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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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…

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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…

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The Gospel of Ramakrishna

The Gospel of Ramakrishna

Swami Abhedananda

Sri Ramakrishna, (1836-1886) was a Bengali mystic who had a huge impact on the development of modern Hinduism. His chief disciple, Swami Vivekananda, not only helped revive Hinduism in India, but also introduced Hinduism to the West. Ramakrishna was a non-dualist worshippper of the Goddess Kali. However, he also experimented with…

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The Grihya Sutras Part 1

The Grihya Sutras Part 1

Hermann Oldenberg

This is Volume XXIX of the Sacred Books of the East, and Part 1 of the Griyha Sutras. The Grihya Sutras are a collection of late Vedic-era (ca. 500 BCE) household rituals and regulations, many reflecting much more ancient traditions. It is like reading a time-travelling ethnographer’s field notes in Vedic India. Included are fertility and marriage…

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