The Best Spiritual Books Only A Few People Read

By Gabriel Dee

The Books I Picked & Why

The Red Lion: The Elixir of Eternal Life

By Maria Szepes

The Red Lion: The Elixir of Eternal Life

Why this book?

Let me begin the list with a Hungarian classic, The Red Lion from Maria Szepes. She was a prolific hermetic author, perhaps the most famous in my country. Her flagship book helped introduce hermeticism, alchemy, and spirituality in general after the Second World War. I found this to be a very readable, enjoyable and illuminating novel wrapped into a beautiful story.


When you buy a book we may earn a small commission.

The Denial of Death

By Ernest Becker

The Denial of Death

Why this book?

The second book I recommend is The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker. This Pulitzer prize winning masterpiece does a great job of showing why and how we deny death, and what kind of negative consequences this behavior causes. If you’re interested in death awareness, this is a foundational book to read, although its language can be a bit complex at times.


When you buy a book we may earn a small commission.

The Book of Secrets: 112 Meditations to Discover the Mystery Within

By Osho

The Book of Secrets: 112 Meditations to Discover the Mystery Within

Why this book?

The next one on my list of the top 5 spiritual books is The Book of Secrets by Osho. He is my favorite spiritual teacher, and although he never wrote any books, the texts from his speeches were published in several compilations. Everything you read from him can be useful, but this book stands above the rest in its length, depth and practicality.

This book is based on a 5000 year old tantric scripture consisting of 112 meditations to achieve liberation. What Osho basically does is that he adds commentaries and his own experiences to each of the techniques, thereby making them understandable and practical for the modern seeker. If I had to recommend any book on meditation, it would definitely be this one.


When you buy a book we may earn a small commission.

Living with the Himalayan Masters

By Swami Rama

Living with the Himalayan Masters

Why this book?

The third book I would suggest is Living with the Himalayan Masters by Swami Rama. Written as an autobiography, this book follows the life of a famous spiritual teacher, and his many adventures on his path to becoming one. I personally love biographies, and this was one of the most interesting ones for me. I think you would get just as inspired by it as me, and you could even continue with The Autobiography of a Yogi by Yogananda.


When you buy a book we may earn a small commission.

I Am That I Am: A Tribute to Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

By Stephen Wolinsky

I Am That I Am: A Tribute to Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Why this book?

And finally, the number one spiritual book, in my opinion, is none other than the spiritual classic: I Am That by Nisargadatta Maharaj. I remember reading this in India, and how much time I actually needed to digest the information, although I was already enlightened. In a simple question and answer form, this book illuminates the reader and offers an inner perspective of a highly enlightened modern mystic, living the life of a simple man. Even just one answer from this book can snap you out of the illusion of the ego.


When you buy a book we may earn a small commission.

Random Book Lists