Literary Companions for the Journey to Cosmic Consciousness (text only)


For a full introduction to this material, see Creating a Spiritual Practice.

Scriptural Texts (ancient texts; contemporary commentary)

The Bhagavad-Gita translated and commentary by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabupada

Krishna The Supreme Personality of Godhead by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabupada

The Bhagavad-Gita (chapters 1-6) translated and commentary by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

The Bhagavad-Gita translated and commentary by Stephen Mitchell

The Ramayana translation and commentary by Linda Egenes and Kumuda Reddy

Sri Ramacharitamanasa by Goswami Tulasidas

The Upanishads translation and commentary by Vernon Katz and Thomas Egenes

The Tao Te Ching translation and commentary by Stephen Mitchell

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali translation and commentary by Sri Swami Sachchitananda

Psalms translated by Stephen Mitchell

The Heart Sutra: The Comprehensive Guide to the Classic of Mahayana Buddhism by Kazuaki Tanahashi (or another edition)

The Lankavatara Sutra translated by D.T. Suzuki

Zen Ox-Herding Pictures

Contemporary Texts

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

Be Here Now by Ram Dass

Ramana Maharishi: The Teachings of Self-Realization by Robert Wolfe

Wake Up and Roar: Satsang with Papaji by Eli Jaxon-Bear

In the Light of the Self  by Alistair Shearer

God Speaks by Meher Baba

Discourses by Meher Baba

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna by Swami Nikhilananda

Call to Discipleship by Karl Barth

Path to No-Self and The Experience of No-Self and What Is the Self? by Bernadette Roberts

The Urantia Book

The Complete Life of Krishna by Vanamali

The Science of the Rishis by Vanamali

The Book of Secrets by Osho

The Path of Love audiobook by Osho

Osho Zen Tarot

Osho Transformation Tarot

The Essential Mystics: Selections from the World’s Greatest Wisdom Traditions by Andrew Harvey

I Am That by Nisargadatta Maharaj

The End of Your World by Adyashanti

Guided Meditations an audiobook by Adyashanti

The Way of Zen by Alan Watts

An Introduction to Zen Buddhism by D.T. Suzuki and Carl Jung

Psychic Being by Sri Aurobindo

The Synthesis of Yoga by Sri Aurobindo

The Life Divine by Sri Aurobindo

Living with Himalayan Masters by Swami Rama

Inner Healing, Inner Light, Inner Self, Inner Prayer, and other albums by Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji

The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane (and other albums) by Alice Coltrane

World Galaxy music by Alice Coltrane

The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley

Cosmic Consciousness by Richard Maurice Bucke

Loving What Is by Byron Katie and Stephen Mitchell

How to Practice by The Dalai Lama

Living Deliberately by Harry Palmer

Private Lessons by Harry Palmer

Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul by Jane Roberts

The Education of Oversoul 7 by Jane Roberts

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Touching the Eternal an audiobook by Eckhart Tolle

Freedom and Resolve: Finding Your True Home in the Universe by Gangaji

The Philosophy of Consciousness Without an Object by Franklin Merrell-Wolff

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon

Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Awakening the Holographic Brain by Elizabeth Botchis

The Reality of Time by Janet Iris Sussman

The Reality of Time audio CD by Janet Iris Sussman (available at Time Portal Publications site)

Journey to Ixtlan and Tales of Power by Carlos Castaneda

Sapiens and Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

Meetings with Remarkable Men a film by Peter Brook (1979)

Gravity a film by Alfonso Cuaron (2013)

First Man a film by Damien Chazelle (2018)

The Incredible Shrinking Man a film by Jack Arnold/Richard Matheson (1957)

Lost Horizon a film by Frank Capra, Jr. based on a novel by James Hilton (1937)