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The Hymn: Song of the Soul

Posted on | January 3, 2019 | 3 Comments

The Hymn free spiritual PDF e-bookTHE HYMN: Song of the Soul is the spiritual song of an anonymous author. On publication, the author of this small talisman of a book that gives its beholder wings veiled their identity, their hope is that the reader may discover within the words their own universal “soul song.” Only a single copy of the original book exists. From the book:

“I sing a freedom song.
I walk a victory march.
I dance naked,
and enter the void.
Follow me —”

Only one copy exists

Designed and typeset by the author, printed by letterpress in New York, and hand-bound in London, the extravagantly produced one-of-a-kind book was a gift from its creator to the recipient named within. This book is a facsimile of that gift. The original has its home at THEHYMN.COM. Thanks to IVVIIMMIX for letting us post the book here.

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Come and See – Three Dhamma Talks

Posted on | January 1, 2019 | No Comments

Come and See dhamma talks

Come and See – Three Dhamma Talks. For 40 years, the monk Phra Ajaan Funn Ācāro wandered throughout northeastern Thailand, facing and overcoming many hardships—wild animals, lack of food, and recurring diseases. Because of his kindness and strength of character, he developed a following, both lay and ordained. In 1944, he returned to his home village in Phannana Nikhom district and stayed in a cemetery near to a neighboring lake. The local villagers set up a small hut and Dhamma hall at the spot, and this was the beginning of Wat Paa Udomsomphorn, the monastery where Ajaan Funn eventually settled in the last decades of his life. However, it wasn’t until 1964 that he actually began spending the Rains there. In the meantime, he set up monasteries and hermitages in several secluded spots throughout the northeast. These talks do convey a sense of his strength of character, with its distinctive combination of kindness and strictness. Because of their value, both as a record of the teachings of the Wilderness Tradition and as inspiring lessons in the Dhamma, three of them are offered here in translation.

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The Babylonian Legends of the Creation and the Fight between Bel and the Dragon

Posted on | November 27, 2018 | No Comments

Wallis Budge E A - The Babylonian Legends of the Creation - 1921

Wallis Budge E A – The Babylonian Legends of the Creation – 1921

The Babylonian Legends of the Creation and the Fight between Bel and the Dragon are stories translated from the Assyrian tablets found in Nineveh by Tigris in today’s Iraq. The tablets were initially discovered by A. H. Layard, Honnuzd Rassam and George Smith, Assistant in the Department of Oriental Antiquities in the British Museum. They were found among the ruins of the Palace and Library of Ashur-bani-pal (B.C. 668-626) at ~uyunji~ (Nineveh), between the years I848 and 1876. Between I866 and 1870, the great “find” of tablets and fragments, some 20,000 in number, which Rassam made in 1852. was worked through by George Smith, who identified many of the historical inscriptions of Shalmaneser II, Tiglath-Pileser III, Sargon II, Sennacherib, Esarhaddon, and other kings mentioned in the Bible, and several literary compositions of a legendary character, fables, etc. This fine book by the British Museum, printed in 1921 tells the story of the discovery of the tablets and presents the great myths about the creation of the world and the epic fight between Bel and the Dragon. Download the free PDF e-book here (36 pages/7.3MB):

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Gods of the North

Posted on | November 26, 2018 | No Comments

Gods of the North free PDF on the Gods and myths of the Vikings PDF

Gods of the North is about the mythology of the Vikings, Angels, Saxons and Jutes and how it has shaped cultures, languages and later religions. The author Brian Branston states that a myth is like a dream; a direct expression of the unconscious mind, and the events of a myth, its characters and symbols are to the human race as the events, characters and symbols of his dream are to the individual. Like a dream the myth may ignore the conventional logic of space and time relationships, of events following one after another in a causal sequence. Nevertheless, a dream has a meaning which can be made plain; and so has a myth. It is not easy to interpret the myths of our own culture, for our near ancestors-those of a thousand odd years ago-were persuaded to forget them or to relegate their broken remnants to the nursery. The Gods of the North were once upon a time the gods of our forefathers. The fossilized remains of these deities survive in place-names for instance, as Wansdyke, Wednesbury, Wensley, Tuesley and Thundersley; in the names of the days of the week, as Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; in folklore and fairy tale with their stories of witches on broomsticks. You might also like this book: https://www.holybooks.com/stories-of-norse-gods-and-heroes/

Gods of the North
The mythology of the Vikings, Angels, Saxons and Jutes and how it has shaped later cultures.
Written by: Brian Branston
Published by: Thames and Hudson
Edition: Second
ISBN: 500 11003 4
Available in: Ebook

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The Lie Behind the Lie Detector – and how to beat a polygraph

Posted on | November 16, 2018 | No Comments

The Lie Behind the Lie DetectorThe Lie Behind the Lie Detector is now out in its fifth edition. The free book outlines the history of the lie detector, the science behind polygraphs and why they are highly unreliable bordering to plain pseudoscience. The authors George W. Maschke and Gino J. Scalabrini, who runs the website AntiPolygraph.org, takes the reader through the most common misconceptions about the lie detectors and tell the stories about some prominent scandals involving the misuse of lie detectors. The book even has several chapters on how to manipulate the results of most common used polygraphs. It is easier than you might think.

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The Ramayana Condensed into English Verse

Posted on | November 2, 2018 | No Comments

Ramayana Epic of Rama in versesThis translation is the sixt attempt to make the Hindu epic Ramayana available in English from the original Sanskrit material. Romesh Dutt’s approach was to approximate the original presentation by translate it into English verses, a huge task, which he published in 1899. Romesh Dutt was born in Bengal and he had complete mastery of English. His first considerable essay was a history of Civilisation in Ancient India, which, though not a work of original research, fulfilled a useful purpose in its day. When freedom from Government service gave him the opportunity he set himself to writing the Economic History of India and India in the Victorian Age, the two together forming his chief contribution to the subject which he, more than any other Indian of his time, had made his own. In these books, there is much criticism of British administration, strongly felt if temperately expressed. Apart from this, its more controversial side, the work of Romesh Dutt is valuable mainly in that it has helped to reveal, to his own people no less than to ours, the spiritual riches of ancient India. ∪∀∞.

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The spiritual writings of Wassily Kandinsky

Posted on | October 28, 2018 | No Comments

Kandinsky Kleine WelteWassily Kandinsky was a Russian painter, art theorist, and poet. He became famous for painting the first purely abstract works as part of the Soviet avant-garde that flourished until about 1930. Kandinsky’s experiments became too much for Stalin’s increasing political control over the art-scene and also Kandinsky’s spiritual outlook was not comme il faut for the trending Soviet Realism. He went to Germany taught at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture for a few years until the Nazis closed it in 1933. Kandinsky’s paintings are among the most expensive at international auctions today, but his writings are often overlooked. Here is a collection, maybe the most complete you will find, of his writings on art and spirituality. Download the free pdf e-books here:

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PDF ebook downloadPoint and Line to Plane by Kandinsky


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Watch Wassily Kandinsky: A collection of 366 works (HD) here:

The Solar Anus

Posted on | October 14, 2018 | No Comments

The Solar AnusThe Solar Anus, originally L’anus solaire is a very peculiar work in the surrealistic genre. It was written in 1927 by the French author Georges Bataille and illustrated by André Masson in a later edition. From the book:

“An abandoned shoe, a rotten tooth, a snub nose, the cook spitting in the soup of his masters are to love what a battle flag is to nationality. An umbrella, a sexagenarian, a seminarian, the smell of rotten eggs, the hollow eyes of judges are the roots that nourish love. A dog devouring the stomach of a goose, a drunken vomiting woman, a sob­bing accountant, a jar of mustard represent the confusion that serves as the vehicle of love.”

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In the Elephant’s Footprint

Posted on | October 10, 2018 | No Comments

In the Elephants FootprintIn the Elephant’s Footprint is the transcriptions of three talks held at the Palelai Buddhist Temple in Singapore December 15-17, 2017. The topics are The Wisdom of Good, The Skills of Concentration and The Judgments of Insight.

It used to be that people thought that Buddhism was very pessimistic and talked about nothing but suffering, suffering, suffering. Nowadays, though, people are beginning to realize that the Buddha was actually talking about happiness. He talked about suffering because he wanted people to understand that there is suffering in life but that it’s also possible to find happiness in spite of the suffering. In fact, his teachings are all aimed at happiness. It’s just that we have to comprehend suffering before we can find a happiness that’s genuine and true.

The Buddha actually taught something much more daring and of much greater value, which is there is a happiness that we can attain through our efforts, something that’s not dependent on conditions; something that lies beyond the normal pleasures that come and go, a happiness that doesn’t change. The happiness he actually teaches is something that lies deeper in the heart. ∪∀∞.

In the Elephant's Footprint
Transcriptions of three talks held at the Palelai Buddhist Temple in Singapore December 15-17, 2017.
Written by: Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu
Published by: Metta Forest Monastery
Edition: First
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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Awareness Itself

Posted on | October 8, 2018 | No Comments

Awareness ItselfAwareness Itself is dedicated to the life and teachings of the Thai monk Ajaan Fuang Jotiko. He was the teacher of the author of the book, Thanissaro Bhikkhu. The book is based on three other books, mainly Fuang’s The Language of the Heart and nearly the complete Transcendent Discernment. Not everything is a straight translation. Many of the anecdotes will make sense for western readers, so they have been retold to be more accessible for readers not familiar with Thai and monastic traditions of his time.

From the introduction:

“A group of Thai people once asked me what was the most amazing thing I have ever encountered in Ajaan Fuan, hoping that I would mention his mind-reading abilities of other supernatural powers. Although there were those – his knowledge of my mind seemed uncanny – I told them that what I found most amazing was his kindness and humanity.”

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An Unentangled Knowing – The Teachings of a Thai Buddhist Lay Woman

Posted on | September 28, 2018 | No Comments

Unentangled Knowing

An Unentangled Knowing with the subtitle; The Teachings of a Thai Buddhist Lay Woman outlines the life and work of Upāsikā Kee Nanayon he foremost female Dhamma teacher in twentieth-century Thailand. She was born in 1901 to a Chinese merchant family in Rajburi. During her teenage years, she devoted her spare time to Dhamma books and to meditation. In 1945, she gave up her business, joined her aunt and uncle in moving to the mountains, and there the three of them began a life devoted entirely to meditation. The small retreat they made for themselves in an abandoned monastic dwelling eventually grew to become the nucleus of a women’s practice center that has flourished to this day.

Upāsikā Kee was something of an autodidact. Although she picked up the rudiments of meditation during her frequent visits to monasteries in her youth, she practiced mostly on her own without any formal study under a meditation teacher. Most of her instruction came from books—the Pali Canon and the works of contemporary teachers—and was tested in the crucible of her own relentless honesty.

In the later years of her life, she developed cataracts that eventually left her blind, but she still continued a rigorous schedule of meditating and receiving visitors interested in the Dhamma. She passed away in 1978 after entrusting the center to a committee she appointed from among its members. Her younger sister, Upāsikā Wan, who up to that point had played a major role as supporter and facilitator for the center, joined the community within a few months of Upāsikā Kee’s death and soon became its leader, a position she held until her death in 1993. Now the center is once again being run by committee and has grown to accommodate 60 members.

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Mahabharata – Epic of the Bharatas English condensed version

Posted on | September 22, 2018 | 1 Comment

Mahabharata Epic of the Bharatas PDFHere is another and easy to read version of the classic, divine poem the Mahabharata. Mahabharata – Epic of the Bharatas is condensed into English verses by Romesh C. Dutt from 1898 and re-published in 2018. Romesh writes about the Mahabharata:

For if there is one characteristic feature which distinguishes the Mahabharata (as well as the other Indian Epic, the Ramayana) from all later Sanscrit literature, it is the grand simplicity of its narrative, which contrasts with the artificial graces of later Sanscrit poetry. The poetry of Kalidasa, for instance, is ornate and beautiful, and almost scintillates with similes in every verse; the poetry of the Mahabharata is plain and unpolished and scarcely stoops to a simile or a figure of speech unless the simile comes naturally to the poet. The great deeds of godlike kings sometimes suggest to the poet the mighty deeds of gods; the rushing of warriors suggests the rushing of angry elephants in the echoing jungle; the flight of whistling arrows suggests the flight of sea-birds; the sound and movement of surging crowds suggest the heaving of billows; the erect attitude of a warrior suggests a tall cliff; the beauty of a maiden suggests the soft beauty of the blue lotus. When such comparisons come naturally to the poet, he accepts them and notes them down, but he never seems to go in quest of them, he is never anxious to beautify and decorate. He seems to trust entirely to his grand narrative, to his heroic characters, to his stirring incidents, to hold millions of listeners in perpetual thrall. The majestic and sonorous Sanscrit metre is at his Translator’s Epilogue command, and even this he uses carelessly, and with frequent slips, known as arsha to later grammarians. The poet certainly seeks for no art to decorate his tale, he trusts to the lofty.

Download Romesh C. Dutts English PDF version of the Mahabharata here (166 pages/2.8MB):

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Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel

Posted on | September 12, 2018 | No Comments

Zen in the Art of Archery

Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel is the classic book on Zen in bowmanship. The book was maybe the most important in bringing the traditions of Zen to the European audience. However, Herrigel’s interpretation of Zen and his sources have been disputed. This and Herrigel’s membership of The Militant League for German Culture, a nationalistic anti-Semitic political society during the Weimar Republic and the Nazi era have cast a long shadow over his writings and professional work.

After Herrigel’s death in 1955, his enormous collection of notes on Zen were edited and publishes by Alan Watts in 1960 as The Method of Zen. From Zen in the Art of Archery:

Every Master who practices an art molded by Zen is like a flash of lightning from the cloud of all-encompassing Truth. This Truth is present in the free movement of his spirit, and he meets it again, in ” It “, as his own original and nameless essence. He meets this essence over and over again as his own being’s utmost possibilities so that the Truth assumes for him˙ and for others through him˙a thousand shapes and forms.

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The Five Faculties – Putting Wisdom in Charge of the Mind

Posted on | August 30, 2018 | 1 Comment

The Five Faculties

The Five Faculties with the subtitle Putting Wisdom in Charge of the Mind by Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu. The Five Faculties are in the Buddhist tradition known as conviction, persistence, mindfulness, concentration, and discernment. These are qualities that the Buddha numbered among his most important teachings. When put in charge of the mind, they lead all the way to awakening. Taken together, they deal primarily with the practice of meditation, which makes them a good framework for a meditation retreat. However, the first faculty—conviction—focuses on questions of self and world: what kinds of happiness you believe you are capable of attaining, along with what kind of happiness you believe can be found in the world. This means that the five faculties also provide an excellent framework for covering the entire practice of the Buddha’s teachings, both on retreat and in the world at large. This book was written in 2017 after a nine-day retreat held by Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu with a Buddhist group near Marseilles.

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Selected Works of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

Posted on | August 10, 2018 | 1 Comment

Selected Works Of Dr Ambedkar

Selected Works of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar is a huge collection, 4795 pages, consisting of articles and essays on the Indian democracy, spiritual life, and social system. Ambedkar was independent India’s first minister of justice and one of the main writers of the constitution. He spent his life working for social justice and the elimination of the caste system, and he started a mass conversion of lower caste Dalits to Buddhism when he in 1956 himself converted to Buddhism. He founded the Buddhist Society of India and wrote several works on Buddhism, some of which are included in this compilation. Download the free PDF e-book here (this is a huge download, about 50 MB):

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The Gurdjieff Movements – A Communication of Ancient Wisdom

Posted on | August 5, 2018 | 2 Comments

The Gurdjieff Movements

The Gurdjieff Movements – A Communication of Ancient Wisdom is a new book by Wim van Dullemen on Gurdjieff’s hundreds of precise and mostly asymmetrical gestures, arranged into detailed choreographies for groups of practitioners. Van Dullemen reconsiders the eminent role of the Movements, revealing them as a vital yet often-neglected component in the transmission of Gurdjieff’s legacy. Thanks to the publisher we have got the permission to post a chapter of the book here. The chapter explores why Gurdjieff, an esoteric teacher and not a choreographer left such a vast number of extremely detailed dances, how they relate to his writings and compositions. The conclusion is Yes, all of Gurdjieff´s works complement each other. They share ritualistic qualities and hidden meanings which are explained in the book. Van Dullemen, whose first Movements’ teacher received her instructions directly from Gurdjieff himself, is in a unique position to offer theory and first-hand experience about the movements. He is a professional musician and a long-time practitioner of the Gurdjieff work who trained in these Movements and served as a master accompanist for the practice for over thirty years. “No book can teach the Movements,” the author clearly asserts. And, he makes no such attempt here. Far from an instruction manual, The Gurdjieff Movements, A Communication of Ancient Wisdom, offers invaluable insight into and greater understanding of the whys and wherefores of this fourth arm of the vast teaching that comprises Gurdjieff’s complete communication: his books, his oral teachings, his music and finally his Movements.

Download the chapter “Inventory and Classification of Gurdjieff´s Legacy” here:

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Remember, we have an entire section with books about and by Gurdjieff and his pupils here:  https://www.holybooks.com/category/the-fourth-way/


The Perfumed Garden

Posted on | July 30, 2018 | 4 Comments

The Perfumed GardenThe Perfumed Garden also known as The Perfumed Garden of Sensual Delight is a classic Arabic sex manual and a piece of erotic literature. Muḥammad ibn Muḥammad al-Nafzawi probably wrote The Perfumed Garden sometime during the twelfth century somewhere around today’s Tunisia. The book is interesting because of its no-tabu approach, amusing stories and somewhat naive assumptions about human physiology. The Perfumed Garden lists opinions on how men and women should behave and dress in order to be attractive, it gives advice on sexual techniques and warnings about sexual health, and even recipes to remedy sexual maladies.

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The Body – Dhamma Reflections on ageing, sickness and death by the nuns of the Theravada Community

Posted on | July 25, 2018 | No Comments

The Body - Buddhist Dhamma TalksThe Body with the subtitle Dhamma Reflections on ageing, sickness and death by the nuns of the Theravada Community is written and compiled by the nuns Ajahn Sundara, Ajahn Candasiri and Ajahn Metta. This collection of nuns’ talks, which were originally offered to the monastic communities and during meditation retreats for lay people, focus on two main themes. The first is obvious but, remarkably, overlooked by many people: our very existence as a physical presence – how that changes and how it ends. The second theme, the Buddha’s teaching, which he referred to as the Four Noble Truths, begins with what is obvious: ‘Life is stressful’, However, having enumerated the causes of this state of affairs, it quickly moves on to the supremely subtle remedy known as ‘letting go’.

The Body
The Body with the subtitle Dhamma Reflections on ageing, sickness and death by the nuns of the Theravada Communit
Written by: Ajahn Sundara, Ajahn Candasiri and Ajahn Metta
Published by: Amaravati Buddhist Monastery
Edition: First
ISBN: 978-1-870205-72-6
Available in: Ebook

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On the Path

Posted on | June 26, 2018 | No Comments

On the Path - An Anthology on The Noble Eightfold PathOn the Path – An Anthology on The Noble Eightfold Path drawn from the Pali Canon. Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu describes in this book the eightfold path and what the Pali Canon taught about it according to the Buddha. He stresses that all eight factors of the path are necessary for it to yield its intended results. This observation applies specifically to the factor of right concentration. There are interpreters who maintain that the Buddha actually taught two alternative paths—a sixfold path, which includes right mindfulness but the not right effort and right concentration—and a sevenfold path, which includes right effort and right concentration but not right mindfulness. This interpretation is based on a definition of right mindfulness that is totally separate from and at odds with the right effort and right concentration, but this definition has no basis in the suttas and can be forced on the suttas only by squeezing them out of shape. Bhikkhu states that the suttas actually teach right concentration in a way that includes right mindfulness, and right mindfulness in a way that includes right effort. In this way, the factors of the path are mutually penetrating and mutually reinforcing. In fact, they cannot complete their work unless all eight factors mature together.

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William Blake & Jacob Boehme: Imagination, Experience & the Limitations of Reason

Posted on | June 18, 2018 | No Comments

William Blake and Jacob Boehme Imagination, Experience and the Limitations fo Reason

William Blake & Jacob Boehme: Imagination, Experience & the Limitations of Reason by Kevin Fischer. This essay examines how Jacob Boehme and William Blake understood and valued imagination, and how imagination is quite distinct from fantasy. Both men saw it as rooted in living experience, and as such necessary for a fuller knowledge and understanding of reality. For both, abstract reasoning alone gives only a partial view, one that can distort and limit our understanding and the world that we do experience. By contrast, the creative embodied imagination places us more fully in existence, in ourselves and in the world; it makes possible true Reason; it reveals all the profound potential that is too often unexplored and unrealised in us; and by doing so it affords us a vital living understanding of and relationship with the Divine. Thanks to Kevin Fischer for letting us post his work here.

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Tearing The Veil That Blindfolds

Posted on | June 18, 2018 | No Comments

Tearing The Veil That Blindfolds

Tearing the Veil that Blindfolds: How I freed myself from the Matrix of Beliefs that bound me to limitation and misery is a self-published e-book, we present here with the author’s permission. Patricia Ramphal has worked on the book for 11 years and it documents her struggle with herself. From the introduction:

This is a book of most of the transmutations of beliefs that I have done in the space of eleven years. I realized that it was meant to be published but I was not aware of it at the time I started taking notes of the clearing of my beliefs (also known as the garbage heap of beliefs that are piled upon our true self). I transmuted everything that came up in my feeling that was not good-feeling and I took notes of them. As I dedicated myself to taking notes, my issues showed up faster to clear. At times I felt frustrated that I was clearing and clearing and all this garbage wasn’t coming to an end. Now I understand that the issues had to be cleared one level at a time since they went very deep.

Tearing the Veil that Blindfolds
Patricia Ramphal has worked on the book for 11 years and it documents her struggle with herself.
Written by: Patricia Ramphal
Published by: Patricia Ramphal
Edition: First
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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Magia Naturalis – Natural Magick

Posted on | June 14, 2018 | 3 Comments

Natural MagickMagia Naturalis (natural magic) is the main work of the Neapolitan scholar Giambattista Della Porta, first published in 1558 in four books and then in 1586 in twenty books. It is the compilation of fantastic phenomena and beliefs he collected during his life and that he has tried to wrest from the divinatory magic by giving them a naturalistic justification or by legitimizing them by classic literary references.

The first edition of Magia Naturalis dates from 1558 in Naples1,2 (then Antwerp in 1560), while Della Porta was only twenty-three years old. From an early age, with the help of his preceptors, he hunts for surprising, wonderful, and even miraculous facts, to review them in order to tear them away from popular superstition and put them back to their proper place within the natural philosophy.

The Magia Naturalis is not a book of magic spells but merely an anthology of natural wonders written at a time when science was still in its infancy.

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Ten books for this summer

Posted on | June 8, 2018 | No Comments

Some of you have asked me if I read all the books I post here on the site. I do not. I don’t even think that would be possible in my lifetime because of the number of books. But I have made a selection for myself for this summer to catch up, and I would like to share it with you and hear your comments.

Mastering the core teachings of the BuddhaFirst of all, I have been looking forward to reading ‘Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha’ by Daniel M. Ingram again, one of the first books I uploaded here back in 2010. Find it here: https://www.holybooks.com/mastering-the-core-teachings-of-the-buddha/



Beelzebub Gurdjieff pdf free ebook coverGurdjieff’s work “Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson” or “An Objectively Impartial Criticism of the Life of Man” is also on my list. I must admit I have tried several times to start, but it is tough. I have the print version and I will bring it with me on a road trip to the Balkans in a few weeks. Find it here: https://www.holybooks.com/beelzebubs-tales-grandson-gurdjieff/


Gitanjali Song OfferingsGitanjali – Song Offerings. Next on the list is one of the latest additions to holybooks.com, the work that paved the way for to the Nobel Prize for Rabindranath Tagore. You can download the poetic masterpiece, Gitanjali – Song Offerings, here: https://www.holybooks.com/gitanjali-song-offerings/



Samayasara or Nature of Self is a classic Jain discussion about the nature of the self and its relation to karma and moksha, meaning ultimate liberation or enlightenment. Get it here: https://www.holybooks.com/samayasara-or-nature-of-self/



The desert fathers early christianity

Fathers of the Desert was first published in English in 1867. The book describes the beliefs, lives, and practices of a number of individual desert fathers and groups like the Anchorites. Download it here: https://www.holybooks.com/fathers-of-the-desert-vol-iii/



The Wisdom of VedantaThe Wisdom of Vedanta with the subtitle “An Introduction To The Philosophy of Nondualism” by Swami Abhayananda is also one of the books that I have had on my list for too long now. Time to read it: https://www.holybooks.com/wisdom-vedanta-introduction-philosophy-nondualism/



Masnavi-I Ma’navi: The title of Rumi’s masterwork Masnavi-I Ma’navi means “Rhyming Couplets of Profound Spiritual Meaning.” It is a is a poetic collection of rambling anecdotes and stories derived from the Quranhadith sources, and everyday tales. Get your digital copy over here: https://www.holybooks.com/masnavi-manavi-ebook-teachings-rumi/



Hunger Knut HamsunHunger. And from my own neighborhood, Hunger, by Knut Hamsun. Knut Hamsun was a Norwegian author, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920 – not the least for this work about mental, spiritual and physical decay. If you dare: https://www.holybooks.com/hunger-knut-hamsung/



Kahlil Gibran novels online pdf ebookSix short stories. Kahlil Gibran is mostly known for his work, The Prophet, and The Madman, but he also wrote some interesting shorter novels. Pure reading pleasure, right here: https://www.holybooks.com/short-stories-kahlil-gibran/



I am not good at top ten lists, but my SEO-friend says that is what the kids want nowadays. However, I have four candidates for number ten:

Appearance and Reality by F.H. Bradley


The Open Secret – by Tony Parson

Human, All Too Human – A Book for Free Spirits – Nietzsche


Joyous Cosmology by Alan Watts

I wish you all a Joyous summer :-)

Ye Magick Mirrour of Old Japan

Posted on | June 7, 2018 | No Comments

Ye Magick Mirrour of Old JapanYe Magick Mirrour of Old Japan is a very special little book about the Japanese tradition of sacred mirrors. The book was privately printed in 97 copies and it is based on a discourse delivered at a Meeting of the Sette holden at Limmer’s Hotel (from where we also got the Limmer’s Gin Punch) on Friday, December 2, 1892.

In Japan mirrors had a peculiar place in society and spirituality. Mirrors were often decorated and surrounded with flowers like we see icons from the West decorated, and some of them are told to have magical properties. This book digs into the special properties. It seems that due to an old technique some Japanese mirrors can present patterns or images, not to the onlooker but at the mirror’s reflection in the room, if the light source is just right.

Download Ye Magick Mirrour of Old Japan here as a free PDF e-book (109 pages/4.87MB):

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The Middle Theory – A Guide to balance

Posted on | June 1, 2018 | 1 Comment

The Middle Theory

The Middle Theory – A Guide to Balance. The knowledge contained in The Middle Theory was not derived from research and experimentation; it was sparked by a sudden shift in consciousness that the author, Deshon M. Fox, experienced shortly after his mother died of cancer. From the book:

Turning our attention to our understanding of human consciousness, it stands to reason that balance—in this case, the balance of awareness—results in the attainment of an ideal state of consciousness. This ideal state would, no doubt, elevate our thinking, bring focus and clarity to our actions, and sensitize us to the promptings of our higher nature. Despite life’s inevitable ups and downs, the net result of sustaining this state of awareness would be enduring happiness. Do we not yearn for this?


The Middle Theory contains sweeping insights and practical approaches that can guide us to this enlightening place. Download the free PDF e-book here (168 pages/1.04MB)

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