Posts tagged: spiritual books

Nov 18 2010

Spiritual Books That Will Lighten Up Your Spiritual Path, And Keep You There!

Spiritual books accompany us through life, regardless of the level of spiritual awareness. For some, it begins and ends with The Bible. For others, it means a never-ending search for a “spiritual uplift” that comes with many of the spiritual masterpieces, written 10, or 1000 years ago. Understandably, it varies from person to person; a book that “changed my life” might be just one of many for you… Still, there’s a library of spiritual books that seems to be common to those following the Way to Realization. And before I list spiritual books that have pushed me along the Way, very important words of warning that come from Huang Po: “Those who seek the truth by means of intellect and learning only get further and further away from it.”
Rather than seeking knowledge and understanding from the books you read, treat them as a source of spiritual inspiration. Take a phrase or two, for your favorite reading and use it to engage “Manas”, the highest faculty of your mind by which you’ll rise from conceptual thought to intuitive knowledge. Yes, it means meditation…

Now, here’s the list of my spiritual books. I didn’t include The Bible in there, although my early spiritual growth was entirely governed by this very special book that I owe my spiritual readiness to. The books are listed chronologically, as they appeared in my life in the last three years:

“Power vs. Force” Dr David R Hawkins

“Truth vs. Falsehood: How to Tell the Difference” Dr David R Hawkins

“I: Reality and Subjectivity” Dr David R Hawkins

“The Eye of the I” Dr David R Hawkins

“Transcending the Levels of Consciousness” Dr David R Hawkins

“Discovery of the Presence of God” Dr David R Hawkins

“The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying” Sogyal Rinpoche

“Reality, Spirituality and Modern Man” Dr David R Hawkins

“Healing and Recovery” Dr David R Hawkins

“I Am That – Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj” Maurice Frydman

“The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi” with foreword by C. G. Yung

“The Ultimate Medicine As Prescribed by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj” Robert Powell

“”The Nectar of Immortality – Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj’s Discourses on the Eternal” Robert Powell

“Consciousness and the Absolute – the Final Talks of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj” Jean Dunn

“The Zen Teaching of Huang Po On the transmission of Mind” John Blofeld

That’s it. Each of these books maps my spiritual journey. There were some dashes and many more stumbles…
Each and every of them got me where I’m now: knowing that I know nothing. Yes, it does bother me when my mind wants to know more. It takes some effort to keep it away from the shiny volumes of metaphysical literature, filled with sophistry and false promises of supernatural powers. I can consider myself lucky indeed, for being able to steer clear from the spiritual garbage that fills shelves of the “spiritual” bookstores. However, the one thing that I owe to all these books listed above is that in spirituality, there’s no room for intellectualisation or concept-making abilities that the modern society values so much.
Said Huang Po: “Only renounce the error of intellectual or conceptual thought-processes and your nature will exhibit its pristine purity – for this alone is the way to attain Enlightenment, to observe the Dharma (Law), to become a Buddha and all the rest.”
I’ve read all these books many times, as if trying to force my mind to memorize them and then let go. Luckily, it didn’t happen. With the memory no longer obstructing, the light of truth that those pages hold shines forth along the Way. How can you lose the track… and traction?