15 Influential Spiritual Authors Worth Reading

Sharing my list of top spiritual authors and their most influential books about spirituality and consciousness that are worth reading.

Today, the idea is to share 15 different spiritual authors with you, and my favorite works by them. All of them, in my perspective are worth reading (and RE-reading).

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#1 – Osho

When I first asked my husband about his opinion of Osho, he told me that he’d heard one lecture recording, and that was enough jyana for a lifetime! Haha.

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But jokes apart, the 112 Meditation Techniques, combined with mystical and practical Spirituality is literally everything we need. If you read one spiritual book by Osho, make it this one – the Vigyan Bhairav Tantra. This is also available online for free.

Also, you don’t have to read it for the Meditation techniques, just read it for the discourses. Trust me, you’ll be shaken awoke, if you aren’t already!


#2 – Caroline Myss

Myss was my introduction to the world of all things spiritual and consciousness. And I liked her even more for her NO-BS, straightforward and hard-hitting approach to practical spirituality. She is one of the finest and most seasoned spiritual authors of our time.

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She talks about a range of topics in her works, from Chakras and Archetypes, to Soul Contracts and Healing. So, if I could recommend my top favorite spiritual books by Caroline Myss, they would be :

She also has a terrific blog and YouTube channel where she continues sharing her wisdom, after all these decades.


#3 – Sadhguru

It may not come as a surprise that I mention Sadhguru, because I talk about him and share his work quite frequently.

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In terms of books, there are 2 very powerful works that his stout followers have written on his behalf, that I highly recommend exploring. Keep in mind that they are more mystical in nature and require reading with an open mind.

For those that don’t know, Sadhguru’s official website, Isha also has a profound spiritual blog worth reading.


#4 – Thich Nhat Hanh

This is the point in my blog post, where I start including Buddhist book recommendations. Thich Nhat Hanh is a leading spiritual and Buddhist teacher, greatly revered for dozens of publications about mindfulness and meditation.

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But if you ask me, the one book that I was moved by the most, is called Old Path White Clouds. This is a gentle and profound book about the teachings of the Buddha, weaved intricately into his life’s memoir.


#5 – Sogyol Rinpoche

I was motivated to read the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, by Sogyol Rinpoche, after I kept seeing one synchronicity after the other, to read it.

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And, oh my! This is such a fine introspection on Tibetan Buddhism philosophies. Especially on the nature of death.

Simple, profound and enriching. One of the wisest spiritual books worth gifting, reading and re-reading because it is sure to spark the enlightenment within anyone that crosses its way!

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#6 – Dr Michael Newton

An unparalleled, brilliant pioneer in the space of metaphysics, with scientific backing! I wish his books were a mandate to be kept in every household, for the brilliant discoveries revealed to us about the afterlife, past lives, destiny, our life purpose and more.

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I have even referred to his books to write my initial metaphysics blog, Soul Contracts. And, the two books that changed the course of my spiritual journey overnight, are :


#7 – Dr Brian Weiss

Many Lives, Many Masters was my first spiritual book, ever. And it sat so deeply, that I went ahead and got my own past life regression done!

This was my first inclination towards hypnotherapy. One so strong, I had myself wanting to become a Hypnotherapist myself.

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Dr Brian is a pioneer in past life regression, and other than his classic which I mentioned above, the book Only Love is Real is food for the soul. His book is another important addition to 5 Spiritual Books Backed By Scientific Evidence.


#8 – Dr Joseph Murphy

Best known for his works, Power of Your Subconscious Mind, Dr Murphy taught me the true meaning of the Law of Attraction, and the power of manifestation.

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I have successfully pestered most of my friends into reading his book, and they weren’t disappointed. You should explore his work too!


# 9 – Neale Donald Walsch

My first experience reading automatic writing. And definitely one of the finest! This interesting series called Conversations with God, is about the author Neale, having a late night conversation with ‘God’.

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There are many spiritual revelations and mythbusters that debunk the purpose of religion. I learned so much, and if you read this, your spiritual truth really unfolds a lot faster than if you tried discovering it through trial and error.

This is one book series I recommend every spiritual aspirant to read. Your journey may not be complete without this!


#10 – Michael A Singer

One of the most underrated and relatable spiritual authors.

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I’ve learned so much from him, and I just can’t shut up talking about both of his bestsellers :

I’ve talked in great length about the spiritual lessons his second book taught me, for anyone that’s seeking a teaser of his work.

It’s worth noting that Singer also has a wonderful Youtube Channel that goes into deeper spiritual wisdom like Karma Yoga and Dharma.


#11 – Marianne Williamson

One of my favorite spiritual messages of all time, from Marianne, is the Divine Law of Compensation. It helped me understand Karma in a way that till date, inspires me to be the best version of myself, without worrying about how the others around me are.

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Marianne is most known for her teachings and reflections on a Course in Miracles, and I highly recommend listening to her lectures just as much as you read from her books.


#12 – Sonia Choquette

I first heard about Sonia when I was getting acquainted to the world of psychic senses. Though she has a number of bestsellers, I was deeply moved by her work called Trust Your Vibes.

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Because in this book, over the span of short, action-based chapters meant to be read once a week, she teaches you how to step into your sixth sensory glory. There are exercises, insights and guidance on how to be more unapologetically spiritual!

This was a game changer for me – the book that also taught me to go find my tribe.


#13 – John O’Donohue

Anam Cara, Celtic wisdom, at its absolute, profound best.

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My friend gave my this book in exchange for Caroline Myss’ Invisible Acts of Power, and I clung on to it dearly for over a year! There was just SO much to takeaway, and so much to let heal your heart. I recommend keeping this book at your bedside and reading a few pages every night before you sleep.


#14 – Daaji

I stumbled upon the Heartfulness Meditation by sweet fate. I was looking for a meditation group to join, and I had my eyes on Isha Kriya, but it wasn’t manifesting for me.

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And then, I was called forth for the life-changing Heartfulness program, thanks to a friend.

The Heartfulness Way is a beautiful book, written by the Heartfulness leader Daaji, or Kamlesh Patel. The book goes in great depth about meditation practices for everyday life and helps answer many questions around the right way to meditate.


#15 – Anodea Judith

One of the finest spiritual authors talking in great depth about Chakras, and their association to our day-to-day life.

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Her work, Chakras : Wheels of Life, is an encyclopedia of all there is to know about Chakras! So, I highly recommend exploring her work, for an all-rounded healing experience.


Concluding Thoughts

I have great regard for other spiritual authors such as Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra and Don Miguel Ruiz. However, I was not as personally moved by their books, as I was by the authors I mentioned above.

I would however still encourage you to read and watch their content, too. They too, are noteworthy and influential in their own rights!

I hope this post inspires you to discover more awakening pearls from some of the best spiritual authors out there. Drop a comment below to let me know about some of YOUR favorite teachers!

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15 Life-Changing Lessons from Spiritual Memoirs

A wide range of spiritual lessons on lifestyle choices, marriage, relationships, detachment, humility, and more!

There was a time when I couldn’t stand biographies. And then, I was introduced to the world of spiritual memoirs – the less factual, more emotionally invested kind of look into people’s lives. It was like a paradigm shift!

While our Ultimate goal as spiritual beings is to attain Enlightenment, not all of us are aspiring single-mindedly to achieve that goal within this lifetime. Also, not all of us are inclined towards renouncing our material lives to go live in ashrams or caves with the monks, to attain this guidance.

That being said, we need all the encouragement, wisdom and inspiration along our way, that we can get, even whilst we choose to engage in worldly matters.

To me, these are the books that brought different flavors of enlightenment to the comfort of my lazy space. Here’s highlighting what stood out to me, in each of the recommendations listed below.

* The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer

This inspiring story looks into Michael’s life of almost monk-hood; spending 40-years in the forest trying to live in solitude but by a strange twist of fate, being anything but alone, ever!

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Not just that, there are humbling insights like him teaching meditation to jail inmates, building a spiritual temple that is a magnet to spiritual masters from around the world, coming clean from an FBI raid, and demystifying several spiritual experiences in simple laymen language.

Without giving away too much, here are my 5 key takeaways.

#1 – ON MEDITATION

Meditating for long hours is not comfortable, not easy and definitely not rosy. But he shows us how to get through the sluggish phases, as well as embrace the overwhelming ones.

#2 – ON EGO

Even years of meditation can lead to stagnation in spirituality. You might be able to use his life incidents to identify your own shortcomings and ego blocks, so that you can accelerate your journey once again!

#3 – ON LIFESTYLE CHOICES

It is possible to earn a LOT of money, get married, have kids and still be increasingly, spiritually-conscious. The real-life incidents in this book are more than plenty of evidence in terms of practical spirituality.

#4 – ON HAPPINESS & SURRENDERING

Our personal preferences about what should and shouldn’t happen, is the reason we experience resistance. Once you stop feeding these preferences, you are able to do what needs to be done without being emotionally driven.

#5 – ON PRACTICAL SPIRITUALITY

Pursuing Spirituality is NOT black and white; the universe continues to throw other necessary ‘obstacles’ such as jobs or relationships, and the only way out to the other side of Oneness, is through these obstacles. As the saying goes, obstacles on your path, are your path.

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This book affirmed my belief that we are no longer in the time where we go sit in caves and become monks. The monks need to live amongst us – WE have to find our Light and spread it, all the while being amongst those that are in the darkness.

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* Sadhguru by Arundhati Subramaniam

What stands out about this book from other spiritual memoirs, is the strange experiences that are described. Though strange, are not impossible to believe. It also is perhaps the deepest introspection into Sadhguru’s life, I’ve read thus far.

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#6 – ON MARRIAGE

Marrying a non-spiritual partner is okay (and as proven by this mystic, at times necessary in your journey). This book helped me close the loop on my personal pondering – Should Spiritual People Get Married?

#7 – ON ENLIGHTENMENT FOR THE COMMON MAN

Non-spiritual people might attain nirvana before the Enlightened being (called Bodhisattva) who was evidently more Spiritual in life! Everyone is moving at their own pace, don’t let someone’s journey disappoint you or make you arrogant either.

#8 – ON PAST LIVES

Not only are past lives proven to be very real experiences as proven by Sadhguru’s stories, what seems like an ‘instant’ and effortless enlightenment is actually many lifetimes of raising awareness to attain that peak point of bliss.

#9 – ON THE AFTERMATH OF ENLIGHTENMENT

Enlightened beings can fall sick and undergo a lot of challenges too, their life doesn’t become rosy and effortless. As long as you’re alive, you’re going to learn a lot! This makes me think we’ve exaggerated the topic “your external is a manifestation of your internal”. Some things happen regardless, and that’s just that.

#10 – ON MYSTICAL EXPERIENCES

Disembodied spirits (ghosts) are real, but they aren’t spooky as we believe them to be. They’re just searching for the Light and sometimes they think we, as humans, can show them the way. So are other concepts like chakras, soul bonds, and much more.

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* Old Path White Clouds by Thich Nhat Hanh

This was single-handedly the most influential spiritual memoir I have ever read on my journey yet. If there is one book you ever buy on my recommendation, please make it this one!

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Though over 400-pages, it is not overwhelming at all. It is a gentle, easy-breezy read that will transform you in the most subtle and lasting ways.

I learned a lot about Buddhism and the life of the Buddha, by reading this but also was able to adopt many aspects into my own life. Here are 5 highlights :

#11 – ON ESSENTIALISM

The Buddha and his disciples only ate one to two meals a day, before sunset, depending on the food available.

The practitioners were not required to cook meals because it was considered an added household chore – so both with the intention of learning humility, and saving time, they would beg alms once every morning, and that food would be used throughout the day. (Focus on what really matters, Essentialism)

#12 – ON MINIMALISM

The same for clothing – the monks were advised to have only two pairs, one to wear, one to wear whilst the other pair was in wash. This minimized worldly duties. (Minimalism has been around longer than us new-age folks want to believe)

#13 – ON MONKS & COMMONERS

Lay disciples, were the followers that didn’t want to be monks, but wanted to benefit from Buddhism while pursuing their livelihoods. The lay disciples had five simple practices to follow – don’t cheat on your spouse, don’t steal from anybody, no alcohol, no non veg, and don’t lie. (If you can’t be a monk, following just this little bit of advice is enough to change your life)

#14 – ON DIVERSITY

Though the Buddha did not voluntarily cook meat, if during bhiksha, the process of begging alms, he was served non vegetarian food, he would not decline because he saw this also an opportunity to connect with and share the Buddhist practice in every household. (Don’t stand against those that are not like you; gently gain their confidence and show them a better way; but stay open to possibility that they will still not walk your way)

#15 – ON HUMILITY

Buddha was aware in much advance, of the exact moment of his death, and reason. Still, he continued to carry out his life without trying to win death. (Stay humble, and know when your time is up, don’t try to bargain with destiny)

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That being said, a special mention to the classic works of Paramhans Yogananda, called An Autobiography of A Yogi. This is one of those spiritual memoirs slash autobiographies that get the review “this answered many of my doubts”.

And this has been true for me too. Whether it was my confusions about Hypnotherapy, fear of negative entities, or many other personal experiences, this book gave me the guidance I otherwise had no access to.

The language is a bit dated and complex, but if you try not to get too stuck in all that and simply glide through the story, your answers too will find themselves in this 400+ page biography.

There are many wondrous books that bring us the lessons that we otherwise would have to learn though ardent life obstacles. It is a fortune more than ever to have such a beautiful bouquet of diverse information.

Hope these works inspire you to read and gain from them too.

Happy reading!

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8 Books About Practical Spirituality

Realising the necessity for Practical Spirituality, here’s my reading list of recommendations that will add value to your daily life.

In the past I’ve recommended many books that talk about reincarnation, the afterlife, remembering past lives, etc. Good for anyone that’s interested in proof or those specific subjects, but I recently realized the necessity for books about Practical Spirituality.

I was watching a stand-up comedy show some time back, when this Indian guy Abhishek Upmanyu, was brilliantly throwing one punch-line after another, and he came to the topic of the ‘universe’.

What he said was funny, but also hit home. When we struggle with basic problems in life like a job, relationship or health, we don’t want to know that ‘we are made from stardust’, ‘we are facing a past-life karma’, or any other mystical, mysterious wisdom.

We want something concrete.

Here are 8 books about practical spirituality that will help your spiritual journey on a day-to-day basis.

#1 – Trust Your Vibes by Sonia Choquette

This was the first book I read of its kind, “sixth-sensory”, somewhere at the end of 2017.

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When you’re having Spiritual experiences, the one thing we fear is being called crazy, and therefore, we avoid sharing what we’re going through with anyone. But, this brilliant piece of writing helped me come out of my isolation, by showing me that these experiences are NORMAL and must be shared with our ‘tribe’.

Being a long-serving healer herself, Sonia also provides a comprehensive list of things she does on a daily basis, to keep her energy levels high and healthy. It also talks about intuition (thus the title, ‘vibe’), and how spirituality can be gently introduced into our families.

There is a great deal of insight to take away for budding spiritualists and healers. Till this date, I flip through this book and am reminded of something that helps me.


#2 – The SURRENDER EXPERIMENT BY MICHAEL A. SINGER

Usually, Spiritual Awakening and Enlightenment stories are fun to read but they become unrelateable as soon as the person says that they didn’t do anything to get there, it just happened.

Michael, on the other hand, set out to attain Enlightenment.

For most spiritual practitioners, there are several elements in The Surrender Experiment, that will help them in their own journey regardless of how recent or long back they started, such as –

  • wanting to stay in isolation but finding ‘obstacles’ on the path’ that stir them away from spiritual practices;
  • trying to avoid people/events but instead attracting more of them;
  • trying to live a life close to monkhood but being unable to escape relationships, material jobs and desires;

The author reveals 40-years of living in the forest, setting up a spiritual temple, working with jail inmates, running a business, getting married and much more.

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In the truest sense, this is as close to exemplified Practical Spirituality, as you can get. He proves you can be in the world, yet not be attached to it. And without being a monk. 🙂


#3 – The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

I have mentioned this book over and over again, but for differing reasons.

In terms of Practical Spirituality, it helps dissolve fears and helps you become a more unapologetic, authentic version of yourself. It’s not a quick fix, but if you keep at it – amazing things will begin to happen.

Cameron helps bring out the inner Artist in every being through 12 weeks of fun exercises. She believes that God loves artists, because whatever we do creatively, is an expression of God!

Side note : Long after I’ve finished the book, one of my favourite journaling practices remains the Morning Pages. Which I’ve talked in more detail about, in 7 Journaling Ideas for Self-Healing.


#4 – Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss

This is a dense and incredibly insightful book about practical spirituality. It talks about how we can understand the balance or imbalance of Chakras in our daily life.

There are countless stories of how relationships are resolved, wounds and traumas are healed, chronic diseases and pains go away, simply by examining our body and its pains. Caroline strongly emphasises on analysing our body and energy centres, to enhance our wellness.

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One of my favourite examples was when she shared the story of a person who healed their chronic foot pain. They realised they ‘didn’t like going to a certain place’. So, the person’s feet would hurt whenever they tried leaving their home!

Anatomy of the Spirit is one of the most popular publications by Caroline, and one of the nicest explanations I’ve read about the 7 energy centers of the energy body.


#5 – The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

A short and handy book about practical spirituality, on producing inner joy and freeing ourselves from self-deprecating thoughts. The four agreements are –

  • Be impeccable with your word,
  • Don’t take anything personally,
  • Don’t make assumptions
  • Always do your best

“BUT HOW?”, you’ll wonder. The Toltec wisdom in this timeless bestseller will answer all your questions.


#6 -The Heartfulness Way by Daaji

One of the best things to have happened to me after Hypnotherapy, is The Heartfulness Program. A simple and effective 3-step technique to a holistic well-being, is taught worldwide at no-cost.

Selfless volunteers, called preceptors, sit on a weekly basis in group meditations. They become windows to Pure Light received from Divine Source itself. Yogic Transmission is the official term for this experience.

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My personal experience has been, that I’ve felt subtle changes at first that have had a rapid, ripple-effect over my life. Give it a try (their website will help you find and schedule a free session with a preceptor closest to you).

The Heartfulness Way is a book by Daaji answers many questions around meditation.
  • Why should we focus on the Heart in meditation?
  • What is the right posture for meditation?
  • Should we meditate at night or in the morning?
  • What are the various stages of meditation that we experience?
  • Is what I am experiencing in meditation right or wrong? And much more!

#7 – The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

What seems like a poetical fiction, is actually 26 short prose poetry fables (that are easy to understand, don’t worry) on every aspect of life, ranging from love, marriage and children, to crime, work, death and more.

Gibran, in very simple prose, explains how we must perceive life.

I can’t summarize how The Prophet is practical merely by talking about it, so I will quote my favorite verses to give you a taste of the spiritual guidance you can use from this work, on a daily basis.

* On Love & Marriage

Let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

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* On Jobs & Working

And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste,
it is better that you should leave your work and sit and the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.

* On Crime & Punishment

Oftentimes have I heard you speak of one who commits a wrong as though he were not one of you,
but a stranger unto you and an intruder upon your world.
But I say that even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each one of you,
So the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also.


#8 – The TAO OF POOH BY BENJAMIN HOFF

The last book to be added on my list. But perhaps the cutest, sweetest and most heart-touching of them all. And though I just finished reading it, I can’t wait to revisit it already!

Remember the childhood classic, Winnie the Pooh? Now, imagine that Pooh (and all his other friends) came back to life. And, alongside the author, explain the principles of Taoism, the Chinese spiritual philosophy to you.

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I couldn’t make much sense of the Tao te Ching when I tried. So, for me, The Tao of Pooh was a simplified, joyful experience. I took away quite a lot, and feel like the audiobook version is even better, if you can get access to it!

It was also helpful in helping me understand a broad difference between the Confucius, Buddhist and Tao philosophies.

Concluding Thoughts

All this goodness revealed, I would like to end on the note, as I often do with such posts that if you were able to purchase books using any of the above links listed, thank you! Your support helps me raise the quality of what I do. 🙂

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