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Returning to the wisdom of the world’s ancient spiritual roots.

We’ve compiled a list of our picks of spiritual texts from around the world.

They reveal in essence, a spirituality, that was most clearly expressed in the religion of the sun, but which is ultimately beyond religious forms. They are humanity’s written heritage of wisdom and inspiration.

It’s hard to find sacred texts that are easy to pick up and read, and for that reason most remain a mystery to people today. But it doesn’t have to be that way. That’s why we’ve compiled this list, so it makes it easier to find texts that are relevant and accessible. The following texts are the easiest to read and understand, and contain insights that are valuable for people seeking spirituality today.

The Flight of the Feathered Serpent by Armando Cosani

Flight of the Feathered SerpentThis little known work is a treasure of esoteric teachings which was published in the 1950s. This true story explained the role Jesus gave Judas – decades before the ancient text the Gospel of Judas was discovered and revealed the same.
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Taoist Texts

Ancient Chinese yin and yang symbol.

The Tao Te Ching

The teachings of the Chinese sage Lao Tzu dated to around 500 BC. It is an often misunderstood book that has given rise to countless do nothing or there is no path ideas. It relates to the divine source, the one, and the individual who attains it. If it’s read in that context, it can be better understood.
Translated by Gia Fu Feng and Jane English (pdf with illustrations)
Translated by Lionel Giles (html)

The Hua Hu Ching

Believed to be the oral teachings of Lao Tzu, author of the Tao Te Ching, passed down verbally over centuries until finally reaching paper. Because these teachings were passed down orally, their accuracy may not be exact, but the essence of the teaching is clear.

Translated by Brian Walker (first 20 verses free on iTunes, free preview on Google Apps)
* Unfortunately there is no complete public domain version of this translation available, but we highly recommend purchasing it.

The True Transmission of the Golden Elixir

This little gem of alchemical literature survived a period of suppression in China. The author of this text worried about the secrets of alchemy falling into the wrong hands; unfortunately they did. Most of the known Taoist texts on the practice of alchemical transformation became horribly distorted; whereas at least this text, and the others recommended, retained truly spiritual principles.

Translated by Douglas Wile.
* There is no complete public domain version of this translation available.

Hindu Texts

Krishna with the divine white cow

The Bhagavad Gita

In this work Krishna expounds to his disciple Arjuna some incredibly important spiritual principles which are just as valuable to people today as they were then. The Principles of Right Action, of personal Sacrifice, and Love are among the most valuable. Krishna does however mention celibacy as a means to enlightenment, which is something we disagree with and is in contradiction to more ancient wisdom found in other Hindu texts such as the Upanishads, and in other traditions such as Taoism. This may have been a later addition/distortion to the original text.

A modern translation:
Translation by Shri Purohit Swami (pdf)
Older translations:
Translation by Edwin Arnold (html) Translation by Swami Swarupananda (html)

Note: We’ll be listing other Hindu texts from the Upanishads soon, as we finish researching them.

Esoteric Christian Texts

JesusThese are the texts of those who practiced the esoteric knowledge of Jesus. These practitioners have been given various names as many of their ancient texts have been discovered in different places over the centuries. However, these names have often been applied to large numbers of groups who had widely different beliefs. Some had the knowledge, while others didn’t. Those that did, carried on practicing and teaching the esoteric wisdom of Jesus until they were persecuted out of visible existence. Deemed as heresy by the orthodoxy, most of their texts were banned and buried for over a thousand years.

The Four Gospels

These gospels are the few teachings of Jesus that actually made it into the Bible, but there were many other teachings he gave that were excluded, many of which are listed below. The Gospels themselves are known to have been altered over time, so they have to be read bearing that in mind. Much of their value is in giving an account of the main events of Jesus’s life, as the events of his life were used to symbolically portray the events on the path to enlightenment.

Matthew ~ American Standard version, King James version (html), King James version (pdf)
Mark ~ American Standard version, King James version (html), King James version (pdf)
Luke ~ American Standard version, King James version (html), King James version (pdf)
John ~ American Standard version, King James version (html), King James version (pdf)

Selected Texts from the Nag Hammadi Library

The Nag Hammadi Library was a cache of esoteric Christian texts discovered in 1945 in Egypt after they had laid buried for over 1,500 years. They include incredible never before seen teachings of Jesus and the disciples, as they were part of a large number of texts that were excluded from the Bible. These texts are the ones we recommend as the most valuable to read:

The Gospel of Thomas
This text is a compilation of many of the sayings of Jesus. I suspect these were part of the documented effort that the disciples made to write down everything Jesus had said to them whether privately or while together.
Patterson & Meyer translation (html), Lambdin translation (html), Patterson & Robinson translation (html)

The Book of Thomas the Contender
This book contains some teachings Jesus gave on lust. Hard-hitting and very different from many “feel good” types of so-called spirituality today.
pdf, html

The Gospel of Phillip
This text contains teachings mainly to do with the bridal chamber, which is the practice of alchemy.
The Gospel of Phillip

The Dialogue of the Savior
It’s unlikely that many people will understand much of what is written in this text, but there are some stunning teachings, some of which have an Eastern flavor as the relationship between Jesus and the disciples is portrayed in a very similar way as it is in Eastern guru-disciple traditions.
The Dialogue of the Savior

The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles
This text is easy to read and follow. It is an allegorical story full of symbolic events and teachings, in which the characters are Jesus and the Disciples.
The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles

The Teachings of Silvanus
This text explains a number of things about the egos and how they work.
The Teachings of Silvanus

Authoritative Teaching
This text talks about how the consciousness (described as a female soul) becomes mired in matter and by the egos, and what it must start to do in order to regain its heavenly status.
Authoritative Teaching

The Wisdom of Jesus Christ
This is quite an incomprehensible text. However, it is incredible – Jesus describes to both his male and female disciples how each person’s higher Being came into existence, how it divided, and how consciousness came into matter as a “drop of light” and how the part of the Being known as the Son (whom Jesus represents), saves it. Notice how the descriptions Jesus gives of the Father in some cases are almost identical to those used to describe Brahman in Hindu texts.
The Sophia/Wisdom of Jesus Christ

The Acts of Thomas

This text recounts the mission of Jesus’s disciple Thomas to India. It contains sections of beautifully symbolic songs, including The Hymn of the Pearl, which narrates the story of consciousness, and how it descends from the higher parts of its Being into creation to learn (to rescue the symbolic pearl of wisdom) and return to the kingdom of heaven with it. It also reveals how Jesus taught about a feminine aspect of divinity known as the Mother.
The Acts of Thomas

On the Life of Jesus and the Disciples

These texts are interesting to read for those who’d like to find out more about the life of Jesus and the disciples.

The (First) Apocalypse of James (from the Nag Hammadi Library)
This short text narrates a very touching private conversation between Jesus and James on the sufferings faced on the path to enlightenment.
The (First) Apocalypse of James


The Gospel of Mary (Magdalene) (from the Akhmim Codex)
This is a very short text that gives an insight into how Mary Magdalene was one of Jesus’s closest disciples and how Mary had trouble being accepted by Peter because she was a woman – a conflict that also appears in other Gnostic Christian texts.
The Gospel of Mary (Magdalene)

The Gospel of Judas
The English translation of this remarkable text was only published in 2006 amidst a storm of controversy. It reveals that Jesus asked Judas to betray him in order to fulfill the plan for his life, and that Judas was one of Jesus’s most advanced disciples.
The Gospel of Judas

The Odes of Solomon

The Odes of Solomon are dated by most scholars to somewhere in the range of 70-125 AD and referred to by Jesus and the disciples in the text the Pistis Sophia further below. Interestingly, the disciples refer to the odes as though they were written by King Solomon (believed to have reigned from 970-931 BC) in the form of a prophecy, and some scholars suggest that these odes may actually be a much older text that was modified by an early Christian. Its exact origin continues to remain a mystery, and it’s more likely that they weren’t authored by Solomon, but that his name was used as a literary device, as was common practice. Although these odes seem like simple devotional hymns, they are written in first person and contain first-hand descriptions of what someone experiences in the process of enlightenment. It is clear that it was written by one who has merged with both the Son, the Mother and the Father—the three cosmic forces and higher parts of ones Being—and who had ascended internally, which is something incredibly rare, and yet is the latent potential within every person’s consciousness.

pdf, html

Historian Josephus Flavius Interviews Banus

The famous historian Josephus Flavius interviewed a wise man who lived a secluded life in the desert called Banus sometime in the first century AD. He recounts how there were numerous groups teaching there at that time. Banus is often referred to as an Essene today, but Josephus describes him as someone who was neither Pharisee, Sadducee, or Essene:

“When I was about sixteen years old I had a mind to make a trial of the several sects that were among us. There are three of these, that of the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the third that of the Essenes, as we have frequently told you. I thought that being acquainted with them all I could choose the best. So I consigned myself to hardship, and underwent great difficulties, and went through them all. Nor did I content myself with the trying of these three only, for when I was informed that one whose name was Banus lived in the desert, and used no other clothing than what grew upon trees, and had no other food than what grew of its own accord, and bathed himself in cold water frequently, both night and day, to purify himself, I imitated him in those things, and continued with him three years.”
~ Josephus Flavius

Banus gives a clear explanation of the properties of cosmic laws and principles, and how they relate to human behavior and daily interactions. If people understood what was written in this one little book, so much war, suffering, and social discord could be avoided.

Translated by Edmond Bordeaux Szekely (html)

The Essene Gospel of Peace

This text has been attributed to the Essenes by the translator in its title, but it is not really Essene. The name Essene was used to describe a large number of different groups in the area around Palestine before and around the time of Jesus, but those who followed Jesus’s teachings were neither Essene nor Orthodox Christians. I would say that rather than being Essene, the people in this text were Essenes who converted to Jesus’s teachings and possibly became the group historically known as the Sampseans, who were recorded as worshiping the sun.

The translator discovered this text in the archives of the Vatican Library (we can only wonder what else remains inside, locked away from humanity). It reveals a very different picture of femininity in spirituality than found in many of the texts of the Bible that were not part of what Jesus taught. In it, Jesus reveals that not only do we have a Heavenly Father, but also an Earthly Mother, and describes the role she has in creation and our lives. The texts are also full of profound and gentle spiritual practices that are based on the communion with the spiritual in nature and creation.

Be aware that there are some health and dietary practices in here that may have been added in based on the practices of groups in the area at the time. Sayings and teachings from Jesus may have been used to put together this book, but it may not all be the word-for-word teachings of Jesus.

Translated by Edmond Bordeaux Szekely:
Book One
(html)
Book Two (html)
Book Three (html)
Book Four (html)

Hermetic Texts

Hermes Trismegistus by Antonio_Palomino_002These are the writings attributed to Hermes Trismegistus, who has not been identified as any historical individual, but whose name has been traced back to Egypt before Christianity and is associated with the Egyptian god Thoth.

The Vision of Hermes

The Vision of Hermes is the most famous of 17 separate texts that were compiled into a book called The Divine Pymander. The Divine Pymander itself is one the earliest known Hermetic writings, and is believed to have originated from Egypt and pre-date Christianity. In the Vision of Hermes, the process of creation and the mystery of how a human can become immortal is revealed to Hermes in an out-of-body experience/vision from the divine mind of the universe.

The Vision of Hermes (html taken from The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall who offers a more modern and readable translation than the more common one dating from 1650 by Dr. Everard – scroll about halfway down the page to find it).

The Emerald Tablet

The Emerald Tablet is a very short text which is a symbolic description of the inner process that occurs in the practice of alchemy.
The Emerald Tablet (html)

More advanced reading

These texts are for more advanced spiritual practitioners who are familiar with many more complex spiritual ideas and concepts already, as they are more esoteric and that makes them much more difficult to readily understand. Some of them you are likely to find almost completely incomprehensible. Others are on this list simply because they are very, very long, and it’s very unlikely people would get a lot of value from reading them from cover to cover given how long it would take to do so.

They are here as a reference, as they do contain truly esoteric information and teachings.

Pistis Sophia

This is an extraordinary and highly esoteric work, whose title means ‘the faith of Sophia.’ It is possibly one of the few texts known to give detailed information on the final stages of enlightenment, which are rarely experienced let alone written down. It is an account of the conversations Jesus has for 11 years in secret with his disciples on the Mount of Olives following his resurrection. He speaks about the salvation of consciousness (the immortal divine spark within each person) through Christ, which is an account of the stages experienced in the spiritual work. He describes vast spiritual regions and dimensions full of other beings, the process of rebirth and reincarnation of the soul through its “circuit of lives,” and discourses at length with the female disciples Mary Magdalene, Salome, Martha and his mother Mary, who were kept out of the orthodox depiction of the disciples.

Translated by G.R.S. Mead (html)

The Secret of the Golden Flower

An ancient Taoist text containing references to alchemical transformation.
Translated by Richard Wilhelm (pdf)

The Pyramid Texts

The oldest texts of ancient Egypt and possibly the oldest sacred texts in the world. Although it would sound mostly like gibberish to people today, it does contain references to some of the initiations on the path to enlightenment.
Pyramid Texts Online (html with photos and translation)

The Egyptian Book of the Dead

http://www.holybooks.com/wp-content/uploads/Egyptian-Book-of-the-Dead.pdf (pdf)
* Please note that we have not read the entirety of this book, and so can’t vouch for all of its contents.

The Mahabharata

A famous Hindu text about the struggles and the wars that have to be fought against darkness in the process of awakening.
This is the most complete version available in the English Language. http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/maha/mahatxt.zip
* Please note that we have not read the entirety of this book, and so can’t vouch for all of its contents.

The Ramayana

Translated by Ralph T. H. Griffith (multiple formats) Translated by C. Rajagopalachari (pdf)
* Please note that we have not read the entirety of this book, and so can’t vouch for all of its contents.

The Book of Revelation

American standard version, King James version (html) King James version (pdf)

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