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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 | 5 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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Mundaka Upanishad PDF

Posted on | November 23, 2016 | No Comments

mundaka-upanishadThe Mundaka Upanishad – The bridge to Knowledge – is number 5 in the Muktika canon of 108 Upanishads of Hinduism and it is considered one of the primary Upanshads. Contrary to most other Upanishads the Mundaka is not used for rituals but for meditation and for teaching spiritual topics. The Mundaka Upanisad teaches among other things the way to complete liberation, the difference between higher and lower knowledge and the truth about the nature of Brahman, the Self.

Mundaka Upanishad - The Bridge to Knowledge
The Mundaka Upanisad teaches among other things the way to complete liberation.
Written by: Karan Singh
Published by: BHARATIYA VIDYA BHAVAN
Edition: First English
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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Isopanisad – Isha Upanishad

Posted on | November 21, 2016 | No Comments

isopanisadIsopanisad or the Isha Upanishad is a part of the ancient Upanishades, the cornerstones of the Hindu religion. The Isopanisad is one of the more mystical ones and one of the oldest and shortest. It is here we find the core texts on Vedanta and the ideas of  Dvaita (dualism), Advaita (non-dualism) and Maya. This version was translated from the original sanskrit texts and it has commentaries by Kaulacarya Satyanande. If you are interested in other Upanishads do a search here on the site and stay tuned, I have more the coming weeks.

Isopanisad or the Isha Upanishad
The Isopanisad is one of the more mystical ones and one of the shortest Upanishades
Written by: Unknown ancient Hindu scholars
Published by: GANESH & Co.
Edition: Second Edition
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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TRISHASHTI SHALAKA PURUSHA CARITRA VOL 1-6

Posted on | November 8, 2016 | 2 Comments

 Acharya Hemachandra

Acharya Hemachandra

Trishasti Shalaka Purusa Caritra – is a major Indian saga and one of the cornerstones in the Jain system of belief, one of the oldest ascetic religions of India. The title translates to “Lives of Sixty-Three Great Men” or “The Lives of the Jain Elders” and it was written by the scholar Acharya Hemchandra Sur from the Shvetambara sect of Jainism in the 12th century. He was widely respected by all Jains but also in the entire sanskrit world of the time, since he wrote extensively in Prakrit, Sanskrit, Apabhramsha and Old Gujarati. These volumes are the English translations of the Trishasti Shalaka Purusa Caritra hagiographies of the 63 Great Men of the Jain tradition done by Dr. Helen Johnson and published for the first time in 1931 in India. The books describe the Jain saints, their asceticism and eventual liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth.

A major Indian saga and one of the cornerstones in the Jain system of belief.
Written by: Acharya Hemchandra Sur
Published by: Oriental Institute Baroda
Edition: First English
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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Trishasti Shalaka Purusa Caritra 1

Trishasti Shalaka Purusa Caritra 2

Trishasti Shalaka Purusa Caritra 3

Trishasti Shalaka Purusa Caritra 4

Trishasti Shalaka Purusa Caritra 5

Trishasti Shalaka Purusa Caritra 6

 

Philosophy of Dreams

Posted on | November 2, 2016 | No Comments

philosophy-of-dreamsPhilosophy of Dreams is a book about dreams, dream states and spiritual work with dreams. It states that it is possible for a dreamer to remain cognisant during his dream state of the fact that he is dreaming. By learning to be the witness of your thoughts in the waking state, you can be conscious in the dream state that you are dreaming. You can alter, stop or create your own thoughts in the dream state independently. You will be able to keep awake in the dream state. If the thoughts of the waking state are controlled, you can also control the dream thoughts. This books describes the techniques and history from a hindu perspective behind working with dream and it also challenges the reality of the awaken, daily life experience.

Philosophy of Dreams
By learning to be the witness of your thoughts in the waking state, you can be conscious in the dream state that you are dreaming.
Written by: Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj
Published by: THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY
Edition: World Wide Web (WWW) Edition: 2001
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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The Complete works of Nostradamus PDF

Posted on | November 1, 2016 | 3 Comments

the-complete-works-of-nostradamusThe Complete works of Nostradamus compilied in one PDF. 1 March 1555 the french scientist, doctor and astrologist Michel de Nostredam, better known these days as Nostradamus, sat down and wrote the foreword to his spectacular work Centuria. Centuria means ‘a hundred’, and it might refer to the span of years his prophecies reaches.  The foreword is written to his son, and the work was dedicated only to his son César, because he Michel feared the consequences from Inquisition if his prophecies would be published.  He writes:

“On numerous occasions and over a long period of time I have predicted specific events far in advance, attributing all to the workings of divine power and inspiration, together with other fortunate or unfortunate happenings, foreseen in their full unexpectedness, which have already come to pass in various regions of the earth. Yet I have wished to remain silent and abandon my work because of the injustice not only of the present time by the Inquisition but also for most of
the future. So in conclusion, my son, take this gift from your father M. Nostradamus, who hopes you will understand each prophecy in every quatrain herein.”

The complete works of Nostradamus contains nearly 400 pages of prophecies, all of them written vaguely enough for many speculations. It has been said that he predicted the World Wars, 9/11  and how about this piece, could it be about Donald Trump?:

The false trumpet concealing maddness
will cause Byzantium to change its laws.
From Egypt there will go forth a man who wants
the edict withdrawn, changing money and standards.

The complete works of Nostradamus
The complete works of Nostradamus contains nearly 400 pages of prophecies, all of them written vaguely enough for many speculations. It has been said that he predicted the World Wars, 9/11 and many other histrical events.
Written by: Nostradamus - Michel de Nostredam
Published by: Holybooks.com
Edition: English translation from French
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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Nicene and post-Nicene fathers of the Christian church

Posted on | October 24, 2016 | No Comments

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Nicene and post-Nicene fathers of the Christian church is an immense work in 14 volumes of early christian writings. It complements the series on the Ante-Nicene Fathers, we also have here on holybooks.com. Together the writings outline the progress of Christianity through the life and works of the very early christian scholars and thinkers that led to the foundation of the churches and the great theological controversies of the fourth through sixth centuries. These works have for decades been the standard reference for those interested in the church fathers, the origin of Christianity and history in general.

Nicene and post-Nicene fathers of the Christian church
The progress of Christianity through the life and works of the very early christian scholars and thinkers that led to the foundation of the churches and the great theological controversies of the fourth through sixth centuries.
Written by: Various
Published by: T. & T. Clark
Edition: First
ISBN: 978-1565630949
Available in: Ebook

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Asimov’s Guide to the Bible

Posted on | October 12, 2016 | 1 Comment

asimovs-guide-to-the-bible-the-old-and-new-testamentsAsimov’s Guide to the Bible is a huge classic companion to reading the Bible. In this version the two volumes has been compiled in a single. Asimov’s Guide to the Bible features a number of  maps and it goes through the books of the Bible in the order of the benchmark bible the King James Version and explains the historical and geographical setting of each one, including the political and historical influences that affected it, as well as biographical information about the main characters. Asimov’s Guide to the Bible is a huge fact based reference, almost 1.300 pages.

Asimov’s Guide to the Bible
Asimov’s Guide to the Bible is a classic companion to reading the Bible.
Written by: Isaac Asimov
Published by: Wings Books
Edition: First
ISBN: 0-517-34582-X
Available in: Ebook

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Starting Out Small

Posted on | October 7, 2016 | 1 Comment

starting-out-smallStarting Out Small by Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu builds upon talks that Ajaan Lee gave to groups of people while they were meditating. Ajaan Lee  covers the questions that occur to people new to meditation. -Why meditate? How should I meditate? And why in that particular way? —and in his own style he provided not only straightforward answers to these questions but also vivid analogies, to help his listeners relate their meditation to familiar activities. One aspect of Ajaan Lee’s teachings that might strike you as foreign is his analysis of the body into four properties: earth, fire, water, and wind. This mode of analysis dates back to the time of the Buddha, although Ajaan Lee develops it in a distinctive way. Think of this analysis, not as an attempt at biology or chemistry, but as a way of analyzing how the body feels from the inside. This is an aspect of awareness often overlooked and that, in English at least, we have a poor vocabulary for describing.

This expanded 2016 edition contains translations of two new talks that have never been published before—“Merit” and “On Target”—along with complete translations of the talks “The Art of Letting Go” and “At the Tip of Your Nose,” both of which were excerpted in Lessons in Samādhi.

Starting Out Small
Starting Out Small by Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu builds upon talks that Ajaan Lee gave to groups of people while they were meditating.
Written by: Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu
Published by: Metta Forest Monastery
Edition: Expanded 2016 version
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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Dhamma Verses – Dhammapada A Book of Ethical Teachings

Posted on | September 29, 2016 | 1 Comment

dhamma-versesThe Dhammapada is probably the most popular book in the Pāḷi Canon, and has had innumerable translations into most modern languages. The timeless ethical teachings contained in these verses are still considered relevant to people’s lives, and they are presented as a guide to living well. Together with the commentarial stories that accompany the verses, along with the Jataka verses and stories, they have formed the backbone of the teaching of Buddhist ethics for well over 2,000 years. The verses and stories are well known in traditional Theravāda Buddhist cultures, and most born and brought up in those societies will be able to recite many of the verses, and relate the stories that go with them, even from a young age.
This is not at all surprising as the verses are often memorable, and the stories that accompany them equally so. They provided a framework for understanding what are good and bad actions, and what the consequences of both will be, which is central to the Buddhist teaching on ethics.

The collection consists of 423 verses, organised into twenty-six chapters, most of which are fairly short.

Dhamma Verses
The Dhammapada is probably the most popular book in the Pāḷi Canon, and has had innumerable translations into most modern languages.
Written by: Annandajoti Bhikku
Published by: Annandajoti Bhikku
Edition: First
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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Apollo 11 Flight Plan

Posted on | September 7, 2016 | No Comments

Apollo 11 Flight Plan PDFApollo 11 Flight Plan is a very special document. It was published by the NASA 1. Juli 1969 and it is detailed description of the entire mission to the moon. It includes precise time plans minute by minute for the days of the mission, info-graphics depicting the communication systems, the calculations for the series of maneuvers of the spacecraft etc. The Apollo 11 Flight Plan is the documentation of an amazing achievement of ingenuity, will, bravery and commitment to achieving the seemingly impossible dream, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth.

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God Tweets

Posted on | September 6, 2016 | No Comments

God Tweets1The other day i received this book from the author Sadasiva Saccidananda. It is a collection of 130 short texts written for twitter.  They are humorous, insightful and more or less elegant. Here is a couple of examples:

No one expects presents from Santa Claus after knowing. No enlightened being expects anything again in maya-world.

They say “when sex is good, there are no thoughts”. And I say “when life is good, there are no thoughts”. This is fullness.

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Shri Gita Rasa Ratnakar

Posted on | August 10, 2016 | No Comments

Shri Gita Rasa RatnakarShri Gita Rasa Ratnakar is a long commentary and study guide to the Bhagavad Gita by Akhandananda Saraswati also known as “Maharajshri”. He was a representative of the Bhagavata Purana and a scholar of different spiritual traditions, including Vedanta, Bhakti and related shastras and themes like non-duality . He wrote more than 180 books on those topics including Bhagavada Purana, Bhagavad Gita, Ram Charitra Manas, and the Upanishads from the Vedas. Here is his 711 page long reading companion to the Bhagavad Gita.

Shri Gita Rasa Ratnakar
Shri Gita Rasa Ratnakar is a long commentary and study guide to the Bhagavad Gita.
Written by: Swami Shri Akhandanand Saraswatiji Maharaj
Published by: Satsahitya Prakashan Trust
Edition: First
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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A Heart Released

Posted on | August 2, 2016 | No Comments

A Heart Released free PDF e-bookA Heart Released is a record of passages from the thai monk Phra Ajaan Mun Bhuridatta Thera sermons, made during the years 1944-45 by two monks who were staying under his guidance, and edited by a third monk, an ecclesiastical official who frequently visited him for instruction in meditation. The unusual style of Phra Ajaan Mun’s sermons may be explained in part by the fact that in the days before his ordination he was skilled in a popular form of informal village entertainment called maw lam. Maw lam is a contest in extemporaneous rhyming, usually reproducing the war between the sexes, in which the battle of wits can become quite fierce.

A Heart Released
A Heart Released is a record of passages from the thai monk Phra Ajaan Mun Bhuridatta Thera sermons, made during the years 1944-45.
Written by: Phra Ajaan Mun
Published by: Metta Forest Monastery
Edition: First
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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How to hide anything

Posted on | July 27, 2016 | No Comments

How to Hide AnythingHow to hide anything. Holybooks.com is not only about spiritual books, it is also about the peculiar, remarkable and unexpected wonders from the world of public domain e-books. Actually the most downloaded books here are in the ones from the “Bizarre” category. Today i present a long forgotten jewel for the ones with something to hide, and in these days of mass surveillance that means most of us. It could be a USB-stick, money, mind altering substances, yourself or your dear ones or anything that would like to keep private for a few minutes or a lifetime. The book offers practical solutions complete with illustrations, that you can build at home along with theoretical lecturing about the art of hiding your important stuff.

How to hide anything
This book offers practical solutions complete with illustrations, that you can build at home.
Written by: Michael Connor
Published by: Paladin Press
Edition: First
ISBN: 0873642899
Available in: Ebook

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