Seven Self-Transforming Spiritual Books.
I was never partial to books or ideas that sugar-coat life. I wanted crystalline, penetrative wisdom – even if it told me to slit my own throat… if seeking truth meant I should lose everything, then I wanted to walk into the mouth of Kali, terror-filled and yet, stepping forward. Why? Because underneath all the muck there was a resounding vibration that nothing was more worthwhile, nothing more beautiful – nothing more indestructible – than this discovery.
These seven books had the greatest impact on me; mostly because they are the ones that strengthened my yearning – my drive – for Self-Realization. That passion for Truth needs to be all-encompassing, and very few books can do that to you. These are the most honest and unflowery that I have come across.
I did not want truth that suits me, but truth itself – at all costs. And for that I had to be prepared to unplug – sever – annihilate – every bit of untruth that I had conveniently absorbed into my lexicon.
Each of these speak of the essence of us all in brilliant, silence-provoking ink blotches… (in order of impact)…
Effectively demystifying the mystical, Jed astonishes the reader not by adding to the world’s collected spiritual wisdom, but by taking the spirituality out of spiritual enlightenment. Never before has this elusive topic been treated in so engaging and accessible a manner. A masterpiece of illuminative writing, Spiritual Enlightenment is mandatory reading for anyone following a spiritual path.
Authentic books on Tantra are all too rare – this is the only one I have come across that does it justice.
In 1968 Daniel Odier left Europe for the Himalayas, searching for a master who could help him go where texts and intellectual searching could no longer take him. He wanted everything: the wisdom and spirituality gained from the life of an ascetic and the beauty, love, and sensuality of a life of passion. He found both in Shivaic Tantrism, the secret spiritual path that seeks to transcend ego and rediscover the divine by embracing the passions. In an isolated Himalayan forest Odier met Devi, a great yogini who would take him on a mystical journey like none he had ever imagined. At times taking him beyond the limits of sexual experience, at times threatening him with destruction, she taught him what it is to truly be alive and to know the divine nature of absolute love.
On Consciousness: 3. The Starseed Transmissions. – Ken Carey.
Opening Starseed and reading its first chapter is like merging one’s conscious awareness with some highly eclectic and vastly expanded level of perception and knowing through which one may sometime feel a bit dizzy as when you look down from a towering observation post. The perspective offered by Ken Carey’s cosmic guides is magnificent and the sense of belonging to a vast body of conscious beings gives an indefinable feeling of powerful yet benevolent strength as well as a confusing sense of discrepancy between that very feeling and our own weakness and smallness. Like an ignorant visitor discovering an unknown land and its mysterious traditions, we have to stretch our intelligence to accommodate these higher vibrations of thinking and try to fully understand what is being expressed.
On Spirit: 4. Stranger in a Strange Land. – Robert A. Heinlein.
Stranger in a Strange Land is the most fully convincing Utopian vision, in literature or in any medium, that I know of. It encapsulates the more progressive and creative aspects of cultural “revolution,” and celebrates what were soon to become (again, however briefly) the most treasured tenets of the Sixties rebellion: mind expansion, individual responsibility, and free love. If any work of fiction will earn Robert Heinlein a permanent place on the collective bookshelf, it is going to be Stranger in a Strange Land, for the impact it has made on American society. If a person has not managed to read Stranger by now, then he has at least absorbed a bit of it osmotically, for it flows throughout our cultural consciousness.
On Wisdom: 5. Mystic’s Musings. – Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.
One of the profound mystics of our times shares insights into realms of life beyond the physical dimension in this stunning account of spiritual wisdom and mystical revelation. Mystic’s Musings keeps us teetering on the edge of logic as it enthralls us with esoteric and scientific explanations of life, death, rebirth, suffering, karma and the journey of the Self. With infinite clarity and candor, Sadhguru shatters conventional definitions of morality, religion and spirituality and provokes readers to move beyond the trap of our conditioning and self-imposed limitations.
On Devotion: 6. Autobiography of a Yogi. – Paramhansa Yogananda.
At once a beautifully written account of an exceptional life and a profound introduction to the ancient science of Yoga and its time-honored tradition of meditation. This acclaimed autobiography presents a fascinating portrait of one of the great spiritual figures of our time.
On Heart: 7. The Alchemist. – Paulo Coelho.
My Heart Is Afraid that it will have to suffer,” the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky.”Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.”