HolyBooks.com - download free ebooks http://www.holybooks.com Download holy books, sacred texts and spiritual PDF ebooks in full length for free. Download the Bible, The Holy Quran, ancient Asian texts and thousands of free pdf ebooks on yoga, buddhism, magic, meditation, self-improvement and many other catagories. Remember to bookmark and tell your friends.. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:03:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Asoka and the Missions http://www.holybooks.com/asoka-and-the-missions/ http://www.holybooks.com/asoka-and-the-missions/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 22:03:57 +0000 http://www.holybooks.com/?p=6292 Asoka and the MissionsAsoka or Ashoka the Great, was an Indian emperor of the Maurya Dynasty who ruled almost all of the Indian subcontinent from 269 BCE to 232 BCE. He embraced Buddhism after witnessing the Kalinga War, which he himself had waged. The Kalinga war, had reportedly resulted in more than 100,000 deaths. Ashoka thereafter regarded Buddhism as a doctrine that could serve as a cultural foundation for political unity, and he initiated a series of Buddhist missions the far corners of his kingdom. This translation is done by Anandajoti Bhikkhu in 2012 and a lot if it has never been translated into English before, and it expand on the original story with new information. The story begins with Asoka’s birth, and follows his life through to his appointment as vice-sovereign in Avanti, his murdering of his 99 rival siblings and his ascendancy to the throne. His conversion is figured here with his initial dissatisfaction with the Brahmans his Father had supported, and the deep impression a young Buddhist monk makes on him. Having gained faith in the Buddha’s Dispensation, he quickly becomes one of its greatest supporters, building 84,000 monasteries in honour of the 84,000 sections of the Teaching and giving his children for ordination. The emphasis in the story then shifts away from Asoka and on to the various Missions, and especially to the one which was led by his son Mahinda to Sri Lanka. The story in this translation is brought to a close with the deaths, first of Asoka, then King Devanampiyatissa, followed by the Arahats Mahinda and Saṅghamittā and the other missionaries who followed them on their journey.

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Mayan’s Aintiram – English PDF http://www.holybooks.com/aintiram/ http://www.holybooks.com/aintiram/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:09:33 +0000 http://www.holybooks.com/?p=6286 Mayan's AintiramAintiram consists of 982 sutras refering to a lost text written during the legendary first Sangam period in South India (10,000 BC). The word Aintiram itself refers to the five fold process of consciousness transforming itself into the material world – or energy transforming into matter. Mayan stated that this process could be replicated by humans in dance, music, poetry, sculpture and architecture (vaastu architecture). This formed the basis of traditional, vedic arts in India for thousands of years.

In the Aintiram a major theme is unfolding of letters (visual forms) from what Mayan called OM Light; and, sounds of consonants and vowels (aural forms) from what he called OM Sound. He indicates this phenomenon by beginning every verse of his commentary on the Aintiram (called the Pranava Veda – first veda) with Oli, O’li (ஒலி, ஒளி) indicating OM Light and OM Sound. OM, being a universal sound and light form and not a Sanskrit term nor a Hindu term. These are the only texts in ancient literature that mention both OM Light and OM Sound. In addition, they are the only texts that elucidate the manifestation process as both a spiritual and scientific process. In Tamil’ Aintu’ stands for five. The five aspects are

1. The primary source of creation (moolam – மூலம்),
2. The vibration factor leading to creation or the Time factor (kaalam – காலம்),
3. The order inherent in the vibration (seelam – சீலம்)
4. Form emerging from the primary source through the vibration (kolam – கோலம்) and
5. Finally the end result being the form emerging from the primary source through the vibration (kolam) and finally the end result being the all–encompassing universe.

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The Path to Happiness by Chubten Chodron http://www.holybooks.com/the-path-to-happiness-by-chubten-chodron/ http://www.holybooks.com/the-path-to-happiness-by-chubten-chodron/#comments Sat, 11 Apr 2015 22:35:57 +0000 http://www.holybooks.com/?p=6277 THE PATH TO HAPPINESSThe Path to Happiness by Chubten Chodron is a collection of Dharma talks held during several years at the Jade Buddha Temple in Houston, Texas. The talks are straight forward. Chodron speaks on a level that is practical and easy to understand. She relates her Dharma talks with real-life experiences, using examples from her own life. She is able to break through religious barriers, for what she speaks of cannot be limited to any one religion. It is helpful to any and all seeking to develop a heart of loving kindness. Download the free ebook here in PDF-format:

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The Complete Works of Sister Nivedita VOL I-V http://www.holybooks.com/the-complete-works-of-sister-nivedita-vol-i-v/ http://www.holybooks.com/the-complete-works-of-sister-nivedita-vol-i-v/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:16:18 +0000 http://www.holybooks.com/?p=6259 The Complete Works of Sister NiveditaThe Complete Works of Sister Nivedita. Sister Nivedita was a devotee of Swami Vivekananda. She had Scots-Irish origins and came til India as a social worker in 1898 where she met Swami Vivekananda who gave her the name Nivedita (meaning “Dedicated to God”). She became  close with Vivekananda and also with Sarada Devi, the spiritual consort of the mystic Ramakrishna and one of the major influences behind Ramakrishna Mission and also with other brother disciples of Swami Vivekananda. She died on 13 October 1911 in Darjeeling. During her stay in India she wrote 12 books on different topics from dharma and education to politics, but all of them referring to Hinduism and mysticism. All her books and other writings are here collected in the five-volume collected works. Each book is about 15 MB of 500 scanned pages:

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The Way Things Really Are – Book IV of the Sutta-Nipita http://www.holybooks.com/the-way-things-really-are-book-iv-of-the-sutta-nipita/ http://www.holybooks.com/the-way-things-really-are-book-iv-of-the-sutta-nipita/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 22:06:20 +0000 http://www.holybooks.com/?p=6246 The Way Things Really Are - Book IV of the Sutta-NipitaThe Way Things Really Are is translation of Book IV of the Sutta-Nipata by Lesley Fowler Lebkowicz, Tamara Ditrich and Primoz Pecenko.The Sutta-Nipata is one of the earliest texts of the Pali canon, coming from the same period as the Dhammapada, before the monastic tradition was strong. It was created by people as they practiced and refers to “the wise one”, rather than to monks or nuns. For several centuries after the death of the Buddha the Canon was transmitted orally, probably in several dialects, throughout the Indian subcontinent. According to the traditional sources, the entire Canon was for the first time written down in the first century BCE in Sri Lanka. Some scholars believe that the Sutta-Nipita describes the oldest of all Buddhist practices. It consists mainly of verses. Download it here (61 pages/42Kb):

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