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Biography of Rabindranath Tagore

Posted on | May 12, 2018 | 1 Comment

Rabindranath Tagore biography PDFRabindranath Tagore – Poet and Dramatist is the biography of Rabindranath Tagore (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941) by Edward Thompson. Rabindranath Tagore received the Nobel Price in literature in 1913, as the first Asian to receive the price, and second after Roosevelt outside Europe. He was awarded for his numerous poems, inspired by medieval Indian literature and ancient Hindu spiritual verses, the atavistic mysticism of Vyasa among others. Rabindranath Tagore is most known for his poetic work Gitanjali – Song Offering, but he also wrote thousands of songs, short stories and he drew hundreds of paintings among other artistic expressions. His rise to fame in India and abroad let him meet with the most influential individuals of the time, among them Albert Einstein and he became a close friend of Mahatma Gandhi, with who he shared political views on the British supremacy and Indian nationalism. Rabindranath Tagore’s original gold Nobel Prize from 1913 was stolen from a safety vault from the Visva-Bharati University in March 2004. –  Fun fact:  did you know, the next Indian Nobel Prize winner from 1914, Kailash Satyarthi, had his statue stolen in 2017?

Rabindranath Tagore - Poet and Dramatis
Rabindranath Tagore – Poet and Dramatist is the biography of the Nobel Prize-winning Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941) by Edward Thompson.
Written by: Edward Thompson
Published by: RDDHI-INDIA
Edition: Rddhi edition. 1979, with a new appendix added by Sankha Ghosh
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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Fundamental Philosophy

Posted on | May 10, 2018 | No Comments

Fundamental PhilosophyFundamental Philosophy by Walter Wilson. I am so pleased every time a writer asks me for help to publish their works for a broader audience. During the last couple of weeks, this happened a couple of times. Recently Walter Wilson asked me to post his book about Fundamental Philosophy here and here it is: “The Most Scientific Law Of Knowing and Seeing, The Key to Constant Perfect Creativity In All Professional Fields and All Ways Of Life”.

The book draws on the author’s personal spiritual experiences from which he deduces general teachings and step-by-step paths to further enlightenment. Download the free e-book here (47 pages/1.1MB):

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The Buddha’s Teachings – An Introduction

Posted on | May 8, 2018 | 1 Comment

Buddhas Teachings a free PDF e-book. The Buddha’s Teachings – An Introduction by Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu is a short but precise biography of The Buddhas life and the events that led to his enlightenment and teachings. The book describes key concepts such as Samsara, rebirth, the handful of leaves, the noble truths, Nirvana and the importance of generosity in Buddhism. From the book:

The Buddha said that he simply points out the path to true happiness. You, yourself, have to follow the path. The results you get will have to depend on the effort you put into mastering the Buddha’s skills. The more skillful your actions, the more reliable and harmless the happiness they bring you—all the way to a happiness totally free from conditions, beyond the dimensions of the cosmos, a happiness that totally ends suffering. It’s up to you to decide if your happiness is important enough to test these claims and if you are willing to train yourself in the skills required to make yourself a reliable judge of the test.

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Butterflies are Free to Fly – A New and Radical Approach To Spiritual Evolution

Posted on | May 7, 2018 | No Comments

Butterflies are Free to FlyButterflies are Free to Fly with the subtitle A New and Radical Approach To Spiritual Evolution by Stephen Davis was published in 2010 freely for non-commercial purposes.

The book examines how topics such as quantum physics and recent scientific experiments are radically changing our understanding of life, the nature of our reality, and our spirituality. The book proposes a new model for the way our universe works and practical steps toward personal fulfillment and joy and peace of mind.

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The book of spirits

Posted on | May 5, 2018 | 1 Comment

The book of spirits Free PDF e-bookThe Book of Spirits was sent to me by the author last week. It is a short book he wrote for himself in order to “help me a little through this strange
rabbit-hole we call life.” The author, his real name is not Funky Looking Monkey, writes us:
“Reality is constant and always changing. I am always creating my reality consciously and subconsciously. This book gives an introduction to how we can do so more consciously. Yet, the purpose of the book is not to give the sensation of having all answers but to trigger curiosity and questions and create an open and safe space for you and me to freely explore our amazing minds and beings.”
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Holybooks just got a little sister

Posted on | April 24, 2018 | No Comments

Greatest Adventurers e-books about explorersWhen I am looking for new additions to Holybooks.com, I often come across books in another niche I am very keen on. Books about adventurers, explorers, and logbooks from the travels in the ages of discovery. https://www.greatestadventurers.com is the new home for those works.

So far only a handful books have been uploaded, but rest assured, more will come. The concept is the same as her on Holybooks.com, free PDF e-books which all have reached the Public Domain (or have been donated to the site by the rightsholders), meaning they can be read and distributed freely. Please take a look at https://www.greatestadventurers.com and let me know what you think. Suggestions for new books are welcome.

The Craft of the Heart by Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo

Posted on | April 18, 2018 | No Comments

The Craft of the Heart free PDF e-book on Buddhism

The Craft of the Heart by Ajaan Lee Dhammadharo gives the full range of his teachings on the practice of the Buddha’s craft, from the observance of the five precepts to the attainment of total liberation. Even though the chapters are designed for different readers at different stages the reader is advised to read, not judgmentally, but judiciously—taking whatever is useful for his or her own practice, and leaving the rest for others. The structure of the book, with its two overlapping parts, is explained by the fact that the two parts were originally written and published separately, Part II appearing in 1936 as The Training of the Heart, and Part I the following year as Precepts for Laypeople. In 1939 Ajaan Lee revised and expanded both parts, putting them together as self-sufficient but complementary halves of a single volume. Later, in the early 1950’s, he revised the book once more.

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Karma Q&A – a study guide

Posted on | April 13, 2018 | 1 Comment

Karma Q&A Free PDF E-book

Karma Q&A – a study guide is a newer book (2018) about the concept of Karma as it is understood and used in the Theravada branch of Buddhism. It discusses the origin of Karma and how it might have older roots than Buddhism and what the implications of this for a modern audience in the West might be. The author, Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu, argues that Karma is not Indonesian cultural luggage adopted by Buddha, but a universal concept, valuable for all cultures.

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Abiding in the Retreat

Posted on | April 9, 2018 | No Comments

Abiding in the Retreat by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. One of the Chenrezig practices in Tibetan Buddhism is the Chenrezig practices is the nyung. It is a powerful and intensive practice that takes place during a two days retreat.  This book Abiding in the Retreat is a commentary to a nyung nä sadhana composed by Kelzang Gyatso, the Seventh Dalai Lama, according to the nyung nä lineage originating from Bhikshuni Lakshmi (Gelongma Pälmo), an Indian princess who cured herself of leprosy and achieved enlightenment through nyung nä practice.

Abiding in the Retreat
One of the Chenrezig practices in Tibetan Buddhism is the Chenrezig practices is the nyung nä. This book is a commententary to nyung nä.
Written by: Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Published by: Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive
Edition: First
ISBN: 978-1-891868-69-6
Available in: Ebook

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Majjhima Nikaya – The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha

Posted on | April 6, 2018 | No Comments

Majjhima NikayaMajjhima Nikaya. This comprehensive work offers a complete translation of the Majjhima Nikaya, The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, one of the major collections in the Sutta Pitaka or “Basket of Discourses” belonging to the Pali Canon. This vast body of scriptures, recorded in the ancient Indian language now known as Pali, is regarded by the Theravada school of Buddhism as the definitive recension of the Buddha-word, and among scholars too it is generally considered our most reliable source for the original teachings of the historical Buddha Gotama.

This translation is an extensively revised version of an original draft translation made by the distinguished English scholar-monk, Bhikkhu Nanamoli (1905-1960). During his eleven years’ life in the Buddhist Order, passed entirely at the Island Hermitage in south Sri Lanka, Ven. Nanamoli had rendered into English some of the most difficult and intricate texts of Pali Buddhism, among them the encyclopedic Visuddhimagga. Following his premature death at the age of 55, three thick hand-bound notebooks containing a handwritten translation of the entire Majjhima Nikaya were found among his effects.

I have edited this scan for a better quality/file size ratio and removed empty pages. It is still a huge file (about 1.406 pages/33 MB) Enjoy.

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The Mysteries of Mind

Posted on | January 8, 2018 | 3 Comments

The Mysteries of Mind

The Mysteries of Mind by Yuvacaria Mahaprajna is an in-depth guide to meditation based on the ancient Jain-tradition. This Preksha meditation consist of practices for purifying emotions and conscious and realizing the own self. It helps in leading a peaceful life and is a system of meditation for attitudinal change, behavioral modification and integrated development of personality. The book describes a strict system of practices and rules for what to eat, how to communicate, behave etc.  From the intro: 

We are a ware of the power of thoughts, but we are unacquainted with the power of perception. Thinking tires knowledge-tissues whereas perception energises and activates them. Perceptive consciousness is natural. In whatever part of the body it enters, consciousness releases the current of vital energy in it. The flow of the current of vital energy in sufficient quantity arouses the dormant centres of consciousness in the body. The process of the arousing of the consciousness-centres has been briefly touched upon in this book.

The Mysteries of Mind
An in-depth guide to meditation based on the ancient Jain-tradition
Written by: Yuvacaria Mahaprajna
Published by: Today & Tomorrow's Printers and Publishers
Edition: First
ISBN: 0-8806 5-223-3
Available in: Ebook

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Bayatu by G. I. Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartmann

Posted on | December 12, 2017 | 4 Comments

Dear friends, today just a piece of music very dear to me by G. I. Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartmann called Bayatu. This is the piano and cello arrangement.

Necronomicon and the complete works of H. P. Lovecraft

Posted on | November 30, 2017 | 8 Comments

Necronomicon is the book that never existed, or at least that is what I believe, even though more than a dozen of books claims to be the original translation. You can find lots of sites discussing the Necronomicon especially in the satanistic and urban shamanistic corners of the Internet. The myth, that was brought forward by H. P. Lovecraft in his book History of the Necronomicon, which is generally considered pseudo-history, is about a book originally named Al Azif – azif. It was written circa 730 A. D. in Damascus in Syria by Abdul Alhazred – The Mad Arab. It was translated to Greek 950 A. D. as Necronomicon by Theodorus Philetas and burnt by Patriarch Michael 1050 but a Latin version emerged in 1228. Al Azif – azif was suppressed By Pope Gregory IX but it was translated and printed in German, Italian and Spanish in the 16’th century. There are consistent rumours that copies are kept in behind locks today in libraries because the content is so dangerous for the reader. In several stories written both by Lovecraft and other authors, just reading or possessing the Necronomicon leads to insanity …or even worse. The legend of the Necronomicon has been fuelled by H. R. Giger, who published a dark art book under the same name, and numerous literary references from other books. For the straight forward story of the Necronomicon I would suggest that you read the Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necronomicon
For the more speculative you should read The Necronomicon Anti-FAQ: http://www.digital-brilliance.com/necron/necron.htm
Or this: http://www.reocities.com/clorebeast/necpage.htm

Here you will find both the complete works of H. P. Lovecraft and a number of works about or claiming to be the Necronomicon.

Al-Azif-Necronomicon

The Simon Necronomicon

The Necronomicon Spellbook

The John Dee Necronomicon

The Complete_Works_of_H.P._Lovecraft

 

Buddhist Legends VOL I-III

Posted on | November 10, 2017 | No Comments

Buddhist LegendsBuddhist Legends VOL I-III consists of a direct translations from the original Dhammapada Commentary Pali texts. The translations where made by various scholars at Yale University in during 1917 and 1918 and the work was published in the USA in 1921. The collection features hundreds of stories about great saints, human stupidity, parables similar to those of the Bible, animal stories which may remind you of Æsops fables and cryptic stories reminiscent of Sufi stories. Not the least, because you can easily read these books just for the pleasure of reading folktales, the books contains the words of the Buddha and his followers in the form of discussions and similes.

BUDDHIST LEGENDS VOL I-III
Buddhist Legends VOL I-III consists of a direct translations from the original Dhammapada Commentary Pali texts.
Written by: Various
Published by: Harvard University Press (Cambridge, Mass.)
Edition: Ver. 1.1 inc. Introduction, September, 2015
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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Motivation and Personality

Posted on | September 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

Motivation and Personality by Maslow PDFMotivation and Personality by Abraham H. Maslow is one of his major works. It was first published in 1954 and it has become a classic, most known for Maslow’s outline of the hierarchical pyramid of human needs, which became a mainstay in the understanding of human nature. At the time it was published it created a revolution in the way the western world understood child care and the later consequences of failing to provide a safe, nurturing environment for children.

Motivation and Personality
Motivation and Personality has become a classic, most known for Maslow’s outline of the hierarchical pyramid of human needs.
Written by: Abraham H. Maslow
Published by: Harper & Row,Publishers, Inc.
Edition: First
ISBN: 978-8131711491
Available in: Ebook

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The Book of Jasher

Posted on | August 30, 2017 | 6 Comments

TThe Book of Jasher PDFhe Book of Jasher is also known as the Book of the Just Man or the Book of the Upright and it is one of the non-canonical books referenced in the Bible. It is mentioned in the Bible the following places in Joshua 10:13:

“And the Sun stood still, and the Moon stayed,until the people had avenged themselves on their enemies.Is this not written in the Book of the Upright.”

The Book of Jasher is also mentioned in Samuel 1:18 and also referenced in Timothy 3:8, therefore, it must have been an important work. We can not be sure if this book is the real Book of Jasher. If it is, it gives us many details that are not recorded in the Bible. However, the publisher claims that this is the real deal and he attempts to document how entire parts of the Bible might have been copied directly from the Book of Jasher. The publisher explains the complexity of the question of the origin of the work:

“I have in my possession a copy of Sefer Hayasher – The Book Of The Righteous, edited and translated by Seymour J. Cohen. Its introduction cites several other “Books of Jasher”, some of which are no longer known to be in existence, such as that by Zerahiah Ha-Yevani of the 13th century. There is also known to have been one written by Rabbi Jacob ben Mier of the 12th century, and one by Rabbi Jonah ben Abraham of Gerona of the 14th century. We are told of a work by that title from the Amoraim period (3rd to 6th centuries) that is characterized as containing “for the most part sayings of the sages of the first and second centuries”. So, this title has been a popular one for rabbinical writings, but most are clearly not intended to have been passed off as the book mentioned in the Bible and to this comes the frauds.  One version has been republished by the Rosicrucian Order. It claims to have been discovered by Flaccus Albinus Alcuinus, Abbot of Canterbury in the 8th century, while on a pilgrimage…”

Read more about the controversies, history, and vindication of this version of the Book of Jasher in the foreword.

The Book of Jasher
The Book of Jasher is also known as the Book of the Just Man or the Book of the Upright
Written by: Unknown
Published by: J.H. PARRY & COMPANY
Edition: First English
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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Consciousness Studies

Posted on | August 24, 2017 | No Comments

Consciousness Studies Free PDF e-book

Consciousness Studies – a Wikibook. It is often said that consciousness cannot be defined. This is not true; philosophers have defined it in its own terms for centuries. Consciousness can be described in terms of two principal components: firstly phenomenal consciousness which consists of our experience with things laid out in space and time, sensations, emotions, thoughts, etc., and secondly access consciousness which is the processes that act on the things in experience. Phenomenal consciousness is much like the “perceptual space” of psychological and physiological research. It is the many simultaneous events that become the space of experience in general and it is now a legitimate target of scientific research.

This is a “Wikibook” and it describes how leading schools have dealt with the problems of consciousness up through history in philosophy and religions. It also gives an insight into the most recent research in consciousness and how it is used in the work with artificial intelligence and neural networks.

Consciousness Studies
Consciousness Studies explains how leading schools have dealt with the problems of consciousness up through history in philosophy and religions.
Written by: Various
Published by: Wikibooks
Date Published: 03/19/2013
Edition: First
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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History of Greek Philosophy VOL I-II

Posted on | August 22, 2017 | No Comments

History of Greek Philosophy VOL I-II Free PDF

History of Greek Philosophy is an immense work in two volumes about ancient Greek philosophy. It (Philosophie der Griechen) was written in German by Dr. E. Zeller a professor at the University of Berlin, this is the English translation published in England in 1881. The work is one of the most successful and ambitious attempts at dealing with the entire Greek philosophical tradition as a whole. The authors general idea is that Greek philosophy gains immeasurably by being studied in the order of its development. The first chapters discusses the sources of Greek philosophy and the connections to the Orient. Before the chronological examination of the single periods of time and the major Greek philosophers we are also given lectures on the ethics of the early Greek societies and the basic cosmological understanding in ancient Greece. I am sorry that the scannings are of such low quality.

You might also be interested in our complete works of Aristotle and Plato

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The Notion of Growth

Posted on | August 2, 2017 | 1 Comment

The Notion of Growth free PDFThe Notion of Growth describes a path to discover a world within us that becomes the more fascinating the deeper we venture into it. It is a path described in the ancient sutras path to the center of our consciousness which has never been described in this clarity and practicability in our time. It is independent of any philosophical orientation or faith. It is a path to experience the majesty, the grandeur, the infinite breadth of our existence, which everyone does sense within himself.

The objective of this path is not the annihilation of our individual existence in a faceless enlightenment, nirvana, satori or brahman. It isn’t even the insight into the fundamental mechanisms of this world. The real objective of this path is an ever growing comprehensive, loving understanding, – a love-filled expansion of our being that unfolds more with every single step, yet never violates or annihilates our individuality.

Sutras and their interpretation through commentaries originated in times when knowledge was learnt by heart and handed down orally from generation to generation. Sutras therefore were kept as brief as possible. They were governed by precise rules which for example defined the weight of a word by its position alone. To keep knowledge pure, even the commentators followed exact rules. This method worked with such precision that highly complex information conceived thousands of years ago reached our present times with hardly any distortion. To make this knowledge accessible to a wide audience, a modern commentary accompanies the ancient text.

The Notion of Growth
The Notion of Growth describes a path to discover a world within us.
Written by: Hermann Kuhn
Published by: CROSSWIND PUBLISHING
Edition: First
ISBN: 3-9806211-5-4
Available in: Ebook

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Ganadharavada

Posted on | July 31, 2017 | No Comments

Ganadharavada PDF Ganadharavada is an important philosophical book, which gives an insight into a number of problems of Indian philosophy from different points of view. It features profound discussions between different schools. For instance we find references to controversies and divergent views in the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Jaina Agamas and the Buddhist Pitakas from an ancient time when there was an open and intelligent and thoughtful atmosphere among leading scholars frem various directions. This book has been written so that people may read it and understand the meaning of the tattvas relating to the soul, the karmas, the five elements, rebirth, bondage, deliverance etc. and so they may understand the phenomenon of the Universe and attain the liberations from samsara.

Ganadharavada
Ganadharavada is an important philosophical which gives an insight into a number of problems of Indian philosophy.
Written by: Esther A. Solomon M.A., Ph.D.
Published by: Hariprasad Gangashankar Shastri
Edition: First Edition - Copies 750
ISBN: None
Available in: Ebook

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