Advanced Yoga Practices Plus
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.


Anonymous -- The Cloud of Unknowing -- 1996 -- A 14th century Christian work by an anonymous English monk, on the way of enlightenment through a total loss of self and consciousness only of the divine, a journey not unfamiliar to the sages of the East.
Bacovcin, Helen
(translator) -- The Way of a Pilgrim and the Pilgrim Continues His Way -- Classic story (with sequel included) of a 19th century Russian Orthodox Christian's journey, the Jesus prayer, and challenges and rewards along the way.

Bainton, Rolland
-- Here I Stand : A Life of Martin Luther -- 1955 -- Biography of the great reformer who split the corrupt Catholic Church 500 years ago, forming the Protestant Christian religion.
Barnstone and Meyer -- The Gnostic Bible -- 2003 -- A leading anthology of writings from the formative centuries of pre and early Christianity.
Benner, Joseph -- The Impersonal Life -- 1941 -- The inner guru speaking from a Christian perspective.
Berg, Yehuda -- Kabbala (The Power of ) 2002 -- An easy to read Kabbala for modern seekers and practitioners. It "contains the secrets of the universe and the meaning of our lives."
Bratcher, Robert -- Good News for Modern Man -- 1966 -- A modern rendition of the New Testament of the Bible.
Buck, Pearl S. -- The Story Bible -- 1971 -- The Nobel prize-winning author retells the stories of the bible.
Christian and Hebrew Sages -- Holy Bible - King James Version -- 2000 -- The spiritual "book" of Western Christianity, interpreted in many ways, and supremely compatible with yoga.
De Mello, Anthony -- Awareness - The Perils and Opportunities of Reality -- 1990 -- A Christian priest living and speaking candidly about normal everyday non-dual enlightenment.
DeWitt, John -- Christian Science Way of Life -- 1962 -- Answers questions like: What is Christian Science? Can prayer heal? Why is it called science? What about the Bible and traditional Christianity?
Eckhart, Meister by Colledge and McGinn -- Meister Eckhart: The Essential Sermons, Commentaries, Treatises and Defense -- 1982 -- The writings and philosophy of the great 14th century western mystic.

Eckhart, Meister
-- Meister Eckhart - From Whom God Hid Nothing -- 1996 -- Sermons, wrings and sayings from the great medieval Christian mystic.

Eddy, Mary Baker
-- Science and Health -- 1875 -- The defining scriptural document of Christian Science, placing spirit over matter in all affairs, including health.
Edge, Henry Travers -- Esoteric Keys to the Christian Scriptures -- 1973 -- Examining the Bible as an esoteric book - a Theosophist's point of view.
Foundation of Inner Peace -- A Course in Miracles -- 1975 -- The channeled writings of Helen Schucman, believed by many to be teachings from Jesus Christ, which has become a significant spiritual movement in the West, focused on the importance of finding the Inner Teacher. 
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.
Hall, Manly P -- The Wisdom of the Knowing Ones: Gnosticism: The Key to Esoteric Christianity -- 2000 -- Though opposed and persecuted by the Catholic Church since the first century, the Gnostic wisdom has survived. Hall does us a great service in presenting these teachings, which in many ways link East and West.
Kavanaugh and Rodriguez -- Collected Works of St. John of the Cross -- 1963 -- The amazing devotional writings of this 16th century monk.
Levi -- Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ -- 1972 -- The story of Jesus told from the Akashic records. Ever wondered about those missing years? Well, here they are.
Merton, Thomas -- The Seven Story Mountain -- 1999 -- Most famous work of the late great American Trappist Monk.
Mitchell, Stephen -- Parables and Portraits -- 1990 -- Poems to jog the mind into silence.
Mitchell, Stephen -- Book of Job -- 1992 -- It puts you in the story.
Mitchell, Stephen -- Book of Psalms -- 1993 -- Fifty of the greatest psalms from the Hebrew Bible.
Mitchell, Stephen -- Gospel According to Jesus -- 1993 -- Giving life to the voice of Jesus.
Orlinsky, Harry -- Torah: The Five Books of Moses -- 1992 -- A good translation of this important Hebrew scripture.
Pagels, Elaine -- The Gnostic Gospels -- 1979 -- A translation with extensive analysis by a leading expert in the field of early Christian writings not included in the Bible.
Prabhavananda, Swami -- Sermon on the Mount according to Vedanta -- 1963 -- The words of Jesus from the point of view of yoga philosophy and practice.
Ryan, John K. -- Confessions of St. Augustine -- 1960 -- Spiritual autobiography of the great Christian sage.
Saint John of the Cross -- Dark Night of the Soul -- 2003 -- Writings by
this 16th century Carmelite monk and Spanish mystic on the challenges encountered on the path to spiritual illumination. In Eastern terms, it is a first-hand account on the challenges of Kundalini.
Scuploi, Lorenzo -- Unseen Warfare (free ebook) -- 1589 -- Orthodox Christian methods covered in detail by a 16th century Venetian monk, and enhanced by several others.
Smith, Joseph -- Book of Mormon - Another Testament of Jesus Christ -- 1830 -- The scripture of the Mormon religion - said to have originated with ancient peoples of the Americas, culminating with the appearance and ministry of the resurrected Jesus Christ.
Theresa of Avila/ Peers -- Way of Perfection -- 1964 -- The great St. Theresa of Avila on prayer.
Tolstoy, Leo -- The Kingdom of God Is within You -- 1984 -- The old master-writer's sage advice on Christian living, minus Church and State. 
Weiner, Herbert -- Nine and a Half Mystics: The Kabbala Today -- 1997 -- A good introduction to the mysticism of the Kabbala through the author's journey.
Williamson, Marianne -- A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles" -- 1996 -- On applying the principles in "A Course in Miracles."
Yogani -- The Secrets of Wilder - A Story of Inner Silence, Ecstasy and Enlightenment -- 2005 -- The story of a young man uncovering the secrets of human spiritual transformation, presented from a modern Christian perspective.

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