Spirituality can't be defined, it has many types and different people define it differently. People find spirituality in religions and without religion as well. It is a broad concept and one may say that it is a connection with something bigger than ourselves, people use spirituality to search for a meaningful life. People also say that spirituality connects each other and to the universe, it also helps them relate to life after death and other mysteries of human existence.
People find comfort in spirituality and it relieves them from a lot of stress they face related to personal, and professional life as well as in their relationships.
Although different people perceive spirituality differently but there are some signs that may show that a person is spiritual like:
- Searching for answers on suffering and life after death
- Deep connections with people
- Experiencing compassion and empathy for others
- Feeling awe and wonder for things around them
- Attaining happiness beyond material possessions
- Searching for meaning and life's purpose
- Wanting to make the world a better place
If You Are on a Budget: Spiritual Books under Rs. 500
1. The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye is a wonderful book written by very famous J.D. Salinger. This is a story about a lazy boy who gets thrown out of the fourth school. The book shows his level of frustration due to his parents' and roommates' behaviour. He moves to New York City and gets acquainted with middle-aged women, prostitutes, nuns, alcohol and drugs. The book perfectly shows the teenage dilemma and his struggle with the artificial world. You may find some offensive language but will help you relate to the feelings and restlessness of the spirit. This can be a good book for parents of teenagers and help them tackle certain situations through spiritual means. You can buy this book for Rs. 292 from amazon.in.
2. Rumi's Little Book of Life: The Garden of the Soul, the Heart, and the Spirit
If you like to read poems and learn from them then you will love this book written by Azima Melita Kolin Rumi and Maryam Mafi. This is a collection of 196 poems written by Rumi and translated by Maryam Mafi. This book focuses on coming to terms with the inner life, it guides the reader into exploring their inner life, and it talks about the soul to the heart and to the spirit. The book is divided into three sections, soul, heart and spirit and answers many questions related to them. It shows that God is not found in temples and mosques but within our souls. This wonderful book can be bought for Rs. 220 (paperback) from amazon.in.
3. The Himalayan Master and the Sixth Sense: I Dared to Travel the Spiritual Path
Another good book for people searching for some answers is The Himalayan Master and the Sixth Sense from Priyabhishek Sharma. The author skillfully combines his spiritual journey with events. The book is about how his intuitions got stronger day by day and he could hear prophetic voices descending from the universe that changed his life. He met many Himalayan masters that guided him through the different stages of his life. You would enjoy this book if you like reading about Vedic seeds and mantras. The book is available for Rs. 499 (paperback) on amazon.in.
4. Secrets of Divine Love : A Spiritual Journey into the Heart of Islam
If you are willing to build a relationship with the divine then this book can help you a lot. The Secrets of Divine Love talks about the spiritual secrets of the Quran through poetry and stories. It will help you redevelop your faith and make your connection with God stronger. The book will guide you with some scientific evidence, practical exercises and meditation to develop tools for you to overcome negative aspects of life. The book not only enlightens the mind but inspires the souls and helps you connect with God deeper. The book is written by A. Helwa and can be bought for Rs. 263 from bookchor.com.
5. Not Just Another Spiritual Book.
If you are stuck with questions like what if spirituality is not what you thought it was? What if you are more spiritual than you think? etc then this book can be very helpful for you. It is a paradigm of modern spirituality and has a full dose of illusions related to spirituality, and meditation. The book is written by Paulo Rute and is one of the best spiritual books you can buy. It is available on flipkart.com for Rs. 287 only.
6. The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith
There are times in our lives when we end up questioning our faith, and if you are in that situation then you can read The Universe Has Your Back written by Gabriella Bernstein. It teaches the readers how to convert their fear into faith to lead a balanced life. It has stories with lessons that will help you unblock the issues of happiness, and security and give you a clear direction. It also talks about control and living a better life. This book will guide you into feeling powerful when you feel powerless. This eye-opening book is for Rs. 209 (paperback) on amazon.in.
7. Celebrating Life
The purpose of our life is not just to excel and exceed but to understand the true meaning of life. The book Celebrating Life written by Rishi Nityapragya brings you secrets that will help you find your infinite potential. In the book, he writes about how to identify yourself and free yourself from negative emotions and harmful tendencies. He talks about enthusiasm love, compassion and truth that can guide us to understand the powers the universe gives us. This book will help you be a master of the situations you face in life and turn them into celebrations. This wonderful guide can be bought for Rs. 228 from flipkart.com.
8. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Siddhartha is a novel based on a man named Siddhartha during the time of Gautama Buddha. Hermann Hesse, the author of the book takes you through the spiritual journey of Siddhartha into self-discovery. The book is very well written and helps you understand that a person's life is full of experiences that let him attain an understanding of the things which he normally can't. The book shows different events that led Siddhartha to change his life forever. This is a wonderful book for people who need encouragement in life to understand the mystery of life through the protagonist's eye. You can buy this book for Rs. 104 from flipkart.com.
9. Transforming Your Self: Finding Stability in an Unstable World
We are humans and we struggle between the good and the bad in our lives, we face different emotions and take actions that lead us to where we reach. The book Transforming Your Self: Finding Stability In An Unstable World is a wonderful book written by guru Acharya Mahapragya and talks about people who are in a constant state of contradiction that leads them into negativity. Guru Acharya Mahapragya shows how to make yourself aware in order to break free of the negativity that surrounds you through your thoughts, speech and action. The book is available for Rs. 279 at bookchor.com.
10. Great Challenge: Exploring the World Within
Osho has written several books that have helped many understand their true self and one of his great books is the Great Challenge: Exploring The World Within. If you are looking to find your individual spirituality and self-direction to face the everyday challenges in life then this book can be very helpful to you. Osho talks about the wisdom of the East and the potential of western science and technology that helps in strengthening our minds and resolving the challenges of life. He talks about God and faith, intellect and intelligence existence and consciousness. You can buy this book for Rs. 279 from amazon.in
11. Ananda : Happiness without Reason
If you are looking for that one thing everything is searching for, happiness then this book is for you. All the lives we sacrifice, negotiate, scheme and pray for attaining happiness or Ananda and the book Ananda: Happiness Without Reason written by Acharya Prashant is the guide to attain it.
He talks about the misconceptions of happiness like 'unconditional love and 'living in the present and says that Ananda is an unconditional joy free from happiness and sadness. He relates the book with Gita and Upanishads to help you understand the meaning of Ananda. If you are willing to question your deep-rooted faith and venture into uncomfortable territory then you must read this book. The book is available in paperback for Rs. 300 on amazon.in.
If You Are Keen on the Best: Spiritual Books above Rs. 500
We all talk about kindness and how to inculcate it in our coming generations but do we really know how to be kind? The book Kindfulness is written by Ajahn Brahm and talks about combining kindness with mindfulness results in mindfulness. He says it is a new approach to meditation that can ease your body, and mind and bring a lot of good to the world.
This book is very simple to follow and will help the reader guide them toward countercultural thinking. It will allow the reader to open their hearts to others as well as to themselves. You can read the stories in the book that are divided into small chapters and let them encourage you to become a person who is kindful and help you change your perspective towards being kind not just being mindful. The book is available in paperback for Rs. 612 on amazon.in
13. Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life in Judaism
People looking for peace of mind and willing to make a spiritual connection should read the book Here All Along written by Sarah Hurwitz. The book is an excellent read and will help you understand yourself. It will make you a better person and lead you into a more meaningful and impactful life. Sarah writes about the Jewish conceptions of God, death and justice in the world which will help you understand a better way of living. This book is available in hardcover for Rs. 658 on amazon.in.
14. The Bible Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained
The Bible is one of the most read books in the world by people of different religions especially those who are trying to find spirituality or learn about the Christian ways. The Bible can be a little difficult to understand and this is when The Bible Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained written by DK comes into the picture. This is an introduction to the Bible and takes you through more than 100 stories from the Bible and makes it easy for you to follow. It helps in creating an insight into Christianity through simple concepts, quotes and flowcharts. If you are interested in gaining spirituality through religion then you can buy this book for Rs. 779 from madrasshoppe.com.
15. The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
Peter Matthiessen is a National Book Award winner and takes you through a spiritual journey through the Himalayas in the book The Snow Leopard. He with his friend George Schaller travelled to the remote mountains of Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and hoped to catch a glimpse of the rare snow leopard. He talks about his encounters with a deep understanding of Buddhism, suffering, and beauty through his journey. The book can awaken a lot of hidden emotions in you and help you find your spirituality while joining is a quest. You can buy this book for Rs. 686 from amazon.in.
16. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
You will meet those who succeed through various means, that you might not approve of but if you wish to attain success in your life without having to comply with those means then The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success can guide you to do just that. The book helps the reader look into their true nature and allows it to look at life by combining the nature around us. It also talks about the laws like being aware of your potential, being non-judgmental, law of least resistance and detachment. It shows how one can attain success by being at peace with oneself. This guide to success through spirituality is available for Rs. 681 on flipkart.com.
17. The Kingdom of God is Within You
Being an Indian most of us admire Gandhi and you will be surprised that the book The Kingdom of God is Within You played an important role in Mahatma Gandhi's life and helped them be the man he was. The book is written by Nikolyevich Tolstoy and talks about the importance of non-violence, and resistance to evil. He also writes about the significance of identifying the Divine core within us that can help us to guide into changing the world. You can buy this nationally acclaimed book for just Rs. 915 from amazon.in.
18. Conversations with God Omnibus - Books One, Two and Three
This is a book that all of us can relate to. Most of us go through situations when we have a deep conversation with God about the ups and downs we face in life. Author Neale Donald created a perfect book, Conversations with God Omnibus in which he wrote about the low times in his life and how he wrote letters to God without expecting any answers. As he continued with his letters he started getting answers which turned into this global bestseller. This book has all of his three books in one that will help you change your life and understands God's ways. You can buy this trilogy for Rs. 644 from flipkart.com.
19. Spiritual Thoughts for the Secret Freethinker: Yes! There is Life after Dogma
If you feel that you need to find your spiritual self to support you in your daily life then Spiritual Thoughts for the Secret Freethinker written by William Roberson can be a good book for you to start with. The author explores different philosophers, writers, religionists and humanists to help you find the spirit that is already embedded in our humanity. You can buy this eye-opening book for Rs. 956 from amazon.in.
20. Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life
This again is a very good book written by Thomas Moore. Care of the Soul gives you a revolutionary approach to thinking about your daily life and the things you do. It talks about the events, problems and opportunities you get and how to focus on them deeply. He offers a religious context for looking at your life and helps you resolve your problems for you to lead a peaceful life. This book can be bought for Rs. 595 from amazon.in.
For Those Looking to Deep Dive: Spiritual books above Rs. 1000
21. Sacred Woman: A Guide to Healing the Feminine Body, Mind, and Spirit
Sacred Woman written by Queen Afua can help you change the way you look and feel about yourself. She talks about how to love and rejoice in our bodies through spiritualizing. She focuses on the words we speak, the food we eat and the place we live and work in. Queen Afua has offered a tool that can bring the reader in harmony with the Earth and the cosmos. She emphasizes love, wisdom and passion to help heal yourself. This is a wonderful book for the women of today who are looking to bring a change in their lives and become one with the feminine essence. You can buy this book for Rs. 1,376 from amazon.in.
22. Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself
Searching for some answers about who you are? The book Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer can help you realize that you are a lot more than you think. He talks about finding your identity in your consciousness and being able to observe yourself and the world around you. He uses tools like meditation and mindfulness to help you develop your consciousness and can help you avoid painful thoughts and memories and guide you into happiness. It is a must-read for seekers and can be bought for Rs. 1,280 from amazon.in.
23. The Divine Matrix: Bridging Time, Space, Miracles, and Belief
The Divine Matrix by Gregg Braden is known to help you understand the missing link between our understanding of the universe, the bridge between imagination and reality. It also talks about the mirror in our world that creates our beliefs in the simplest manner. Braden is an internationally renowned author who is known for creating a bridge between science, spirituality and human potential. It will help you know that the things you believed are about to change. This book can help the readers find their self and connect to their inner selves. The book is available for Rs. 1,104 on amazon.in.
24. Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss
Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss is an excellent book for readers who wish to peep inside themselves and understand what energy medicine is. The book talks about our hidden stresses, beliefs and attitudes that cause illness. It shows how each illness is related to emotional and psychological stress and affects the human body. It introduces the readers to the Hindu chakras, the Christian sacraments and the Kabbalah's Tree of LIfe to take you through the seven stages of life and lead you to spiritual growth. You can buy this life-changing book for Rs. 1,201 from amazon.in.
25. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle is a must-read for people who want to stop creating their own suffering by living in the past and what the future holds for them. It will show you how to live in the present and be satisfied. Tolle talks about the egos that make us dysfunctional person and leads us to anger, jealousy, and unhappiness. It will help the readers to awaken to a new state of consciousness and find the light in their lives. This is a spiritual manifesto for a better way of life. You can buy this encouraging book for Rs. 1,204 from amazon.in and start your journey into happiness
26. Beginnings in Spiritual Life
Beginnings in Spiritual Life by Dominic Hoffman is a guide to help you find true peace that comes from true love, which means changing. This book aims to open up our souls to the grace of God. It will show you the practical consequences of the love of God and help you find peace. If you are a person looking for spiritual awakening through religion then you will enjoy the book. You can buy it for Rs. 2,972 from flipkart.com.
27. Creativity, Spirituality, and Making a Buck
If you want to learn about Buddhist teachings then you should buy Creativity, Spirituality, and Making a Buck written by David Nichtern. The book will help the readers find their creativity and artistic nature through which they can hone their skills and be successful in what they do for a living. It will help the reader to become a well-rounded individual. This is a must-buy for people who want to work and do what they enjoy and thrive in the process. You can buy it for Rs. 1,083 from amazon.in and become successful in your life through spiritual ways.
28. Friend-ish: Reclaiming Real Friendship in a Culture of Confusion
We all have that one friend that we adore but do we know the importance of having God as a friend? The book Friend-ish: Reclaiming Real Friendship in a Culture of Confusion by Kelly Needham shows how scripture can help you understand the good and bad that come with relationships. This book is for people who love their relationship with a friend but are finding it hard to cope with certain situations. It will help you guide spiritually into seeing things differently and hopefully help you find a friend in God. The book is available for Rs. 1,794 on amazon.in.
29. Course in Miracles
Course in Miracles by Schucman Helen is a guide to modern spirituality. The book is divided into three sections: Text, a workbook for students and a manual for teachers. You will get to read universal spiritual themes that will help to achieve long-lasting results in your life. You can develop a constant state of happiness through the self-study program and in turn, change your life. You can buy this blessed book for Rs. 1,438 from flipkart.com.
30. Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
We already know that spirituality does not have to be linked with religion and the book Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris proves it perfectly. This is a guide to meditation and is a perfect book for people who do not follow any religion but know that figures like Jesus, The Buddha, Rumi and other saints in history can help them understand the importance of truth. This book combines wisdom and modern science and helps you attain spirituality with a whole new meaning. The book is available for Rs. 1,104 on amazon.in.
Benefits of Reading Spiritual Books
Reading a spiritual book can transform your life in various ways. We know that a book is your true friend and is one of the best investments you can make when it comes to money and time.
Here are a few benefits you can achieve through reading these books and change your life.
- These books help you decline your stress level. It helps you improve your mental and physical health and lead you to change your lifestyle and thought process drastically.
- Reading a good book advances your vocabulary and will help you reach out to more people around you through your words.
- Spiritual books enhance your power, concentration and focus and help you become aware of your needs. It helps you focus on different aspects of your life and help you gain new skills to face situations that are not so easy to overcome.
- These books open up a new door into the way you think and imagine. It helps you become one with the divine light and deepens your horizon.
- Most of these books are about the teachings from the Lord or the Guru and familiarizes you with the toughest questions about life and death. It also helps you define what is important for your soul. People who read these books are not afraid of death and believe in the circle of karma.
Spiritual awakening and enlightenment are not something you force into existence. It can take a while before you finally hear that voice inside you, declaring undying peace and ultimate happiness. It will help you be creative, express yourself better, and guide you towards happiness. Feel free to shout out your thoughts and comments below.