Which spiritual books influenced you the most?

davids's picture

Average: 4.9 (7 votes)

Hi fellow spiritual travelers,

Which books you can say influenced you the most?

My picks:

I Am That / Nisargadatta Maharaj
The Ultimate Medicine / Nisargadatta Maharaj
Tao Te Ching / Lao Tse
In Search of the Miraculous / P. D. Ouspensky

barbara's picture

Precious spiritual books

I Am That / Nisargadatta Maharaj
The Power of Now / Eckhart Tolle
Initiation / Elisabeth Haich
God Speaks / Meher Baba

barbara | Wed, 08/07/2013 - 17:32
nancy pro's picture

My favorite spiritual books

In addition to the excellent recommendations above:

Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali
The Collected Works Of Sri Ramana Maharshi
Master Key to Self-Realization by Shri Sadguru Siddharameshwar Maharaj
The Shaman & Ayahuasca: Journeys to Sacred Realms by Don Jose Campos

nancy pro | Thu, 08/08/2013 - 07:18
mbnarayana's picture

First of all I happened to

First of all I happened to read sri Anubhavananda swamis secret of spiritual practice.This book helped me to learn the spiritual terminology .Later on the books on masterCVV,masterEK and master MK have been helping me in my pursuit

mbnarayana | Fri, 08/09/2013 - 15:40
Quantum's picture

Fav Books

1) Power of Now/ Eckart Tolle...For "Present Moment" concepts, and Innerbody Awareness technique

2) The Heartmath Solution/Doc Lew Childre, Howard Martin, Donna Beech...for their "Cut Through" technique in working through/dissolving emotions, or as they say in the book "removing the signifacance" out of the situation.

3) Full Catastrophe Living/Jon Kabat Zinn...the entire book is like one very good Dharma talk full of explicit Mindfulness techniques that complements very very well, techniques in the previous two books (i.e. Tolle's Inner Body Awareness, Heartmaths dealing with emotions).

Start to vicariously feel, experience, what you are actually experiencing as you experience it (even raw sensations), without being distracted by thoughts overlaying what you are actually experiencing. And that's it.

"Don't Think...Feeeeeellllll!" -Bruce Lee

Quantum | Sun, 08/11/2013 - 01:32
samsara's picture

To date, the books that

To date, the books that influenced me the most, spiritually, are:

Yoga Vasistha - a new translation by Swami Venkatesananda (I wonder, is there anyone else here who read this book? admires this book?)

The art of living by William Hart (about the Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka)

I Am That by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (Plus, the other books documenting his later talks, not the books of his disciples (Balsekar, Wolinsky, etc.) who simply distort his teachings).

samsara | Tue, 08/13/2013 - 19:40
mariposa's picture

my books and their timings

Every favorite book has its own right timing. Most of the following books have nowadays no help for me but once in the right timing were a fortune to my spiritual path, here are some -

Be as you are - The teachings ofb Sri Ramana Maharshi by David Godman.

A cup of tea by Osho (a collection of letters he wrote to friends).

The power of now by Eckhart Tolle

and of course I Am That by Maharaj (who is still a guiding book for me after all these years)

mariposa | Wed, 08/14/2013 - 05:52
Quantum's picture

Books vs Meditation Practice

I forgot to add that not meditating is like trying to play tennis without ever practicing.

Reading spiritual books without ever practicing meditation is like watching the pros (Djokovic, Nadal, Federer) play on TV, without every practicing and then wondering why you can't play as well as they do. They put in the hours of practice and I'm sure still do.

In spirituality as in Tennis, don't just read, or watch others.




Oh, and....Practice.

Quantum | Thu, 08/15/2013 - 05:48
Quantum's picture

such a fetish for practice

that I guesstimate Siddhartha practiced 365 days X 8 hour X say 6 years before attaining that "Oh I get it" and "Aha" moment.

How many hours you put in? Your present moment awareness, and spontaneous joy, lightness, laughter, already permanently unobstructed by repetitive thoughts and upset emotions?

It takes practice to make it last longer than a single moment.

Quantum | Sun, 08/18/2013 - 17:33
not_me's picture

Both of you fall in the same

Both of you fall in the same pitfall - too much emphasis on practice is as problematic as dismissing practice altogether. Practice is clearly and evidently vital but is clearly and evidently not the whole story.

not_me | Sun, 09/01/2013 - 13:34
Quantum's picture

Reason for practice is

...to make my play better. Like practicing tennis. It is not done for it's own sake. At least not for me. That should have been evident. But apparently it is not as obvious as I thought it was. My bad. I should assume less and make more more effort to state the obvious.

So, practice what you read so that your daily life works better for you. ('Hope I didn't leave anything else out.)

I agree with you.

PS: I came back to add one more book. It's by "William Hart", "Vipassana."

That should really be the last book I ever read on spirituality, but my mind enjoys mind candy too. Enjoy everything, even the intellectualizing, as long as it's not bad for you or any other sentient being.


Quantum | Mon, 09/30/2013 - 18:03
WilsonSmith's picture

If we talk about the books

If we talk about the books that influence me the most, are the books that are based on the teachings and spiritual theories. From there only me rather many of the people will get to learn about spiritual theories.

WilsonSmith | Wed, 09/18/2013 - 07:32