There are so many amazing spiritual books to help you progress on your journey, but there are 2 in particular which I would highly recommend for you. The Yoga Vasistha by the sage Vasistha and Voice Of Freedom by Swami Vivekananda.
Enjoy reading my review of both of these classics and why I think you may like them too.
One of the greatest spiritual classics ever recorded, the Yoga Vasistha, is a mind-blowing account of a detailed conversation between Rama (a divine incarnation of the Lord Vishnu), and a learned seer by the name of Vasistha.
The book goes into great detail about the subtle intricacies of the conscious and unconscious minds; unravelling the multitude of layers to our very existence along the way.
Much of the text is told through parable stories, which hold many hidden depths within them.
The ongoing theme throughout the book revolves around the notion of worldly miseries being caused by our own illusion of the world, and how whatever we perceive on the outside, is merely a reflection of how we feel inside.
Moving beyond these temporary illusions is the path to true enlightenment, and Vasistha goes into great depth as to how such a journey can be undertaken.
The nature of the stories and their deep-rooted philosophies are designed to open our levels of awareness, and legend states, that those who complete the Yoga Vasistha will have their spiritual growth significantly accelerated.
It took me six months of sincere dedication and devotion to finishing the book, as each page left me spellbound with its power and significance to every question I was yearning to have answered.
Some of the passages within the book are very simple and enjoyable to read; however, there are certain segments which will really expand your mind and force you to analyse how we see the world, and why our mind behaves the way it does. Yoga Vasistha is intellectually challenging yet vastly stimulating at the same time.
This is definitely not a book for beginners, yet I would encourage everyone to read it at some stage, as personally, I feel the book needs to be read many times over in one’s lifetime.
An aspect I found fascinating from the book is that Rama is an incarnation of a God, and Vasistha is a holy man, teaching his wisdom to those ready and willing to learn.
The idea of a “mere mortal,” albeit a highly developed and enlightened one, teaching a God about spirituality and the truth, is somewhat different to the way most of us normally perceive God.
The Yoga Vasistha demonstrates that all truth and knowledge lie deep within us all, and even God is merely an extension of our infinite selves.
In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna (another divine incarnation), speaks directly to Arjuna (a noble warrior) and imparts his wisdom. In the Yoga Vasistha, God himself becomes the student; such is the power and knowledge within this book.
Yoga Vasistha is one of all my all-time favourites and a book I highly endorse for the devoted spiritual seeker; however, be warned it is not for the faint-hearted and will require a great deal of willpower to read through to the end. The book is a challenge which I can personally guarantee you will forever be grateful for if you decide to take it on.
Voice Of Freedom
Indian spirituality is blessed to have been graced by so many enlightened masters, who have tirelessly devoted themselves to helping mankind reach their highest state of spiritual awareness.
One of the most influential and coveted saints of recent times has been Swami Vikekananda, the foremost disciple of Sri Ramakrishna.
Swami Vivekananda was a visionary; his writings are filled with passion, vigour and a call to action for everyone to take full responsibility for their lives.
He was quite often very outspoken in his quest to spread the eternal truths of Vedanta philosophy, and thus, become an enormously respected individual across the globe.
Of the many books written by Swamiji, perhaps “Voice of Freedom” would be the easiest one to get started with. The book is a collection of Vivekananda’s work over a period of time; where his devotees transcribed his public speeches and collected them for future reference.
The writings are very clearly presented in a manner easily digestible for both a complete spiritual beginner and those who are further advanced on their journey.
Practical issues such as work, family, knowledge, meditation and faith are covered in great detail, and provide a wonderful introduction to the finer aspects of spiritual awakening. The book will only take a week or so to read and can be constantly referred to as a point of reference.
This book was first recommended to me around ten years ago by a priest. It set me up beautifully for understanding how ancient yogic philosophies can practically be utilised for the modern day lifestyles we live today.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the simplicity of Vivekananda’s message and had an intense yearning to read and learn more once I had finished the book. Very few scriptures have had this kind of an effect on me, and that is why I wanted to bring this little-known treasure to your attention.
Reading “Voice of Freedom” serves as the perfect introduction to understanding the many other great texts written by Swami Vivekananda. I hope you get as much enjoyment and fulfilment from the book as I experienced all those years ago.