The following sites and documents offer online editions of the
religious works of the world's major religions.
"Statesmen my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for
Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can
establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely
stand. ... The only foundation of a free Constitution, is
pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People,
in a great Measure, than they have it now, They may change
their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not
obtain a lasting Liberty." John Adams
But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are
twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks
Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782
Quotes on Religion
To love another person is to see the face of God.
Les Misιrables, Finale: Fantine, Valjean, and
Zarathustrianism (Zoroastrianism, Mazdayazna)
The doctrine has three tenets: righteousness of thought
(Humata), righteousness of speech (Hukhta), and righteousness of
action Huvarshta. The central concept, Ahura Mazda, is not a
"god" but an abstract principle. Do the right thing because it
is the right thing to do, and then all beneficial rewards will
come to you.
Hymns of Zarathushtra, composed before 1200 BC, the core of
the Avesta, used in devotional services, usually in the presence
of a flame. Many later religions derived from it.
Charter of Rights for the Persian Empire, including
Babylon, in which he recognized rights that are affirmed to this
day in constitutions and bills of rights.
The Mahabharata, translation by Kisan
Mohan Ganguli Epic religious journey of the seeker.
Bhagvad-Gita: Treatise of self-help
(sans 110 interpolations), part of the Mahabharata, translation
into contemporary verse by BS Murthy* Dialog between Arjuna and Sri
Krishna on the moral dilemmas of life.
The Ramayana, translation by Ralph
T. H. Griffith Epic poem, a love story between Rama, an
ancient King, and Sita, who is captured by Ravan, the King of
Lanka (Ceylon). Rama lays siege and wins back Sita.
Sundara Kanda: Hanuman's Odyssey
into Lanka in search of Sita, part of the Ramayana, translation
into contemporary verse by BS Murthy* Guide to spiritual solace.
*[BS Murthy and B. Srinivasa Murthy are different men.]
Sikhism is a religion of recent origin, founded in the 15th
Century AD by its founder Sri Guru Nanak. Although like Islam it
believes in the oneness of God and is opposed to idol worship.