Posted on | July 9, 2013 | No Comments
The Japji by Guru Nanak is the foundation of the Sikh faith and basic Sikh scripture. Parts of the Japji or Jap Ji is included in daily morning prayers of Sikhs all over the world. This version of The Japji was translated by Kirpal Singh who was in the direct lineage of the author of Japji; Guru Nanak. Japji stresses the importance of brotherhood of man and leading a spiritual life as the key to salvation. Download the free English, PDF-version of the Japji here (177 pages/6 MB):
Posted on | July 8, 2013 | No Comments
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 same realization: “I am the Truth!” exclaimed the Muslim, al-Hallaj; “My Me is God, nor do I recognize any other Me except my God Himself,” said the Christian saint, Catherine of Genoa. And Rumi, Jnaneshvar, Milarepa, Kabir and Basho from the East, and Eckhart, Boehme and Emerson from the West, said the same. These assertions by the great mystics of the world were not made as mere philosophical speculations; they were based on experience so real, that all those to whom it has occurred testify unanimously that it is the unmistakable realization of the ultimate Truth of existence. In this experience, called samadhi by the Hindus, nirvana by the Buddhists, fana by the Muslims, and “the mystic union” by Christians, the consciousness of the individual suddenly becomes the consciousness of the entire vast universe. All previous sense of duality is swallowed up in an awareness of indivisible unity. Read the comparative history of mysticism here (454 pages):
Posted on | July 7, 2013 | No Comments
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 variety of sources: mystics, philosophers, scientists, astrologers and saints. 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.Download The Supreme Self (191 pages/2 MB) here:
Posted on | July 5, 2013 | No Comments
The Earliest Recorded Discourses of the Buddha are based on translations done by Anandajoti Bhikku, who published this work in 2010. The earliest recorded discourses of the Buddha centers around the period not long after the Awakening. We have three records of this period, they are the Lalitavistara, which originally seems to have belonged to the Sarvastivsda sect, the Mahakhandaka, which is part of the Theravada Vinayapitaka, and the Mahavastu, which apparently formed the substance of the Vinaya of the Lokottaravada sect.
Embedded into these narratives there are certain teachings, which now form the earliest recorded discourses of the Buddha, and it is those that are presented here. Download the ebook here:
Posted on | July 2, 2013 | No Comments
The Origin of Western Mysticism – selected writings of Plotonius – is compiled, edited and commented by by Swami Abhayananda. His books and articles may be read and freely downloaded here: www.themysticsvision.weebly.com. He has graciously allowed us to offer them here as well.The Origin of Western Mysticism is an attempt to systematic present Plotinus’ thoughts, with selections from his own writings on distinctly separate elements of his metaphysics, in order to facilitate an understanding of his integrated vision. Download The Origin of Western Mysticism (1.2 MB/195 pages) here:
Posted on | July 1, 2013 | 10 Comments
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Posted on | June 30, 2013 | 2 Comments
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 be found here on holybooks.com in the Pratap Chandra Roy-version. Download The Mahabharata of Vyasa – English Prose Translation (5.818 pages/PDF 22.4 MB) here:
Posted on | June 28, 2013 | No Comments
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, but is universal among all those who have attained to mystical vision. Some of the best known representatives of this particular universal knowledge are the Upanishadic rishis and Shankaracharya of the Vedantic tradition, al-Hallaj and Jalaluddin Rumi of the Sufi tradition, Shakyamuni and Ashvagosha of the Buddhist tradition, and Meister Eckhart and Juan de la Cruz of the Christian tradition. Download the free ebook here:
Posted on | June 24, 2013 | 1 Comment
This version of Thomas Á Kempis: On the Love of God, is a modern rendition of the 15 century manual of devotion.
The books is edited and published Swami Abhayananda, whose 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.
Download Thomas Á Kempis‘: On the Love of God here (164 pages):
Posted on | June 19, 2013 | No Comments
Body and Soul – An Integral Perspective by Swami Abhayananda, whose 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.
Throughout history, the dualistic approcah to Reality have been given innumerable names, such as Purusha and Prakrti, Brahman and Maya, Shiva and Shakti, Jahveh and Chokmah, Theos and Logos, Tao and Teh, Dharmakaya and Samsara, Haqq and Khalq, and on and on.
This classic dualism between Soul, or spirit, and the matter-producing Energy has not only been the conventional Eastern metaphysical view; it has been the conventional Western metaphysical view as well, from the time of Pythagoras and Plato, on through the Neoplatonists, Hermetics, and Jews, carried forward by Christianity and Islam, and reaffirmed analytically in the seventeenth century by René Descartes.
Swami Abhayananda proposes a framework for an integral perspective. Download his book (275 pages) here:« go back — keep looking »