Osho – Books I Have Loved 40-50

Osho - Books I Have Loved 40-50
Osho - Books I Have Loved 40-50

Series continues… Osho – Books I Have Loved

40. Brahma Sutras by Badrayana

The Brahma sūtras also known as Vedanta Sutras is a work of Badarayana, a philosopher lived around 450 BC.Brahma Sutras tries to systematizes and summarizes the philosophical and spiritual ideas of the Upanishads. It is one of the foundational texts, other than Bhagwad Geeta and Upanishads,  of the Advaita Vedanta school of philosophy.

The Brahma sutras consists of four chapter and a total of 555 verses. The book deals with the nature of human existence,universe and the ideas about the metaphysical concept of Brahman also called as Ultimate Reality.

Here is how the subjects are dealt with chapter-wise:

Chapter 1: Metaphysics of Absolute Reality.

Chapter 2:  Reviews and addresses the objections raised by other ideas such as Buddhism and Jainism.

Chapter 3: Path to spiritually liberating knowledge

Chapter 4:  Deals with question: Why such a knowledge is an important human need.

Many commentaries on Brahma Sutras are available. One of the most popular being the Brahma Sutra Bhashya by Adi Shankracharya.

41. Narada Bhakti Sutras by Sri Narada

Narada is deva’s poet in the Hindu mythology. That is the reason why Narada Bhakti Sutra is a well known sutra venerated within the traditions of Hinduism. The books is a well known text in the schools of thoughts beased on Bhakti Yoga or the path based on heart. It details out the whole process of Bhakto Yoga. The text has 84 verses.

Translation by Swami Prabhupada is very popular.

 

42. Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Patanjali

Most translated ancient Indian text in Medieval area and lost for nearly 700 years, Swami Vivekananda revived this text resulted to a stature high like never before.

Patañjali divided his Yoga Sutras into four chapters or books (Sanskrit pada), containing in all 196 aphorisms in all. This work os Patanjali is part of different schools of thoughts specially whose foundation is Yoga related to the mind. Raja Yoga as perpetuated by Swami Vivekananda or Ashthanga Yoga have origins in these Yoga Sutras.

43. Songs of Kabir by  Kabir

Songs of Kabir is a 1915 book consisting of 100 poems of Kabir, the 15th-century Indian poet and mystic, translated to English by Rabindranath Tagore. In this book Kabir has combined the philosophies of Sufism and Hinduism.

44. The Secret Doctrine by Helena Blavatsky

The Secret Doctrine is an influential example of the revival of interest in esoteric and occult ideas in the modern age, in particular because of its claim to reconcile ancient eastern wisdom with modern science.

Volume1 – Cosmogenesis: Volume 1 deals with origin and evolution of the universe.

Volume2 – Anthropogenesis: Volume 2 deals with the origins of humanity.

Blavatsky wanted to publish a third and fourth volume of The Secret Doctrine. After Blavatsky’s death, a controversial third volume of The Secret Doctrine was published by Annie Besant.

45. Songs of Meera by Meera

In Indian tradition and Hindu philosophy, name of Meera is a symbol of devotion. Wife of a king, Merra devoted all her life to Lord Krishna whom she treats of as her husband. Meera is not a contemporary of Krishna but  Most legends about Meera mention her fearless disregard for social and family conventions, her devotion to god Krishna, her treating Krishna as her husband, and she being persecuted by her in-laws for her religious devotion.

Thousands of devotional poems are attributed to Meera Bai but only some of them are believed to be authentic by scholars. The poems are devotional with a factor of passionate praise of Lord Krishna.

46. Songs of Sahajo by Sahajo

Sahajo or Sahajo Bai, was a disciple of Sant Shyam Charandas. She attained self-realization under the tutelage of her guru.

47. Rabiya al-Adabiya notes

Al-Adabiya means ′from the village of Adabiya′. Rabiya is her name, al-Adabiya is her address. That′s how the Sufis named her: Rabiya al-Adabiya. The village became like Mecca when Rabiya was still alive.
She is widely considered as one of the most important of early sufi mystics who tried the define the doctrine of Divine love.
Most of the things about Rabiya is described by later Sufi poet, Farid ad-din attar.

48. Nanak and his songs by Guru nanak

Guru nanak was the founder of Sikhism and first of the ten Sikh Gurus. FYI: Sikhs treats their religious text (Granth Sahib) as their 11th and last guru. Thus the name “Guru Granth Sahib”.Guru Nanak’s words as a collection of 974 poetic hymns is part of , the Guru Granth Sahib.

As the original texts are in Punjabi, get any of the translation, suiting you. It is always better to opt for the translation in which there is no any inference of the author’s thoughts.

49. Vivek Chudamani- The crest jewel of discrimination by Adi Shankracharya

Viveka is a virtue with the help of which an individual is capable of separating the true from non-true, the art of discrimination. The Viveka chudamani is a famous Sanskrit poem ascribed to Adi Shankara, who revived the Hindu tenets pertaining to the ultimate truth. Viveka Chudamani is a collection of 580 verses propounding the concepts of Advaitism. The Vivekachudamani describes developing Viveka.

50. Quran by Hazrat Mohammed

The Quran or Qur’an or Koran literally meaning “the recitation” is the central religious text of Islam. Muslims believed that the text to be revealed from God to Mohammed through angel Gabriel(Jibril). Beginning from 22 december 609 CE, the whole revelaition lasted till Mohamed’s death in 632 CE.

The Quran is divided into chapters called suras, which are then divided into verses called ayahs.

 

This article is part of Series “Osho – Books I Have Loved”.