11. The Sufis by Idries Shah
Do you know what exactly is Sufism? Do you know anything remotely related to sufism,other Sufi songs? If No, then you should definitely opt for The Sufis. It is one of the best known books on Sufism which will give you a load of concepts and details of Sufism. First published in 1964 with an introduction by Robert Graves, this book is authored by Idries Shah. Because of this work of Shah, West got a chance to get more acquinted to Sufi ideas.
12. The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
Khalil Gibran’s name is well known in spiritual area and The Prophet is his masterpiece. The book is represented as fables, a total of 26, in a very artistic way. Originally published in 1923, it is known as Khalil Gibrans’s best works. The interesting thing is that The Prophet, from his release, has been translated into over 40 different languages and has never been out of print.
13. The book of Lieh Tzu by Lieh Tzu
The book of Lieh Tzu, is one of the most popular and fundamental text on practical Taoism. It deals with, but not limited to, the following concepts:
- The origin and Purpose of Life
- Training of Body
- Training of Mind
- Nature of Enlightenment
- Importance of personal freedom
- Taoist view of reality
14. The Trial and Death of Socrates by Plato
The book is compilation of work of Socrates by his disciple Plato. This is one of the most influential work in the western philosophical thoughts.
15. The Notes of the discliples of Bodhidharma by Bodhidharma
Bodhidharma was a Buddhist monk who is known for spreading Buddhism to China. Although, he is from India, but he is not much known there. According to Chinese legend, he also began the physical training of the monks of Shaolin Monastery that led to the creation of Shaolin Kung Fu. In Japan, he is known as Daruma.
There are selected works which, although controversial, are attributed to the Bodhidharma. The list of such works, according to wikipedia entry is:
- Two Entrances and Four Practices
- The Bloodstream sermon
- Dharma Teaching of Pacifying the Mind
- Treatise on Realizing the Nature
- Bodhidharma Treatise
- Refuting Signs Treatise
- Two Types of Entrance
16. Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám is the title that Edward FitzGerald gave to his translation of a selection of poems, originally written in Persian and numbering about a thousand, attributed to Omar Khayyám , a Persian poet,mathematician and astronomer.
Omar khayyam is attributed to around thousand poems in persian language. The work of Omar Khayyam is well known and mostly related to Sufis. Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám is the English translation of some of the selected poems of Omar Khayyam.
17. Masnavi by Jalaluddin Rumi.
Rumi, originally known as Jalal al-Din Muhammad Balkhi, is one of the most influential Sufi saint.The Masnavi, or Masnavi-I Ma’navi , is the creation of Rumi. It is an extensive poem, originally written in Persian by him. It consists of six books of poetry that together amount to around 25,000 verses or 50,000 lines.
18. Isha Upanishad
The Isha Upanishad is one of the shortest Upanishads, embedded as the final chapter of the Shukla Yajurveda. Yajurveda is one of the four Vedas, the ancient Hindu texts. It is one of the principle Upanishad. Isha Upanishad consists of 17-18 verses only.
19. All And Everything – by G. I. Gurdjieff
All and Everything, is the extensive work of Gurdjieff, a Russian mystique. The work is divided in 10 books under 3 series as below:
Three books under the title of “An Objectively Impartial Criticism of the Life of Man,” or, “Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson.”
Three books under the common title of “Meetings with Remarkable Men.”
Four books under the common title of “Life is Real Only Then, When I Am.’”
20. In Search of the Miraculous by P. D. Ouspensky
In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching is a book by one of the disciple of George Gurdjieff, P. D. Ouspensky. Although in later life, these acquintances were broken, but this books describes Gurdjieff teachings and thoughs in a very comprehensive way. It is a well recommended work as the introductory text to modern students of Geroge Gurdjieff’s way of teaching.
21. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Leaves of Grass is a poetry collection by the American poet Walt Whitman. With the very first release, this work comprised only 12 poem, the count of poems reached to 400. Because of writing and re-writing of Leaves of Grass, throughout his professional career, you can find many editions of this work.