Updating My Spiritual Reading List, Category 7, Hinduism (Yoga)

by L. Ron Gardner

In my two nonfiction books (“Beyond the Power of Now” and “Electrical Christianity”), I provide a Spiritual Reading List (of Highly Recommended and Recommended texts in the “Great Traditions”). I made a few changes to the List between “Beyond the Power of Now” and “Electrical Christianity,” and there will be more changes to the List in my forthcoming book “The Power of Now Meditation Guide” (which should be published later this year).

My Spiritual Reading List is divided into nine categories – Advaita Vedanta, Buddhism (Original), Buddhism (Tibetan), Buddhism (Zen), Christianity, Judaism, and Gnosticism, Daism, Hinduism (Yoga), Kashmir Shaivism, and Miscellaneous. In a nine-part series, I will, in turn, consider each category and provide its latest edition.

Herewith is the seventh category, Hinduism (Yoga), followed by my consideration.

Hinduism (Yoga)

Highly Recommended

The Bhagavad Gita, translations by Eknath Easwaran, Swami Prabahvananda and Christopher Isherwood, S. Radakrishnan. (Many other fine translations/annotations also available.)

The Yoga of Spiritual Devotion: A Modern Translation of the Narada Bhakti Sutras, Prem Prakesh. (A simple, inspiring text on the spiritual path of love and devotion.)

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Edwin F. Bryant. (A 600-page tome that provides a wealth of information on the history, philosophy, and practice of classical yoga. Serious students of yoga will want to read this text as well as Swami Hariharananda Aranya’s Yoga Philosophy of Patanjali.)

Yoga Philosophy of Patanjali, Swami Hariharananda Aranya. (A unique and profound account of classical yoga by a scholar-monk.)


Be Here Now, Baba Ram Dass. (Classic introductory book on Eastern philosophy. An easy and entertaining read.)

How to Know God, Prabhavananda and Isherwood. (Best introduction to the yoga philosophy of Patanjali.)

The Essential Swami Ramdas, Swami Ramdas. (Inspiring writings of a great twentieth-century bhakti yogi.)

The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Nikhilananda. (A revered bhakti classic.)

The Synthesis of Yoga, Sri Aurobindo. (Profound essays on yoga by Sri Aurobindo, the renowned twentieth-century Indian guru-philosopher. If you appreciate this book and crave more Aurobindo, get a copy of The Life Divine.)

The Upanishads, translations by Mascara, and by Prabhavananda and Isherwood. (Other fine translations also available.)

The Yoga Tradition, Georg Feuerstein. (Outstanding reference book on the history, literature, philosophy, and practice of yoga.)


The only change I have made to this category since “Beyond the Power of Now” is to add Edwin F. Bryant’s “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali,” which serves to complement Aranya’s “Yoga Philosophy of Patanjali.”

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