The Yajur Veda (Taittiriya Sanhita)

The Yajur Veda (Taittiriya Sanhita)

Arthur Berriedale Keith

A complete translation of the Black Yajur Veda. The Yajur Veda is a detailed manual of the Vedic sacrificial rites. The adjective ‘Black’ distinguishes it from the other recension, the White or Pure Yajur Veda (Śukla Yajur Veda), as does its mixing of mantras or yajus with explanatory prose formulae (brāhmaṇas).

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Studies from an Eastern Home

Studies from an Eastern Home

Sister Nivedita

This is a set of essays by Sister Nivedita, published posthumously. Nivedita was a woman of Irish nationality who converted to Hinduism and spent her life selflessly helping the poor women of India. This book gives a rare ground-level vista of vernacular Hinduism from a woman’s point of view in the 19th century. Pervading Nivedita’s…

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Indian Fairy Tales

Indian Fairy Tales

Joseph Jacobs

Fully illustrated, this is a collection of 29 fairy tales including: The Broken Pot; The Magic Fiddle; The Cruel Crane Outwitted; Loving Laili; The Tiger, The Brahman, and the Jackal; The Soothsayers Son; Harisarman; The Charmed Ring; The Talkative Tortoise; A Lac of Rupees for a Piece of Advice; The Gold-Giving Serpent; The Son of Seven Queens…

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The Crest-Jewel of Wisdom

The Crest-Jewel of Wisdom, and other writings of Śankarâchârya

Charles Johnston

Chapters include; First Steps On The Path; Self, Potencies, Vestures; The Witness; Finding The Real Self; The Power Of Mind-Images; Free Even In Life; The Three Kinds OF Works; Master And Pupil; The; Perfect Sage; For Ever Free; The Heritage Of The Brâhmans; The Awakening To The Self; The Awakening To Reality; Śankara’s Catechism…

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Darkest India

Darkest India

Commissioner Booth-Tucker

In the cities the overcrowding has become so excessive, and the accomodation available for the poor is so inadequate, costly and squalid, as to almost beggar description. Considerations of decency, comfort and health are largely thrown to the winds. A single unfurnished room, merely divided from the next one by a thin boarding, through…

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A Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms

A Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms

Fa-Hsien

A Record of Buddhist Kingdoms–Being an Account by the Chinese Monk Fa-Hien of Travels in India and Ceylon (Ad 399-414) in Search of the Buddhist Books of Discipline, is one of the most important source for reconstructing the life and conditions of the times. Though brief, his account of the general characteristics and tendencies of Gupta imperial administration is very valuable. Likewise, the account…

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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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The Mythology of all Races, Indian and Iranian

The Mythology of all Races, Indian and Iranian

Louis Herbert Gray

This is Volume 6 of the Mythology of all Races series of books. Chapters include: The Rgveda — Gods of Sky and Air; The Rgveda — Gods of Earth, Demons, and Dead; The Mythology of the Brahmanas; The Great Gods of the Epic; Minor Epic Deities and the Dead; The Mythology of the Puranas; Buddhist Mythology in India and Tibet; The Mythology of the Jains; The Mythology of Modern Hinduism; Wars of Gods and Demons; Myths of Creation; The…

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Thought Relics

Thought Relics

Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali poet, philosopher, artist, playwright, composer and novelist. His body of literature is deeply sympathetic to the poor and upholds universal humanistic values. His poetry drew from traditional Vaisnava folk lyrics and was often deeply mystical.

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Songs of Kabir

Songs of Kabir

Rabindranath Tagore

The poet Kabir, one of the most intriguing and celebrated personalities in the history of Indian mysticism, lived in the fifteenth century. He was a great religious reformer and left behind an exquisite body of poetry of enlightenment that weaves together the philosophies of Sufism, Hinduism, and the Kabbala. These poems express a wide range of mystical experience, from the loftiest abstractions to the most intimate and…

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Folklore and Legends, Oriental

Folklore and Legends, Oriental

Charles John Tibbitts

This is an anthology of tales from several widely separated Asian story-telling traditions, with the center of gravity somewhere in Persia. The book is meant to be enjoyed as light reading, and the stories are unattributed and uncredited. The tales originate from Arabian, Persian, Indian, and Kalmyk sources, and have Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist and Zoroastrian elements.

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Indian Idylls

Indian Idylls

Edwin Arnold

A collection of selections from the Mahâbhârata: Sâvitrî; Or, Love And Death; Nala And Damayanti; The Enchanted Lake; The Saint’s Temptation; The Birth Of Death; The Night Of Slaughter; The Great Journey; and, The Entry Into Heaven.

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