Autobiography of a yogi – Yogananda Paramahamsa

A search in secret India – Paul Brunton

The Prophet – Khalil Gibran

God Speaks to Arjuna – Commentory on Bhagavad gita by Paramahamsa Yogananda


Autobiography of a yogi – Yogananda Paramahamsa

How would you like an enlightened guru to take your hand and lead you into heaven? Yogananda does just that leaving you craving for more. This magical book is extremely well written, has lots of innocent humour, is very wise and very, very engaging. Yogananda walks you through his childhood (and an interesting encounter with an astrologer who predicted he would be polygamous!), his search for a guru and eventual success, a practical example of how a guru and a disciple interact, the need for practical thinking even amidst the all the mystical insights (read the rollicking story of the cauliflower robbery orchestered by his guru = swami Yukteshwar much to Yogananda’s chagrin). Most importantly, Yogananda shows us that great souls have their shortcomings as well – but they realize and bounce back.

A book for the soul – here’s a pearl from a yogi, an author and a compassionate man

A search in secret India – Paul Brunton

We live in a cynical world, where we demand evidence for belief in everything. Like “doubting” Thomas, we demand we be able to touch, feel and see miracles before we certify the saint. Paul Brunton takes on an amazing journey where he meets with India’s most popular spiritual gurus – including the Shankaracharaya before he winds up with his guru – Ramana Maharishi.

This book is a very endearing search for true spiritual adepts in an increasingly material world – the intellectual way – and if you need to see it before you believe it, here’s a book that will touch a chord with you.

Would also recommend his A search in secret Egypt for some more interesting encounters or “A message from Arunachala” for those inclined toward distilled wisdom.

The Prophet – Khalil Gibran

Sheer genius at play – as the prophet takes us through his opinions on 20 different topics including religion, children, love and work. The strength of this book is twofold – very moving poetical language and every topic has some “eureka” moments to be cherished.

Sample his definition of work “Work is love made visible”. If you can define work any better, you have just got one more disciple!

This book apparently was the 20th century’s second most sold book in the United States after the bible. The book is now available in the public domain. Sample it and if it moves you like it did me, pick a book as your permanent bedside companion.

God Speaks to Arjuna – Commentory on Bhagavad gita by Paramahamsa Yogananda

This is a two volume version which interprets the Bhagavad gita from a spiritual aspirant’s viewpoint. Krishna is interpreted as god consiousness and Arjuna as the spiritual seeker. Hidden meanings are derived from names (eg. Each of the kouravas are seen to be a bad habit and each of the pandavas a virtue) and the book itself is revealed to be a manual for a spiritual aspirant. While it will be hard to read the entire book in one go, reading the first 70 odd pages of introduction (which talks about how life came into being and the individual soul merges eventually with the infinitie) is in itself a good enough reason to pick this set.

One thought on “Spirituality

  1. You can definitely see your erpixtese in the work you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to say how they believe. At all times follow your heart.

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