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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, 8-Shamanism,
9-Channeled Teachings
, 10-Biographies, 11-Inspiring Stories, 12-Health,
, 14-Death/Reincarnation, and 15-Other Related Books.


Adams, Robert -- Silence of the Heart -- 1997 -- Talks with an American self-realized master, who was also a disciple of Ramana Maharshi.
Adamson, "Sailor" Bob
-- What's wrong with Right Now, Unless You Think About It? -- 2004 -- Discussions on Advaita-Vedanta in the tradition of Nisargadatta Maharaj.
Adriel, Jean -- Avatar -- 1947 -- The life story of Meher Baba.
Aiyar, KN
-- Thirty Two Vidyas -- 1962 -- Excerpts of knowledge from the twelve major Upanishads.
Anandi Ma -- This House is on Fire --2004 -- The life of Shri Dhyanyogi.
Aranya, Swami Hariharananda -- Yoga Philosophy of Patanjali -- 1963 -- A classic translation and commentary on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
Arya, Usharbudh -- Superconscious Meditation -- 1974 -- A survey of methods of meditation.
Arya, Usharbudh -- Philosophy of Hatha Yoga -- 1977 -- On the relationship of mind, body, worship, practice, kundalini and human spiritual transformation.
Arya, Usharbudh -- Mantra and Meditation -- 1981 -- The use of syllables and mental process to cross over to the inner realm of pure bliss consciousness.
Arya, Usharbudh -- Yoga Sutras of Patanjali -- 1986 -- An overview of Samkhya Yoga, and  translation of the first chapter (with Vyasa's commentary) of the ancient scripture that defines the eight-limbed system of yoga practice. Chapters 2-4 are not covered, and it is unknown if a volume 2 was written.
Atmananda Krishna Menon -- Notes on Spiritual Discourses (3 volume set) -- 2009 -- Covering the life and Jnana/Advaita/Vedanta teachings of this lesser known, but highly influential, contemporary of Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta Maharaj.
Atmananda Krishna Menon -- Atma Darshan (out of print - search for available internet downloads) -- 1991 -- A short, potent book encapsulating the Jnana/Advaita/Vedanta teachings of the author.
Aurobindo -- The Life Divine -- 1939 -- The author's masterwork, a synthesis of western thought and eastern spirituality, covering human aspiration, the emergence of life in the cosmos from out of a divine source, the evolution of matter to spirit in the universe, the division and dualities inherent in human consciousness, the way out of ignorance through the evolution of consciousness, and the spiritual destiny of life on earth.
Aurobindo -- The Mother -- 1972 -- God as the Divine Feminine, the Kundalini Shakti, manifesting as every aspect of the Creation. This book expounds on the many aspects of relationship human beings can have with the Divine Feminine. Aurobino placed particular focus on his human associate, named "The Mother," regarding her has an incarnation of the Divine Feminine and pointing his disciples toward her in worship.
Aurobindo and The Mother -- A Practical Guide to Integral Yoga -- 1955 -- Extracts on yoga compiled from the writings of Aurobino and The Mother.
Aurobindo/Pandit -- Guide to the Upanishads -- 1967 -- An alphabetical guide to the Upanishads with selected quotes.
Balsekar, Ramesh -- Consciousness Speaks -- 1992 -- Wide-ranging discussions on Advaita-Vedanta and the life of Nisargadatta Maharaj, with is leading disciple.
Balsekar, Ramesh -- Pointers from Nisargadatta Maharaj -- 1982 -- A series of essays covering meetings with and the teachings of the great 20th century Advaita-Vedanta master.
Beloved, Michael -- Kriya Yoga Bhagavad Gita -- 2008 -- A translation and commentary, exposing the kriya yoga techniques taught by Lord Krishna to Arjuna. This was inspired by Babaji Mahayogin.
Beloved, Michael -- Yoga Sutras of Patanjali -- 2008 -- A fresh translation, with word-for-word meanings and precise commentary. New insight into the advanced practices of meditation, kriya yoga and raja yoga.
Bhattacharyya, Narendra N. -- History of Sakta Religion -- 1974 -- Chronicles the rise of tantra since Vedic times, with detailed discussion on developments since 600 BC.
Braha, James -- Ancient Hindu Astrology for the Modern Western Astrologer -- 1986 -- An easy to understand book on Hindu Astrology (Jyotish).
Broad, William -- The Science of Yoga: The Risks and Rewards -- 2012 -- An informative assessment of research over the past century on what is behind the remarkable effects of asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing techniques), including cautions for the Yoga postures industry.
Brunton, Paul -- A Search in Secret India --  1934 -- The 1935 classic that introduced Ramana Maharshi and yoga to a large audience in the West, influencing millions.
Byrom, Thomas -- The Heart of Awareness - Ashtavakra Gita -- 1990 -- A translation of the short but great Advaita (non-dual) scripture. 
Campbell, Anthony -- Seven States of Consciousness -- 1974 -- A vision of possibilities suggested by the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Chapman, Rick -- How to Choose a Guru -- 1973 -- How to spot real spiritual teachers and teachings, at least until your inner guru can do it for you. 
Chawdhri, LR -- Practicals of Mantras and Tantras -- 1984 -- Over 200 pages of mantras and tantric rituals and techniques.
Chawdhri, LR -- Practicals of Yantras -- 1985 -- Yantras for every purpose from Hindu, Muslim, Jain, Buddhist and Brahmin traditions.
Choudhury, Bikram -- Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class -- 1999 -- A kinder, gentler way into the rigors of Bikram Yoga.
Ciunaite and Nezhinsky -- Gateless Gatecrashers: 21 Ordinary People ... 21 Extraordinary Awakenings (free ebook) -- 2012 -- Case studies on utilizing the "direct pointing method" for non-dual self-inquiry, taken from the Liberation Unleashed website, a modern approach to Advaita-Vedanta.
Colton, Ann Ree
-- Kundalini West -- 1978 -- On kundalini, chakras, etc., with focus on astrology, imagery and Christ.
Coulter and McCall -- Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers and Practitioners -- 2001 -- A new look at hatha yoga, from the standpoint of anatomy and neuro-physiology.
Curtis, Kevin -- The Accidental Yogi's Manual (free download) -- 2013 -- Hands-on practice manual focused on pranayama, mudras and bandhas.
Datta, Aswini Kumar -- Bhakti Yoga -- 1959 -- An overview of bhakti yoga, and how to cultivate it.
Dattatreya -- Avadhuta Gita -- 1984 -- Translation of this concise Vedantic scripture which means "Song of the Ever-Free." 
Davis, Roy Eugene -- Life Surrendered in God: The Philosophy and Practices of Kriya Yoga -- 1995 -- A good overview of Kriya and Raja (eight-limbed) yoga by a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda.
Desai, Gita and Mukesh -- Yoga Unveiled (DVD) -- A beautifully done history of yoga, East and West, with many interviews with contemporary yogis, researchers, scholars and teachers. The focus is somewhat skewed toward hatha yoga.
Desikachar, TKV -- The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice -- 1999 -- On the yoga system of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (Iyengar's teacher), covering asanas, pranayama, meditation, and philosophy.
Dorling, Tristan -- Kundalini Awakening - Questions and Answers -- 2024 -- A Comprehensive Guide for Spiritual Practitioners.
Dunn, Jean -- Consciousness and the Absolute -- 1994 -- Final talks of Nisargadatta Maharaj in the year before his passing.
Egenes, Thomas-- Introduction to Sanskrit - Part One -- 1989 -- An easy to follow text book for beginning Sanskrit students.
Esmann, Jan -- LoveBliss - The Essence of Self-Realization -- 2011 -- The development of Self-Realization to abiding "LoveBliss" through meditation, non-dual self-inquiry, kundalini awakening and shaktipat.
Feuerstein and Payne -- Yoga for Dummies -- 1999 -- Making yoga available to everyone - mainly on postures.
Feuerstein, Georg -- Tantra: Path of Ecstasy -- 1998 -- A broad, scholarly work on Hindu Tantra.
Feuerstein, Georg -- The Yoga Tradition: Its History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice -- 2001 -- One of the broadest overviews on yoga yet, by the noted yoga scholar.
Gambhirananda, Swami -- Brahma Sutra Bhasya of Shankaracharya -- 1977 -- A Translation with extensive commentary on this primary scripture by Shankara, the great reviver of Vedanta and Yoga in India.
Gardner, Adelaide -- Meditation -- 1968 -- A Western examination of Eastern meditation methods.
Gheranda/Mallison -- Gheranda Samhita -- 2004 -- Classic Hatha Yoga scripture. An up to date translation, with illustrations of asanas - circa 1700.
Goldberg, Phil -- American Veda -- 2010 -- The best account to date on how Yoga came to the West, and how it is being adapted in modern culture.
Goldberg, Phil -- Road Signs - Navigating Your Path to Spiritual Happiness -- 2003 -- On navigating the ups and downs of the spiritual path, using the analogy of a road trip.
Goode, Greg -- Standing as awareness -- 2009 -- Western style Advaita/Vedanta, inspired by the teachings of Atmananda Krishna Menon, a direct path to realization.

Goswami, Shyam Sundar -- Laya Yoga -- 1980 -- On mantra meditation, pranayama, asanas, kundalini, tantra, chakras, and purification of the body.
Griffiths, Bede -- Vedanta and Christian Faith -- 1973 -- A Catholic monk synthesizes the religions of East and West.
Griffiths, Bede -- Yoga and the Jesus Prayer Tradition: An Experiment in Faith -- 1984 -- A Catholic monk attempts to integrate the teachings and practices of hesychasm and tantric yoga, utilizing the experiences of St. Symeon the New Theologian and Indian tantric yogis.
Gupta, Sisir Kumar -- Bhagavad Gita with commentary by Madhusudana Sarasvati -- 1977 -- A scholarly translation and commentary of the Gita.
Hanson, Virginia -- Approaches to Meditation -- 1973 -- A survey of meditation methods from a Western point of view.
Harshananda, Swami -- Sandilya Bhakti Sutras -- 1976 -- Translation and commentary on "the other" bhakti sutras, not to be confused with the Narada Bhakti Sutras. Sandilya's is a more philosophical work. Both are helpful.
Harvey, Andrew -- Hidden Journey - A Spiritual Awakening -- 1991 -- Harvey's spiritual autobiography which also introduces the young woman saint, Mother Meera, to the world.
Isherwood, Christopher -- Vedanta for Modern Man -- 1945 -- Essays on Vedanta (oneness of life) by Isherwood, Prabhavananda, Watts, Huxley, Tagore, and more.
Iyengar, BKS -- Light on Yoga -- 1965 -- The classic work on modern Hatha Yoga. Still the leader.
Iyengar, BKS -- Light on Pranayama --  1981 -- Iyengar on pranayama.
Iyengar, BKS -- Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali -- 1993 -- The Iyengar perspective on this great yoga scripture.
Johari, Harish -- Chakras - Energy Centers of Transformation -- 1987 -- A good overview on chakras in relation to kundalini, tantra and yoga philosophy.
Johari, Harish -- Tools for Tantra -- 1986 -- An overview of tantra, including, mantras, yantras, mahavidyas and worship. Nicely illustrated.
Judge, William Q. -- Bhagavad Gita -- 1890 -- One of the early translations of the Bhagavad Gita by a founding Theosophist.
Kamala -- Flawless Mirror -- 1969 -- A direct disciple's experience with Paramahansa Yogananda and his teachings.
Khanna, Madhu -- Yantra - Tantric Symbol of Cosmic Unity -- 1979 -- A classic work on yantra energy, symbolism and construction.
Klein, Jean -- I AM -- 2006 -- A refined presentation of the the author's teachings on Advaita/Vedanda as taught by Ramana Maharshi and Atmananda Krishna Menon.
Knapp, Stephen -- Secret Teachings of the Vedas -- 1990 -- An easy to read synopsis of the essential teachings of the Vedas.
Krishna, Gopi -- Kundalini:The Evolutionary Energy in Man -- 1967 -- Gopi Krishna's first book - his spiritual autobiography covering his difficult journey with prematurely awakened kundalini.
Krishna, Gopi/Kieffer -- Kundalini for the New Age -- 1988 -- Selected writings of Gopi Krishna on kundalini, the "evolutionary mechanism in human beings, slowly drawing the race to a golden future of harmony, peace and happiness."
Krishnabai, Mother -- Guru's Grace -- 1963 -- Autobiography of leading disciple of Swami Ramdas of Anandashram, Kerala.
Krishnamurti, J -- Life Ahead -- 1963 --  The famous spiritual teacher writes on the meaning of mature human life.
Krishnamurti, J -- Freedom from the Known -- 1969 -- 
Practical advice on realizing the non-dual nature of life.
Kriyananda, Goswami -- Spiritual Science of Kriya Yoga -- 1976 -- A detailed overview of Kriya Yoga, but lacking the key esoteric practices.
Kriyananda, Swami -- The Path -- 1977 -- Spiritual autobiography of Kriyananda (Donald Walters), direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda and founder of the Ananda spiritual community.
Kriyananda, Swami -- Keys to the Bhagavad Gita -- 1979 -- Based on the Bhagavad Gita interpretations of Paramahansa Yogananda.
Love, Robert -- The Great OOM: The Improbable Birth of Yoga in America -- 2010 -- The story of Pierre Arnold Bernard, 1876-1955, flamboyant American promoter, yogi and tantrika -- one of the first to teach hatha yoga in America.
Lucille, Francis -- Eternity Now -- 2008 -- A direct approach to Advaita/Vedanta and non-dual realization from a leading student of Jean Klein and the tradition of Atmananda Krishna Menon.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi -- Science of Being and Art of Living -- 1963 -- The process of unfoldment through meditation.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi -- Bhagavad Gita Chapters 1-6 with Commentary -- 1967 -- The first third of the Bhagavad Gita through the eyes of the Maharishi
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi -- Bhagavad Gita Chapters 1-6 - Concordance -- 1971 -- Concordance for the Maharishi's commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, chapters 1-6.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi -- Love and God -- 1973 -- The Maharishi on his guru, meditation, love, God and enlightenment.

Maharshi, Ramana -- The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi -- 1972 -- Instruction on the principles and practices of spiritual attainment and realization from this leading 20th century Advaita-Vedanta teacher.
Maharshi, Ramana and Arthur Osbourne -- Ramana Maharshi and the Path of Self-Knowledge -- 2010 -- (Arabic edition)
A comprehensive selection of dialogues with the great sage, with brief, insightful explanatory notes that clarify and simplify the practical application of his teachings.
Maharshi, Ramana and Arthur Osbourne -- Collected Works of Ramana Maharshi -- 1972 -- Poems, prose and commentary on Advaitic scripture by the great 20th century sage of non-duality.
Maharshi, Ramana and David Godman -- Be As You Are  -- 1989 --
An excellent presentation of the teachings of Ramana Maharshi.
Maharshi, Ramana -- Talks with Ramana Maharshi -- 2000 -- Dialogues between the great sage and his many visitors on realizing abiding peace and happiness.
Maharshi, Ramana -- The Essential Teachings of Ramana Maharshi - A Visual Journey -- 2001 -- Pictures from the sage's life, with a summary of his teachings.
Mallinson, James -- The Khecarividya of Adinatha -- 2009 -- Translation of this ancient Hatha Yoga treatise, devoted entirely to Khecari Mudra (also spelled kechari or khechari).
Meera, Mother -- Answers -- 1991 -- Mother Meera on bringing down the paramatman light, avatars, world transformation, darshan, prayer, devotion, service, realization, and more.
Mitchell, Stephen -- Bhagavad Gita - A New Translation -- 2002 -- Mitchell adds the Bhagavad Gita to his impressive list of scripture translations, and does a good job.
Mooji -- Before I Am: The Direct Recognition of Our Original Self -- Dialogues with this contemporary Advaita-Vedanta teacher.
Motoyama, Hiroshi -- Theories of the Chakras - Bridge to Higher Consciousness -- 1981 -- An excellent little book on kundalini yoga, by a Japanese yogi and researcher, with a tie in to Theosophist, CW Leadbeater's early work.
Muktananda, Swami -- Play of Consciousness -- 1974 -- Muktananda's classic spiritual autobiography.
Muktananda, Swami -- I AM THAT -- 1978 -- Muktananda comments on the Vijnana Bhairava and explains the use of the "Hamsa" mantra.
Muktananda, Swami -- Kundalini - The Secret of Life -- 1979 -- A short book on the nature of kundalini and how it is awakened in the human being. 
Muktananda, Swami -- Kundalini Stavah -- 1980 -- Translation and commentary on this scripture on the nature of the kundalini energy in man.
Muktananda, Swami -- Light on the Path -- 1981 -- About guru, God, guru/disciple relationship, meditation and the path of knowledge.
Muktananda, Swami -- Does Death Really Exist? -- 1981 -- Muktananda explores the nature of death and the meaning of immortality.
Murphet, Howard -- Sai Baba - Avatar -- 1977 -- A continuation of the story begun in "Man of Miracles."
Murphet, Howard -- Sai Baba - Man of Miracles -- 1977 -- The story of Sai Baba.
Murthy, TS Anantha -- Maharaj -- 1972 -- Biography of Shriman Tapasviji, a mahatma who lived for 185 years. A case study on the rejuvenating effects of kaya-kalpa.
Narada -- Bhakti Sutras -- 1940 -- Ancient and very instructive scripture on Bhakti Yoga.
Narasimhan, CV -- Mahabharata -- 1997 -- Easy to read abridged version of the great epic struggle between two related families (the Pandavas and the Kauravas) in ancient India. The Bhagavad Gita is contained within the Mahabharata, but better to get a separate, more detailed,  translation for that.
Narayanananda, Swami -- The Primal Power in Man or The Kundalini Shakti -- 1950 -- On kundalini and how to raise it through yogic methods. Symptoms of partial and full raising of kundalini. The three Gunas. Kundalini as a disease - taking the wrong course. Light on points of doubt and controversy. 
Narayanananda, Swami -- The Secrets of Prana, Pranayama and Yoga Asanas -- 1979 -- A good overview of kundalini, pranayama, asanas, mudras and bandhas.
Narayanananda, Swami -- Gist of Religions -- 1979  -- A brief integrative review of the world's religions by an accomplished yogi.
Narayanananda, Swami -- Within You -- 1981 -- Short book on the divinity of each person: one consciousness, kundalini, purification of nerves (nadis) and mind, role of emotions, and the unfoldment of samadhi.
Narayanananda, Swami -- Life Behind Death -- 1980 -- An overview of life, death and reincarnation.
Neryah, Av (aka - SantataGamana & Avahtara) -- Real Yoga Series - 5 books and Serenade of Bliss Series - 4 books -- 2017-23 -- Two groundbreaking series of books on Kriya Yoga practice, including little known and essential Bhakti and Jnana aspects.
Nikhilananda, Harvey and Burroughs -- Selections From The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna -- 2002 -- A condensation of the great spiritual classic.
Nikhilananda, Swami -- The 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.
Nisargadatta Maharaj -- I AM THAT -- 1973 -- A masterwork on non-dual enlightenment from one of the leading Advaita-Vedanta teachers of the 20th century.
Niranjanananda, Swami -- Prana Pranayama Prana Vidya -- 2002 -- An extensive treatise on pranayama (breath control) practices, from the Satyananda/Bihar teaching tradition.
Nityaswarupananda -- Astavakra Samhita -- 1940 -- A short treatise on Advaita Vedanta - the philosophy of the divine non-dual nature of life.
Osho/Rajneesh -- Book of Secrets -- 1974 -- A 1000 page commentary on the 20 or so page "112 centering practices" drawn from the Vigyan Bhairava Tantra in Paul Reps classic little book, "Zen Flesh, Zen Bones."
Osho/Rajneesh -- Meditation - The First and Last Freedom -- 1996 -- An overview of many different kinds of meditation.
Osho/Rajneesh -- Courage - The Joy of Living Dangerously -- 1999 -- On developing the courage to change in inward ways.
Osho/Rajneesh -- Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic -- 2000 --
Osho's life, compiled from his talks and published long after his death. A wild ride.
Pandit, MP -- Gems from the Tantras -- 1969 -- Translation and commentary on the short Kularnava scripture focusing on the practical aspects of tantra - particularly meditation (japa).
Pandit, MP -- Gems from the Tantras, Second Series -- 1971 -- Selections and commentary from several Tantra texts, with emphasis on the consciousness aspect of divine reality.
Pandit, MP -- Bases of Tantra Sadhana -- 1972 -- Translation and comments on the brief "Preliminary Sutras of Parashurama." A short booklet on the methods of tantra yoga practice.
Pandit, MP -- Kundalini Yoga -- 1979 -- A brief study of Sir John Woodroffe's "The Serpent Power" (also on this list).
Parsons, Tony -- The Open Secret -- 1995 -- A direct approach for realizing the non-dual nature of existence, from a leading "Neo-Advaita" teacher.

Paulsen, Norman -- Sacred Science - Meditation, Transformation, Illumination -- 2000 -- The main spiritual practice taught by Paulsen - in his own style and structure - revealing the details of kriya yoga spinal breathing pranayama for the first time in a book.
Paulsen, Norman -- Christ 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.
Philp, John -- Yoga, Inc.: A Journey Through the Big Business of Yoga -- 2010 -- A critical and sometimes humorous exploration of the intersection of ancient traditional Yoga with the bottom line business mentality of North America, which has led to the vast "Yoga for Fitness" industry.
Powell, Robert -- Talks with Ramana Maharshi: On Realizing Abiding Peace and Happiness -- 2000 -- A compilation of Ramana Maharshi's talks from 1935-39.
Powiull, Nick -- Nonduality - Awakening to the Embodiment of Enlightenment -- 2014 -- Honest discussions on self-inquiry with this young teacher, with emphasis on penetrating our deepest feelings in witness/presence.
Prabhavananda and Isherwood -- Song of God - Bhagavad Gita -- 1944 -- A classic translation and commentary on the great scripture. Easy to read and discern.
Prabhavananda and Isherwood -- Shankara's Crest Jewel of Discrimination -- 1947 -- Jnana yoga as expounded by the great Shankara.
Prabhavananda and Isherwood -- How to Know God - The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali -- 1953 -- An easy-to-read translation and commentary on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Very well known and highly regarded.
Prabhavananda, Swami -- Upanishads -- 1948 -- An easy to read summation of the core scriptures of Vedanta.
Prabhavananda, Swami -- Sermon on the Mount according to Vedanta -- 1963 -- The words of Jesus from the point of view of yoga philosophy and practice.
Prabhavananda, Swami -- Srimad Bhagavatam --  1983 -- Translation of Vyasa's great Vedantic scripture by the Vedanta Society/Ramakrishna Math.
Prabhupada, Swami --  Srimad Bhagavatam --  1972 -- The Srimad Bhagavatam is an elaboration on the Vedanta Sutra by its author, Vyasa, who also wrote the Mahabharata (of which the Bhagavad Gita is a part). This commentary is from the point of view of the Krishna Consciousness movement.
Prabhupada, Swami --  Perfection of Yoga -- 1972 -- A brief overview on yoga through the eyes of the Krishna Consciousness movement.
Prabhupada, Swami --  Beyond Birth and Death -- 1972 -- On life after death and liberation from the material planets.
Prime, Ranchor -- Ramayama: A Journey -- 1999 -- An abridged, readable version of the great epic story of Rama, his love and his struggle to recover his bride and his kingdom.
Radha, Swami Sivananda -- Kundalini Yoga for the West -- 1978 -- An extensive introductory exposition on kundalini, leaving out the esoteric methods, from a leading female disciple of the great Swami Sivananda. 
Radha, Swami Sivananda -- Sivananda Companion to Yoga -- 2000 -- A complete guide of postures, pranayama, diet, relaxation and meditation techniques.
Ram Dass -- Be Here Now -- 1971 -- A Western flower child icon (Richard Alpert) delving into Eastern wisdom. He would never be the same, and neither would we. A journey from psychedelics to yoga.
Ram Dass -- Still Here -- 2000 -- A sequel to his 1971 classic, "Be Here Now." It is 30 years later. After decades in service, sadhana, and a debilitating stroke, Ram Dass is still here. He always will be in our hearts.
Rama, Swami -- Living with the Himalayan Masters -- 1978 -- The spiritual autobiography of Swami Rama. A classic.
Rama, S. and Ajaya, S. -- Creative Use of Emotion -- 1976 -- How to use emotional energy to fuel spiritual progress. This is the essence of bhakti.
Rama, S., Ballentine, R., Ajaya, S. -- Yoga and Psychotherapy - The Evolution of Consciousness -- 1976 -- On body and hatha yoga, breath and energy, the mind, buddhi/unknown mind, meditation, sleep, psychosis to mysticism, and chakras.
Rama, Swami -- Book of Wisdom - Ishopanishad -- 1972 -- A translation and commentary pointing out both profound and practical aspects of this short Vedantic scripture.
Rama, Swami -- Joints and Glands Exercises -- 1977 -- Simple stretching exercises that increase circulation to all parts of the body and improve overall flexibility, restoring natural vitality. These are preparation for hatha yoga.
Rama, Swami -- Science of Breath - A Practical Guide -- 1979 -- An introductory work on pranayama, preceding his deeper works under the "Fire and Light" title.
Rama, Swami -- Enlightenment Without God -- 1982 -- Translation and commentary on Mandukya Upanishad regarding states of consciousness and the ultimate realization.
Rama, Swami -- Choosing a Path -- 1982 -- A good review of the major systems of yoga, and how we each might lean toward one or the other.
Rama, Swami -- Inspired Thoughts -- 1983 -- A compilation of previously ungathered lectures and articles delivered during his decade of teaching in the USA.
Rama, Swami -- Path of Fire and Light -- 1986 -- Advanced practices of pranayama and hatha yoga.
Rama, Swami -- Path of Fire and Light, Volume 2 -- 1988 -- More on advanced practices of pranayama and hatha yoga.
Rama, Swami, et al -- Inner Paths -- 1979 -- A series of essays on Raja Yoga, Aurobindo, Buddhism, Jainism and Jnana Yoga.
Ramacharaka -- Fourteen Lessons  in Yoga Philosophy -- 1903 -- An easy to read primer on Eastern philosophy and yoga.  One the best ever done, which is why it is still print after 100 years. The Ramacharaka books (about 14 still in print) were written in Chicago by William Walker Atkinson in collaboration with Baba Bharata, a pupil of the late Yogi Ramacharaka.
Ramacharaka -- Advance Course in Yogi Philosophy and Oriental Occultism -- 1904 -- A comprehensive overview of yoga philosophy and methods.
Ramacharaka -- Science of Breath -- 1904 -- A very good little book on pranayama, published in the USA a century ago.
Ramacharaka -- Spirit of the Upanishads -- 1907 -- Inspiring quotes from the Upanishads -- a wonderful little book.
Ramdas, Swami -- In Quest of God -- 1925 -- The spiritual autobiography of this sage who founded Anandashram in Kerala, South India.
Ramdas, Swami -- In 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, South India.
Ramdas, Swami -- Hints to Aspirants -- 1959 -- Excerpts from letters written by Swami Ramdas to disciples around the world.
Rawson, Philip -- Tantra - The Indian Cult of Ecstasy -- 1973 -- A nicely illustrated overview of traditional tantric concepts and symbols.
Reps, Paul -- Zen Flesh, Zen Bones -- 1957 -- A collection of ancient Indian writings, including the ancient Vigyan Bhairava, Sochanda, and Malini Vijaya Tantras, comprising the "112 Centering practices," reflecting much of what we find in effective systems of yoga today.
Sannella, Lee -- Kundalini - Psychosis or Transcendence? -- 1976 -- Considering the rise of Kundalini as a rebirthing process occurring in humanity. Includes clinical case studies of people experiencing kundalini symptoms.
Sankara/Ayyangar -- Saundarya-Lahari (Ocean of Beauty) -- 1965 -- One of the best known ancient scriptures of Sri Vidya Tantra, said to be by Sankara himself, but no one knows for sure.
Saranam, Sankara -- God Without Religion -- 2005 -- It is spiritual practice (mainly Kriya Yoga style pranayama), minus the trappings of religion and tradition, though he adds back some trappings of his own.
Sastriar, Kapali -- Sri Chakra -- 1970 -- The development and spiritual symbolism of the great tantric symbol, Sri Chakra, or Sri Yantra.
Satyananda, Swami -- Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha -- 1968 -- A comprehensive guide to the title techniques. A primary teaching book in the Bihar School of Yoga.
Satyananda, Swami -- Yoga Nidra -- 1976 -- Techniques for yoga nidra - lucid yogic sleep.
Satyananda, Swami -- Kundalini Tantra -- 1984 -- One of the most thorough books available on kundalini, tantra and kriya yoga.
Schmidt, Carl -- A Recipe for Bliss -- 2001 -- A primer on non-traditional kriya yoga.
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.
Singh, Jaideva -- Siva Sutras - The Yoga of Supreme Identity -- 1979 -- Translation and commentary on this ancient scripture of Kashmir Saivism.
Singh, Jaideva -- Vijnanabhairava, or Divine Consciousness -- 1979 -- Also spelled "Vigyan Bhairava." The 112 types of yoga practice going directly to the heart of human spiritual transformation, eschewing mechanical worship, external rites and ceremonies. This scripture is about 4000 years old and is one of the best ever written on yoga. That is why it is still around.
Singleton, Mark -- Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice -- 2010 -- Revealing the role of western fitness gurus over the past century in what has become the vast modern yoga postures industry, all but drowning out the other seven limbs of yoga in the process.
Sivananda/Divine Life Society -- Sivananda: 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:
Sivananda, Swami -- Sadhana -- 1978 -- Excellent book on practice in all the branches of yoga.
Sivananda, Swami -- Bhagavad Gita -- 1979 -- A straight translation by the great Sivananda.
Sivananda, Swami -- Tantra Yoga, Nada Yoga and Kriya Yoga -- 1980 -- Discussions on Kechari Mudra, Mahamudra, Yonimudra Navi Kriya, and four levels of Pranayama.
Sivananda, Swami -- Kundalini Yoga -- 1997 -- The principles and practices of kundalini yoga.
Sivananda, Swami -- Sure Ways for Success in Life and God Realization -- 2003 -- Sivananda writes on culture of will and memory; raja yoga; psychic influence; cultivation of virtues; eradication of negative qualities; garland of yoga. With a guide to keeping a spiritual diary.
Sivapriyananda, Swami -- Secret Power of Tantrik Breathing -- 1983 -- Theory and practice of tantric pranayama.
Spalding, Baird T -- Life and Teaching Of the Masters of the Far East (6 volumes) -- 1924 -- The marvelous story of the author's encounters with enlightened yogis in the Far East. Some of the events challenge the imagination of what is real, but it is great inspiration anyway.
Spira, Rupert -- The Transparency of Things -- 2008 -- A series of contemplations on the non-dual nature of existence, in the Advaita/Vedanta tradition of Francis Lucille, Jean Klein and Atmananda Krishna Menon.
Subramuniya -- Everything is Within You -- 1958 -- A small booklet beautifully affirming the oneness of all life.
Svatmarama, Swami -- Hathayogapradipika of Svatmarama -- 1972 -- The 500 year old Hatha Yoga Pradipika, one of the most thorough handbooks on hatha yoga ever written.
Svatmarama/Akers -- Hatha Yoga Pradipika -- 2002 -- Classic Hatha Yoga scripture. An up to date translation, with illustrations of asanas - circa 1500.
Swenson, David -- Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual -- 1999 -- The "eight-limbed" path. An illustrated guide to personal practice.
Tigunait, Pandit Rajmani -- Seven Systems of Indian Philosophy -- 1983 -- An in depth survey of the seven systems of India philosophy: Buddhism, Nyaya, Vaisesika, Samkhya, Yoga, Mimamsa, and Vedanta.
Thoreau, Henry David -- Walden; Or, Life in the Woods (150th Year Anniversary Illustrated Edition) -- 1854 -- The great ecological and philosophical book written after an extensive (and little known by Walden readers) study of the Indian scriptures available in his day. 
Tirtha, Swami Rama -- Practical Vedanta -- 1978 -- The life and inspiring teachings of this 19th century sage.
Turiya Nada -- Cave of the Siddhars Audio CD -- 2004 -- Yoga/Meditation/Healing/Manifestion -- A sacred transmission of powerful and potent mantras that have been passed down through the Siddhars of south India for thousands of years.
Van Lysebeth, Andre -- Yoga: Self-Taught -- An excellent little book on hatha yoga by this long-time European teacher.
Van Lysebeth, Andre -- Tantra - The Cult of the Feminine -- 1995 -- A overview of tantra covering philosophy, sexuality, myths and symbols, ritual, and sexual control methods.
Vivekananda -- Religion of Love -- 1900 -- A short book on bhakti yoga outlining the process of transforming desire for objects of the senses to desire for a chosen ideal of the divine.
Vivekananda -- Karma Yoga and Bhakti Yoga -- 1955 -- The sacred words of a great sage on two vital yoga topics - divine love and service.
Vivekananda -- Jnana Yoga -- 1955 -- Vivekananda on the path of the intellect.
Vivekananda -- Raja Yoga -- 1956 -- Vivekananda on the eight-limbed path as expounded by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras.
Waite, Dennis -- Back to the Truth: 5000 Years of Advaita -- 2007 -- This scientist turned Vedanta scholar discusses everything about Advaita (and Yoga) you were afraid to ask in this weighty tome, with extensive quotations from spiritual teachers up and down the line.
Wheeler, John -- Awakening to the Natural State -- 2004 -- Discussions on Advaita-Vedanta in the tradition of Nisargadatta Maharaj.
Whitman, Walt -- Leaves of Grass -- 1891 -- This is Whitman's ode to a new America in a new style of poetry. He was an avid student of the Bhagavad Gita and other Indian scriptures.
Wolfe, Thomas -- And the Sun is Up: Kundalini Rises in the West -- 1978 -- An American’s story about his kundalini awakening.
Woodroffe, Sir John -- Tantra of the Great Liberation -- 1913 -- A translation of the Mahanirvana Tantra with commentary.
Woodroffe, Sir John -- Principles of Tantra Part 1 -- 1913 -- Two volume overview of tantra dealing with points on scripture, tantra versus veda, ritual, etc. all leading up the "The Serpent Power," his crowning achievement.
Woodroffe, Sir John -- Principles of Tantra Part 2 -- 1913 -- Two volume overview of tantra dealing with points on scripture, tantra versus veda, ritual, etc. all leading up the "The Serpent Power," his crowning achievement.
Woodroffe, Sir John -- Hymns to the Goddess and Hymn to Kali -- 1913 -- Hymns to the Devi (goddess) in Her many forms from Tantra, Purana, Mahabharata and Shankara.
Woodroffe, Sir John -- Shakti and Shakta -- 1918 -- Essays and lectures by Woodroffe on Tantra and Shakta scriptures and doctrine.
Woodroffe, Sir John -- The Serpent Power - The Secrets of Tantric and Shaktic Yoga -- 1919 -- The great classic on Tantra and Kundalini Yoga. Still a vital resource for modern yogis.
Woodroffe, Sir John -- Introduction to Tantra Sastra -- 1920 -- An overview of Siva, Sakti, the creation, and the elements of spiritual practice.
Woodroffe, Sir John -- The World as Power -- 1921 -- Exploring Power (Kundalini Sakti) as the ultimate reality and animator of life, mind, matter, causality, continuity, and as consciousness itself.
Woodroffe, Sir John -- The Garland of Letters -- 1922 -- A study of mantra in tantra.
Yogananda, Paramahansa -- Autobiography 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 spiritual path.
Yogananda, Paramahansa -- Whispers From Eternity -- 1929 -- A book of "answered prayers" by the great yogi.
Yogananda, Paramahansa -- Cosmic Chants --  1938 -- A book of spiritual chants by Yogananda, with sheet music included.
Yogananda, Paramahansa -- Sayings of Yogananda -- 1952 -- Wonderful sayings from the great sage. Open this book anywhere and you will find answers.
Yogananda, Paramahansa -- Science of Religion -- 1953 -- The basics of all religion: universality/oneness, suffering transforming to bliss, God as bliss, the four religious methods, instruments of knowledge and the validity of religious methods.
Yogananda, Paramahansa -- Scientific Healing Affirmations -- 1953 -- Affirmations and yoga techniques to aid in wellness.
Yogananda, Paramahansa -- Metaphysical Meditations -- 1967 -- A small book of prayers on finding God, expansion of consciousness, material concerns, self-improvement and Christmas. 
Yogananda, Paramahansa -- Songs of the Soul -- 1983 -- A compilation of poems of prayers written by Yogananda in the 1920s and 1930s.
Yogani -- Advanced Yoga Practices - Easy lessons for Ecstatic Living --  2004 -- A pragmatic integration of the world's most effective advanced yoga practices, presented in plain English.
Yogani -- Advanced Yoga Practices - Easy lessons for Ecstatic Living, Volume 2 --  2010 -- A continuation of the AYP lessons, covering
practices and experiences related to middle and end stage enlightenment.
Yogani -- The AYP Enlightenment Series - Eleven Small Books --  2005-2012 -- Concise step-by-step instruction books on practices, including Deep Meditation, Spinal Breathing Pranayama, Tantra, Asanas/Mudra/Bandhas/Kundalini, Samyama, Diet/Shatkarmas/Amaroli, Self-Inquiry, Bhakti & Karma Yoga, Eight Limbs of Yoga (structure and pacing of self-directed practice), Retreats, and end-stage Liberation (moksha).
Yogani -- The Secrets of Wilder - A Story of Inner Silence, Ecstasy and Enlightenment -- 2005 -- The story of a young man uncovering the secrets of yoga, without the yogic terminology, presented from a modern Christian perspective. This novel, the first book written by Yogani (though not published first), played a significant role in inspiring the extensive Advanced Yoga Practices (AYP) instructional writings that followed.
Yogashakti, Ma -- Yoga Vashishtha -- 1975 -- A short book on yoga and human evolution to enlightenment.
Yogashakti, Ma -- Chhandogya Upanishad -- 1976 -- A short treatise on yoga and meditation.
Yogashakti, Ma -- Yoga Syzygy (Gherand Samhita) -- 1984 -- A translation and commentary on the Gherand Samhita, one of the two most detailed ancient scriptures on hatha yoga. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika is the other. 
Yukteswar, Swami -- Holy Science -- 1949 -- The only English book by Paramahansa Yogananda's guru. Translated from Sanskrit and published in 1949.

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