The best books on self-help and meditation

The Books I Picked & Why

Reality at Dawn

By Ram Chandra

Book cover of Reality at Dawn

Why this book?

A comprehensive and illuminating read that covers the promise and necessity of the spiritual search, the problems encountered along the journey, and the ways and means to successfully transcend them. Reality at Dawn is an answer to the spiritual seeker of the modern world. Authored by my Guru, Shri Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur, this book still inspires me today—even after countless readings, I still find something new in it every time I go through its pages.

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As a Man Thinketh

By James Allen

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Why this book?

The power of thought distilled in 37 pages, this book offers fundamental principles on how thoughts shape our inner and outer world. A reader emerges from the book with a renewed focus on manifesting calmness of mind and inspired to reinvent their self and their thinking. One of the quotes from the book, “Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.”

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull

By Richard Bach

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Why this book?

A seagull’s unrelenting quest to fly higher and faster than ever imagined takes him on a perilous yet meaningful journey to discover true freedom and flight. The book is a sublime unveiling of the flight we can all take when freed from the inner shackles of anger, fear and the opinions of others, and through the constant pursuit of personal excellence.

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Siddhartha: A Novel

By Hermann Hesse

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Why this book?

Nobel Prize laureate Hesse’s imagining of the spiritual life of a boy named Siddhartha during the time of Gautama Buddha conveys the importance of trusting and learning from one’s own personal experience—truly one of the most important aspects of spiritual life. Siddhartha’s story will resonate with any reader who has questioned the meaning of life and even one’s own beliefs about the spiritual path, with the reassurance that every sincere search will eventually lead to a direct path to self-realisation.

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The Gospel Of Sri Ramakrishna

By Swami Nikhilananda

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Why this book?

A priceless record of the interactions between 19th century Bengali saint Sri Ramakrishna and his disciples, including Swami Vivekananda. This is the book which ignited my own spark of spiritual longing when I discovered it at a young age.

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