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skhandelwal
15 December 2007, 03:09 AM
All the books I have read all my life, they always explain things in the through a confusing, incomplete manner. So far, out of the ones I have read, Chopra does the best job.(including hindu/buddhism scriptures and their follower's works such as Osho)

However, even Deepak is not good enough. The thing w/ all the modern writers is that they aren't as high on the mental planes, so they write to support their belief, instead of reasoning to the truth. And the thing w/ older writers is that they are on such a higher plane that they skip the bridge that is needed for us to totally comprehend them...am I being clear enough?

Do you guys know of any books that may take spirituality from a more scientific pov? For instance, instead of telling us that the only reason we fear is b/c we death and only by realizing that soul is eternal can we live a bliss-ful life, they can tell us from a psychological perspective that why do we fear death in the first place....

saidevo
15 December 2007, 05:42 AM
Namaste skhandelwal.

Try these books by Bhagavan Das, perhaps in the order given (the links to download them are also given):

1. The Science of Peace (Bhagavan Das)
http://www.archive.org/details/scienceofpeace029498mbp (23.1 MB)

2. The Science of the Emotions (Bhagavan Das)
http://www.archive.org/details/scienceoftheemot024532mbp (21.0 MB)

Bhagavan Das is also the author of other books that may not be available for downloading. For info on him check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhagavan_Das_(theosophy)

You may also try these Theosophical books (www.anandgholap.net)

by C.W.Leadbeater
Hidden Side of Things (I found it very useful)
Man Visible and Invisible
Our Relation to Children
Science of Sacraments
Thought Forms

satay
15 December 2007, 01:29 PM
namaste,
I tend to agree with skhandelwal. However, I have found osho's books to be very interesting.

Bob G
15 December 2007, 09:53 PM
It's good that we feel "sick", thus my pov is coming to know that no book, author or text...no matter how grand or clearly written... can heal us. (although such can be off help)

atanu
16 December 2007, 02:32 AM
Namaste friends,

Absence of actual experience of the propagators and often a poor grasp of language used brings out a bad product.

Among the many books I have read, I have liked books written by western authors mainly because of masterly use of language and professional editing.

In this respect "Patanjali Yoga Sutras" by Swami Prabhvananda and Christopher Isherwood, gave me the one of the best experience. Isherwood, who was a professional scriptwriter, surely played a big role to make the small book of 165 pages a memorable reading.

Of course, I am restricting myself to engish translations. For those who know sanskrit, there ought to be a treasure of original scripture -- just to be opened.

Om Namah Shivaya

Kaos
16 December 2007, 04:15 AM
Namaste,

But perhaps, you need less books and more of something else.

For example, for a devotee of Krishna, chanting the Hare Krishna mantra 108 times or so, is a powerful enough motivator. This is bhakti, the yoga of devotion.

Eastern Mind
16 December 2007, 10:40 AM
I liked Subramuniyaswami's trilogy because of the clear American English, and quality editing. They're all on line for free now, I think, though not sure. But like others here have said, its the practice that helps. Besides, never met an author I didn't disagree with. All knowledge is within anyway. Just some ramblin'. Aum Namasivaya