Posted on | October 7, 2016 | 1 Comment
Starting 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.
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Posted on | September 29, 2016 | 1 Comment
The 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.
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Posted on | September 7, 2016 | No Comments
Apollo 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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Posted on | September 6, 2016 | No Comments
The 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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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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