Embarking upon a spiritual journey? Whether you’re an absolute beginner or an adept, these books are the best resources you can find to explore what spirituality is all about.
Spirituality is not about one religion, but all religions in their pure essence are about spirituality. So I recommend you cut to the chase and take the direct path to what you are seeking – call it God, Creator, Source, Absolute, Truth, Universe, or whatever.
Not many people are conscious enough to explore their true nature. So if you have the seeking impulse, don’t ignore it. I can assure you from my personal experience that it is absolutely worth it to grow spiritually. So without further ado, here is the list of the best spiritual books of all time that will help you with spiritual awakening, enlightenment, and self-realization:
“Love says ‘I am everything.’ Wisdom says ‘I am nothing.’ Between the two, my life flows.”Nisargadatta Maharaj
“If the idea ‘I am the body’ is accepted, the selves are multiple. The state in which this idea vanishes is the Self since in that state there are no other objects.”Ramana Maharashi
“When the ego is not, you are for the first time encountering your being. That being is void. Then you can surrender; then you have surrendered.”Osho
“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”Eckhart Tolle
“Only you can take inner freedom away from yourself, or give it to yourself. Nobody else can.”Michael A. Singer
“The person who suffers from inner poverty is relentlessly driven to accumulate on the material level.”David R. Hawkins
“Perfect love casts out fear. Where there is love there are no demands, no expectations, no dependency. I do not demand that you make me happy; my happiness does not lie in you. If you were to leave me, I will not feel sorry for myself; I enjoy your company immensely, but I do not cling.”Anthony de Mello
“Thought is so cunning, so clever, that it distorts everything for its own convenience.”Jiddu Krishnamurti
“Knowing others is intelligence;Lao Tzu
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.”
“Be empty of worrying.Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi
Think of who created thought!
Why do you stay in prison
When the door is so wide open?”
“Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else … Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.”Hermann Hesse
Related: The Dhammapada by Eknath Easwaran
“Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself.”Paramahansa Yogananda
Related: The Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran
“Truth is the same always. Whoever ponders it will get the same answer. Buddha got it. Patanjali got it. Jesus got it. Mohammed got it. The answer is the same, but the method of working it out may vary this way or that.”Sri S. Satchidananda
Related: The Upanishads by Eknath Easwaran
“You can dramatically extend life—not by multiplying the number of your years, but by expanding the fullness of your moments.”Shinzen Young
15. How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain: The New Science of Transformation by Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman
“The simple act of watching your own consciousness actually improves your mood, your self-esteem, and your overall satisfaction with life. Research also shows that self-reflective observation and awareness activates structures in the brain directly associated with Enlightenment and transformation.”Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman
16. The Awakened Brain: The New Science of Spirituality and Our Quest for an Inspired Life by Dr. Lisa Miller
“When we become spiritually aware—through synchronicity, for example—it’s a sign that despite the uncertainty, we are aligned with the force of life.”Lisa Miller
17. Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment by Robert Wright
“Ultimately, happiness comes down to choosing between the discomfort of becoming aware of your mental afflictions and the discomfort of being ruled by them.”Robert Wright
18. The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science for Greater Mindfulness by Dr. John Yates
“True happiness comes from within, which means we can always find joy, in both good times and bad. Although pain and pleasure are an inevitable part of human life, suffering and happiness are entirely optional. The choice is ours.”John Yates
“It is the self-aware screen of awareness, upon which the drama of experience is playing and out of which it is made, that becomes so intimately involved with the objective content of its experience that it seems to lose itself in it and, as a result, overlooks or forgets its own presence, just as a dreamer’s mind loses itself in its own dream at night.”Rupert Spira
Related: Being Myself by Rupert Spira
“We realize–often quite suddenly–that our sense of self, which has been formed and constructed out of our ideas, beliefs and images, is not really who we are. It doesn’t define us, it has no center.”Adyashanti
“All fear is ultimately fear of no-self.”Jed McKenna
“Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.”Helen Schucman
“Be a gift to everyone who enters your life, and to everyone whose life you enter. Be careful not to enter another’s life if you cannot be a gift.”Neale Donald Walsch
“Early in the journey you wonder how long the journey will take and whether you will make it in this lifetime. Later you will see that where you are going is HERE and you will arrive NOW…so you stop asking.”Ram Dass
Related: Being Ram Dass by Ram Dass
“Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.”Alan Wilson Watts
Related: The Way of Zen by Alan Watts
26. The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation by Thich Nhat Hanh
“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.”Thich Nhat Hanh
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”Dalai Lama
“You are every thing, every being, every emotion, every event, every situation. You are unity. You are infinity. You are love/light, light/love. You are. This is the Law of One.”Ra
“We are divine but imperfect beings who exist in two worlds, material and spiritual. It is our destiny to shuttle back and forth between these universes through space and time while we learn to master ourselves and acquire knowledge.”Michael Newton
“People can’t help other people if they have too many of their own problems. They can’t do what’s right for the planet if they can’t do what’s right for themselves.”Dolores Cannon
So there you have it – the top books on spirituality. Some of the books give you the direct methods for spiritual awakening/enlightenment, some focus on the latest science behind it, and some are more esoteric or new agey.
You don’t have to take my recommendation, nor do you have to believe what the authors have to say. All I ask you is to keep an open mind and inquire within yourself what the teachings have to offer. You don’t have much to lose, but you have everything to gain.
What can you gain, you may ask? How about pure bliss, peace, and freedom? Or how about a greater capacity to attract/manifest what you desire (which you can learn more from these books on manifestation)? The best part is that you don’t have to renounce the world to be enlightened. I say you master both, your inner and outer world, which is the core of my self-mastery coaching.
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