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Flatland – A Romance of many dimensions by A Square

Flatland – A Romance of Many Dimensions by A Square with the subtitle: “Oh day and night, but this is wondrous strange.” This work saw the light of day in 1884 and it is kindly dedicated to the inhabitants of space by a A Square, a “Humble Native of Flatland.” The book is explaining daily […]

A floral fantasy in an old English garden by Walter Crane

A floral fantasy in an old English garden is a 58 page long poem by Walter Crane (1845-1915). He also illustrated an edition of Ali Baba and the forty thieves, The absurd A.B.C (to be posted here very soon) and many other books. This is not religious or spiritual work at all, Walter Crane was a dedicated socialist, the book […]

Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun

Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun is another not that holy book. However, Hamsun was one of the greatest and most influential authors of all time and his insight into elemental existence and human nature is mindblowing. “Growth of the Soil” is the book that secured him the Nobel Prize for literature in 1920, and it […]

Hunger by Knut Hamsun

Hunger by Knut Hamsun fits well in our exclusive collection of literature neighboring the more explicit spiritual stuff. Knut Hamsun was a Norwegian author, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920 – not the least for this work. Hunger is one of Knut Hamsuns masterpieces. We follow a young man, homeless and hungry and witnesses […]

An Idealist View of Life Radhakrishnan

An Idealist View of Life by S. Radhakrishnan was originally published in 1932. It features the so-called Hibbert Lectures given under the title An Idealist View of Life in the University of Manchester in December 1929 and in the University College, London, in January 1930, substantially as they were delivered, but with some added passages. In 1952, […]

Bizarre Friday on Holybooks.com

I often come across some more obscure works which I share here occasionally. These books are not related to the overall topic of this website, but you have been warned before, and I can see that books such as the Voynich Manuscript, Codex Serahinianus, and Gadsby are among the most downloaded. I know you like them, […]

Six short stories by Kahlil Gibran

Six short stories. The Lebanese writer Kahlil Gibran is mostly known for his work, The Prophet from 1923 and The Madman, but he also wrote some interesting shorter novels much in the same lyrical style as The Prophet. Here is a little selection for your reading pleasure. Lazarus and his Beloved Spirits Rebellious The Broken Wings A Tear and […]

A Country Doctor by Franz Kafka

A Country Doctor by Franz Kafka is a short story about a doctor who struggles to reach a sick boy on winter night. Louis H. Leiter writes about A Country Doctor: “A Country Doctor” comments on man, who, buffeted by the scheme of things, is unable to transcend the part assigned him by the absurdity of that existence. […]

Gifts with no Giver – A Love Affair with Truth by Nirmala

Gifts with no Giver – A Love Affair with Truth is a collection of nondual spiritual poetry written from the Heart by Nirmala, a modern spiritual teacher in the Advaita tradition. These poems attempt to capture the undying presence of love in all of its forms. These poems have been compared to the words of Rumi. Download the […]

Cantares Mexicanos – Songs of the Aztecs

Cantares Mexicanos – Songs of the Aztecs is the English translation of the original Aztec text written in Nahuatl.  Three times during the last century scientists have failed to decipher the Cantares Mexicanos. It was finally translated in 1985 by John Bierhost, this is the amazing result.  Cantares Mexicanos is now considered a cornerstone in American Indian literature. It […]

The Soma Tantra

The Soma Tantra by ItzQuauhtli, is the debut of the author, who wishes to be anonymous. The book is a work of fiction situated in Hindu mythology, drawing its literary lineage from The Mahabharata and Siva Purana. The moon god Soma Chandra defies hs brethren by kidnapping their guru’s new wife, the gears of war are set in […]

The Sacred Books of the East – all 50 volumes

The Sacred Books of the East is an enormous  project undertaken by Max Müller and various authors from 1879 and 1910. The group’s work was published by Oxford University Press and to this day many of the translations are the only ones existing or the most precise. It is not possible to buy the complete set of these works, but Google […]

Pilgrim Kamanita – A Legendary Romance – by Karl Gjellerup

Pilgrim Kamanita – A Legendary Romance. In the year 1917, the two Danish authors Karl Gjellerup and Henrik Pontoppidan shared the Nobel Prize in Literature. Karl Gjellerup is the least known but he wrote some amazing works on very diverse subjects. He wrote in German and here is a surprising work of literature he wrote on Buddhism. It is about […]

Stripping the Gurus by Geoffrey D Falk

Stripping the Gurus by Geoffrey D. Falk, 2009, is an important document about the life and pitfalls in spiritual communities around the world. The author himself has spent months in an ashram and many more researching a number of the worlds most known gurus. The research is meticulous, the writing engaging, and the overall thesis: devastatingly true. “Don’t get suckered in. Be prepared. Be […]

Ulysses by James Joyce complete pdf ebook

Ulysses by James Joyce is not a holy book in the traditional sense, but I have chosen to post it here because of my admiration of the work. I also think that many of this sites friends would find it interesting. For more information on Ulysses please read the Wiki article. I found this photo of […]

Christ Legends by Selma Lagerlöf

Christ Legends – Selma Lagerlöf was the first woman to win the Nobel Price in literature. Here are her amazing stories about Christ, Christ Legends. If you are not familiar with Selma Lagerlöf you might object to the idea of creating stories about Christ out of the historical context, but Selma does this in an a […]

Gadsby by Ernest Vincent Wright – 50.000 words without the letter “e”

This bizarre book, Gadsby, is a lipogram written in 1939 by the american Ernest Vincent Wright. The concept is the total absence of the letter “e” from all sentences on all pages. An article in the Oshkosh Daily in 1937 wrote that the manuscript was “amazingly smooth. No halting parts. A continuity of plot and almost classic clarity obtains.”  Wright […]

The Book of Gates and the Am-Tuat by E. A. Wallis Budge

The Book of Gates and the Egyptian Heaven Am-Tuat are the Ancient Egyptian cosmological treatises describing the architecture and inhabitants of the Tuat, the underworld which the boat of the Sun God, Ra, traverses during the night hours. The Book of Gates describes the passage of a newly deceased soul into the next world, corresponding to the journey […]

An Experiment at Fontainebleau A Personal Reminiscence by James Carruthers Young

An Experiment at Fontainebleau – A Personal Reminiscence by James Carruthers Young , M. D. is an interesting eyewitness report from Fontainebleau, a castle outside Paris, where Gurdjieff taught for years.  Like his colleague-physicians Mary Bell and Maurice Nicoll, Dr. James C. Young abandoned the practice of Jungian therapy to study at Fontainebleau. James Carruthers Young outlines the core […]

A Journey Through Georgia C. E. Bechhofer Roberts

A Journey Through Georgia. Journalist Carl Eric Bechhofer Roberts spoke Russian and traveled widely in Russia and the Caucasus. He was acquainted with Ouspensky as a fellow journalist when he went to report on conditions there in 1919. Roberts describes a series of engaging meetings he had with “a curious individual named Georgiy Ivanovich Gourjiev” as well […]

The Madman by Kahlil Gibran

The Madman is probably Kahlil Gibran’s second most well-known work after The Prophet. It was written in 1918 and consists of short essays and poems with ironic lights on the beliefs, aspirations, and vanities of humankind. Read “How I Became a Madman,” “The Two Hermits,” “The Wise Dog,” “The Good God and the Evil God,” “Night […]

Letters from Russia by Ouspensky

Letters from Russia by Ouspensky. From 1907 until 1913 P. D. Ouspensky wrote for a Russian newspaper, mostly on foreign affairs. At the same time he was working on various books based on the idea that our consciousness is an incomplete state not far removed from sleep, and also that our three-dimensional view of the […]

The Trial by Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka – The Trial. It might be inappropriate to list The Trial by Franz Kafka among Holy books. On the other hand, Kafkas Classic from 1925 is as much a teaching into the unconsciousness as many textbooks we have here, and where would we be without the adjective “Kafkaesque”? We have many other books by Franz […]

Knowledge of the Higher Worlds by Rudolph Steiner

Knowledge of the Higher Worlds by Rudolph Steiner set out to answer the question how knowledge of the higher worlds are attained. This book is a revised and enlarged edition of The Way of Initiation with Initiation and its Results. From Steiner’s intro: There slumber in every human being, faculties by means of which he can […]

The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley

The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley is a key work in the never psychedelic non-fiction genre. It has inspired millions of readers and the book gave the name to the band The Doors. Huxley also wrote Brave New World, The Perennial Philosophy, The Devils of Loudon and more. From the book: “I took my […]

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