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Must read books on Indian Spirituality/Philosophy

All time favorite books on Indian Spirituality.

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

Autobiography of a Yogi is at once a beautifully written account of an exceptional life and a profound introduction to the ancient science of Yoga and its time-honored tradition of meditation.

Buddha: His Life and Teachings

Written by Osho. Its is a small book. Some very deep insights about Buddha.

Raja Yoga by Vivekananda

This is another intense but thorough book about... Raja Yoga - a method of "liberation" through self effort.

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Siddhartha is a novel by Hermann Hesse that deals with the spiritual journey of an Indian man named Siddhartha during the time of the Buddha.

Indian Philosophy: An Introduction to Hindu and Buddhist Thought

"A balanced and thorough introduction to basic issues and important figures in Hindu and Buddhist thought.... The book is impressively comprehensive despite its brevity." -- Religious Studies Review

Who am I? - Translations from original Tamil - Sri Ramana Maharshi

The teachings of Bhagvan Sri Ramana Maharishi

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

Though Tolle draws from a wide range of spiritual traditions, IMO this book includes sufficient references from Hindu and Buddhist philosophies to be included in this list.

The Synthesis of Yoga by Sri Aurobindo (ebook)

The Synthesis of Yoga by Sri Aurobindo. His principal work on yoga. Free Book Download: Pdf, ePub, Amazon Kindle.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism, 2nd Edition

Don't let the title fool you. By far the best general book on Indian spirituality I have ever read. Really conveys what it means to be Indian/Hindu from a spiritual and religious point of view.

Comprehensive coverage of the many many facets of hinduism, and related belief systems, and they get the fundamentals right. Learned a lot from this that I didn't know about a culture I grew up in.

The Bhagavad Gita - translated by Ramananda Prasad

Easy, clear, and accurate translation.

Avadhuta Gita of Dattatreya trsld by Chetanananda

Very interesting take on Indian philosophy. An Indian take on the Dao almost.

The Upanishads (Classics)

Juan Mascaro was born in Majorca, and later studied modern and oriental languages, Sanskrit, Pali and English at Cambridge University. He died in 1987, and was lauded as a great translator of our time.Juan Mascaro was born in Majorca, and later studied modern and oriental languages, Sanskrit, Pali and English at Cambridge University.