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Favorite / Recommended Books

Post by erict » Fri Oct 26, 2007 12:22 pm

Hi everyone. I was just wondering what are the most influential books of people in these circles. So this thread seems like a fun idea.

What are the 10 (or less) books that have had the strongest/deepest influence on your journey?

Here are mine:

1. Conversations with God trilogy - Neale Donald Walsch
When I was about 16 years old, these books offered an entirely new way of looking at life. A way that resonated so deeply. I couldn't possibly describe how much these writings have shaped the person that I am today.

2. The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle
I suppose the forum and website I've created says quite a bit about how influential Eckhart Tolle has been in my life. To me this book is a true work of divine inspiration. Nothing else that came out after it has such wisdom, insight, power and clarity.

3. Spiritual Enlightenment:The Damnedest Thing - Jed McKenna
I suppose this is the next logical step. To be honest, I had listened to the audio version and only bought the book afterwards, but Jed McKenna totally blew me away. Before McKenna, I actually believed that what I need is to improve myself, become a better, more spiritual person... and maybe then... I will find salvation from this dysfunctional way of being. But none of that has anything to do with truth and enlightenment. I now realize that awakening isn't what I'm truly interested in, but at least I know where I stand.

4. Adyashanti - Emptiness Dancing
Ok, this is not true at all. The book itself has never impressed me much. But listening to Adya talk... Especially these days, I totally immerse myself in his talks. I don't even know what to say about him, except maybe how grateful I am to have found this teacher. :)
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Re: Favorite / Recommended Books

Post by Webwanderer » Fri Oct 26, 2007 1:29 pm

Great Idea Eric!

1. Power of Now- Echart Tolle
This is the book that began the awakening from my ego dream.

2. Open and Innocent - Scott Morrison

3. Awakening to the Dream - Leo Hartong

4. Beyond Discription - Burt Jurgens

There were many more of course whose writings and audios were instrumental in providing useful pointers: Here are a few authors that offer clear insights.

Bob Adamson, Metta Zetty, Adyashanti, John Wheeler, Leonard Jacobson; the list is long.

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Re: Favorite / Recommended Books

Post by heidi » Fri Oct 26, 2007 4:04 pm

Living in the Light, Shatki Gawain
The Anatomy of the Spirit, Caroline Myss
The Power Of Now, Eckhart Tolle
The Prophet, Kahil Gibran
Loving What Is, Byron Katie
Whatever that piece on Vipassanā meditation is (can't recall title - coudn't spell it if I could. :))
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Re: Favorite / Recommended Books

Post by sparks » Sat Oct 27, 2007 12:35 am

Mystic Path to Cosmic Power by Vernon Howard (followed by almost everything else he's published)

Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth is good too but PON resonates better)

Loving What Is by Byron Katie

Way of the Superior Man and Intimate Communion by David Deida (combined they're a great help in understanding male/female energies)

A Course in Miracles

Conversations with God: book 1 by Neale Donald Walsch (2 and 3 didn't do much for me and I haven't read the others except for a small part of the last one)

The next 3 are grouped together since I wouldn't pick only 1 by itself:

Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
Your Body Speaks Your Mind by Deb Shapiro

The last 2 are also grouped together since they're both website materials:

Burt Harding sent out weekly satsang scripts and monthly newsletters. I haven't read any of his books, so I'll list him here under the websites section.

Long ago, Osho's website used to have LOTS of reading material. Since then, they've turned it into a subscription service. I'll just say Osho in general since the material was a collection of talks he had given.

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Re: Favorite / Recommended Books

Post by weopposedeception » Sat Oct 27, 2007 5:54 am

"Power of Now"- Tolle
"I Am That"- Nisargadatta
"The Eye of the I"- David Hawkins
"The New Earth"- Tolle
"Silence of the Heart"- Robert Adams
"Radical Happiness"- Gina Lake
"Nothing Personal"- Nirmala
"Teachings"- Ramana Maharshi

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Re: Favorite / Recommended Books

Post by Anois » Sat Oct 27, 2007 7:50 pm

Stillness Speaks
The teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi
Osho books.
A New Earth
The Power of Now
I am That
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Re: Favorite / Recommended Books

Post by suraj » Sun Oct 28, 2007 12:55 pm

The Power of Now
The Power of Now
The Power of Now
The Power of Now


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Re: Favorite / Recommended Books

Post by BillyPLed » Mon Oct 29, 2007 4:38 am

My first post on the new forum!!

Here is a partial list in no particular order:

Power of Now
A New Earth
Loving What Is, Byron Katie
A Thousand Names for Joy, Byron Katie
Emptiness Dancing, Adyashanti
The Diamond in Your Pocket, Gangaji
Toward a Psychology of Awakening, John Welwood
A Course in Miracles
Return to the Heart of God: The Practical Philosophy of A Course in Miracles, Robert Perry
The Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy, John Prendergast, ed.
Listening from the Heart of Silence: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy, Vol. 2, John Prendergast, ed.
Radiant Mind: Awakening Unconditioned Awareness, Peter Fenner
Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga, Richard Miller
Wake up Now: A Guide to the Journey of Spiritual Awakening, Stephan Bodian
I Am, Jean Klein
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Re: Favorite / Recommended Books

Post by kiki » Fri Nov 09, 2007 10:42 pm

Some of my favorites:

The Power of Now
Stillness Speaks (especially the audio version)
The Awakening West - Conversations with Today's New Western Spiritual Leaders, by Lynn Marie Lumiere & John Lumiere-Wins (gives a nice rundown of many current teachers of nondualism through interviews)
Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing (a rollicking good read - although fictionalized it has great truths)
Already on Holy Ground by J.K. Bailey (published by Hazelden, the organization that is famous for helping people with addictions)
Enlightenment for Beginners by Chuck Hillig (brilliant in its simplicity, explaining why "we" are here)
Tao Te Ching
Be As You Are - The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi, edited by David Godman (great name for an editor of Maharshi's stuff)
The Essential Teachings of Ramana Maharshi: A Visual Journey (lots of photos of Ramana along with very short quotes)
365 Nirvana - Here and Now by Josh Baran
What's Wrong With Right Now! (unless you think about it) by "Sailor" Bob Adamson
Just about anything by Osho (see past the quirky and controversial form of Osho and appreciate what he is pointing to)
Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse
The Razor's Edge, by Somerset Maughan (the story of a young man's journey to find meaning in life - purported by the author to be based on a real person. Supposedly Ramana Maharshi was instrumental in the main character's awakening. The 1947 movie version is very good, better than the Bill Murray movie)
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Re: Favorite / Recommended Books

Post by Agnieszka » Sun Nov 11, 2007 11:16 pm

Mine were:
most recently:
A New Earth
before discovering ET:
The Art of Happiness, the Dalai Lama
Inner Revolution, Robert Thurman
A Path with Heart, Jack Kornfield
and numerous writings of Ken Wilber.

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Re: Favorite / Recommended Books

Post by tikey » Mon Nov 19, 2007 1:13 am

I don't read books anymore. Especially I hated those which were full of concepts. The ones like "how to learn to be happy in weekend"
or others like that.So now I read only ET and I'll check if I can get any of the books you recommend (in poland it's hard to find them, but recently there is a big release of OSHO books, and I will definitely go and get them)
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Re: Favorite / Recommended Books

Post by eyogateacher » Sat Dec 01, 2007 2:58 pm

My favorites :

1) Stillness Speaks , Practising the Power of Now , New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
2) Living by the words of Bhagawan , No Mind I am the Self , Annamalai Swamy final talks ,Power of Presence Vol-1-3 by David Godman
3) Yoga -Alpha and Omega Vol-1-10 by Osho
4) Heart of Yoga by Desikachar
5) Talks with Swami Dayanand Saraswathi

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Re: Favorite / Recommended Books

Post by onelen » Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:27 am

Heaven & Hell ; True Christian Religion ; Divine Love and Wisdom; Divine Providence ; all By Emanuel Swedenborg
A Course in Miracles
The Thunder of Silence ; A Parenthesis in Eternity ;The Infinite Way; all by Joel S Goldsmith
Conversations With God Trilogy by Neale Donald Walsh
The Art of Spiritual Peacemaking by James F Twyman
I Am That by Sri Nisargadatta
The Disappearance of the Universe; Your Immortal Reality both by Gary R Renard
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

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Re: Favorite / Recommended Books

Post by shivak » Sun Mar 16, 2008 9:14 pm

suraj wrote:The Power of Now
The Power of Now
The Power of Now
The Power of Now



("I AM THAT" is by Nisargadatta ofcourse)
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Re: Favorite / Recommended Books

Post by grant » Wed Mar 19, 2008 1:05 pm

Meditations. Marcus Aurilius
Jonothon livingston seagull

Actually. Any bloody book I chose to read consciously. Everything can be a practice. Haha

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