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What is Ocean?


Ocean is a free collection of the World's Religious literature managed by a unique book-centered research engine. It contains over 1000 books of 10 world religions in English as well as collections in six other languages (French, Spanish, German, Russian, Dutch, and Portuguese). If you have a slow internet connection don't despair. We will happily mail you a CD at cost anywhere on the planet!

Our purpose in giving away Ocean is to promote amity among religions through greater understanding. It is our belief that the actual teachings of the various religions are not so different as some people would have us believe. True, religions have been used by power-hungry leaders as a tool to divide people. But eventually people will get tired of formulaes of hate and begin to ask "what do the scriptures really say?"

What they will find is shocking: the core message of all the world's religious writings is the same: ethical integrity, honesty, sincerity, compassion, tolerance and non-violence. No kidding! It's hard to accept this in a world filled with "religious" bigotry and hatred -- but just look for yourself!

Enjoy Ocean, share it freely. If you appreciate our project, help out by spreading the word. If you have a web-page, feel free to add the Ocean button which will direct people straight to this page. Peace.

It contains writings from Bahai, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Hindu, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Sikh and Tao.

There are for instance five English translations of the Qur'an including the most scholarly recommended translations by Sale and Rodwell.

Christian writings include the King James Bible, the apocrypha, Saint Augustine and other commentary. The King James Bible has the chapoters arranged alphabetically which I have found very attractive.

A full word search is available for all the documents.

Best of all the download is free, CD's are available for cost of the media and mailing.

The download can take a while on Dial-up. It is continually updated.

Moved from the News section, as that's only really for site news - but others feel free to post their religion resources here and we'll make a thread of it. :)
Yaqinud Din said:
I would say this is fine but if anyone would like to know about Islam its best to go to Muslim sites here is a good list.Here are some book stores also
Yaqinud Din said:
One can also use the web searchable islamic site "The Noble Qur'an"
It has the Yusufali, Pickthal and Shakir. I find Pickthall the most poetic. Its runs parallel with all three versions displayed at once.

Here are some additional resources that may be of interest:

Web Links > > Research & Reference
23 links will be displayed in category Research & Reference

Encyclopedia Mythica
Welcome to the Encyclopedia Mythica, an online encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, and legends. Created by Micha Lindemans.

World Wisdom Books
Welcome to World Wisdom: Books, Art Prints, and Free eProducts--eMail Stationery, online Greeting Cards, Screen Savers, Desktop Wallpaper, etc.

The Internet Sacred Text Archive
This site is a freely available archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics. Texts are presented in English translation and, in some cases, in the original language.

World Scripture: A Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts
This book represents the seed of a global revolution in mainstream religion. It brings together the most profound and time-tested truths of every major religion in the world, accomplishing this with grace, purity, and vigor. Its methods are profound and...

Sophia Journal: Journal of Traditional Studies
In the pages of Sophia one finds access to the principles and philosophies at the heart of various traditions as well as their religious practices, arts, sciences, and social structures. Through compelling and thought-provoking articles Sophia makes avail

Matrix of Mnemosyne
An online bookstore featuring dozens of (original) articles on philosophy and spirituality (muse, divine intellect, subconscious mind, etc).

Religious Studies on the Web
RS Web is an independent website designed for students taking A Level Religious Studies and its content reflects that fact. Other visitors are most welcome. RS Web is be no means complete. The Biblical Studies section is only a token effort which I hope...

What Is Enlightenment?
Our ongoing inquiry has made it increasingly clear that spiritual transformation is actually a human evolutionary imperative—central to any vision of changing this out-of-control world we are living in.|

This website is devoted to academic research into Traditionalism and--especially--into the Traditionalists themselves. It has three sections. One section, Other resources, contains an (at present limited) selection of academic research into Traditionalists

The Wheel of Religions
The Wheel of Religions is a collaborative round-table network. The network brings together representatives and voices from various religious and spiritual traditons. Our members identify shared beliefs among the traditions, and look for ways to build understanding...

Virtual Religion Index
The Virtual Religion Index is a tool for students with little time. It analyzes & highlights important content of religion-related websites to speed research. Hyperlinks are provided not only to homepages but to major directories & documents within.

A growing collection of church membership and religion adherent statistics. Over 40,000 statistics for over 4,200 faith groups from all major and most minor religions, listing number of adherents, number of congregations, and number of...

Esoteric Teaching Links
This is a collection of online texts and other links pertaining to ancient and medieval sources which are situate within or have been of significant influence upon various esoteric tradition(s).

The Religious Movements Homepage Project
On this extensive Web site you will find detailed profiles of more than two hundred different religious groups and movements. Some of them may be very familiar to you, others not. In addition, there are other valuable resources, including information on "

Omphaloskepsis Ebooks
Omphaloskepsis publishes important works of ancient and non-western literature in English translation by providing them without charge in electronic format. Our collection includes works of Attar, Rumi, and Sa'di, among others.

Bible Gateway
The Bible Gateway is a tool for reading and researching scripture online-- all in the language or translation of your choice! It provides advanced searching capabilities, allowing readers to find and compare particular passages in scripture...

The Blueletter Bible
Biblical Word and Phrase Search Tool Searches the KJV Bible plus 6 Bible Dictionaries for any English Word. Strong's Number Search Tool Searches a Hebrew/Greek Concordance plus a Lexicon, for any Strong's Number. Verse Retrieval Tool...

Full texts by religious scholars. Topics include Bible, Theology, Ethics, Church and State; Society, Communication, Cultural Studies, Homiletics, Missions, Comparative Religion, Sociology and Education.

Early Christian Writings
Early Christian Writings is the most complete collection of documents from the first two centuries with translations and commentary. Includes the New Testament, Apocrypha, Gnostics, and Church Fathers.

Gospel of Thomas Commentary
This site explores modern interpretations of the Gospel according to Thomas, an ancient text preserved in a Coptic translation at Nag Hammadi and Greek fragments at Oxyrhynchus.

Open Scrolls Project
The Open Scrolls Project is nothing less than an effort to bring all the published texts [of the Dead Sea Scrolls] online in English and available to anyone with an internet connection.

Bibliographies for Studies of Spirituality & Mysticism
Bibliographies for Studies of Spirituality & Mysticism compiled by William Harmless, S.J. (Creighton University)...

Early Jewish Writings
Early Jewish Writings is the most complete collection of Jewish documents from antiquity with translations, introductions, and links.

All the best,

Hazratio (aka Wayne)
One thing I like about the Ocean program is that you can add more scripture to its library by simply dragging and dropping a plain text document (notepad) into the proper Ocean Library folder, and then you can use the Ocean search protocols on those scriptures, as well. :)