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Yoga and Spiritual Book List
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The AYP list of
nearly 500 yoga,
spiritual, and related books is discussed in Lesson #253.
The books are divided into fifteen categories: 1-Yoga/Tantra/Advaita-Vedanta,
3-Taoism, 4-Theosophy, 5-Judeo/Christian,
6-Western Mystics/Teachers, 7-Islam/Sufism,
Teachings, 10-Biographies, 11-Inspiring Stories, 12-Health,
and 15-Other Related Books.
10. SPIRITUAL BIOGRAPHIES
Adriel, Jean --
-- 1947 -- The life story of Meher Baba.
Da Free John (Adi Da) --
of Listening -- 1972 -- Spiritual autobiography of Da Free John/Adi
Da (Franklin Jones), the
controversial American spiritual master.
Anandi Ma --
This House is on Fire --2004 -- The life of Shri Dhyanyogi.
Harvey, Andrew --
Journey - A Spiritual Awakening -- 1991 -- Harvey's spiritual autobiography which
also introduces the young woman saint, Mother Meera, to the world.
Krishnabai, Mother --
-- 1963 -- Autobiography of leading disciple of Swami Ramdas of Anandashram, Kerala.
Kriyananda, Swami --
Path -- 1977 -- Spiritual autobiography of Kriyananda (Donald Walters), direct
disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda and founder of the Ananda spiritual community.
Muktananda, Swami --
of Consciousness -- 1974 -- Muktananda's classic spiritual autobiography.
Murphet, Howard --
Baba - Avatar -- 1977 -- A continuation of the story begun in "Man of
Murphet, Howard --
Baba - Man of Miracles -- 1977 -- The story of Sai Baba.
Murthy, TS Anantha --
-- 1972 -- Biography of Shriman Tapasviji, a mahatma who lived for 185 years. A case study
on the rejuvenating effects of kaya-kalpa.
Nikhilananda, Harvey and Burroughs --
From The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna -- 2002 -- A condensation of the great spiritual
Nikhilananda, Swami --
Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna -- 1942 -- Compiled from the detailed notes of the anonymous
"M" taken during Ramakrishna's life, this is the classic on Ramakrishna. His
words of divine wisdom are alive in these 1000 pages.
of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic -- 2000 -- A glimpse into the life of one of the
most outrageous 20th century spiritual teachers. It is entertaining, insightful, and maybe
even enlightening. He would have hoped so.
Paulsen, Norman --
Consciousness - Emergence of the Pure Self Within -- 1980 -- Spiritual autobiography
of this disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda. A wild ride of spiritual unfoldment. The book
includes a remarkable version of the history of the Earth, including the role of aliens in
the evolution of the human race.
Ram Dass --
Here Now -- 1971 -- A Western flower child icon delving into Eastern wisdom. He would
never be the same, and neither would we. From psychedelics to yoga. What a trip!
Ram Dass --
Here -- 2000 -- A sequel to his 1971 classic, "Be Here Now." It is 30 years
later. After decades in service, sadhana, and after a debilitating stroke, Ram Dass is
still here. He always will be in our hearts.
Rama, Swami --
with the Himalayan Masters -- 1978 -- The spiritual autobiography of Swami Rama. A
Ramdas, Swami --
Quest of God -- 1925 -- The spiritual autobiography of this sage who founded
Anandashram in Kerala, South India.
Ramdas, Swami --
the Vision of God -- 1935 -- A continuation of the spiritual autobiography (first
volume is "In Quest of God") of this sage who founded Anandashram in Kerala,
Segal, Suzanne -- Collision
with the Infinite: A life Beyond the Personal Self --
1996 -- An account of "sudden enlightenment," and
the years of psychological challenges encountered in coming to grips with
the reality of experiencing no personal self.
Sivananda/Divine Life Society --
Biography of a Modern Sage -- 1985 -- The life and works of Swami Sivananda. This
great sage wrote several hundred books. Only a few are available in the West. For the
rest, visit the Divine Life Society book and eBook store at:
Steiger, Brad --
My Soul I Am Free -- 1988 -- Biography of Paul Twitchell, founder of the Eckankar
Tirtha, Swami Rama --
Vedanta -- 1978 -- The life and inspiring teachings of this 19th century sage.
Yogananda, Paramahansa --
of a Yogi -- 1946 -- One of the best spiritual books written in the 20th century
-- said to radiate pure uplifting energy. It has inspired millions to take up the
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