Recommended Books – Spiritual Only

Here is a list of books that I recommend, which are about the spiritual path in general and not related to science..


Be As You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi 

  • by Sri Ramana Maharshi (Author),‎ David Godman (Compiler)

“Our own Self-realization is the greatest service we can render the world”

The simple but powerful teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, one of India’s most revered spiritual masters, continue to enlighten and enrich over sixty years after his death.

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Be As You Are is the definitive compendium of his knowledge, edited by the former librarian from Sri Maharshi’s ashram, which can be found flourishing at the foot of the holy mountain of Arunchala. The book collects conversations with the many seekers who came to him for guidance, answering the questions sought on the road enlightenment.

Through this book, we can discover the essence of Sri Ramana’s teaching: that self-realization is the vital quest we must all pursue, before we can attempt to understand the world.

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The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi in His Own Words

  • by Arthur Osborne

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In this Book, Arthur Osborne has succeeded in presenting in a brief compass the essential teachings of the Maharshi, through a process of selection from his dialogues and written works.The matter has been classified under distinct subjects.

This Book fulfills the need for a short, reliable compendium of Sri Bhagawan’s instructions–which in earlier years were available mostly in the form of jottings.The notes of the author are of great value. Ever since it was published in the year 1996 the book’s demand is so great that it has been re-printed eleven times within four years!

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I Am That

  • by Nisargadatta Maharaj (Author),‎ Translated by Maurice Frydman (Author),‎ Sudhakar S. Dikshit (Editor)

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This collection of the timeless teachings of one of the greatest sages of India, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, is a testament to the uniqueness of the seer’s life and work and is regarded by many as a modern spiritual classic. I Am That (first published in 1973) continues to draw new audiences and to enlighten seekers anxious for self-realization. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj was a teacher who did not propound any ideology or religion, but gently unwrapped the mystery of the self.

His message was simple, direct, and sublime. I Am That preserves his dialogs with the followers who came from around the world seeking guidance in destroying false identities. The sage’s sole concern was with the human suffering and the ending of suffering. It was his mission to guide the individual to an understanding of his true nature and the timelessness of being. He taught that the mind must recognize and penetrate its own state of being–not “being this or that, here or there, then or now,” but just timeless being.

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Freedom from the Known

  • by Jiddu Krishnamurti (Author),‎ Mary Lutyens (Editor)

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Freedom From The Known is a book that provides much needed insight into the monotonous quality our lives have adapted into. The book does an in-depth exploration of the idea that life as we know it is a result of the pressure we are under to maintain and achieve what is expected of us by the society.

In Freedom From The Known, readers are provided with the opportunity to reflect on all of the achievements of their lives and analyze how much of it was what they truly wanted to do as opposed to what was expected of them. The author opines that people disillusion themselves into believing that societal expectations are norms that define the construct of their daily lives will bring them happiness. The book goes on to suggest that people have forgotten the true value and meaning of happiness.

The book talks about the importance of freeing ourselves from societal norms, values and expectations. It is suggested that only by doing so can we focus on the right way to find peace and happiness in our lives.

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The Awakening of Intelligence

  • by Jiddu Krishnamurti

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This comprehensive record of Krishnamurti’s teachings is an excellent, wide-ranging introduction to the great philosopher’s thought. With among others, Jacob Needleman, Alain Naude, and Swami Venkatasananda, Krishnamurti examines such issues as the role of the teacher and tradition; the need for awareness of ‘cosmic consciousness; the problem of good and evil; and traditional Vedanta methods of help for different levels of seekers.

 

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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

  • by Eckhart Tolle

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Much more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light.

In the first chapter, Tolle introduces readers to enlightenment and its natural enemy, the mind. He awakens readers to their role as a creator of pain and shows them how to have a pain-free identity by living fully in the present. The journey is thrilling, and along the way, the author shows how to connect to the indestructible essence of our Being, “the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.”

 

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Path of Meditation: A Step by Step Guide to Meditation

  • by Osho

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“The culture that will arise in the future, if it is truly to be for the evolution of mankind, will be a balance of science and religion. This culture will be a synthesis of religion and science. It will not be only religious or only scientific: it will be either scientifically religious or religiously scientific.” Osho The talks in this book are transcriptions of a meditation program led by Osho in the beautiful hills of Mahabaleshwar.

It is a step by step account of how to prepare the body, mind, and emotions to enhance your meditation. Osho guides the participants and the reader alike in the use of powerful meditation techniques and suggests many useful applications for supporting meditation in your daily life. He also describes the different stages that happen on the path of meditation. This book is a must-read for both the new and the experienced meditator. Even more, it is an invitation to experiment with these life-transforming techniques

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Meditation: The First and Last Freedom

  • by Osho

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In this essential meditation handbook for the 21st century, Osho turns the traditional notion of meditation practice on its head. Meditation: The First and Last Freedom shows that meditation is not a spiritual discipline separate from everyday life in the real world. In essence, it is simply the art of being aware of what is going on inside and around us. As we acquire the knack, meditation can be our companion wherever we are-at work, at play, at rest.

Meditation contains practical, step-by-step guides to a wide variety of meditation techniques selected by and/or created by Osho, including the unique OSHO Active Meditations which deal with the special tensions of contemporary life. Recognizing that it’s almost impossible for most people these days just to stop and sit silently, these meditations – including the Osho Dynamic Meditation and Osho Kundalini Meditation – begin with one or more stages of vigorous physical activity. This brings our physical and mental energies to a peak, so that the following silence is easy — leaving us alert, refreshed, and newly energized.

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