My Top 5 Books to Read for Spiritual Upliftment.

 

Personally for me, i notice that that with the help of Self-Study, i am much more aware in the day, in my waking consciousness and i am able to consciosuly align myself much more with the path of truth. I may falter many times, i may yet go down, but the deep and still voice of Self-Knowledge always keeps ringing at the back of my ears, urging me forward, or rather back to my true nature.

 

Its always a fantastic idea to read spiritual books and get inspired by them. When i was a child in school, my librarian Mr. Barretto, an Indian Catholic, would call me a " Knowledge-fiend". Looking back, i love that. True knowledge destroys the false within us, making way for Eternal Bliss and Being. In those days i enjoyed reading about Mr. J. R. D Tata, Bruce Lee, Jim Morrison, the Time Magazine, and now its the books that reveal the Ultimate Knowledge. One of the key pointers in Hindu and Buddhist philosophy is " Svadhaya". In Sanskrit, it means " Self-Study". Gurumayi says that daily Svadhaya in the mornings is like bathing yourself in the clear waters of eternal wisdom. That wisdom begins to make new grooves in the subconscious and unconscious mind. Habitual patterns begin to get reversed and life becomes a fresh fragrance again.

Personally for me, i notice that that with the help of Self-Study, i am much more aware in the day, in my waking consciousness and i am able to consciously align myself much more with the path of truth. I may falter many times, i may yet go down, but the deep and still voice of Self-Knowledge always keeps ringing at the back of my ears, urging me forward, or rather back to my true nature.

My good friend Mira Shanti, from Germany, a Start-up 'Upstart'(Lol) asked me to pen down some of my favourite books, so i decided to write it out here.  Hope you enjoy them, and the little information about them.

" I am That- Nisargadatta Maharaj" Something that stills you within a moment from its sharp words by its author, the Enlightened Master Nisargadatta Maharaj. Maharaj, gained realization quite fast, with his complete faith and surrender unto the truth of " I am That". He urges one and all to reclaim the lost kingdom within and without by simply identifying with the Absolute and giving up our little notions. A rather fierce, and fiery mountain like message by a very well-loved master. A perrenial spring of Knowledge, Vedanta. Ideal for those who love to understand life Via Knowledge of the Self.    

" I am That- Nisargadatta Maharaj"

Something that stills you within a moment from its sharp words by its author, the Enlightened Master Nisargadatta Maharaj. Maharaj, gained realization quite fast, with his complete faith and surrender unto the truth of " I am That". He urges one and all to reclaim the lost kingdom within and without by simply identifying with the Absolute and giving up our little notions. A rather fierce, and fiery mountain like message by a very well-loved master. A perrenial spring of Knowledge, Vedanta. Ideal for those who love to understand life Via Knowledge of the Self.

 

 

" Miracle Of Love"- Stories About Neem Karoli Baba. This book was my Bible for around two years. Its stories made me cry, made my soul moist.Sometimes the anecdotes between the Master and Devotees are exceedingly funny. It shows the love and compassion of the Avatars, in this case the most lovely Neem Karoli Baba, who was also called a "Prem-Avatara", an incarnation of love. Oh, the sweetness of the stories here, will turn a hard heart into a soft glowing river of love.  There is a quotation of the first page of this book " One moment with the Beloved, and the river changes its course". Available mostly on Amazon, or at Babas ashram in the Himalayas, or Rishikesh.    

" Miracle Of Love"- Stories About Neem Karoli Baba.

This book was my Bible for around two years. Its stories made me cry, made my soul moist.Sometimes the anecdotes between the Master and Devotees are exceedingly funny. It shows the love and compassion of the Avatars, in this case the most lovely Neem Karoli Baba, who was also called a "Prem-Avatara", an incarnation of love. Oh, the sweetness of the stories here, will turn a hard heart into a soft glowing river of love. 

There is a quotation of the first page of this book " One moment with the Beloved, and the river changes its course". Available mostly on Amazon, or at Babas ashram in the Himalayas, or Rishikesh.

 

 

" Living with a Himalayan Master- Justin O' Brien. Gives a rare insight into the mind of a Supreme Yogi. Into the power of Sadhana, the gathering of psychic power in order to gain total mastery over the senses, and therefore of this world and beyond.  Swami Rama's power is irrestible, his logic so true, and everything he says about everything can truly help us to have greater control over our minds, our urges so that we may gain the joy and bliss of this very life. Its funny, we are lusting happiness, aren't we?  

" Living with a Himalayan Master- Justin O' Brien.

Gives a rare insight into the mind of a Supreme Yogi. Into the power of Sadhana, the gathering of psychic power in order to gain total mastery over the senses, and therefore of this world and beyond.  Swami Rama's power is irrestible, his logic so true, and everything he says about everything can truly help us to have greater control over our minds, our urges so that we may gain the joy and bliss of this very life. Its funny, we are lusting happiness, aren't we?

 

" White Fire-Mooji" Very strong pointers from Mooji. A realized Master who was born in Jamaica, moved to the UK at 15, and got realized in the 1990's i think, with the help of his Master Papaji. Direct confirmations about the nature of Being, of Existence, of Freedom, of Light.  Very tasty teachings i might add. Each pointer is quite delicious as Mooji is a Master of the good word.     O

" White Fire-Mooji"

Very strong pointers from Mooji. A realized Master who was born in Jamaica, moved to the UK at 15, and got realized in the 1990's i think, with the help of his Master Papaji.

Direct confirmations about the nature of Being, of Existence, of Freedom, of Light. 

Very tasty teachings i might add. Each pointer is quite delicious as Mooji is a Master of the good word.

 

 

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" Amma-Awaken Children". Ammas words in this series of her talks, the "Awaken Children" series, is strong and urges the seeker of truth, to become more serious in his urgency for the Goal. While the Divine Mother, is well known to be extremely affectionate and loving, here she reveals more her Kali or Shiva side, i feel, not letting us become complacent in our journey to the Heart. Rather, we are compellled to be heartfelt and strong and demanding in our effort towards God-Realization. Yet, always, one feels her love, her boundless Compassion.

" Amma-Awaken Children".

Ammas words in this series of her talks, the "Awaken Children" series, is strong and urges the seeker of truth, to become more serious in his urgency for the Goal. While the Divine Mother, is well known to be extremely affectionate and loving, here she reveals more her Kali or Shiva side, i feel, not letting us become complacent in our journey to the Heart. Rather, we are compellled to be heartfelt and strong and demanding in our effort towards God-Realization. Yet, always, one feels her love, her boundless Compassion.