4 Must-Have Books For The Spiritual Seeker
There are some books that not only stand the test of time but shift the collective consciousness in incredible ways. Words have power and these books have the ability to transform, not only individual lives but masses of people (dare I say the world?). The books below have been cited for years and years by some of the most enlightened and influential people on the planet. And they fail to lose popularity. In fact, their fame seems to grow over time. If you’re on the spiritual path or looking to get on one, try and start with these books.
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Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
Paramahansa Yogananda is well-known as one of the gurus who changed the face of spirituality in the West. In his book, Autobiography of a Yogi, he writes about his incredible life and provides an introduction to the ancient science of Yoga and meditation. This book is profoundly inspiring, super entertaining, and filled with tales of extraordinary enlightened beings. Paramahansa Yogananda’s remarkable life story takes you on an unparalleled journey of saints and yogis, science and miracles, death and resurrection.
Shankara’s Crest Jewel of Discrimination; Translated by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood
Shankara, along with many other sages, believed it is the ignorance of our true nature that causes suffering and pain. We all want to be happy, which at its core is the desire to awaken to who and what we truly are. This book reveals tools toward the path of self-knowledge and teaches how to awaken from ignorance to peace of our true nature. The book describes the complete transformation of the universe which takes place before the eyes of the illuminated seer when the world becomes heaven on Earth. This classic text on the path to enlightenment through the knowledge that God is the ultimate reality; the individual soul is none other than the universal soul.
The Bhagavad Gita; Translation by Eknath Easwaran
This powerful and intellectually stimulating book, Prince Arjuna asks direct, uncompromising questions to Krishna (his spiritual guide) on the eve of an epic battle. In this best-selling and expanded edition of the most well-known of Indian scriptures, Eknath Easwaran contextualizes the book culturally and historically, explaining and illuminating key concepts in Hindu religious thought and the technical vocabulary of yoga. This book is translated for the Western world with chapter introductions, notes, and a glossary to help readers understand the book’s message. Most importantly, this translation uses simple, clear language to impart the poetry, universality, and timelessness of the Gita’s teachings.
The Chakra Handbook by Shalila Sharamon and Bodo J. Baginski
Part of the path of the spiritual seeker is understanding your own physiology and energetic system. The chakras are the spiritual centers in the body and in The Chakra Handbook, you will learn the basics of the chakra system. Including practical applications to harmonizing the energy centers with music, colors, gemstones, scents, breathing techniques, reflex-zone massage, aspects of nature and meditation.
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