The Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita

Edwin Arnold

The Bhagavad Gita is technically part of Book 6 of the Mahabharata, although it is known to be a later accretion to the saga, which stands on its own merits. It is a dialog between the God Krishna and the hero Arjuna, taking place in a timeless moment on the battlefield before the climactic struggle between good and evil. The Gita is a classic summary of the core beliefs of Hinduism.

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The Bhagavadgita

The Bhagavadgita

Kashinath Trimbak Telang

This is Volume VIII of The Sacred Books of the East. The Bhagavad Gita is technically part of Book 6 of the Mahabharata, although it is known to be a later accretion to the saga, which stands on its own merits. It is a dialog between the God Krishna and the hero Arjuna, taking place in a timeless moment on the battlefield before the climactic struggle between good and evil.

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Bhakti Yoga

Bhakti Yoga

Swami Vivekananda

BHAKTI-YOGA is a real, genuine search after the Lord, a search beginning, continuing, and ending in Love. One single moment of the madness of extreme love to God brings us eternal freedom. “Bhakti,” says Nârada in his explanation of the Bhakti-aphorisms, “is intense love to God.”—”When a man gets it, he loves all, hates none; he becomes satisfied for ever.”—”This love cannot be reduced to any earthly benefit,” because so long as worldly…

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A Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology and Religion

A Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology and Religion

John Dowson

Encompasses the vast hindu pantheon; explaining important events, legends, literary works, and geographical locales. The main portion of this work consists of mythology, but religion is bound up with mythology, and in many points the two are quite inseparable. Of history, in the true sense, Sanskrit possesses nothing, or next to nothing, but what little has been discovered here finds its place. The chief geographical names of the…

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The Cosmology of the Rigveda

The Cosmology of the Rigveda

H. W. Wallis

Taken from the Preface: “The object of this essay is not so much to present a complete picture of the Cosmology of the Rigveda, as to supply the material from which such a picture may be drawn. The writer has endeavoured to leave no strictly cosmological passage without a reference, and to add references to illustrative passages where they appeared to indicate the direction in which an explanation may be sought.”

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Dakshinamurti Stotra

Dakshinamurti Stotra

Alladi Mahadeva Sastri

Dakshinamurti is an aspect of the Hindu god Shiva, as a teacher. This work primarily contains the Dakshinamurti Stotra, along with commentary by the translator, as well as two shorter works, the Pranava-Vartika and the Dakshinamurti-Upanishad. The Dakshinamurti Stotra is a treatise on Hindu philosophy, attributed…

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The Descent of the Sun

The Descent of the Sun

F. W. Bain

The Descent of the Sun is a fairy tale that F. W. Bain found in an old Hindu manuscript. In it we can enjoy amazing scenery of a fascinating yarn, while at the same time stopping to consider the nature of existence; the purpose of incarnation, reincarnation, the power of attraction and the triumph of love.

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From the Upanishads

From the Upanishads

Charles Johnston

This short book contains translations from three crucial Upanishads, the Katha, Prasna and Chhandogya. The elegant, lucid translation makes this a delight to read.

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Gaina Sutras Part 1

Gaina Sutras Part 1

Hermann Jacobi

This is volume XXII of the Sacred Books of the East, Part One of the Hermann Jacobi translation of the Gaina Sutras. This volume includes the Akaranga and Kalpa Sutras, two of the most important Jain sacred texts. The Akaranga Sutra outlines rules for Jain monks. Most notably it describes steps which monks must take to avoid harming other living beings, including the microscopic life forms which the ancient Jains believed pervaded the…

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Gaina Sutras Part 2

Gaina Sutras Part 2

Hermann Jacobi

This is volume XLV of the Sacred Books of the East, Part Two of the Hermann Jacobi translation of the Gaina Sutras. This volume includes the Uttaradhyayana Sutra, and The Sutrakritanga Sutra.

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The Garuda Purana

The Garuda Purana

Ernest Wood and S.V. Subrahmanyam

This is a translation of an abridged version of the Garuda Purana. The Garuda Purana is one of the Vishnu Puranas. It is a part of Vaishnavism literature corpus, primarily centering around Hindu god Vishnu but praises all gods. Composed in Sanskrit, the earliest version of the text may have been composed in the 1st millennium CE, but it was likely expanded and changed over a long period of time. It is in the form of a dialog…

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