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The Sacred Books of the East – all 50 volumes

Posted on | January 2, 2012 | 19 Comments

Sacred Books of the East - free pdf downloadThe Sacred Books of the East is an enormous  project undertaken by Max Müller and various authors from 1879 and 1910. The groups work was published by Oxford University Press and to this day many of the translations are the only ones existing or the most precise. It is not possible to buy the complete set of these works, but Google Books and Microsoft has done an effort to scan them all from library sources, since they are now in the Public Domain. Please keep in mind that these volumes are huge, some of the files are more than 50 MB and has up to 3.000 pages.

Download them here as PDF-files:

1. The Upanishads, Part 1 of 2. Chandogya Upanishad. Talavakara (Kena) Upanishad. Aitareya Upanishad. Kausitaki Upanishad. Vajasaneyi (Isa) Upanishad.

2. The Sacred Laws of the Aryas, vol. 1 of 2. The sacred laws of the Aryas as taught in the school of Apastamba, Gautama, Vâsishtha, and Baudhâyana. pt. I. Apastamba and Gautama. (The Dharma Sutras).

3. The Sacred Books of China, vol. 1 of 6. Part I of The Texts of Confucianism. The Shû king (Classic of History). The religions portions of the Shih king (Classic of Poetry). The Hsiâo king (Xiao Jing).

4. The Zend-Avesta, vol. 1 of 3. The Vendîdâd.

5. Pahlavi Texts, vol. 1 of 5. The Bundahis, Bahman Yast, and Shayast La-Shayast.

6. The Qur’an, vol. 1 of 2.

7. The Institutes of Visnu.

8. The Bhagavadgita With the Sanatsugâtiya and the Anugitâ.

(We have several other translations of the Bhagavad Gita, here: Link)

9. The Qur’an, vol. 2 of 2.

10. The Dhammapada and The Sutta-Nipâta, a collection of discourses; being one of the canonical books of the Buddhists, translated from Pāli; and The Dhammapada, a collection of verses, translated from Pāli.

11. Buddhist Suttas. The Mahâ-parinibbâna Suttanta, The Dhamma-kakka-ppavattana Sutta, The Tevigga Sutta’anta, The Âkankheyya Sutta’a, The Ketokhila Sutta’a, The Mahâ-Sudassana Sutta’anta, The Sabbâsava Sutta’a.

12. The Satapatha Brahmana according to the text of the Mâdhyandina school, vol. 1 of 5.

13. Vinaya Texts, vol. 1 of 3. The Patimokkha. The Mahavagga, I-IV.

14. The Sacred Laws of the Aryas, vol. 2 of 2. The sacred laws of the Aryas as taught in the school of Apastamba, Gautama, Vâsishtha, and Baudhâyana. pt. II. Vâsishtha and Baudhâyana.

15. The Upanishads, part 2 of 2. Katha Upanishad. Mundaka Upanishad. Taittiriya Upanishad. Brhadaranyaka Upanishad. Svetasvatara Upanishad. Prasña Upanishad. Maitrayani Upanishad.

16. The Sacred Books of China, vol. 2 of 6. Part II of The Texts of Confucianism. The Yi King: (I Ching).

17. Vinaya Texts, vol. 2 of 3. The Mahavagga, V-X, the Kullavagga I-II.

18. Pahlavi Texts, vol. 2 of 5. The Dâdistân-î Dinik and the Epistles of Mânûskîhar.

19. The Fo-sho-hing-tsan-king, a life of Buddha, by Ashvaghosha, Bodhisattva; translated from Sanskrit into Chinese by Dharmaraksha, A. D. 420.

20. Vinaya Texts, vol. 3 of 3. The Kullavagga, IV-XII.

21. The Saddharma-Pundarika or The Lotus of the True Law.

22. Jaina Sûtras, vol. 1 of 2, translated from the Prâkrit. The Âkârânga sûtra. The Kalpa sûtra.

23. The Zend-Avesta, vol. 2 of 3. The Sîrôzahs, Yasts, and Nyâyis.

24. Pahlavi Texts, vol. 3 of 5. Dinai Mainög-i khirad, Sikand-Gümanik Vigar, Sad Dar.

25. The Laws of Manu. Translated, with extracts from seven commentaries.

26. The Satapatha Brahmana according to the text of the Mâdhyandina school, vol. 2 of 5, Books III-IV

27. The Sacred Books of China, vol. 3 of 6. Part III of the texts of Confucianism. The Lî Kî (Book of Rites), part 1 of 2.

28. The Sacred Books of China, vol. 4 of 6. Part IV of the texts of Confucianism. The Lî Kî (Book of Rites), part 2 of 2.

29. The Grihya-sutras; rules of Vedic domestic ceremonies. vol. 1 of 2. Sankhyayana-Grihya-sutra. Asvalayana-Grihya-sutra. Paraskara-Grihya-sutra. Khadia-Grihya-sutra.

30. The Grihya-sutras; rules of Vedic domestic ceremonies. vol. 2 of 2. Gobhila, Hiranyakesin, Apastamba (Olderberg); Yajña Paribhashasutras (Müller).

31. The Zend-Avesta, vol. 3 of 3. The Yasna, Visparad, Afrînagân, Gâhs, and miscellaneous fragments.

32. Vedic Hymns, vol. 1 of 2. Hymns to the Maruts, Rudra, Vâyu, and Vâta., with a bibliographical list of the more important publications on the Rig-veda.

33. The Minor Law-Books: Brihaspati. (Part 1 of 1).

34. The Vedanta-Sutras, vol. 1 of 3. Commentary by Sankaracharya, part 1 of 2. Adhyâya I-II (Pâda I-II).

35. The Questions of King Milinda, vol. 1 of 2. Milindapañha.

36. The Questions of King Milinda, vol. 2 of 2. Milindapañha.

37. Pahlavi Texts, vol. 4 of 5. Contents of the Nasks.

38. The Vedanta-Sutras, vol. 2 of 3, commentary by Sankaracharya, part 1 of 2. Adhyâya II (Pâda III-IV) -IV.

39. The Texts of Taoism, Part 1 of 2. The Sacred Books of China, vol. 5 of 6. Also: The Tâo the king (Tao te Ching): The writings of Kwang-tze, books I-XVII.

40. The Texts of Taoism, Part 2 of 2. Includes The Writings of Kwang Tse, books XVII-XXXIII, The Thâi-shang tractate of actions and their retributions, other Taoist texts, and the Index to vols. 39 and 40.

41. The Satapatha Brahmana according to the text of the Mâdhyandina school, vol. 3 of 5. Books V, VI, VII.

42. Hymns of the Atharvaveda, Together With Extracts From the Ritual Books and the Commentaries.

43. The Satapatha Brahmana according to the text of the Mâdhyandina school, vol. 4 of 5, Books VII, IX, X.

44. The Satapatha Brahmana according to the text of the Mâdhyandina school, vol. 5 of 5, Books XI, XII, XIII, XIV.

45. Jaina Sûtras, vol. 2 of 2, translated from Prâkrit. The Uttarâdhyayana Sûtra, The Sûtrakritânga Sûtra.

46. Vedic Hymns, vol. 2 of 2. Hymns to Agni (Mandalas I-V).

47. Pahlavi Texts, vol. 5 of 5. Marvels of Zoroastrianism.

48. The Vedanta-Sutras, vol. 3 of 3, with the commentary of Râmânuja.

49. Buddhist Mahâyâna Texts. Part 1. The Buddha-karita of Asvaghosha, translated from the Sanskrit by E. B. Cowell. Part 2. The larger Sukhâvatî-vyûha, the smaller Sukhâvatî-vyûha, the Vagrakkedikâ, the larger Pragñâ-pâramitâ-hridaya-sûtra, the smaller Pragñâ-pâramitâ-hridaya-sûtra, translated by F. Max Müller. The Amitâyur dhyâna-sûtra, translated by J. Takakusu.

50. General index to the names and subject-matter of the sacred books of the East.

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19 Responses to “The Sacred Books of the East – all 50 volumes”

  1. minister james.c.ramsey
    March 23rd, 2013 @ 8:26 am

    i really enjoy reading all of the different books that are on this site!!! this is a great site!!! need more on ancient religions and practices…. thank you!!!

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    June 7th, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

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  3. Sudhir Kumar
    June 11th, 2013 @ 3:36 am

    i SALUTE THE MANAGERS OF THIS WEBSITE FOR SHOWING US how the word or shabda becomes almost eternal, even though it is mediated through technology!! Hence, the symbiotic co-existence of Vidya( the spiritual knowledge) and Avidya ( material knowledge or knowledge of the material world, secular knowledge)!! The volumes may be juxtaposed in iterms of their thematic contiguity or similarities.
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  4. Aboobacker Hajee
    July 10th, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

    This is blessing for me to have a soft copy Max Mullers -all 50 vol.
    As I got a collection of 50 vol hard copy.
    Thanks a lot for this full mobile copy
    It’s really a great job, thank you very much indeed.
    Aboobacker Hajee

  5. Yahya Nosrati
    August 22nd, 2013 @ 4:48 am

    Thank you four all your greatness to put all Vols. of S. B. E. available. I had already downloaded most of them but i found vol 19 just here.
    God Bless you.

  6. Victor Baerner
    October 4th, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    Thanks for such hard work. Records of these are very valuable for humanity.

    It seems like volume 2 and 3 are mislinked. They don’t like to the Aryas of Sacred Books of China vol. 1. If possible please fix the links. Thanks.

  7. Victor Baerner
    October 4th, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    sorry for the typos. They don’t *link*, Sacred Laws of the Aryas *or* Sacred Books of China vol.1

  8. Greg
    October 29th, 2013 @ 12:35 am

    Are these available as a torrent file? I would imagine that that would help reduce your bandwidth requirements…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torrent_file
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitTorrent

  9. Adam
    November 5th, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

    Thank you for compiling this list. An incredible help with my research.

    A couple of technical glitches:
    Volumes 34 and 39 link to corrupted files which cannot be downloaded.

    Also, is it possible to obtain volumes 1, 2 and 3 as separate files?

  10. Iqbal Randhawa
    December 1st, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

    I missed the set of sacred books due to that I don’t have enough money to buy the full set then…I am pleased to find it here…my utmost desire is to translate the full set in Urdu for my people,so the can become aware of the other sacred books of the east too….

  11. Deborah
    December 3rd, 2013 @ 2:02 am

    Wow, jackpot. Thank you!

  12. Lichtenberg
    December 3rd, 2013 @ 2:39 am

    Yoy are welcome Deb.

  13. Utsav
    December 3rd, 2013 @ 11:30 am

    A very good & appreciable effort. A highly charged good karma for the site developer.

  14. Utsav
    December 3rd, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    the ebook on link 1st is corrupted. Kindly check

  15. MK
    February 21st, 2014 @ 12:07 am

    GOD BLESS YOU.

  16. tan
    April 21st, 2014 @ 3:28 am

    Blessed be the creators of this site. I am a christian but I enjoy reading about other religions and it makes me happy that i have made the right choice in accepting Jesus. As a Chinese I am very pleased to be able to know more about my Chinese ancestors through their beliefs. Many thanks also to Google for this achievement in understanding humanity through their souls and beliefs.

  17. Lichtenberg
    April 21st, 2014 @ 4:28 am

    Thanks, good to have you, not many Chinese comes around here :-)

  18. mudrooroo nyoongah
    April 21st, 2014 @ 6:21 am

    The Sacred Books of the East are many translations which are limited by the Imperialist age in which they were translated. They seek to force a Western perspective on the texts. Enough said, but what is truly wonderful are the translations done and some of which I have continued to use, I refer to the Amitabha (Pure Land) sutra texts. A graceful end note is this was a tremendous undertaking only equaled by the Buddhist translations and editions of the British Pali Text Society.

  19. Lichtenberg
    April 21st, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

    Dear Mudrooroo I agree, all translations are limited by the cultural background of the editors and translators of the specific period. However, these works are unique in their scope and I do not believe we will ever see such projects on the topic again. This is the best we have :-)

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