Posted on | August 10, 2016 | No Comments
Shri 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.
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Posted on | August 2, 2016 | No Comments
A 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.
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Posted on | July 27, 2016 | No Comments
How 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.
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Posted on | July 15, 2016 | 2 Comments
The Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo in one PDF. Here on Holybooks.com you can find all the works of the Indian scholar, yogi, revolutionary and mystic Sri Aurobindo. Some years ago I started uploading the 35 volumes, every single book in a single file. For some time I have wanted to collect all of them in one single file to make it easier for readers, who just want to download Aurobindo’s entire works. So here it is, the complete works of Sri Aurobindo, more than 15.000 pages in one single file. For information about the single works, please read the individual entries here on the site. For a general introduction to the life and works of Sri Aurobindo, read the Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Aurobindo.
We also have the complete works of The Mother, Sri Aurobindos compagnon de vie, 17 volumes here: http://www.holybooks.com/the-mother-collected-works-volume-1-17/
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Posted on | July 10, 2016 | No Comments
Words of Grace is Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi’s short triology consisting of the combined works: Who am I?, Self-Enquiry and Spiritual Instruction. The books has for long circulated in their original language, Tamil, but where bundled in the first English translation from 1969. This is the fourth English edition. Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi is considered one of the most important spiritual mystics of all time. He spend most of his life on a mountain side in southern India, teaching pilgrims. Paul Brunton made Ramana Maharshi known in the western world with the books ” A Search in Secret India” (1934 ) and “The Secret Path” (1935 ).
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Posted on | July 8, 2016 | No Comments
Gifts he left behind is the legacy of the thai monk Ajaan Dune Atulo. He was born on October 4, 1888. At the age of 22 he ordained in the provincial capital. Six years later, disillusioned with his life as an uneducated town monk, he left to study in Ubon Ratchathani. He abandoned his studies and took up the wandering meditation life. After wandering for 19 years through the forests and mountains of Thailand and Cambodia, Ajaan Dune received an order from his ecclesiastical superiors to head a combined study and practice monastery in Surin. It was thus that he took over the abbotship of Wat Burapha, in the middle of the town, in 1934. There he remained until his death in 1983.
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Posted on | June 16, 2016 | 1 Comment
Noble & True is a collection of essays from the Metta Forrest Monastery. A main theme is impermanence and how Buddhist are dealing with it. It’s an often-overlooked feature of the Buddha’s teachings that he identified the basis for all our good and skillful qualities as heedfulness—not innate goodness or compassion: heedfulness. To recognize that there are dangers both within and without, that your actions can make the difference between suffering from those dangers and not, and that you’d better get your act together now: This is the heedfulness that makes us generous, wise, and kind. We’re kind not because we’re innately kind. In fact, our minds are so quick to change that they’re not innately anything, good or bad, aside from being aware.
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Posted on | May 11, 2016 | No Comments
Easy Journey to other Planets is quite amusing and at the same time rather sad. It intends to document the power of Bhakti Yoga, but the entire basis is an unsubstantiated criticism of modern science. The publisher, the Hare Krishna Movement, still insists that NASA’s moon landing was a fake and that mans inspiration to travel to other worlds can only be attained by the practice of Bhakti yoga. Srila Prabhupada originally wrote Easy Journey to Other Planets in the 1960’s at the height of the Apollo space program and the book is dedicated to “Scientists of the World”. Srila Prabhupada also incorporates the, at that time, newly discovered science of antimatter and he chats away about how nothing of this is new, everything has been discovered in ancient time if you read the Bhagavad Gita the right way.
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Posted on | May 5, 2016 | No Comments
From Buddha-to-be to Teacher in the Buddha’s own Words documents the earliest teachings of the Buddha. Even before his enlightenment the Buddha was teaching and much of these early lectures have not been documented thoroughly in later biographies. Maybe because the post-enlightenment teachings have been emphasized. But Buddha himself would often in his encounters with others refer to his own practice before his Awakening, and his life shortly thereafter. This free PDF e-book presents the early material in a way that will help students familiarize themselves with these episodes from the Buddha’s life and learn how the Buddha himself viewed his practice and his decision to teach. It is not the whole story, and it is not meant to be, but it does present a more or less continuous narrative, and a single voice, and that has certain advantages.
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Posted on | April 30, 2016 | No Comments
I just came across this Public Domain gem. Henry F. Belcher was a master mosaic craftsman and he refined the art in the late 1800′ and gave name to the special Belcher process. This mosaic process makes it possible to create large mosaics with tiny pieces of glass that are both wind and water proof. This book presents the catalogue from Belcher Mosaic Glass Co. with more than 50 amazing images of actual mosaic made by the company.
From the intro:
“All garlanded with carven imageries
Of fruits and flowers, and bunches of knot-grass,
And diamonded with panes of quaint devise,
innumerable of stains and splendid dyes,
As are the tiger-moth’s deep-damask’d heraldries,
And twilight saints, and dim emblazonings,
A shielded scutcheon blush’d with blood of queens and kings.”
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