10 Spiritual Books You MUST Read Before You Die…

10 Spiritual Books You MUST Read Before You Die

Autobiography of a Yogi

untitledIt’s hard to think of a more important spiritual book to read than Autobiography of a Yogi. Paramahansa Yogananda’s tale of leaving his native India to teach meditation in America involves saints, courage, miracles, and faith in the Divine.

For those that are looking to have a deeper understanding of how the east and the west can come together, this book is for you.

Saints that Moved the World

untitledA favorite book of Paramahansa Yogananda (author of Autobiography of a Yogi), this rare book tells the tale of 5 popular Christian saints: their trials, tribulations, and ecstasy as they make their way toward a deeper understanding of Christ.

St. Francis, St. Anthony, St. Ignatius, St. Theresa, and St. Augustine are all featured in this deeply inspiring book.

The Kingdom of God is Within You

untitledThis book completely changed the life of Gandhi and helped him become a peaceful dissenter of British rule.

The main theme of the book deals with the importance of non-violent resistance to evil and how only the Divine core within us our only real guide to world change.

The Spiritual Teachings of Ramana Maharshi

untitledAt the age of 17, Ramana Maharshi had a deep experience of the Divine Self. Afterwards, he took several years of silence in order to dive deeper into his spiritual pursuits.

As time went by, followers began to surround him and record his teachings, which are written in this book.

This Indian saint is highly venerated throughout the east, and way this book is written almost makes it feel like you’re right there.

Gandhi: An Autobiography

untitledIt goes without saying that Gandhi is one of the most familiar historical faces in recent times. Known for peacefully resisting British rule in India, this book gives a deep look into his thoughts.

How Gandhi came to be the man that defied one of the most powerful empires in the world is incredibly fascinating…it’s truly shocking to read about his journey toward becoming the person we all know of today.

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

untitledRamakrishna is not a normal yogi; his powerful love of god and devotion to the infinite melted into everything he did.

In this book, his words of wisdom and teachings are written for the ages. You’ll find this incredibly moving.


Journey of Souls

untitledThis book gives first-hand accounts of life after death, and what it means to be free of the body.

Dr. Newton interviewed and hypnotized many patients, and each one described their own unique- but similar- experiences. This includes things like karma, past lives, and being reborn.

A fascinating read!

Meister Eckhart

untitledA wonderful introduction to the thoughts of one of Christianity’s most beloved saints. It contains excerpts from his preaching, sayings, and informal dialogues with other followers.

Eckhart’s teachings formed the bedrock for western mysticism, and his vibration comes through in this book.


untitled2,000 years ago, this Indian epic was written and became one of the most important texts in Hinduism. The battle over land between the Kurus (demons) and the Pandavas (royalty devoted to Krishna) was so great that it’s still remembered to this day in India.

In this wonderful translation by William Buck, the essence of India’s culture can be grasped easily.


untitledThe Dhammapada is one of the most important texts to come from the east. It contains a collection of Buddha’s verses and quotes in verse form.

Dhammapada means “Buddha’s doctrine”, and contains what many believe to be the only needed written teachings of Buddhism.


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