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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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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 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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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…

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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…

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