Top 5 Best Spiritual Books : Experience Transformation Like Never Before
Top 5 Best Spiritual Books – More often than not we mistake religion with spirituality. While religion is a set of principles that is conditioned deeply into our minds so that we fit in a particular tradition, spirituality is more about tapping into the source of those principles within ourselves. Religion can form a basis for us to grow spiritually but at some point of time, we need to drop everything, even religion, to discover who we really are; where we really belong.
Going way beyond the boundaries of religion, spirituality is falling in love with life itself. It is to be intimate and open to everything that there is; to everything that the life has to offer. It is a 180 degree transformation wherein you gotta drop every baggage that weighs you down and seek the truth out, the truth which is your real nature.
If your quest has brought you here, then know for sure that this is not a coincidence. For there are none. Everything is Divine intervention.
We have brought you a list of 5 life-changing books from people who have walked the path in some way or the other. Take a deep breath and hold the hands of these masters who will guide you on the path through their timeless wisdom. Happy Reading! Happy Exploring!
Top 5 Best Spiritual Books
1) The Book Of Awakening: Having The Life You Want By Being Present To The Life You Have by Mark Nepo
What do I like the most about this book? It’s the subtitle. Often, in the search of what we want, we tend to forget what we already have.
A cancer survivor and an ardent advocate of spiritual daybooks, Mark Nepo offers us an ethereal blend of modern psychology and wisdom from all the major religions of the world in this one single book. Calling spiritual daybooks “a spiritual sonnet of our age, a sturdy container for small doses of what matters”, this wonderful miracle is filled with an appreciation for every single thing that life has to offer from terrible pain to simple pleasure; from broken hearts to life-giving friendships.
In the words of the author himself, this work is “a series of daily reflections, it serves as a guidebook for a journey with the soul. Each entry is accompanied with a practice that helps us face the call to awaken the mind and the heart.”
Why to Read: For having a guidebook with practice exercises in the path of inner transformation. A little map, a little light, a little guidance and a helping hand make any journey much more easier and sweet, isn’t it? 🙂
“The further I wake into this life, the more I realize that God is everywhere and the extraordinary is waiting quietly beneath the skin of all that is ordinary. Light is in both the broken bottle and the diamond, and music is in both the flowing violin and the water dripping from the drainage pipe. Yes, God is under the porch as well as on top of the mountain, and joy is in both the front row and the bleachers, if we are willing to be where we are.”
2) Peace Is Every Step: The Path Of Mindfulness In Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh
A well-renowned Vietnamese monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, is one of the most loved authors among the spiritual circle. With a foreword by His Holiness, Dalai Lama, the book unravels the secrets to deal everyday issues like anger, grief and anything that makes the mind restless with the help of mindfulness.
Enlightening the readers on how everything is inter-connected, Hanh goes on to give us important lessons in the art of mindful living through powerful anecdotes and paves the path for a deep understanding of ourselves and the life.
Why to Read: For the logical approach in managing our emotions and achieve our true nature which is engulfed in bliss and happiness.
“We really have to understand the person we want to love. If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love. If we only think of ourselves, if we know only our own needs and ignore the needs of the other person, we cannot love. We must look deeply in order to see and understand the needs, aspirations, and suffering of the person we love. This is the ground of real love. You cannot resist loving another person when you really understand him or her.”
3) Conversations With God: An Uncommon Dialogue by Neale Donald Walsch
Admired as a contemporary spiritual messenger, Walsch has beautifully amalgamated the core beliefs of some of the major religions of the world and created this unparalleled work. The book is in form of dialogues between the author and the Divinity wherein some of the key questions of life has been dealt in a series of 10 books.
Why to Read: For its sheer candid and conversational tone. The format of dialogue makes it much more easier to understand some of the most complex questions of life.
Listen. The words to the next song you hear. The information in the next article you read. The story line of the next movie you watch. The chance utterance of the next person you meet. Or the whisper of the next river, the next ocean, the next breeze that caresses your ear — all these devices are Mine; all these avenues are open to Me. I will speak to you if you will listen. I will come to you if you will invite Me. I will show you then that I have always been there. All ways.”
4) Mind Full To Mindful: Zen Wisdom From A Monk’s Bowl by Om Swami
Running between the past and future, we have forgotten how to be in the present. Where is the future? When the “tomorrow” comes, it will come as “today”. Life is happening right now in this very moment. Zen is the wisdom to tap into that very Life Source and be one with it. It is the path to own our inner quietude without getting tangled into the rituals and dogmas.
Right from the pen of an enlightened Himalayan master who has perfected Zen to its very core, this book is raw and original Zen wisdom wrapped in heart-warming stories and garnished with some brilliant humour.
Why to Read: For decluttering the messed up mind, experiencing the “present” and admire the simple joys in life.
“This constant play of nature – one season comes, then goes, another one comes, then goes – is what life is all about. It’s not about some grand goal. Zen does not believe in that. Zen says, nirvana or moksha is simply a matter of perspective. If you can eat when you are eating, if you can sleep when you are sleeping, you are jivan-mukta, a liberated soul. You are enlightened.”
5) The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (Best spiritual books)
Providing insight on myriads of things like love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, houses, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death, this 107 pages book is a spiritual dynamite in its own right.
Woven into a story, the author gives us some timeless and powerful spiritual revelations through the views of the character, Al Mustafa, the prophet of the book. The Lebanese-American author and poet has been immortalized in this monumental work which is a treasure for generations to come.
Why to Read: For its powerful voice. The book has a magical way to talk to you if you know how to listen. It clears the reader’s mind of the umpteen social conditioning and dogmas and paves the way for actual spirituality in his heart. The book doesn’t preach morality. In stead it calls for an attitude of non-judgement which is the hallmark of a true seeker.
“You have been told that, even like a chain, you are as weak as your weakest link.
This is but half the truth.
You are also as strong as your strongest link.
To measure you by your smallest deed is to reckon the power of the ocean
by the frailty of its foam.
To judge you by your failures is to cast blame upon the seasons for their inconstancy.”
At the end, I wish you a beautiful journey ahead, reader. May the Cosmic Intelligence open you up to your highest potential, your truest nature.
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