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Bookshelf 2016-11-28T16:01:30+00:00

Listed below are some of the most inspiring and powerful books that we know of. Browse our selection and see what you feel drawn too, you’re sure to find a pearl of wisdom in any of the following categories:

Advita Vedanta (Hindu Philosophy of Non-Duality)

I Am That by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

This collection of the timeless teachings of one of the greatest sages of India, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, regarded by many as a “modern spiritual classic” is a testament to the uniqueness of the seer’s life and work.

“I Am That” preserves Maharaj’s dialogues with the followers who came from around the world seeking his guidance in destroying false identities. The sage’s sole concern was with 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 mind must recognize and penetrate its own state of being, “being this or that, here or that, then or now,” but just timeless being. (Goodreads Description)

Before I Am by Mooji

A selection of dialogues between Mooji, a warm-hearted spiritual master, and seekers of peace, truth and freedom. Mooji responds to questioners as they speak of fear, suffering, confusion, relationships, spiritual practice and how to live their lives in peace. Yet it is Mooji’s unsparing pointing to Truth through the method of self-inquiry, which forms the essence of this book. This second edition expands upon the first with 100 pages of previously unpublished dialogues, fresh quotes, brush drawings and photographs. (Moojimedia.com)

 Breath of the Absolute by Mooji

Mooji invites you to take a fresh look at yourself. Of all the subjects debated within the scope of human interest, the one undisputed fact is that we exist. What is not questioned is: As what do we exist? In this book, Mooji will push your mind beyond conceptual bickering into the pulsating clarity of the Unthinkable. (Moojimedia.com)

The Spiritual Teachings of Ramana Maharshi by Ramana Maharshi

The renowned Indian sage Ramana Maharshi is beloved by Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, and Taoists alike for the inspirational power of his teachings, which transcend all religious differences. Here is a collection of Sri Ramana’s instructions and discourses culled from three works: Who Am I? ,Spiritual Instructions , and Maharshi’s Gospel.

These teachings are arranged by topics such as work and renunciation, silence and solitude, peace and happiness, and the discipline of self-inquiry. Reading this book, presented in question-and-answer format, evokes the feeling of being with this outstanding teacher at one of his intimate teaching sessions. Foreword by Carl Jung. (Goodreads Description)

White Fire by Mooji

A collection of some 800 sayings which encapsulate and compress Mooji’s essential spiritual teachings into pill form. These end-of-the-road pointings, when swallowed, are like divine grenades that wipe out suffering and delusion thus revealing one’s true nature as perfect and timeless being.

“Fire burns everything leaving only ashes
But there is a fire so fierce it burns even ashes —White Fire.
Burn me like this, O White Fire, Grace of God,
until nothing remains but You.”

Although ‘White Fire’ is full of wise, direct and encouraging guidance, it is not for the faint-hearted seeker who is only looking to reinforce a spiritual identity or projections. For those who come with openness and a Yes in their heart for Truth, may the white fire in this book ignite within your heart, leaving only the clear space of pure seeing and being. (Moojimedia.com)

Buddhism

Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of the 14th Dali Lama by his holiness the 14th Dali Lama

In this astonishingly frank autobiography, the Dali Lama reveals the remarkable inner strength that allowed him to master both the mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism and the brutal realities of Chinese Communism. (Goodreads Description)

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

In the novel, Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again. Near despair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound signals the true beginning of his life – the beginning of suffering, rejection, peace and finally, wisdom. (Goodreads Description)

The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

World-renowned Buddhist teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche – the “happiest man in the world” – invites us to join him in unlocking the secrets of finding joy and contentment in the everyday. Using basic meditation practices he provides , we can discover paths through our problems, transforming obstacles into opportunities to recognise the unlimited potential of our own minds.

Christianity

Meister Eckhart, from Whom God Hid Nothing by Meister Eckhart

This introduction to the writing and preaching of the greatest medieval European mystic contains selections from his sermons, treaties, and sayings, as well as ‘Table Talk’, the records of his informal advice to his spiritual children. (Goodreads Description)

Philosophy

The Book – On the Taboo of Knowing Who You Are by Alan Watts

At the root of human conflict is our fundamental misunderstanding of who we are. The illusion that we are isolated beings, unconnected to the rest of the universe, has led us to view the “outside” world with hostility, and has fuelled our misuse of technology and our violent and subjugation of the natural world.

In ‘The Book’ philosopher Alan Watts provides us with a much needed answer to the problem of personal identity, distilling and adapting the ancient Hindu philosophy of Vedanta to help us understand that the Self is in fact the root and the ground of the universe. In this mind-opening and revelatory work, Watts has crafted a primer on what it means to be human – and a manual of initiation into the central mystery of existence. (Goodreads Description)

The Perennial Philosophy by Aldous Huxley

The Perennial Philosophy is defined by its author as “the metaphysic that recognizes a divine reality substantial to the world of things and lives and minds”. With great wit and stunning intellect, Aldous Huxley examines spiritual beliefs and various religious traditions and explains them in terms that are personally meaningful. (Goodreads Description)

Religion

The World’s Religion by Huston Smith Ph.D

Emphasising the inner – rather then institutional – dimensions of these religions, Smith devotes special attention to Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism, and the teachings of Jesus. He convincingly conveys the unique appeal and gifts of each of the traditions and reveals their hold on the human heart and imagination.

Science meets Spirituality

The Tao of Physics by Dr. Fritjof Capra

“An exploration of the parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism”

This book explores the parallels – which in recent years have been noted but never fully discussed – between the underlying concepts of modern physics and the basic ideas of Eastern mysticism. The author gives a clear account, supplemented by diagrams and photographs, of the theories of atomic and subatomic physics, of relativity theory and of astrophysics, up to and including the most recent research, and relates the world view emerging from these theories to the mystical traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and the I Ching.

Dr. Capra, himself, a research physicist and experienced lecturer, has a remarkable gift for explaining the complex concepts of physics in terms that the layperson can understand. He takes the reader on a facinating journey to the world of atoms and their constituents, which makes for compelling reading. From his text emerges a picture of the material world, not as a machine made up of a multitude of objects, but as a harmonious “organic” whole whose parts are determined by their inter-relations. The universe of the modern physicist, like that of the Eastern mystic, is engaged in a continuous cosmic dance; it is a system of inseparable, interacting and ever moving components of which the observer is, him-or herself, an integral part; it reflects a reality behind the world of ordinary sense-perception which involves spaces of higher dimensions and transcends ordinary language and logical reasoning.   

Spirituality

Anatomy of the Spirit – The Seven Stages of Power and Healing by Caroline Myss

Anatomy of the Spirit is the boldest presentation to date (1996) of energy medicine by one of its premier practitioners, internationally acclaimed medical intuitive Caroline Myss, one of “the hottest new voices in alternative health / spirituality scene” (Publishers Weekly).

Based on fifteen years of research into energy medicine, Dr. Myss’s work shows how every illness corresponds to a pattern of emotional and psychological stresses, beliefs and attitudes that have influenced corresponding areas of the human body.

This book also presents Dr. Myss’s breakthrough model of the bodies seven centers of spiritual and physical power, in which she synthesises the ancient wisdom of the three spiritual traditions – the Hindu Chakras, the Christian Sacraments and the Kabbalah’s Tree of Life – to demonstrate the seven stages of through which everyone must pass in search for higher consciousness and spiritual maturity.

With this model, Dr.Myss shows how you can develop your own latent powers of intuition as you simultaneously cultivate your personal power and spiritual growth. (Goodreads Description)

A New Earth: Awakening your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

With his bestselling spiritual guide ‘The Power of Now’, Eckhart Tolle inspired millions of readers to discover the freedom and joy of a life lived “in the now”. In ‘A New Earth’ Tolle expands on these powerful ideas to show how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world.

Tolle describes how our attachment to the ego creates the dysfunction that leads to anger, jealousy, and unhappiness, and shows readers how to awaken to a new state of consciousness and follow the path to a truly fulfilling existence.

Illuminating, enlightening and uplifting, ‘A New Earth’ is a profoundly spiritual manifesto for a better way of life – and building a better world.

Conversations with God Trilogy by Neale Donald Walsch

Neale Donald Walsch’s groundbreaking ‘Conversations with God’ expands to universal proportions to include his discussion with God about “truths of the highest order, and the challenges and opportunities of the soul”. The universal themes that this trilogy explores, include talks about the nature of God, the power of love, the reality of fear; who we humans really are and who we are destined to become; and the evolution of the species that is about to take place in the universe.

These books discuss a profound dialogue about culture, philosophy and spirituality of highly evolved beings – some of whom we call “aliens” or “ET’s” – in other realms of the universe. It explores how these beings have learned to view life, love, and happiness and how we humans can follow them on the evolutionary path. (Goodreads Description)

Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously by Osho

Courage is not the absence of fear, says Osho. It is, rather, the total presence of fear, with the courage to face it. This book provides a birds eye view of the terrain – where fears originate, how to understand them and how to find the courage to face them. In the process, Osho proposes, that whenever we are faced with uncertainty and change in our lives, it is actually a cause for celebration. Instead of trying to hang on to the familiar and the known, we can learn to enjoy these situations as opportunities for adventure and for deepening our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

The book begins with an in depth exploration of the meaning of courage and how it is expressed in the daily life of the individual. Unlike books that focus on heroic acts of courage in exceptional circumstances, the focus here is on developing the inner courage that enables us to lead authentic and fulfilling lives on a day to day basis.

This is the courage to change when change is needed, the courage to stand up for our own truth, even against the opinions of others and the courage to embrace the unknown in spite of ur fears – in our relationships, in our careers, or in the ongoing journey of understanding who we are and why we are here. (Goodreads Description)

Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle

This book uses words that when read, will make thoughts appear in your mind, but not thoughts that are repetitive, loud and narcissistic, claiming your attention…

The thoughts in this book don’t say “look at me” but “look beyond me”, because they have appeared from stillness, they have power; The power to take you to the same stillness from which they appeared.

That stillness is also inner peace, and that stillness is also the peace in the essence of your being. It’s that stillness that will save you and transform the world.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho’s enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago, who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way, he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself King, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transformative power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts. (Goodreads Description)

The Book of Secrets – Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life by Deepak Chopra

Every life is a book of secrets, ready to be opened. The secret of perfect love is found there, along with the secrets of healing, compassion, faith, and the most elusive one of all: who we really are. We are still mysteries to ourselves, despite the proximity of these answers, and what we most long to know remains lodged deep inside.

Because answers to the questions at the center of life are counter intuitive, they are often hidden from view sequestered from our everyday gaze. In this ongoing quest to elevate our experience, best selling author, Deepak Chopra has isolated fifteen secrets that drive the narrative of this inspiring book – and our lives.

‘The Book of Secrets’ is rich with insights, a priceless treasure that can transport us beyond change to transformation ad from there to a sacred place where we can savour the nectar of enlightenment. (Goodreads Description)

The First & Last Freedom by J. Krishnamurti

Krishnamurti is a leading spiritual teacher of our century. In the First and Last freedom, he cuts away symbols and false associations in the search for pure truth and perfect freedom. Through discussions on suffering, fear, gossip, sex and other topics, Krishnamurti’s quest becomes the readers, an undertaking of tremendous significance.

Foreword by Aldous Huxley. (Goodreads Description)

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle’s message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. And while this message may not seem stunningly original or fresh, Tolle’s clear writing, supportive voice and enthusiasm make this an excellent manual for anyone who’s ever wondered what exactly “living in the now” means. Foremost, Tolle is a world class teacher, able to explain complicated concepts in concrete language. More importantly, within a chapter of reading this book, readers are already holding the world in a different container – more conscious of how thoughts and emotions get in the way of their ability to live in genuine peace and happiness.

Tolle packs a lot of information and inspirational ideas into ‘The Power of Now’. (Topics include the source of Chi, enlightened relationships, creative use of the mind, impermanence and the cycle of life.) Thankfully, he’s added markers that symbolise “break time”. This is when readers should close the book and mull over what they just read. As a result ‘The Power of Now’ reads like the highly acclaimed ‘A Course in Miracles’ – a spiritual guidebook that has the potential to inspire just as many study groups and change just as many lives for the better. (Goodreads Description)

The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

‘The Prophet’ is a book of 26 prose poetry essays written in English by the Lebanese artist, philosopher and writer Kahlil Gibran. It was originally published in 1923 by Alfred A Knopf. It is Gibran’s best known work. (Wikipedia Description)

Taoism

The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

This ancient classic was written around the 6th century BC by the enlightened sage Lao Tzu. With 81 verses of poetic insight, this humbling yet sparklingly clear wisdom makes this the essential teachings of Taoism that points to the essence of our True Nature.

Toltec Wisdom (Native Mexico)

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the Four Agreement offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness and love. The Four Agreements are:

1) Be Impeccable with your Word.

2) Don’t Take Anything Personally

3) Don’t Make Assumptions

4) Always Do Your Best

(Goodreads Description)

Yoga

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

This acclaimed autobiography presents a fascinating portrait of one of the greatest spiritual figures of our time. With engaging candour, eloquence and wit, Paramahansa Yogananda narrates the inspiring chronicle of his life: the experiences of his remarkable childhood, encounters with many saints and sages during his youthful search throughout India for an illuminated teacher, ten years of training in the hermitage of a revered yoga master, and the thirty years that he lived and taught in America. Also recorded here are his meetings with Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Luther Burbank, the Catholic stigmatist Therese Neumann, and other celebrated personalities east and West.

‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ is a beautifully written account of an exceptional life and a profound introduction to the ancient science of Yoga and it’s time honoured tradition of meditation. The author clearly explains the subtle yet definite laws behind both the ordinary events of everyday life and the extraordinary events commonly termed miracles. His absorbing life story thus becomes the background for a penetrating and unforgettable look at the ultimate mysteries of human existence.

Considered a modern spiritual classic it has been translated into more than twenty languages and has found it’s way into the hearts of millions of readers. (Goodreads Description)

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna by ‘M’ Disciple with translation and introduction by Swami Nikhilananda

This English translation is of the ‘Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita’, the conversations of Sri Ramakrishna with his disciples, devotees and visitors recorded by Mahendranath Gupta, an intimate disciple of Sri Ramakrishna’s who wrote the book (under pseudonym of ‘M’) originally in Bengali.

This book undoubtedly encourages the reader to stricken humanity to come nearer to the Eternal Variety of life and remove dissension and quarrel from among the different faiths. Foreword by Aldous Huxley. (Goodreads Description)

Zen Buddhism

Bankei Zen by Peter Haskel

Famous for his teaching on “The Unborn”, the eccentric Bankei has long been an underground hero in the world of Zen. At a time when Zen was becoming overly formalised in Japan, he stressed its relevance to everyday life, insisting on the importance of naturalness and spontaneity.

The Way of Zen by Alan Watts

In his definitive introduction to Zen Buddhism, Alan Watts explains the principles and practices of this ancient religion to Western readers. With a rare combination of freshness and lucidity, he delves into the origins and history of Zen to explain what it means for the world today with incredible clarity. Watts saw Zen as “one of the most precious gifts of Asia to the world” and in ‘The Way of Zen’ he gives this gift to the readers. (Goodreads Description)