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10 Best Books For Enlightenment – To Happen Now!

It’s not like reading books can make you enlightened. However, I chose 10 best books for enlightenment here, that can really help to make it happen. They are full of useful practices and advises, but first of all, they can be a great inspiration. I believe, each one of them may ignite an enlightening fire within you.

All of them refer to the original teachings of awaken masters of our time. Hence, they’re utmost relevant to our modern daily life and can be adapted by anyone, that truly wish to be free.

It is not just random selection, I did an effort to pick books, that are making the whole point as simple as it gets. Therefore, these books are not promoting any certain religion. They rather refer to the universal truth, that can be found within everyone of us.

These are books, that are not sending you for the forever trip, through lifetimes, to get enlightened. These authors are real proofs it may happen to you as well. The most sacred realization lays always within your reach and it’s the matter of your authenticity and pure heart, rather than years of ascetic practices.


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10. BE AS YOU ARE – The spiritual teachings and wisdom of SRI            RAMANA MAHARSHI, edited by David Godman

 

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The book is edited in a question and answer format. Ramana Maharshi, very popular Hindu saint, gives answers to seekers accordingly to their level of self-development. That’s why people approaching this book literally may think like there are some contradictions there.

The truth is, these are not teachings. Ramana Maharshi was promoting, what we call self-inquiry. By asking yourself the question “Who I Am?”, you may actually reach the core of your being, which is the same to what universal truth is.

This is a great book to make you wonder about the nature of who you are. Ramana lived in the first half of the XX century and was the inspiration for many modern masters, his method was and still is very helpful and powerful.

Don’t underestimate its simplicity. The true message of this book is not within the words. You will not get any answers, you will be only introduced to the simple self-investigation practice, that will help you find truth within.

9. I AM THAT – NISARGADATTA MAHARAJ, translated by Maurice Frydman

 

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Very strong and simple message, also written in a question and answer format. Full of phrases, that will take your attention for longer, slowly revealing its power to you.

Maharaj was a simple man from India, who sincerely followed the advice, to just hold to the sense of “I”, given to him by his master. This took him to his self-realization just within 3 years.

His strong presence and simplicity takes no hostage, all the false beliefs and identifications must dissolve, all that will stay and always was, it’s the sense of “I”.

But it’s not just another metaphysical concept, that are too hard to digest. By reading this book you will encounter the words of the humble and spontaneous man, that discovered the only real power, the source of love and peace, within himself.

8. COURAGE: THE JOY OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY – OSHO

 

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Osho is definitely a controversial figure. One thing you can’t take from him is his original approach. Sometimes, it feels like everything he ever said was provocative, but in the same time annoyingly true, hence freeing from all the social conditioning.

That’s definitely dangerous. No wonder, he attracted and still attracting so many followers. Simply, to start thinking about, what he’s saying can turn your life upside down. This is so dangerous.

Therefore, I want to warn you. This book is not for everyone. He is using all the right examples to make you get out of your comfort zone, to give up your core values. So make sure, you are ready to handle that.

If you are, his provocation may become a starting point to make you more brave in your search for your deepest true. He will make sure, you drop everything, that society conditioned you with, so you can become truly who you really want to be.

This book is a provocation to start a fire within you, and whoever you are, really be careful before you read this book. There is a reason behind Osho being such a controversial figure, yet followed by many.

7. LETTING GO: THE PATHWAY OF SURRENDER – DAVID R. HAWKINS

 

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That is very interesting position. The author is not only enlightened teacher but also appreciated doctor, psychiatrist, that spend his life for the upliftment of human consciousness. Dr. Hawkins had lectures on Harvard and had interviews with Oprah Winfrey.

Awakening happened to him spontaneously at young age. Therefore, he developed totally original teaching, yet stating the same universal true. He uses his medical experience, to deliver us wisdom, that is very scientific in nature. However, as a doctor, he has a courage to touch also topics reaching beyond what proven by scientific method.

Even though, the book is never revealing any specific method, but rather telling about general value of letting go, it is fascinating position. Moreover, some people find it repetitious, however, it’s something you want to read again and again, maybe in different words, to taste one more time, the kind and light, but sharp reasoning of Dr. Hawkins.

6. THE END OF YOUR WORLD – ADYASHANTI

 

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This is a book by American author, who was an authentic seeker of truth himself. Practicing Zen Buddhism, yet learning about other approaches, including Christian mysticism. His determination led him to full realization of self in the age of 31.

Adyashanti is a living proof, that truth is everybody’s birthright and you can awake within this lifetime. It truly depends on you, your devotion, determination and authenticity.

In his book, he is totally honest. I think, people, who are already on the spiritual path, having hard times in not understanding their mystical experiences may find big value reading this book. He is describing the experience of enlightenment how it really happened to him and to get beyond the limitation of ego can be really scary, cause you feel like you may really die.

5. INNER ENGINEERING: A YOGI’S GUIDE TO JOY – SADHGURU JAGGI VASUDEV

 

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Sadhguru became very influential figure in India and in the world in last decades. He’s not only an enlightened Yogi, but also someone, that has an answer for every question and I don’t mean it in a wrong sense. Just type Sadhguru on YouTube, you may find out, that his insights, on many topics, are actually very relevant and mind opening.

Sadhguru is a great storyteller and it is really easy to follow his conversational style of talking and writing. I think, no one else can explain ancient Indian wisdom such thoroughly and still lightly.

His teachings reach very wide spectrum of topics. Personally, I think he is a great inspiration and someone, that can answer you many questions, that you maybe hold in your head for all your life.

First part of the book is full of stories, that give you a taste for awakening. In the second part of this book, you may find many exercises and advises how to satisfy this taste. Definitely a very useful teaching, you can’t be wrong by reading this one.

4. THE DIAMOND IN YOUR POCKET: DISCOVERING YOUR TRUE RADIANCE – GANGAJI

 

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Gangaji has a very simple message. For the people, at the beginning of their spiritual path, it may seem like there is little content there and it’s possible, they will not appreciate the sharp simplicity of this book.

For the people, that already tried many things it can be a fresh breeze. To know, what you’re looking for is already here within you it’s a gospel of a great value.

Gangaji encourages you to stop everything for a moment, your search, your mind chatter and to see what’s already here. She encourages you to open yourself and be vulnerable for this existing power, the true power lays within an innocence of your heart. There’s no effort needed to reach for this, what already belongs to you.

3. VASTER THAN SKY, GREATER THAN SPACE: WHAT YOU ARE BEFORE YOU BECAME – MOOJI

 

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Mooji knows how to create a longing for transcendence within you. He is able to use the most beautiful words to describe, what can’t be described, the truth. This way he helps you to see, that what you’re looking for is priceless, full of joy and peace.

Fortunately he is not leaving you alone like that, he takes you further by giving a simple tool of self investigation. When, by using it, you can taste what he talks about. Just keep to the sense of “I am” while meditating. These are doors to go beyond thinking.

What’s funny it actually works, and with Mooji, you can actually see, what can’t be seen. They way he guides you beyond really works. I was at one of his Satsangs and it really worked for me. That’s why I really recommend this book.

2. THE POWER OF NOW – ECKHART TOLLE

 

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This book is a bestseller and made Eckhart Tolle famous all around the world. Rediscovering simple truths again seems to be a very powerful thing to do, as we tend to forget what’s the most important in the rush of our automatic lives.

Tolle once was a very depressed man on the edge of the suicide, eventually, he emotionally gave up. However, what he gave up was his false ego identification, and what happened, he woke up to a forever spontaneous beauty of life.

In his book, he encourages you to also appreciate this beauty, and the key lays within the power of now. There is only this moment and that’s the only fact. The reality comes always from the “now”. The rest can’t be real and leads to false beliefs about life, hence, to suffering.

However, this book is something more. You are actually introduced how to practice living in now. You will be explained how to observe mechanism of your thinking mind and how to deal with painful emotions. Very useful book, no wonder it’s a bestseller.

1. LIBERATION IS: THE END OF THE SPIRITUAL PATH – SALVADORE POE

 

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This book is certainly a unique piece. Definitely not for everyone, but if you are an authentic seeker it might be the gem for you.

“Liberation Is” is not a beginner’s type of book. You will not read anything there, that gives you any desire to follow the spiritual path. It’s actually all about ending the path. The author expects you to be mature enough to drop the entertainment you may get from your spiritual ego.

So if you’re tired of ever going path, reading book after book, attending gatherings with spiritual masters, one after another and you feel lost, but what you really need is to be found, then I suggest you this book.

Salvadore Poe challenges you to follow his pointing step by step and examine for yourself, what is really true. He wants you to have no doubts about what you discover, cause that’s gonna be the fundament, that will let your mind liberated.

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All of these books are amazing and can be more than helpful on your way to enlightenment. If you feel like some of them, just seem to walk around some topic, but never give any satisfying essence, know, that it is supposed to be like that.

The essence you’re looking for is already within you. Most of these books are only here to inspire you to live your life fully. Awaken teachers, who wrote these books expect you to find satisfaction and final contentment inside, so you don’t need to ever go look for it anymore.

Hope this article is useful and you will choose something for yourself. Let me know, which book do you like the most? Maybe you’ve already read some of them, or maybe you have some other suggestions for the best books for enlightenment? You are very welcomed to leave a comment.

All the best!

Dario

Founder of Sound And Bowl

10 thoughts on “10 Best Books For Enlightenment – To Happen Now!”

  1. What perfect timing! With all that’s happening in the world right now I feel this is so great for me to stumble across as I was researching mindfulness. I have been feeling rather stressed with home working and routine, I need to feel enlightened. I often practice meditation but was searching more for a reference book I could go back to, and dip into. I like the question and answer format of the first two, I have not come across books like this, I like the sound of this format as I feel it could lead to deep reflection myself. I will look into the the first two, thanks for sharing this. My overall opinion on this topic is that if we all can practice some form of enlightenment now and again, we can have much more fulfilling lives and and times of stress ( like now for me) it can be a life saver. Thank you

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    • I’m happy, you have found something for yourself from this list. That’s a good point, I agree with you. It is really a good time to stop for the moment and research about our full potential. Enlightenment or not, most of us needs to stay home and we are much more limitted in general, stressed about money and the future of our families and nations. Why not to look closer somewhere beyond all the limits? Authors of these books states, there’s unlimitted potential within us and these awaken teachers, they really know, how to guide you to discover that. Why not to use this opportunity during this struggling time? For me, to reach for the fullest potential is the best we can do, and gaining much broader perspective can be only helpful. Thank you for commenting Kae! 

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  2. Wow thanks for this list.  I am a yogi, and practice zen meditation but was unaware of how to take the next steps.  Your site and this article is an excellent resource.  Because of my yoga practice I am going to start with the yogi book – just got the audible version! but will come back for the salvador poe book.  

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    • Both of these books are great choice, congratulations on that. Thank you for your comment too, that’s a cool feedback on this article and my website. I appreciate it very much. All the best!

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  3. One thing that i have discover to be very vital in life is enlightenment and untill the soul and mind is enlightened one cannot tap into was he has installed.

    One of the best way that i have discovered to attain enlightened is through reading and not just reading but the indept tudy of books that have the capacity to enlighten…some do varies by person but with this list anyone is good to go.

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    • Well, I agree, that reading is useful to live more enlightened life, however, it’s about what we gonna do with the message we will get from these books. Certainly these books and the wisdom standing behind them is universal, and it’s not only helpful, but truly freeing, if one is ready to take the message.

      Thank you for your comment David, all the best!

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  4. I would first like to mention that this is a helpful post and i am very sure that the content of your superb article will be of much help to a lot of people, just as it has greatly helped me. very good article on some of the best books for enlightenment. the joy of living dangerously is one great bokk that i have read.

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    • Osho has a special way of spreading his message. Whether people talk good or bad about him, he is simply intellectually very interesting. Cool to know, you read this one.

      Thank you for keeping back to my website and making some effort to leave a comment, I appreciate this a lot. Moreover, I’m glad my content can be helpful for you 🙂

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  5. An article having this quality takes time and energy to develop. most especially when it has to help out people with useful information. i also commend the beautiful website that you have created with nice templates. now i have variety of books to keep me busy all through the remaining days of the lockdown.

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    • So glad my article is helpful for you. Enjoy reading! Of course, it was some work to make it, but it was joyful effort. Thank you for commenting Perryline!

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