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Top Ten Digital Libraries of Esoteric, Mystical Texts

Internet is an endless source of treasures when it comes to mystical, occult texts from many traditions, that until just a few decades ago, were available only to the select few. If you have any interest in the subject, here are some great free online resources to keep you busy reading, learning, growing…

  1. Internet Sacred Text Archive

    Internet Sacred Text Archive is one of the largest free online libraries of  books and texts about religion, mythology, folklore and the widest range of esoteric subjects. The site is devoted to religious tolerance and scholarship.

    Internet Sacred Text Archive

  2. The Hermetic Library

    Hermetic Library features a collection of texts and sites relating to Hermeticism in a broad sense and the Western esoteric tradition. Includes works of Sam Webster, Bill Heidrick, Aleister Crowley, and many others. Since its creation, in 1996, Hermetic Library has become one of the most comprehensive and popular resources on the mystical and esoteric subjects.

    The Hermetic Library

  3. The Arcane Archive

    The Arcane Archive is a cache of Usenet and other text files pertaining to discussions in a wide variety of Usenet newsgroups devoted to occult, religious, magical, and mystical topics. It contains sub-directories in five major categories: interdisciplinary studies, mysticism, occultism, religion, societies and fraternal orders.

    The Arcane Archive

  4. Perseus Digital Library

    The Perseus Project is a digital library project of Tufts University that assembles digital collections of humanities resources. It is hosted by the Department of Classics. It is an evolving collection of resources for the study of the ancient world, including archaeology, atlas, texts and translations, text tools and lexica. Ancient Greek works in Perseus are stored as beta code, though they can be reformatted for display into a variety of transcription systems.

    Perseus Digital Library

  5. Muktabodha

    This is an online digital library of rare Sanskrit texts initially focused on Kashmir Shaivism, then broadening to Trika-Kaula, Saiva-Siddhanta, Pancaratra, Natha Yoga and other tantric works, in addition to manuscripts on Vedic Shrauta ritual. Hosted by the Muktabodha Indological Research Institute whose mission is to recover and preserve endangered treasures of India’s religious and philosophical wisdom and make them accessible for study and scholarship, and ultimately as a resource for humanity.


  6. ACIP

    The Asian Classics Input Project aims to preserve disappearing books containing the great ideas of the Eastern half of humanity, and to make these books and ideas accessible to the world at large. Downloadable mainly as zipped text & rtf files. Includes over 200 previously unreleased titles from the classics of traditional Asian philosophy in the Tibetan language.


  7. Dharmic Scriptures

    Here you will find the four Vedas which you can download in a zipped Word file, together with Vedas Excerpts, Vedic Samhitas & Brahmanas Introduction, and the Upanishads, all in zipped Word files.

    Dharmic Scriptures

  8. Encyclopedia Mythica

    As the name says, this is an online encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and religion. The mythology data base is divided into large geographical regions, with further subdivisions, and is also searchable by linguistic and ethnological groups. Folklore is set up in three sections; general folklore, folktales from many lands and Arthurian legends. As an added feature there are several special interest areas – a Bestiary, legendary heroes, an image gallery, and genealogical tables of various pantheons and prominent houses.

    Encyclopedia Mythica

  9. The Theosophic Society

    A large collection of Theosoophical writings, in plain text format, including books by Blavatsky, Judge, Tingley, Purucker and many others. Also, here you will find introductory manuals on Theosophy and material on the world’s sacred traditions. There is also a searchable PDF version of Blavatsky’s The Secret Doctrine, and the latter is downloadable in a zipped file.

    The Theosophic Society

  10. Taoism Digital Library

    This online library hosts many popular texts in English language: The Tao Te Ching, the Chuang-tzu, I Ching and other works. Further links to a wide variety of Taoist texts and commentaries.

    Taoism Digital Library

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