The best books on transformation for enlightenment

The Books I Picked & Why

A Search in Secret India

By Paul Brunton

A Search in Secret India

Why this book?

In my teens, I came across this book during a summer vacation visiting my dear grandparents. It felt like Paul Brunton had the same yearning as I did for uncovering hidden but profound truths. Such truths are buried but alive. Luckily, they can be rediscovered through the experiences of remarkable mystics who have dedicated their life to realization. 

I was spellbound reading Paul’s adventures from nearly a century back. And the account of how his quest finally led him to a great sage who taught primarily through silence and transmission is fantastic!


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Be Here Now

By Ram Dass

Be Here Now

Why this book?

I recall spending a few days with Ram Dass in Aspen, Colorado, several decades back and enjoying his fascinating stories and spiritual perspectives. Back in the sixties, Ram Dass traveled to India and found his trained intellect humbled when confronted with the powerful truths his teacher revealed. He found himself shifting from a mind-based orientation to a heart-based approach. 

I love this book because Ram Dass distills what he learned and shares it from his heart while breaking all the typical rules of what a book should look like. You’ll see it in every aspect: from the cover design to the layout and paper, the illustrations, and the timeless truths—all inspired high-vibe content.


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Collision with the Infinite: A Life Beyond the Personal Self

By Suzanne Segal

Collision with the Infinite: A Life Beyond the Personal Self

Why this book?

In this book, Suzanne has done a remarkable job of giving us a feel for the transcendent self. An everyday event thrust her into the non-self, which she found confusing and disorienting. However, as she eventually settles into the state and unpacks it for us, we find a clear and refreshing description that is beautiful. Highly readable if you can get your hands on a copy.


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The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

By Sogyal Rinpoche

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Why this book?

I find death fascinating. To live fearlessly and with purpose requires an understanding of death. I found this superbly written book to be invaluable in the process. 

The Tibetan tradition has had much to offer us about the process of dying and post-death states. This remarkable knowledge is made quite accessible through this book.


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God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita

By Paramahansa Yogananda

God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita

Why this book?

This treatise is no ordinary commentary on the sacred Bhagavad Gita. Every page in this two-volume set is loaded with spiritual wisdom! Each time I dip into it, I emerge with clarity and upliftment. 

Paramahansa Yogananda put himself in a state of attunement with the originators of this sacred text as he wrote this commentary. The result is unparalleled insights into the yogic path and practical wisdom for higher consciousness. Easily the best writing on the Gita I have come across.


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