10 books like The Gospel Of Sri Ramakrishna

By Swami Nikhilananda,

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Siddhartha

By Hermann Hesse,

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Herman Hesse’s Indian tale follows the ancient journey of Siddhartha, a fictional character on a spiritual path to find meaning in a world full of suffering and greed by renouncing his family and all worldly possessions to become a wandering holy man (Samana).

Along his journey he discovers and meets the actual Buddha (Gautama Buddha), and although he was deeply impressed with the Buddha’s honorable teachings, Siddhartha, disappointed, chose instead to follow his own path believing that one cannot find enlightenment by only following the words of a teacher but instead by experiencing and embracing all aspects of life personally to understand the true nature of enlightenment.

The story itself is captivating because the answers Siddhartha seeks are questions we’ve all asked ourselves, and the answers he discovers help explore the contradictions between the sacred texts of organized religion and the frustrated individual’s approach to find meaning within themselves despite…

Siddhartha

By Hermann Hesse,

Why should I read it?

9 authors picked Siddhartha as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Here the spirituality of the East and the West have met in a novel that enfigures deep human wisdom with a rich and colorful imagination.

Written in a prose of almost biblical simplicity and beauty, it is the story of a soul's long quest in search of he ultimate answer to the enigma of man's role on this earth. As a youth, the young Indian Siddhartha meets the Buddha but cannot be content with a disciple's role: he must work out his own destiny and solve his own doubt-a tortuous road that carries him through the sensuality of a love…


Reality at Dawn

By Ram Chandra,

Book cover of Reality at Dawn

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.

Reality at Dawn

By Ram Chandra,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Reality at Dawn as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

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Reality at Dawn by Ram Chandra


As a Man Thinketh

By James Allen,

Book cover of As a Man Thinketh

Although this book is more than a century old, I find it just as relevant today as it was when it was first published. As a Man Thinketh offers digestible and easily understood tips to transform the way you look at barriers in life and positively embrace them. Each person holds the key to their own happiness and by dealing with thoughts intelligently and patiently, can help reconstruct life for the better. 

As a Man Thinketh

By James Allen,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked As a Man Thinketh as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

THIS little volume (the result of meditation and experience) is not intended as an exhaustive treatise on the much-written-upon subject of the power of thought. It is suggestive rather than explanatory, its object being to stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that “They themselves are makers of themselves.” …by virtue of the thoughts, which they choose and encourage; that mind is the master-weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance, and that, as they may have hitherto woven in ignorance and pain they may now weave in enlightenment…


Jonathan Livingston Seagull

By Richard Bach,

Book cover of Jonathan Livingston Seagull

This book is about taking the physical path to spiritual freedom, without the need for any religion. It inspired me to cross oceans under sail, to complete ultra-distance multi-disciplinary sports events, and to build my own faith in the divineness of the natural world. Would you believe it helped me win bike races?

And I love that it does all this through the lens of a beautiful feathered sea being. This non-human viewpoint released the author from the prison of human arrogance. Glorious. And it inspired some wonderful music. 

Jonathan Livingston Seagull

By Richard Bach,

Why should I read it?

5 authors picked Jonathan Livingston Seagull as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

This classic work is now available for the first time in paperback. Since 1951, when the last of the Witchcraft Acts was repealed, many books have been written about the reappearance of witchcraft and the development of a pagan theology. Churchmen have denounced it. Sociologists have wondered at it. Journalists have penned sensational stories about it. But until the publication of this book, no one had told the real story of it from the inside as frankly as it is told here.

Doreen Valiente, one of witchcraft's most widely known figures, was a close friend of the late Gerald Gardner,…


Meditation with Intention

By Anusha Wijeyakumar,

Book cover of Meditation with Intention: Quick & Easy Ways to Create Lasting Peace

Meditation is an amazing tool for stress relief, mental clarity, focus and balance. Meditation has been shown to help with depression, mental health, and reduction of blood pressure. This book helped me to establish a consistent and meaningful meditation practice. The author Anusha is an incredible teacher and advocate for increased mental health awareness. She provides a practical and sustainable approach to meditation.

Meditation with Intention

By Anusha Wijeyakumar,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Meditation with Intention as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

With just five minutes of meditation a day, you can achieve a more focused, balanced, and peaceful life. Join wellness consultant Anusha Wijeyakumar, MA, as she shares the transformative meditation program that she developed for California s world-famous Hoag Hospital. You will discover the vital intentions and five-minute meditations designed for heart opening, chakra balancing, trusting your inner truth, embodying courage and strength, and more. These meditations and pranayama-breathwork exercises will help you create more joy and peace in your life while learning to control negative internal chatter. Raised in the philosophy of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) on her way to…


The Healing Power of Mind

By Tulku Thondup,

Book cover of The Healing Power of Mind: Simple Meditation Exercises for Health, Well-Being, and Enlightenment

I have given this book as a gift to friends and acquaintances who were struggling with health issues, trauma, depression, anxiety, or loss. Recipients of this book have told me how much it has benefited them—they found peace and renewed energy on their path of healing physical and emotional pain. It’s a short book packed with easy-to-practice meditations that are simple, yet profound. It is suitable for reader’s of all backgrounds and belief systems.

The Healing Power of Mind

By Tulku Thondup,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Healing Power of Mind as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The true nature of our minds is enlightened and peaceful, as the depth of the ocean is calm and clear. But when we mentally grasp and emotionally cling to our wants and worries with all our energy, we lose our own enlightened freedom and healing power, only to gain stress and exhaustion, suffering and overexcitement, like the turbulent waves rolling on the surface of the ocean.

Our minds possess the power to heal pain and stress, and to blossom into peace and joy, by loosening the clinging attitudes that Buddhists call "grasping at self." If we apply the mind's healing…


Everyday Blessings

By Myla Kabat-Zinn, Jon Kabat-Zinn,

Book cover of Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting

Jon Kabat-Zinn is a world-renown specialist in mindfulness – the mind-body experience of being fully present and aware in the moment. Mindfulness is an effective practice for optimal emotional and physical health and well-being. We know that people around the world parent in many different ways, depending upon their background, culture, life experience, etc. What I love about this book is that if you want to learn to be more present in our highly-distracted, busy world, there is a gentle way to move toward having more of this presence in life, no matter your background – with your children, partner, and others. The wisdom of mindfulness found in this peaceful book helps develop greater empathy and connection with ourselves and those in our family.

Everyday Blessings

By Myla Kabat-Zinn, Jon Kabat-Zinn,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Everyday Blessings as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Shows parents how they can enrich their own and their childrens' lives through raising their awareness of life's gifts.


Grip

By Lale Westvind,

Book cover of Grip

I consider this to be one of the great wordless graphic novels. It’s a hyper-colored meditation on the creative power and potential of human hands, full of movement, energy, and effort. It’s amazing to see a work like this that’s so full of power, like a raw force of nature, yet there’s no violence or destruction. Sit in a quiet corner and give every page of this book your full attention and tell me how your brain feels afterward. 

Grip

By Lale Westvind,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Grip as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Change Your Mind

By Paramananda,

Book cover of Change Your Mind: A practical guide to Buddhist meditation

More and more people are drawn to meditation but it’s easy to be confounded by all those books and online teachings. This book is a great way to start. A simple guide to Buddhist meditation – to what it means, and how to do it – it’s practical, clear, helpful, and short.

Change Your Mind

By Paramananda,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Change Your Mind as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Provides traditional practices for the readers to learn how to exchange stress and anxiety for calm and clarity of mind, and transform anger and fear into kindness and self confidence. The author guides on meditation with anecdotes and tips, from his experience of teaching meditation of more than 15 years.


Meditation

By Eknath Easwaran,

Book cover of Meditation: A Simple Eight-Point Program for Translating Spiritual Ideals into Daily Life

This is the very first book that started my personal journey into meditation and mindfulness back in high school. Every page in this wonderful book reads like gentle guidance from an old, wise, and sometimes funny man, sharing stories and practical tools to end the suffering we cause to ourselves.

Meditation

By Eknath Easwaran,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Meditation as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

This is the (second) Out of Print edition. The newest edition is the fourth edition titled "Passage Meditation - A Complete Spiritual Practice"

This handbook of meditation practice is a complete guide to a unique approach to tapping inner resources by training concentration on inspirational passages. Meditation and the Eight-Point Program that compliments and supports it can be used by anyone who wanst sity of California, Berkeley, in 1960 on the Fulbright exchange program and established the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation in Northern California in 1961. His 1968 Berkeley class is believed to be the first accredited course in…


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