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First Things First -Essays on the Buddhist Path

Posted on | May 14, 2019 | 1 Comment

First Things First essays on the buddhist path - free PDF

First Things First -Essays on the Buddhist Path was published in 2018 by the Metta Forest Monastery and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 Unported. The essays were collected from various sources and are the seventh collection of essays by the Buddhist monk Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu.

The essays included in this book are: Honest to Goodness, Did the Buddha Teach Free Will?, In the Eyes of the Wise, First Things First, The Karma of Now, The Streams of Emotions, Worlds & Their Cessation, Wisdom over Justice, All Winners, No Losers, How Pointy is One-pointedness?, The Limits of Description, and The Names for Nirvana. From the book:

One of the most distinctive features of the Dhamma is that it points to the source of suffering inside. In other words, we suffer because of our own actions, and we’ll be able to end suffering only when we can change the way we act. To be willing to take on such a teaching—rather than one that blames our suffering on things or people outside, or that promises that someone outside can end our suffering for us—we need at least a glimmer of two qualities of the character. We have to be (1) observant enough and (2) honest enough to admit that, yes, we do suffer from our own actions, and that we’ll have to clean up our own act if we want the suffering to stop.

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First Things First

Mind Games – Short Fiction about Bizarre Mental Health Disorders

Posted on | April 9, 2019 | No Comments

Mind Games by Sam Vaknin Mind Games – Short Fiction about Bizarre Mental Health Disorders, is a brilliant tour through some of the rarest but existing mental diagnosis. The stories are written by the Czech philosopher and psychologist Sam Vaknin, who has allowed me to post the book here. Read for instance about the condition that a small number of blind people suffers from, the belief that they can see. Or the strange disorder, that convinces the patient that everyone around him is imposers and that everything looks like perfect copies of the real thing. Or the novel about mass deception taking place in New York just days before 9/11.

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Mind Games – Short Fiction about Bizarre Mental Health Disorders


The smartest man who ever lived – The works of William James Sidis – The Animate and the Inanimate

Posted on | March 25, 2019 | 3 Comments

William_James_Sidis_1914 One should pay attention, when the smartest man who ever lived, with an IQ between 250 and 300 writes about philosophy. Here is a fine selection of books by the extraordinary man, William James Sidis. A January morning in 1910 hundreds of students and professors gathered in the great lecture hall at Harvard University. On stage steps up William James Sidi to present his research about the mathematics of the fourth dimension. William was just eleven years old. William James Sidis was a genius and he still has the highest IQ ever recorded, somewhere between 250 and 300.

He was able to read the New York Times when he was 18 months old and taught himself Latin and Greek. A few years later he spoke more than ten languages and wrote books on all kinds of topics.

But William was a shy person and he did not like to be in the spotlight. He broke with his family and lived alone. He took simple jobs and every time he was recognized as the wonder-child he moved on. During his life, he wrote an unknown number of books. He wrote mostly under different pseudonyms and it still is disputed what works he actually wrote, it has been speculated that a huge number of his books was never published.

He wrote extensively on politics, anthropology, grammar, astronomy, anatomy. He discovered black holes before anyone else but published in an obscure book. Search the animate and the inanimate. He made valuable contributions to philosophy and took on Aristotle and Heidegger and wrote treatises on history, government, economics, and political affairs and he also wrote books on public transportation and organizational structures. I suggest you read the excellent Wikipedia article about him.

The Animate and the Inanimate

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The Autobiography of St. Ignatius

Posted on | March 10, 2019 | No Comments

StIgnatius Loyola PDF e-book The Autobiography of St. Ignatius is considered by the Société des Bollandistes the most valuable record of the great Founder of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits, also known as Ignatius of Loyola. The editors of the Stimmen Aus Maria Laach, the German review, as well as those of the English magazine, The Month, tell us that it, more than any other work, gives an insight into the spiritual life of St. Ignatius. Few works in ascetical literature, except the writings of St. Teresa and St. Augustine, impart such a knowledge of the soul.

To understand fully the Spiritual Exercises, we should know something of the man who wrote them. In this life of St. Ignatius, told in his own words, we acquire an intimate knowledge of the author of the Exercises. We discern the Saint’s natural disposition, which was the foundation of his spiritual character. We learn of his conversion, his trials, the obstacles in his way, the heroism with which he accomplished his mission.

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A Brief History of the Jamme Tulkus of The Drukpa Kagyu Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and Their Practice Centre

Posted on | February 16, 2019 | No Comments

Kagyu Refuge tree Jamme Tulku History A Brief History of the Jamme Tulkus of The Drukpa Kagyu Tradition is a remarkable insight into the practices and works of the school also known as “Oral Lineage” or “Whispered Transmission”. The Kagyu is one of the six main sects of the Tibetan Mahamudra Buddhism and it is today divided into three groups, the Karma Kagyu, Drikung Kagyu and as the topic here: the Drukpa Kagyu.

This text contains a brief history of the lines of re-incarnate beings Jamme Tulku and Jamme Lhachog Tulku who are two of the great tulkus of the Drukpa Kagyu tradition. A short history of the monastery they established centuries ago in Tibet, called Jamme Gonpa is included. The following is translated from Tibetan text provided by Jamme Tulku.

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Khordeh Avesta

Posted on | February 14, 2019 | No Comments

Khordeh Avesta PDF in English Khordeh Avesta (Khordeh Avesta Bā-Māyeni). The oldest Zoroastrian religious scripture, as preserved at present, is known as the Avesta. A section of this Avesta is known as the “Khordeh-Avesta’ which means the “Smaller or Selected Avesta”. This is the book of daily prayers of the Zoroastrians. It is a cherished possession of every devoted Zoroastrian household. The Khordeh Avesta is a collection of prayers selected from other major works of extant Avesta literature such as Yasna, Vispered, Vendidad, and the Yasht Literature.

Zoroastrians recite their prayers in Avesta which is a sacred language. Among several words for “prayers” in Avesta, one is called “mānthra”, which means “thought (force), word, the holy word”. It is similar to the Sanskrit “mantra”, and the Sanskrit translation is rendered as “mānthravāni” which is also significantly called “ādesha”: “Divine Command”. You might also be interested in the Zend Avesta: Link.

Download the Khordeh Avesta PDF here (365 pages/3.2MB):

Khordeh Avesta

The complete works of Friedrich Nietzsche in English as PDF

Posted on | February 14, 2019 | 2 Comments

Nietzsche portrait The complete works of Friedrich Nietzsche. I am proud to present this collection gathered from various sources. The books are cleaned and processed so all scans consist of clear, searchable text and some empty pages have been removed for faster downloads. These 18 volumes are the complete writings of Friedrich Nietzsche, the 18’th volume being an index and extensive biography of Friedrich Nietzsche life and work. For starters, I suggest reading the excellent Wikipedia article here: Link

I have posted single public domain works by Nietzsche during the last years and they have all been much appreciated. If you are only looking for titles such as The Birth of TragedyThe Gay Science or Thus spoke Zarathustra you can find them all here on the site in English. But if you are looking for the full package, here you are. If you are really into it, and I know you are out there, I have prepared a single txt-file with all of the books for you here (comes in a little while, Acrobat is stilling working :-) )

Download the single volumes of Friedrich Nietzsche’s works here:

The complete works of Friedrich Nietzsche VOL I

The complete works of Friedrich Nietzsche VOL II

The complete works of Friedrich Nietzsche VOL III

The complete works of Friedrich Nietzsche VOL IV

The complete works of Friedrich Nietzsche VOL V

The complete works of Friedrich Nietzsche VOL VI

The complete works of Friedrich Nietzsche VOL VII

The complete works of Friedrich Nietzsche VOL VIII

The complete works of Friedrich Nietzsche VOL IX

The complete works of Friedrich Nietzsche VOL X

The complete works of Friedrich Nietzsche VOL XI

The complete works of Friedrich Nietzsche VOL XII

The complete works of Friedrich Nietzsche VOL XIII

The complete works of Friedrich Nietzsche VOL XIV

The complete works of Friedrich Nietzsche VOL XV

The complete works of Friedrich Nietzsche VOL XVI

The complete works of Friedrich Nietzsche VOL XVII

The complete works of Friedrich Nietzsche VOL XVIII


This guy walked around an entire continent

Posted on | February 1, 2019 | No Comments

Our friends over at GreatestAdventurers.com just posted the book about a journalist who in 1921 walked around Australia alone and unassisted.

The Amateur Tramp – The man who walked around a continent

The Prophet by Khalil Gibran – Free PDF e-book

Posted on | January 31, 2019 | 2 Comments

The Prophet free ebook by Khalil Gibran Public Domain PDFThe Prophet by Khalil Gibran entered the world of Public Domain on January 1, 2019. The book is here available as a free pdf ebook. It was written in English by the Lebanese Khalil Gibran and published in 1923. Its poetic wisdom and the spiritual universal message has made it a modern classic now translated to more than 40 languages. The work is now in the Public Domain and can be downloaded here in full length:

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Listen to the entire Prophet by Khalil Gibran here:

You might also like these books by Khalil Gibran:

Six short stories by Kahlil Gibran

The Madman by Kahlil Gibran

The most complete collection of the books by Hermann Hesse

Posted on | January 31, 2019 | 6 Comments

Complete works of Hermann Hesse

The most complete collection of the books by Hermann Hesse you will ever find on the Internet. There never was an official compilation of the works på Hermann Hesse in English. Here I have tried to sort out the works currently in the Public Domain and edited the works for the PDF-format. If a page is missing, it is because I have removed empty pages for faster downloads. Also, the books are converted to searchable texts, for the analysts. As I find more texts by Hesse I will post them here, and if you come across some you are most welcome to let me know.

Hermann Hesse was a German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. In 1946, he
received the Nobel Prize in Literature. His best-known works include
Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game (also known as Magister
Ludi), each of which explores an individual’s search for authenticity, self-knowledge, and spirituality. I will not go into details about the life of Hermann Hesse, since there is an excellent biography of his life and work as an introduction to “Poems by Hermann Hesse”.

Demian By Hermann Hesse

Gertrude By Hermann Hesse

Poems By Hermann Hesse

Steppenwolf By Hermann Hesse

The Glassbead Game By Hermann Hesse

The Journey By Hermann Hesse

The Prodigy By Hermann Hesse

Thoughts on the Idiot by Dostoevsky By Hermann Hesse

And of course we also have Siddharta:

Siddhartha – an Indian Tale by Hermann Hesse

Sama Veda – PDF English Translation

Posted on | January 30, 2019 | 2 Comments

The Sama Veda PDF in english

The Sama Veda

The Sama Veda or “The song of Knowledge” is one of four Vedas, a group of ancient texts believed to the divine. The Sama Veda has a history of oral transmission for hundreds of years before it was written down in 1200 to 1000 BCE at about the same time as Atharvaveda and the Yajurveda. The work consists of 1,549 verses and the various old versions tend to be very similar regardless of the geographical widespread locations in India. The Sama Veda is important especially to the Vedanta school since it contains the Chandogya Upanishad and Kena Upanishad, which are considered primary Upanishads. Furthermore, the Same Veda includes the Kandas:

Agneya Kanda
Indra Kanda
Pavamana Kanda
Aranya Kanda

– And of course The Uttara Archika. It is also in the Sama Veda we learn about the Soma-Juice and the moon-plant sacrifices. Download the free PDF e-book here (214 pages/6,6MB):

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Listen to the complete Sama Veda in English here


The Demotic Magical Papyrus of London and Leiden

Posted on | January 25, 2019 | No Comments

The Demotic Magical Papyrus of London and Leiden PDF The Demotic Magical Papyrus of London and Leiden was the key text that led to the decipherment of the Demotic Ancient Egyptian dialect. The text reveals spells to cure diseases, obtain visions, raise the dead, a number of spells for erotic purposes, to kill or blind enemies, invoke Thot and Anubis etc. The text contains invocations to a wide range of deities and other entities, with names drawn from the Ancient Egyptian pantheon and the Gnostic Aeons.

The Leyden Papyrus dates from around the beginning of the Christian era. It was probably the textbook of a practicing sorcerer in Egypt. The Papyrus was discovered at Thebes in the middle of the 19th century, assembled from fragments at Leiden and London, and it remains one of the most important documents for revealing the potions, spells, incantations, and other forms of magic worked in Egypt. In addition to purely native elements involving the gods, the manuscript shows the influence of Gnostic beliefs, Greek magic, and other magical traditions.

A transliteration of the demotic script is printed on facing pages with a complete translation, which is copiously supplied with explanatory handwritten footnotes. The editors supply an informative introduction and a classification of the types of magic involved. As a result, this publication is of great importance to Egyptologists, students of magic, and the reader who wishes to judge the efficacy of Egyptian magic for himself.

Download the free PDF e-books here:

The Demotic Magical Papyrus of London and Leiden VOL I

The Demotic Magical Papyrus of London and Leiden VOL II

The Demotic Magical Papyrus of London and Leiden VOL III


The Philosophical Works of David Hume VOL I-IV

Posted on | January 20, 2019 | No Comments

Philosophical Works of David Hume

The Philosophical Works of David Hume is the primary philosophical writings of the Scottish thinker and historian. The works consist of four volumes, you can download them here in full as scanned PDF e-books. These versions are the ones published in June 1825 and therefore includes the two essays on Suicide and the Immortality of the Soul which were omitted in the 1777 editions. Moreover, this version also includes the Account of the Controversy with David Humes friend and fellow philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Their disagreements did cast a shadow over the Age of Reason and called into doubt Rousseau’s sanity and Hume’s reputation, according to David Edmonds and John Eidinow, co-authors of Rousseau’s Dog: Two Great Thinkers At War In The Age of Enlightenment. The edition you can download below also has an autobiography.

David Hume continues to be relevant, especially for his take on the philosophy of consciousness. Hume is known for his bundle theory, which rejects that central to consciousness should be an I or ego. These thoughts are being discussed in A Treatise on Human Nature in volume I and II.

Download The Philosophical Works of David Hume here, each volume is about 500 pages/20MB:

The Philosophical Works of David Hume Vol I

The Philosophical Works of David Hume Vol II

The Philosophical Works of David Hume Vol III

The Philosophical Works of David Hume Vol IV

The Philosophical Works of David Humes as an audiobook, listen here:

Complete Works of H. G. Wells

Posted on | January 10, 2019 | No Comments

Complete Works of H. G. Wells – yes, all of them. Last year all of Herbert George Wells books entered the world of Public Domain and here they are for your reading pleasure in all their glory and entirety. If you prefer I have even created a single file containing all every single volume. H. G. Wells is probably most known for his science fiction works, with books such as The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds, but he wrote in a number of genres. H. G. Wells was an active socialist and he visited Soviet on several occasions. Nevertheless, he also revealed a subtle spiritual side. He said: “Christianity is not now true for me. … Every believing Christian is, I am sure, my spiritual brother … but if systemically I called myself a Christian I feel that to most men I should imply too much and so tell a lie.”

Download the free PDF e-books here. The complete PDF is the last one:

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Non-violence – a study guide based on early Buddhist teachings

Posted on | January 9, 2019 | No Comments

Non-violence free PDF e-book


Non-violence – a study guide based on early Buddhist teachings takes the reader through Buddha’s original philosophy about non-violence as described in the Pāli-canon: The earliest extant canon of the Buddha’s teachings. The Buddha continuously describes his sense of dismay at the violence and conflict in the world, together with his important discovery: that the only escape from violence is to remove the causes of violence from your own heart. To remove these causes, you first have to restrain yourself from engaging in violence on the external level. That helps create the proper karmic context—more peaceful and honest—for extracting the causes of violence and conflict on the internal level. In other words, you have to stop engaging in violence before you can isolate and uproot the emotions and thoughts that would make you want to engage in violence to begin with. Non-violence also includes a number of stories one of them the story of King Brahmadatta and Prince Dīghāvu. From the book:

§11. Searching all directions
with your awareness,
you find no one dearer
than yourself.
In the same way, others
are thickly dear to themselves.
So you shouldn’t hurt others
if you love yourself. — Ud 5:1

Download Non-violence here as a free, complete PDF e-book (115 pages/850 Kb)

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