7 Essential Books To Initiate Your Spiritual Journey

Spirituality is an individual journey and a book could be your best friend in this journey. A book will not only assist you in this journey but will also prove to be a vehicle which you can use to further your spiritual journey. A number of masters have used books to reach out to the spiritual seekers. Some of these speak more directly, clearly and in a voice that is easily understandable. Here we bring to you seven of these books which have passed the test of time as great spiritual books and have garnered a worldwide fan following.

1. Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 1

This a truly life altering book. Simply put, if you were to read only one spirituality book on this list, then let it be Conversations With God Book 1. Authored by Neale Donald Walsch, this work is truly life-changing. The author has a different take on what God is, and the work is easy to follow and understand the subject. The book tackles common questions, from money, to love, to why the world is the way it is. It also offers answers on how you can live a better and more fulfilling life.

2. The power Now

Authored by Eckhart Tolle (of course Eckhart had to be on this list), the book recognizes how we are preoccupied with the future, or burdened by the past and urges us to come back to the present moment.

It also teaches us to go beyond the mind-consciousness to the true self; for letting go of the mental insanity is the first step to enlightenment. It is also great for people on the hunt for a self-help book that will alleviate depression and anxiety.

3. The Untethered Soul

Written by Michael A. Singer, The Untethered Soul gives a perfect example of how we are lost in a dreamlike state.

It is one of the best books on spirituality, if you want to understand how your mind runs your life and what you can do to get out of that illusion and get to the seat of the soul; to consciousness.

4. Tao Te Ching

The Tao Te Ching is a 4th Century  B.C. work by the founder of Taoism, Lao Tzu, and offers insights on duality, balance, compassion, etc; lessons that are still applicable today. As far as classics are concerned, it takes the cake.

The book seeks harmony and will free you from the caustic effects of greed, desire, and judgmental thinking. The Tao Te Ching is both a quick read and a long study, you will gain much from both.

5. The art of happiness

The Art of Happiness is a book the 14 Dalai Lama and Howard Culter, a psychiatrist who posed questions to the Dalai Lama. Cutler quotes the Dalai Lama at length, providing context and describing some details of the settings in which the interviews took place, as well as adding his own reflections on issues raised.[1]

The book explores training the human outlook that alters perception. The concepts that the purpose of life is happiness, that happiness is determined more by the state of one's mind than by one's external conditions, circumstances, or events—at least once one's basic survival needs are met and that happiness can be achieved through the systematic training of our hearts and minds

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz 

6. The four agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

One of the most simple and powerful spiritual books from a spiritual master. 

Published in ’97, The Four Agreements instantly shot to fame, touted as one of the best practical guides to personal and spiritual growth. It sold over 9 million copies and has been translated into 46 languages. The book was featured twice on Oprah and reigned on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly a decade. 

7. Freedom From the Known by Jiddu Krishnamurti

One of the most compact and powerful spiritual books, best devoured chapter by chapter. 

This book is a compilation of passages from his talks on various topics. "Freedom from the known," as the title suggests, helps us identify those known aspects that bind us and keep us imprisoned for life. If we can observe our life as it is, without any judgments or analysis, we can recognize how our past conditioning feeds our fears, desires, pleasures, and pains.

Be Here Now by Ram Dass

Inspiration, insights, and concrete exercises to get on the path of everyday spirituality.

Ram Dass is Dr. Richard Alpert – a Harvard scholar disillusioned with his successful intellectual life. After dabbling in consciousness-altering drugs, he still had no answers. He visited India and met Neem Karoli Baba, an enlightened person, who became his guru and named him Ram Dass.