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Spiritual Reading

Having a book in hand, and no infinite number of divergences, can bring about a contemplative and in depth experience that being online will never quite replace. Choose the right book for the right mood. If you’re really in the mood for a movie, but are dedicated to fulfilling your goal to read more, choose a book from the lighter reads. These are books that, whilst being invigorating and valuable, don’t take a lot of your mental capacities to engage with. When you are feeling like more of a mental challenge, or even if you’re not but know that’s what you really need, go for the ‘harder reads’.

Core Spiritual Texts

Books by Bodo Balsys

  • The Revelation Vols 1-3 (Ibez Press, Sydney 1989) – Please note that these books are being updated and integrated into the Treatise on Mind Series.
  • Divine Causation (Available from our shop)
  • Ahimsa; the Buddhist Vegetarian Ideal (Available from our shop)
  • Karma and the Rebirth of Consciousness (Available from our shop)
  • A Treatise on Mind – a seven volume series
    • Volume 1  The “Self” or  “Non-self” in Buddhism (Available from our shop)
    • Volume 2  Considerations of Mind—A Buddhist Enquiry  (Available from our shop)
    • Volume 3  The Buddha-Womb and the Way to Liberation (Available from our shop)
    • Volume 4  Maṇḍalas: Their Nature and Development  (Available from our shop)
    • Volume 5  An Esoteric Exposition of the Bardo Thödol  (Available from our shop)
    • Volume 6  Meditation and the Initiation Process  (Available from our shop)
    • Volume 7  The Constitution of Shambhala  (Available from our shop)

Helena Blavatsky

  • The Secret Doctrine in six volumes (Theosophical Publishing House, Madras, Vol 1-2 1888, Vol 3 1897, 1938)
  • An Abridgement of The Secret Doctrine (edited by E. Preston & C. Humphreys, Theosophical Publishing House, Madras, 1966)
  • The Voice of the Silence (Theosophical Publishing House, Chennai 1889, 1992, 1998)
  • Mahatma Letters (Theosophical University Press, 1923, 1975)
  • Isis Unveiled (Theosophical Publishing House, Wheaton, 1972)
  • The Collected Writings of H.P.B. (Theosophical Publishing House, Wheaton, 1966, 1988)

Alice Bailey (The Master D.K.’s writings)

(Lucis Publishing Company, New York)

Suggested order of reading though dependent on area of interest.

  • Glamour: A World Problem (1950)
  • Initiation, Human and Solar (1922)
  • A Treatise on White Magic (The Way of the Disciple) (1934)
  • Discipleship in the New Age – Volume 1 & 2 (Vol. 1, 1944, Vol. 2, 1955)
  • A Treatise on the Seven Rays:
  • Esoteric Psychology I (1936)
  • Esoteric Psychology II (1942)
  • Esoteric Astrology (1951)
  • Esoteric Healing (1953)
  • Rays and Initiations (1960)
  • A Treatise on Cosmic Fire (1925)
  • Externalisation of the Hierarchy (1957)
  • Letters on Occult Meditation (1922)
  • Problems of Humanity (revised edition, 1964)
  • The Reappearance of the Christ (1948)
  • Destiny of the Nations (1949)
  • Telepathy (1950)
  • Education in the New Age (1954)

The Agni Yoga Series, The Teaching of Living Ethics (from Master Morya via Helena Roerich)

(Agni Yoga Society, New York)

  • Leaves of Morya’s Garden I, The Call (1924)
  • Leaves of Morya’s Garden II, Illumination (1925)
  • New Era Community (1926)
  • Agni Yoga (1929)
  • Infinity I (1930)
  • Infinity II (1930)
  • Hierarchy (1931)
  • Heart (1932)
  • Fiery World I (1948)
  • Fiery World II (1933)
  • Fiery World III (1935)
  • Aum (1936)
  • Brotherhood (1937)
  • Supermundane, the Inner Life I – IV (1938)

Are available for download at http://www.agniyoga.org/index.html

Helena Roerich:

  • Letters of Helena Roerich, Vol 1 & 2, (Agni Yoga Society Inc, New York, 1967)
  • On Eastern Crossroads, Legends and Prophecies of Asia (International Roerich Memorial Trust, Nagar)

Peter Richelieu

  • A Soul’s Journey (Turnstone Press Ltd, Northhamptonshire, 1953, 1985)

Other Recommended Books


There are so many books to be found on Buddhism, which can be quite disconcerting for anyone who has not studied any Buddhism, where to start? We have put below some of the most important books from a spiritual perspective, and favourite reads, followed by general texts to familiarise people with the broad subject of Buddhism (with an emphasis on Tibetan Buddhism)

Lama Anagarika Govinda:

  • Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism (Samuel Weiser, Maine, 1969)
  • Creative Meditation and Multi-Dimensional Consciousness (Unwin, 1977, London)
  • The Way of the White Clouds (Rider & Co, London, 1960)
  • Buddhist Reflections (Samuel Weiser, Maine, 1991)
  • Insights of a Himalayan Pilgrim (Dharma Publishing, Berkeley, 1991)

Keith Dowman:

  •  Sky Dancer, The Secret Life and Songs of the Lady Yeshe Tsogyel (Routledge, London, 1984)

Evans Wentz:

  • Tibet’s Greatest Yogi, Milarepa (Oxford University Press, London, 1928)
  • Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines (Oxford University Press, London, 1935)
  • The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Causeway Books, New York, 1973)
  • The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (Oxford University Press, London, 1954)

Garma Chang, The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa (Shambhala Publications, New York, 1999)

Yeshe Tsogyal, The Lotus-Born, The Life Story of Padmasambhava, (Shambhala Publications, Boston, 1993)

Ngawang Zangpo, Guru Rinpoche, The Life and Times (Snow Lion Publications, Ithaca, 2002)

Jerome Edou, Machig Labdron and the Foundations of Chod (Snow Lion Publications, Ithaca, 1995)

Sarah Harding, Machik’s Complete Explanation, Clarifying the Meaning of Chod (Snow Lion Publications, Ithaca, 2003)

Judith Simmer-Brown, Dakini’s Warm Breath (Shambhala Publications, Boston, 2002)

H.V Guenther:

  • The Life & Teaching of Naropa (Shambhala Publications, Boston, 1995)
  • The Royal Song of Saraha, A Study in the History of Buddhist Thought (Shambhala Publications, Boston, 1973)

Chatral Rinpoche, Compassionate Action (Snow Lion Publications, Ithaca, 2007)

Alexandra David Neel:

  • My Journey to Lhasa (Time Books International, New Delhi, 1927, 1983)
  • Magic and mystery in Tibet (Mandala Books, Unwin Paperbacks, London, 1967, 1986).

Alex Wayman, Calming the Mind and Discerning the Real (Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi, 1997)

Jeffery Hopkins and Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche, Tantric Practice in Nying-ma (Rider & Co, London, 1982)

Jampa Mackenzie Stewart, The Life of Gampopa: Incomparable Dharma Lord of Tibet (Snow Lion Publications, Ithaca, 1995)

Tsultrim Allione, Women of Wisdom, (Snow Lion Publications, Ithaca, 2000)

Miranda Shaw, Passionate Enlightenment, Women in Tantric Buddhism, (Princeton University Press, 1994)

Outlines of Buddhism

Paul Williams, Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations, (Routledge, London, 2008)

Peter Harvey, Introduction to Buddhist Ethics, (Cambridge University Press, 2000).

Western Esotericism and Theosophy

Other Alice Bailey material

Two books were written in conjunction with A.A.B. and D.K,

  • The Light of the Soul (1927)
  • The Labours of Hercules: An Astrological Interpretation (1974)

A further five titles were written by A.A.B. herself:

  • The Consciousness of the Atom (1922)
  • The Soul and Its Mechanism (1930)
  • From Intellect to Intuition (1932)
  • From Bethlehem to Calvary (1937)
  • The Unfinished Autobiography (1951)

Compilations of writings from the above books:

  • Ponder on this (2003)
  • Serving Humanity (1934)

Other titles written by her husband Foster Bailey are also of value.

Nicholas Roerich:

  • Shambhala, In Search of the New Era (Inner Traditions, International, Vermont, 1930, 1990)
  • Heart of Asia, Memoirs from the Himalayas (Inner Traditions, Vermont, 1990)
  • Altai Himalaya, A Travel Diary (the Roerich’s journey From Russia to India via Altai Himalaya and Tibet) (Arun Press, Connecticut, 1983)

Writings about Nicholas Roerich:

  • R. Drayer, Nicholas and Helena Roerich: The Spiritual Journey of Two Great Artists and Peacemakers, (Theosophical Publishing House, Wheaton, 2003)
  • J. Decter, Nicholas Roerich, The Life and Art of a Russian Master (Park Street Press, Rochester, 1989
  • J. Decter, Messenger of Beauty: The Life and Visionary Art of Nicholas Roerich (Park Street Press, Rochester, 1997)
  • Harold Balyoz, Three Remarkable Women (biographical sketch of Helena Roerich, H.P.Blavatsky and Alice Bailey) (Altai Publishers; 2nd edition1986)

Cyril Scott:
The Initiate series:

  • Vol 1 Some Impressions of a Great Soul (Samuel Weiser, Maine, 1971)
  • Vol 2 The Initiate in the New World (Samuel Weiser, Maine 1977)
  • Vol 3 The Initiate in the Dark Cycle (Samuel Weiser, Maine, 1977)
  • The Greater Awareness (Samuel Weiser, Maine, 1981)
  • Music, Its Secret Influence Throughout the Ages (The Aquarian Press, Northhamptonshire, 1958)

Charles Leadbeater, Man Visible and Invisible (Quest Book, Wheaton, 1980)

Rudolf Steiner:

  • Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and its Attainment (The Anthroposophic Press, New York, 1977)
  • The Gospel of St John (The Anthroposophic Press, New York, 1940)

G.R.S. Mead:

  • Thrice Greatest Hermes, Studies in Hellenistic Theosophy and Gnosis, (Samuel Weiser, Maine, 2001).
  • Fragments of a Faith Forgotten, The Gnostics: A Contribution to the Study of the Origins of Christianity (University Books, New York, 1960).

Southern Centre of Theosophical Studies:

  • Devas and Men (Theosophical Publishing Press, Madras, 1994)

Anthony Borgia:

  • A Life in the World Unseen (Odhams Press, London 1957)
  • More about Life in the World Unseen (Psychic Press, London 1984)

Findhorn : Eileen Caddy

  • Flight into Freedom, (Elements Books, Shaftsbury, 1988) (Autobiography)
  • The Spirit of Findhorn, (Findhorn Foundation, Essex, 1977)
  • The Findhorn Garden. Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (Turnstone Books, London. 1975)


Brian L Weiss M.D:

  • Many Lives, Many Masters

Joe Fisher:

  • The Case for Reincarnation (Preface by Dalai Lama)

Gina Cerminara:

  • Many Mansions – The Edgar Cayce story on Reincarnation

Political and Current Affairs

Noam Chomsky:

  • & G. Achcar, Perilous Power, The Middle East and US Foreign Policy (Hamish Hamilton, London, 2007)
  • Interventions (Penguin, Camberwell, 2007)
  • A. Arnove, (ed) The Essential Chomsky, (The New Press, New York, 2008)


Michel Chossudovsky:

  • & A.G Marshall, (eds) A The Global Economic Crisis, The Great Depression of the XXI Century, (Global Research Publishers, Montreal, 2010)
  • America’s “War on Terrorism” (Global Research Publishers, Montreal, 2005)
  • The Globalization of Poverty and the New World Order (Global Research Publishers, Montreal, 2002)


John Pilger:

  • Freedom Next Time (Black Swan, London 2007)
  • The New Rulers of the World (Verso, London 2002)

For a full listing of Pilger’s books and to watch his videos online http://www.johnpilger.com/

Arundhati Roy:

Jeremy Seabrook:

  • & W. Pereira, Global Parasites, Five Hundred Years of Western Culture (Earthcare Books, Kolkata, 2006)
  • Consuming Cultures: Globalization and Local Lives (Earthcare Books, Kolkata, 2007)

Naomi Klein:

  • The Shock Doctrine, The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (Allen Lane, Camberwell, 2007)
  • No Logo, (Flamingo, London, 2000)