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Don’t begin your healing practice until you’ve read these top 10 classics

7 May, 2019
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Wellness isn’t just about feeling right physically but also about holistic peace and fitness. Most of us, in today’s time and age, don’t read much beyond newspapers and social media posts. But as the old adage goes, you become what you read. You ought to read right to feel right! Here are 11 books that you must read for overall wellness just before you get into the process of healing yourself:

1. The Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita is an ancient Indian text consisting of 18 brief chapters and about 700 verses. It is identified as an independent text, although it forms a section of the massive Indian epic named “The Mahabharata”. The name Bhagavad Gita means “the song of the Lord”. Composed as a poem, it contains many key topics related to the Indian intellectual and spiritual tradition.

2. Born to Win by Muriel James
“The clearest and easily the best popular book of them all.” —Psychology Today. Dr. Muriel James and Dr. Dorothy Jongeward show how every individual was ‘Born to Win’ but layers of conditioning cast a shadow on the unlimited potential. An imaginative guide for self-analysis, discovery, and growth, complete with experiments and inter-personal exercises, Born to Win uses psychological insights to increase the awareness of the real power you have, to build your own life and to enhance the lives of others.

3. Power of Now By Eckhart Tolle
Eckhart Tolle simplifies the key to happiness and enlightenment by revealing the importance of the present moment. While this message may not seem stunningly original or fresh, Tolle’s clear writing, supportive voice, and enthusiasm make it an excellent manual for anyone who’s ever wondered what exactly “living in the now” means. With topics such as The source of Chi, Enlightened relationships, Creative use of the mind, Impermanence, The cycle of life, and more, Tolle packs a lot of information and inspirational ideas into The Power of Now. He is able to explain complicated concepts in a concrete language. Additionally, he’s added markers that symbolize “break” where readers should close the book and mull over what they just read, growing more conscious of how thoughts and emotions get in the way of their ability to live in genuine peace and happiness.

4. Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
Autobiography of a Yogi can easily be called the Bible of the Yogi. Paramahansa Yogananda’s tale of leaving his native India to teach meditation in America involves saints, courage, miracles, and faith in the Divine. Also, for those seeking to have a deeper understanding of how the east and the west can come together, this is a must-read.

5. The Kingdom of God is Within You by Ramana Maharishi
This book contains the Spiritual Teachings of Ramana Maharshi who at the age of 17, had a deep experience of the Divine Self. Afterward, he took several years of silence in order to dive deeper into his spiritual pursuits. As time went by, followers began to surround him and record his teachings, which are written in this book.

6. Journey of Souls by Dr. Newton Kondaveti, MD
This book gives first-hand accounts of life after death, and what it means to be free of the body. As a global PLR specialist, Dr. Newton has interviewed and hypnotized many patients and each one has described their own unique yet similar out-of-body experiences. It unfolds the cosmic laws of Karma, past lives and reincarnation. A highly informative and interesting book.

7. The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
Ramakrishna is not a normal yogi; his powerful love for God and devotion to the Infinite melted into everything he did. In this book, his words of wisdom and teachings are written for the ages. You’ll find this incredibly moving.

8. Gandhi: An Autobiography
Gandhi is the most familiar historical face in recent times, known for peacefully resisting British rule in India. This book gives a deep look into Gandhi’s thoughts; the story of how he came to be the man to single-handedly shake the most powerful empire in the world is incredibly fascinating…It is truly eye-opening to read about his journey towards becoming the person we all know of today.

9. Saints that Moved the World
A favorite book of Paramahansa Yogananda (author of Autobiography of a Yogi), it tells the deeply moving tale of 5 popular Christian saints – St. Francis, St. Anthony, St. Ignatius, St. Theresa, and St. Augustine – their trials, tribulations and ecstasy, as they make their way toward a deeper understanding of Christ.

10. Tao Upanishad / The way of Tao
With discourses on Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching, this book that will make you see the reality that “Good and evil are not separate, they are one, rather two sides of the same coin, emerging out of desires of the mind, merging into each other.”

11. The Book of Secrets: 112 Meditations to Discover the Mystery Within
The Book of Secrets is Osho’s translation of the Vijñāna Bhairava Tantra, a Kashmiri Shaivism text which is a discourse between Shiva and his consort Devi or Shakti, and briefly presents 112 meditation methods or centering techniques.  It is a step-by-step guide to find the best meditation suitable for you. Each chapter describes a specific meditation technique followed by introspection from those present during the talks. The questions mostly relate to the techniques given in the previous chapter, so the questions are based on their own experience of the previous
method.

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