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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…

Buddhist Mahayana Texts

E. B. Cowell

Volume XLIX of The Sacred Books Of The East series, this book is in two parts. Part 1 covers the Buddha-Karita of Asvagosha, Books I-XVII. Part 2 covers The Larger Sukhavati-Vyuha and The Smaller Sukhavati-Vyuha, as well as the Vagrakkhedika, the Larger and Smaller Pragma-Paramita-Hridaya-Sutras, and the Amitayur-Dhyana-Sutra.

The Dhammapada and the Sutta-Nipata

The Dhammapada and the Sutta-Nipata

F. Max Muller

This is Volume X of the Sacred Books of the East series. This volume includes a selection of verses from the Dhammapada and a selection of discourses from the Sutta-Nipata, consisting of the Mahavagga, the Atthakavagga and the Parayanavagga.

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…

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.

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…

The Grihya Sutras Part 2

The Grihya Sutras Part 2

Hermann Oldenberg

This is Volume XXX of the Sacred Books of the East, and Part 2 of the Griyha Sutras. The Grihya Sutras are Vedic-era Hindu texts which define rituals and laws relating to birth, initiation, marriage, and death. This volume includes a synoptic comparison of each version, as well as Max Müllers’ translation of Apastamba’s Yagna-Paribhasha…

The Hymns of the Atharva Veda

Maurice Bloomfield

Volume XLII of The Sacred Books of The East. This volume contains Hymns of the Atharva-Veda together with extracts from the ritual books and the commentaries including: Charms to cure diseases and possession by demons of disease; Prayers for long life and health; Imprecations against demons, sorcerers and enemies; Charms pertaining to women…

The Institutes of Vishnu

The Institutes of Vishnu

Julius Jolly

This is Volume VII of the Sacred Books of the East. This Hindu law book contains, among other things, descriptions of yogic practises, and a moving hymn to the Goddess Prajapati.

The Laws of Manu

The Laws of Manu

Georg Bühler

This is Volume XXV of The Sacred Books of the East. In Hindu mythology, Manu is the progenitor of the human race. He is thus the lord and guardian of the living, and his name is attatched to the most important codification of Hindu law, the Manava-dharma-sastra (Laws of Manu). This text by Buhler since its first appearance has remained…

A Life Of Buddha

Samuel Beal

Volume XIX of the Sacred Books Of The East series, this is a translation of the Fo-Ho-Shin-Tsang-King by Asvagosha Bodhisattva, one of the most important and oldest works ever written on the life of the Buddha. It covers all aspects of Buddha’s life, from birth, to his leaving his home, becoming the Buddha and through to his…

The Minor Law Books

The Minor Law Books

Julius Jolly

This is Volume XXXIII of the Sacred Books of the East. This is a translation of the Hindu law books written about the sixth century CE by Narada and Brihaspati.

The Pahlavi Texts Part 1 and Part 2

The Pahlavi Texts Part 1 and Part 2

E. W. West

Volume XI of the Sacred Books Of The East series, this book covers Parts I and II of the ancient Pahlavi texts. Part I of the texts include The Bundahis, Bahman Yast and Shayast La-Shayast. Part II covers The Dadistan-I Dinik and The Epistles of Manuskihar. With extensive introductions on the Parsi scriptures and the Pahlavi language…

The Pahlavi Texts Part 3

The Pahlavi Texts Part 3

E. W. West

Volume XXIV of the Sacred Books of The East series, this work concentrates on the third part of the sacred Zoroastrian texts. The book includes an extensive introduction and the translations of the Dina-I Mainog-I Khirad, the Sikand-Gumanik Vigar and the Sad-Dar.

The Pahlavi Texts Part 4

The Pahlavi Texts Part 4

E. W. West

This is Volume XXXVII of the Sacred Books Of The East series and Part 4 of the sacred texts of the Zoroastrians. This part covers the contents of the Nasks, comprising the Dinkard, books VIII and IX, as well as details of the Nask from other sources.

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