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Isopanisad – Isha Upanishad

Isopanisad or the Isha Upanishad is a part of the ancient Upanishads, 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 […]

Words of Grace

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 […]

Zen Mind, Beginners Mind

Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki is a book of instruction about how to practice Zen, about Zen life, and about the attitudes and understanding that make Zen practice possible. For any reader, the book will be an encouragement to realize his own nature, his own Zen mind. Zen mind is one of those […]

No Inner Core – an Introduction to the Doctrine of Anatta

No Inner Core – An Introduction to the Doctrine of Anatta by Sayadaw U Silananda. The Anatta doctrine is one of the most important teachings of Buddhism. It is the most distinctive feature of Buddhism, for, as many scholars have recognized, it makes Buddhism different from all other religions. The understanding of Anatta, the theory of no-soul or non-self, […]

Prologues by The TS Network

Prologues by The TS Network. In the early 2010’s  the question of secular enlightenment began to gather steam on the philosophical discussion boards of the internet. Skeptic websites like Truth Strike, Open Source Analysis and Ruthless Truth stripped enlightenment of its spiritual garb and presented a simple means of attainment: Direct empirical observation of the […]

The Way of Liberation A Practical Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Adyashanti

The Way of Liberation – A Practical Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment is a free ebook from Adyashantis website. I am very happy to be able to post the words of Adyashanti here on the site for the first time. I know from experience that his words can have a huge impact.  From the intro: Many […]

Vedantakalpalatika Madhusudan Saraswati

Vedantakalpalatika Madhusudan Saraswati is the English translation of an original Sanskrit manual embracing all important topics relating to the Hindu philosophies of Vedanta and Advaita. The authors aim is to show how Advaita doctrines offer insight into the ultimate reality. Vedantakalpalatika was written sometime before 1500 A. D. Download the Vedantakalpalatika here as a free PDF […]

Enlightenment – Life the Way it is by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Enlightenment – Life the Way it is is based upon questions and answers by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. Sadhguru is an Indian mystic with thousands of followers all over the world. I visited his impressive ashram, Isha Yoga Center, in Coimbatore some years ago and I left with some disappointment, mainly because of the staging of Sadhguru […]

Gateless Gatecrashers – 21 Ordinary People 21 Extraordinary Awakenings by Ilona Ciunaite and Elena Nezhinsky

Two years ago, about the time this site was established, the forum Ruthless Truth saw the light of day. The idea was to enlighten people – as many as possible as quick as possible and I know the site and its growing and relentless staff created lasting changes in many people’s lives. Thousands of people hung out […]

The Hidden Truth: A logical path through compelling evidence to discover the nature of reality and the meaning of life.

The Hidden Truth considers wide-ranging fields of study to develop a logical path through compelling evidence to discover the nature of reality and the meaning of life.  The study begins with a review of the most scientifically sound evidence and moves down a continuum of increasingly esoteric, though still solid, anecdotal evidence.  This includes quantum physics, near death […]

Into the Stream

Into the Stream – A Study Guide on the First Stage of Awakening by. The Pali Canon, the scripture of the Theravada Buddhist Tradition written 29 BCE,  recognizes four levels of Awakening. The first of which is called stream entry. The name indicates a stream that will inevitably lead to enlightenment. This study guide on stream entry is divided […]

The Tibetan Book of the Dead – PDF ebook

The Tibetan Book of the Dead – or the Bardo Thodol is the English translation of the famous Tibetan death text, The Great Liberation upon Hearing in the Intermediate State. Bardo Thodol means “liberation by hearing on the after death plane”, it was originally written in Tibetan and is meant to be a guide for […]

Hallucinogenic Plants – A Golden Guide

Hallucinogenic Plants was a part of a series of books and field guides published in the seventies under the name Golden Guides. Hallucinogenic plants were written by Richard Evans Schultes – a founder of modern ethnobotany. The book is a good intro to psychedelics that has been much further explored since it was published, but […]

The Sacred Books of the East – all 50 volumes

The Sacred Books of the East is an enormous project undertaken by Max Müller and various authors from 1879 and 1910. The group’s work was published by Oxford University Press and to this day many of the translations are the only ones existing or the most precise. These translations might be some of the most […]

SELVES & NOT-SELF – THE BUDDHIST TEACHING ON ANATTA

Not all books here are 2.500 years old. This little gem, written by Thanissaro Bhikkhu was published in August 2011. The subtitle reveals the subject: Anatta – the Sanskrit word often translated to not-self. This book is written on the notes Thanissaro Bhikkhu wrote for at retreat in France with focus on Anatta. The book draws on […]

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