Advanced Yoga Practices
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.


Adriel, Jean -- Avatar -- 1947 -- The life story of Meher Baba.
Da Free John (Adi Da) -- Knee of Listening -- 1972 -- Spiritual autobiography of Da Free John/Adi Da (Franklin Jones), the controversial American spiritual master.
Anandi Ma -- This House is on Fire --2004 -- The life of Shri Dhyanyogi.
Harvey, Andrew -- Hidden Journey - A Spiritual Awakening -- 1991 -- Harvey's spiritual autobiography which also introduces the young woman saint, Mother Meera, to the world.
Krishnabai, Mother -- Guru's Grace -- 1963 -- Autobiography of leading disciple of Swami Ramdas of Anandashram, Kerala.
Kriyananda, Swami -- The Path -- 1977 -- Spiritual autobiography of Kriyananda (Donald Walters), direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda and founder of the Ananda spiritual community.
Muktananda, Swami -- Play of Consciousness -- 1974 -- Muktananda's classic spiritual autobiography.
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.
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.
Osho/Rajneesh -- Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic -- 2000 -- A glimpse into the life of one of the most outrageous 20th century spiritual teachers. It is entertaining, insightful, and maybe even enlightening. He would have hoped so.
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. 
Ram Dass -- Be Here Now -- 1971 -- A Western flower child icon delving into Eastern wisdom. He would never be the same, and neither would we. From psychedelics to yoga. What a trip!
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 after 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.
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.
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.
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:
Steiger, Brad -- In My Soul I Am Free -- 1988 -- Biography of Paul Twitchell, founder of the Eckankar movement.
Tirtha, Swami Rama -- Practical Vedanta -- 1978 -- The life and inspiring teachings of this 19th century sage.
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.

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