hinduism Studies in America

Invading the Sacred. The relations between the academic community and the Hindu community in North America have been characterized by a sharp debate. It was prompted by the reservations expressed by a significant number of Hindus in North America over the way Hinduism is portrayed in the Western academia. Invading the Sacred is a chronicle of an important […]

Sri Ram Charita Manas – the Ramayana of Goswami Tulasidas PDF

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 works of Sunyata Alfred Julius Emmanuel Sorensen

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 […]

Jnaneshvar – The Life and Works of the Celebrated Thirteenth Century Indian Mystic-Poet

  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 […]

History of Mysticism – The Unchanging Testament

History of Mysticism – The Unchanging Testament by Swami Abhayananda is an authoritative history book on mysticial experiences.  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. Throughout succeeding ages mystical expericences were echoed by others who had experienced […]

The Supreme Self by Swami Abhayananda

The Supreme Self is the first book written by Swami Abhayananda. Though this book is essentially the story of one man who, drawn by grace to the love of God, followed his heart and obtained the illumination he sought, it contain as well the reflections on the Self accumulated over a lifetime, aided by a wide […]

The Mahabharata of Vyasa – English Prose Translation

The Mahabharata of Vyasa – English Prose Translation is a single volume edition of the Mahabharata in not less than 5.818 pages. The translation was done directly from the Sanskrit source during the years 1883-1896 by Kisari Mohan Ganguli and this is often refered to as the comprehensive Ganguli translation of the Mahabharata.  The Mahabharata can also […]

Song of the Avadhut by Dattatreya

Song of the Avadhut by Dattatreya is here presented as a new (1992) translation by Swami Abhayananda. His books and articles 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. The knowledge of the Avadhut Gita is not limited to the mystics of any one cultural tradition, […]

The Wisdom of Vedanta An Introduction To The Philosophy of Nondualism

The Wisdom of Vedanta with the subtitle “An Introduction To The Philosophy of Nondualism“ by Swami Abhayananda is here presented for free and in full length by the kind permission of the author. Spiritual traditions speaks frequently of the bondage of those  who live in ignorance of the eternal Self, and the liberation experienced by those who come […]

Veda Yajura – complete ebook as PDF, ePub and MOBI

Veda Yajura or Yahurveda is one of the four canonical texts of Hinduism known as the Vedas. There seems to be consensus that these texts have been composed between 1000-600 BCE. the Yajurveda ‘Samhita’, or ‘compilation’, contains the liturgy (mantras) needed to perform the sacrifices of the Veda, and the added Brahmana and Shrauta sutra […]

The greatest achivement in life – five traditions of mysticism by R. D. Krumpos

The greatest achivement in life – five traditions of mysticism by R. D. Krumpos (2012) consists of a series of essays based on talks with mystics in 12 countries and 180 books. Many people were consulted, including the directors of a Buddhist Center and of the Eastern Orthodox theological institute at two major universities, a […]

Yoga-Vasishtha

The Yoga-Vasishtha is a popular text on Advaita Vedanta, Puranic in form and philosophical in content. It is also known by other names like Arsa Ramayana, Jnana Vasistha, Maha Ramayana, Vasistha Ramayana and Vasistha and is ascribed to sage Valmiki himself. It is in the form of replies given by Vasistha to Sri Rama’s queries regarding philosophical problems of life and death, and […]

Enlightenment – Life the Way it is by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Enlightenment – Life the Way it is is based upon questions and answers by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. Sadhguru is an Indian mystic with thousands of followers all over the world. I visited his impressive ashram, Isha Yoga Center, in Coimbatore some years ago and I left with some disappointment, mainly because of the staging of Sadhguru […]

Kundalini – the evolutionary energy in man by Gopi Krishna

Kundalini – the evolutionary energy in man is the Autobiography of Pandit Gopi Krishna. It was first published in 1967. Later it was renamed Living with Kundalini and is one of the many books that Gopi Krishna wrote about his experience with the Kundalini energy and how it transformed his life. Download the ebook here: Kundalini […]

Interpreting the Upanishads by Ananda Wood

Interpreting the Upanishads by Ananda Wood translates the Upanishads and explains the content in modern terms. The original statements of the Upanishads have been interpreted and explained in many different ways, through many different schools of thought. Some schools have emphasized a religious approach to truth, through devotion to a worshipped God. Some schools have emphasized a mystical approach, through exercises of meditation that […]

Gifts with no Giver – A Love Affair with Truth by Nirmala

Gifts with no Giver – A Love Affair with Truth is a collection of nondual spiritual poetry written from the Heart by Nirmala, a modern spiritual teacher in the Advaita tradition. These poems attempt to capture the undying presence of love in all of its forms. These poems have been compared to the words of Rumi. Download the […]

The Ten Principal Upanishads

The Ten Principal Upanishads was compiled and translated to English by Shree Purohit Swami and W.B.Yeats. More than 200 Upanishads are known and they are all text explaining the Vedas, passed down orally.  The Upanishads selected for this introductory book are: The Lord (Eesha-Upanishad) At Whose Command? (Kena-Upanishad) From the Kathak Branch of theWedas (Katha-Upanishad) Questions (Prashna-Upanishad) At the Feet of […]

Ishadarshanam – The Philosophy of God

Ishadarshanam – The Philosophy of God has been written by Dr. Baldev Raj Sharma. He teaches Advaita and Vedanta Philosophy at the University of Delhi in India and hes done so for several decades along with meditation and research. He has published a number Public domain books in readable form for the benefit of all. Some […]

The Soma Tantra

The Soma Tantra by ItzQuauhtli, is the debut of the author, who wishes to be anonymous. The book is a work of fiction situated in Hindu mythology, drawing its literary lineage from The Mahabharata and Siva Purana. The moon god Soma Chandra defies hs brethren by kidnapping their guru’s new wife, the gears of war are set in […]

Om Yoga Its Theory and Practice by Swami Nirmalananda Giri

Om Yoga Its Theory and Practice by Swami Nirmalananda Giri published in 2006 by Atma Jyoti Press is an introduction to classic yoga as thought in the Bhagavad Gita.  It goes into details on breath and sound in both yoga and meditation. The book also has an extensive glossary. Download it here (113 pages): Om Yoga Its […]

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