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The Vedanta Sutras

by Ramanuja

MAY my mind be filled with devotion towards the highest Brahman, the abode of Lakshmi who is luminously revealed in the Upanishads; who in sport produces, sustains, and reabsorbs the entire Universe; whose only...


Shakti and shakta

by Arthur Avalon

There is no word of wider content in any language than this Sanskrit term meaning 'Power'. For Shakti in the highest causal sense is God as Mother, and in another sense it is the universe which issues from Her...


Kali the mother

by Sister Nivedita

The stars are blotted out, Clouds are covering clouds, It is darkness, vibrant, sonant. In the roaring whirling wind Are the souls of a million lunatics,-- But loosed from the prison house,-- Wrenching trees...


Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction

by Kim Knott

Hinduism is practised by nearly eighty per cent of India's population, and by some seventy million people outside India. In this Very Short Introduction, Kim Knott offers a succinct and authoritative overview...


The Upanishads

by Swami Paramananda

The Upanishads represent the loftiest heights of ancient Indo-Aryan thought and culture. They form the wisdom portion or Gnana-Kanda of the Vedas, as contrasted with the Karma-Kanda or sacrificial portion. In...


The Serpents of Life and Death: The Power of Kundalini & the Secret Bridge Between Spirituality and Wealth

by Robin Sacredfire

The bridge between spirituality and money is happiness. But happiness isn’t obtained without peace and peace is unreachable without balance. The purpose of our existence in a material world as well as the...


Buddhism

by Sir Monier Williams

The first idea implied by Buddhism is intellectual enlightenment. But Buddhism has its own theory of enlightenment—its own idea of true knowledge, which it calls Bodhi, not Veda. By true knowledge it means...


India: What can it teach us?

by Max MULLER

In the Sanskrit books and mantras we must look for the treasures that make human souls rich. Perhaps we have been too much disposed to regard that former world as a wonderland, a repertory of folk-lore, or a...


Little Monk's Durga

by Gauri Kelkar & Tapas Guha

Goddess Durga was created out of the combined power of all gods to destroy the evil demon Mahishasura who had overthrown the gods from their heavenly abode. This book details the several demons who posed a threat...


Bhagavad Gita

by Swami Swarupananda

The Srimad-Bhagavad-Gitâ occurs in the Bhishma Parva of the Mahâbhârata and comprises 18 chapters from the 25th to the 42nd. The discourse between Arjuna and Krishna on the battle-field, on the eve of the...


Shakuntala

by Kalidasa

Kalidasa probably lived in the fifth century of the Christian era. This date, approximate as it is, must yet be given with considerable hesitation, and is by no means certain. No truly biographical data are...


The Roots of Hinduism: The Early Aryans and the Indus Civilization

by Asko Parpola

Hinduism has two major roots. The more familiar is the religion brought to South Asia in the second millennium BCE by speakers of Aryan or Indo-Iranian languages, a branch of the Indo-European language family....


Shiva Lingam

by Hargrave Jennings

India, beyond all other countries on the face of the earth, is pre-eminently the home of the worship of the Phallus—the Linga puja; it has been so for ages and remains so still. This adoration is said to be...


Hindu literature

by Epiphanius Wilson

A story-book from the Sanscrit at least possesses the minor merit of novelty. The "perfect language" has been hitherto regarded as the province of scholars, and few of these even have found time or taste to...


Sacred Books of the East

by Aśvaghosha

The study of religion, like the study of poetry, brings us face to face with the fundamental principles of human nature. Religion, whether it be natural religion or that which is formulated in a book, is as...


Hindu Philosophy: The Sarva Darsana Samgraha

by Madhava Acharya

I well remember the interest excited among the learned Hindus of Calcutta by the publication of the Sarva-darśana-saṃgraha of Mádhava Áchárya in the Bibliotheca Indica in 1858. It was originally edited...


Home at Last: A Journey Toward Higher Consciousness

by Sarada Chiruvolu & Amma Sri Karunamayi

Home at Last explains specific landmarks that we encounter during the journey toward enlightenment, based on the author’s direct experience.

The book also lets readers know what they can expect when confronting...


Chakra Healing For Beginners: 7 Chakras Meditation Techniques and Spiritual Exercises to Heal Yourself

by Brittany Samons

Chakra is a Sanskrit word that literally means a wheel or a disc. In practice, they are the points of the spiritual body that serve as the entry and exit points of our aura. These centers of activity are responsible...


Lethal Spots, Vital Secrets: Medicine and Martial Arts in South India

by Roman Sieler

Lethal Spots, Vital Secrets provides an ethnographic study of varmakkalai, or the art of the vital spots, a South Indian esoteric tradition that combines medical practice and martial arts. Although siddha medicine...


The Upanishads (Rediscovered Books): With linked Table of Contents

by Swami Paramananda

'The Upanishads' are early philosophical texts of the Hindu religion. 'The Upanishads' represent the loftiest heights of ancient Indo-Aryan thought and culture and are regarded as direct revelations of God....