Since centuries, man has scripted religious ideas, tenets and philosophies for easy reference and future generations. With better printing technology available, religious scriptures and texts are mass printed and available in hard bound books, paper backs, pocket books and many other formats. Also, on the offer are ebooks and innumerable soft copies of these religious scriptures. But still, religious books in printed are a must have in our homes. Some of the most widely read and purchased them include –
Quran – The core religious scripture of Islam, Quran is perhaps most mentioned in recent times especially due to the political upheavals in the Middle East. Available in various scriptures, languages and form, Quran is considered as the guiding force on how to live a moral and rightful life. At the same time, it also contains detailed narratives of historical events and its moral implications. Quran is said to contain revelations made to Prophet Muhammad by God’s angel Gabriel aka Jibril in Arabic language.
“Love for other people what you love for yourself” is a truly inspirational quote which promotes brotherhood amongst us all.
Bible – One of the most preferred religious books ever read across the world, Bible is available in various adaptations. You could refer to the sixty-six books of Protestant or eighty-one books of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church cannon.
With more than 25 million copies sold annually, Bible is one of the highest selling books across the globe.
We should be inspired from this Bible saying – “Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, not the trees is” and look after these gifts of God with more care.
Geeta – Also called as the Bhagavad Gita is a part of the Hindu epic of Mahabharata. Comprising of 700 verses in all, Geeta contains conversation between Lord Krishna and Prince Arjuna at the battlefield. Lord Krishna enlightens Prince Arjuna on various philosophical ideas, principles and morality as he is compelled to fight against his own family members. Though written centuries ago, Gita still remains a source of inspiration in modern times. With various adaptations and commentaries written by notable and eminent writers in English and various regional languages, knowledge by Gita can be gained even today.
“No one attains perfection by merely giving up work” is one motivational quote from Gita which encourages us to keep on working and performing.
GURU GRANTH SAHIB: Also called as the Adi Granth, is the holy book of the Sikhs. First compiled by Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth Sikh guru, it is a collection of various hymns of the earlier five gurus and other great Hindu as well as Muslim saints. Written in Gurumukhi script which is a combination of popular dialects such as Sanskrit, Persian, Khariboli, Lehndi Punjabi and Braj Bhasha, Guru Granth Sahib is full of meaningful quotes and text which you can easily correlate with your daily lifestyle.
“Sin is a stone which does not float.” as aptly mentioned in the Guru Granth Sahib, you can never expect to stay afloat if you commit a sin.
Tripitaka – Tripitaka refers to the cannons of Buddhists scriptures. Tripitaka when transliterated means three baskets but with reference to Buddhism, it refers to Sutta Pitaka and Mahayana sutras which contain descriptions of Buddha and many stories revolving around him, Abhidharma refers to interpretation of Buddhist doctrine philosophically as well as psychologically. Lastly, you can refer to Vinaya if you wish to learn more about the rules, regulations and how to live a monastic life. With technological advancement, you will find Tripitaka available in Prakrit, Sanskrit and even in English and other modern languages.
“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.” Though self explanatory, this quote from Lord Buddha makes you yearn for controlling your anger.
Jain Agam – Also called as Jain Shrut, Jain Agams are considered to be the religious texts of Jain Dharma imparted by Lord Mahavira. They were compiled by his disciples into various texts during the 6th to 3rd century BCE. In all, Jain Agams include 45 texts which include 12 Angas, 12 Upangas, 6 Chedasutras, 4 Mul sutras, 10 Prakimaka sutras and 2 Culikasutras. Most of the Jain Agams have been written in Prakrit language along with relevant Agama-tulya text and Siddhanta texts. Also, you will find Jain literature written in Sanskrit, Apabhramsa, Tamil, Hindustani, Kannada and even Gujarati language.
“Know for yourself the way along which you should go, do not depend upon others” – this quote from Lord Mahavir compels us to think and choose the path which we wish to take rather than depend on others.
Religion books of each faith find a place in almost every religious person’s home and heart. Despite their increasing availability online and other formats, their printed editions is nevertheless very much in demand always across the globe.