Introduction to World Classical Literature

(rev. 2010 Sep 18)

Hello, this is our Introduction to NIOS's proposed Master of Literature diploma in World Classical Literature. We will update this in the future so watch for later revisions. In brief we now suggest the following literature for your reading and review. Later we plan to develop a systematic curriculum and accreditation from established academic authorities. Please help us with this. Recommend literature.
We are using the term "Classical" not only in the sense of very old books, but even literature from the 20th century or in the most liberal sense of things that not only have stood the test of time, but which we feel will stand the test of time. Furthermore, not just literature which has appealed to a higher class of readers but also that which may have appealed to and edified common folk.


  1. Imitation of Christ
    Best selling Christian Classic after the Bible. Excellent advice for living a spiritual life.
  2. Journey to the West.
    The greatest Chinese classic and a first class adventure story. If you know this book you know Chinese people.
  3. KRSNA, The Supreme Personality of Godhead.
    The essence of all the Indian classics.
  4. Joan of Ark by Mark Twain
    He considered it his greatest work.
  5. The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
    Recomended by faculty at William and Mary College. Please Click here to read NIOS review.
  6. Parasara dharma sastra
    A classical Indian moral text. Translated in about 1897 and unsurpassed.
  7. Classical Detective Literature
    The following authors give us a taste of the development of English history and we would call it classical in the sense of its lasting and broad common appeal. Click here for details.
    A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    Secret Adversary by Dame Agatha Christie

    The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton

  8. The Orders of St. Benedict
    These are the lasting and useful rules of conduct established by St. Benedict for his monasteries.
  9. Gaudiya-vaisnava Literature.
    With our M.Litt. curriculum we plan to fix a core of world literature required for all candidates, but then allow candidates to pick a specific emphasis such as Chinese, Christian or as follows Indian, Bengali Vaisnava literature. Of course, this is following Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami's Bhakti-vaibhava curriculum and anyone interested in pursuing the ISKCON certificate may contact us, but other emphasis is certainly acceptable.

    All books available at

Bhagavad Gita As It Is.
Nectar of Instruction
Nectar of Devotion (Parts 1-2).
Srimad Bhagavatam (Cantos 1-6).



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