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 helpful to the devoted student. Download the free ebook here:
Posted on | July 15, 2013 | 1 Comment
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:
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 | 1 Comment
The Origin of Western Mysticism – selected writings of Plotinus – is compiled, edited and commented by by Swami Abhayananda. 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 | 13 Comments
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Posted on | June 30, 2013 | 12 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:
Posted on | June 18, 2013 | No Comments
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 to know that Self. But the great 13th century sage, Jnaneshvar, once said that, for the enlightened:
“There is neither bondage nor liberation; there is nothing to be accomplished. There is only the pleasure of expounding.”
The purpose of this book on vedanta is not to liberate anyone from their bondage. After all, no one may remove those imaginary bonds from another – not even by the writing of a million books or by expounding words of wisdom from now till doomsday, writes 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. Thanks to him for letting us have his 428-page book on vedanta and nonduality here:
Posted on | June 17, 2013 | No Comments
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 add information on the interpretation and on the details of their performance. Download the ebook here:
Posted on | June 9, 2013 | 2 Comments
Inner Listening by Ajahn Amaro. Inner listening’ or ‘meditation on the inner sound’ or, in Sanskrit, ‘nada yoga’ are terms all refering to attending to what has been called ‘the sound of silence’, or ‘the nada-sound’. ‘Nada’ is the Sanskrit word for ‘sound’ as well as being the Spanish word for ‘nothing’ – an interesting and accidentally meaningful coincidence. Nada is a basic training tool for practices like vipassana and samatha.
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Posted on | June 5, 2013 | 9 Comments
The Quran – a modern English translation. Here is a new translation of the Quran by Talal Itani, who kindly offered Holybooks.com to post it as an ebook. Talal Itani first read the Quran 1992, in order to discredit it. Since then, Talal has been studying the Quran, researching it, and teaching it to others. Talal decided to translate the Quran when he gave up all hope of finding an English Translation that is at the same time highly accurate, and very easy to read, this is the result.
We have several other translations of the Quran, this one is recommended though for new readers. Download the newly translated Quran here:
PDF: The Quran
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Posted on | May 26, 2013 | 1 Comment
The Philosophy of Mind G.W.F. Hegel also known as The Phenomenology of Mind is hard to read and understand. Some philosophers have tried to summarize Hegel’s book and explain his ideas, but they were often longer than the original, and nearly as difficult to read. The book outlines the evolution of consciousness and how it goes through stages. This is similar to the Buddhist theory of the levels of spiritual attainment, from lower forms of consciousness to higher forms. Download the book here:« go back — keep looking »