I Need Help Finding Quality Spiritual Literature

Hello everyone,

I’m currently writing a piece of fiction whose story revolves around three spiritual topics: the chakras, yin and yang or polarity/duality, and the godhead or Tao. I have found a variety of resources online that I have been using for reference, but I haven’t been able to find any good books on the topics. I’m looking for well researched, well written and thorough examinations of the topics if possible. The main thing I want is authors who have done research and have citations to prove it as opposed to new age speculation. And although the primary texts are the authoritative source, I am not really looking for those. I’d prefer books that are easily digestible, easily referenced, and not so esoteric. A prime example of something I would be very interested in is Aldous Huxley’s “Perennial Philosophy.” Thank you in advance for any suggestions, you’re help is greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
Mouthful of Diamonds

March 26, 2015 at 11:02 am
JustinDanger (41) (@JustinDanger) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

The Alchemist by Paul Coelho is the best spiritual fiction I know of.

I’m not familiar with his other work, but it might be what your looking for.

Other than that I recommend checking out Herman Hesse, particularly in order:
Damien
Narcissus and Goldmund
Siddhartha

If you’re talking about non-fiction well then I find it hard to believe you can’t find anything considering the overwhelming amount that has been written on these topics.

EDIT: Oh I’m sorry, you want something academic. Well then forget it you’re on your own, cause anything with citations is not worth the time to open the page if its got to do with spirituality.

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LVX (297) (@Vovinawol) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

For the Tao, I only know of esoteric books. Anything by Mantak Chia.

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Mouthful of Diamonds (104) (@mouthfulofdiamonds) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

Hey, sorry I may have been a little unclear! It’s not necessarily “academic” texts I’m looking for, more something like a “secondary source” i.e someone who has actually read the original texts (Tao te Ching, various sutras, etc) and references those, not someone referencing other modern philosophers or scientists. And I know these topics are very esoteric to begin with, but I’m wondering if anyone has any particularly concise books to offer :p

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Anonymous (2) (@) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

It was misleading bc they are esoteric subjects… These might be helpful.

Yoga sutras translation by Sri swami satchidananda
Wheels of life by anodea Judith
Hands of light by Barbra Brennan
Hatha yoga pradipika by yogi hari
Yoni Shakti by uma dinsmore
Ancient secrets of the fountain of youth Peter Kelder
And what vovinawol said

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JustinDanger (41) (@JustinDanger) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

Carl Jung is the best in the business with something like that.

Alan Watts is a close second.

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Greg (5) (@HBG288) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo is an excellent read. May not be exactly what you’re looking for but you could find much of it relatable.

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MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

With those topics, sounds like your book is going to be a very interesting read :)

I think I might be able to help you. For the past year or so, in my free time I have been researching things related to eastern philosophy and internal energetic work. There are two books that come to mind when I read the description of what your looking for. The first is Daoist Nei Gong: The Philosophical Art of Change by Damo Mitchell, and the second is Nei Kung: The Secret Teachings of the Warrior Sages by Kosta Danaos.

With Daoist Neigong, although the main focus of the book is to help people get started with their own nei gong training, as with any practice, the first beginning lessons go over the basic theory behind the practices. I find that Damo very clearly explains ancient taoist theory regarding yin and yang energies in a simple and easy to understand way. This link, specifically pages 17 – 36, should provide you with some useful information. I’d say chapters 1 and 2 of this book have what you would find useful. The rest of the book gets more into practical training methods.

The Secret Teachings of the Warrior Sages is the book I think you’d be the most interested in. First off, Kosta is a very intelligent man and I thoroughly enjoy reading his books. He packs so much information into his chapters, but because of his writing style, it feels like your reading a story of some sort instead of a packed technical novel. In this book he tries to better explain the nature of yin and yang, doing it from a more scientific stand point. He also tries to convince us that practices like nei kung and the manipulation of yin and yang was common knowledge in many different ancient cultures. He references many different things in this book in order to get his point across. Here’s a link to the full book. It’s in a crappy format, but the content is still intact. If you need help downloading things from scribd, let me know.

This might be a little long, but here’s a little excerpt of a good conversation Kosta was having with his friend Karolos:

Karolos continued then by describing the theory
behind Stoic energetics and metaphysics in detail. In this
area there turned out to be considerable differences
between their viewpoint and that of the Mo-Pai.
But then Karolos dropped a bomb.
“You know,” he said, “the Stoics considered the soul
to be spherical in nature.”
I was silent, waiting for him to continue.
“They thought that lesser souls died immediately upon
the death of the body,” he continued, “but that souls with
reason lasted for an indefinite period afterward, floating
around the Universe as sentient spheres of energy. These
souls endured for as long as space and time itself.”
“One of the first things that John Chang taught me,” I
said, “was that it was important to put yang energy into
the dantien, so that we could take it with us when we
died. That way, we retained our conscious mind so that
we could return to the earth at will, and kept our
humanity, as it were.”
Later, I found a passage in the Tao Te Ching that
articulates the same concept:
Those who retain their center, endure.
Those who die but continue to exist are immortal.
“Immortals are people at Level Four and above,” I
explained, “who have managed to combine yin and yang
within their being. Like my master. As for the rest of us,
the most we can hope for is Level Three.”
“You think that the Stoics had stumbled onto the same
process?” Karolos asked.
“My Master once described a soul with yang as a
bubble rising through the water, a sphere of yang in the
continuum of yin. . . . What do you think?”
“This is bizarre! But from the standpoint of physics, a
sphere would be the form that one substance would take
when added to another in a non-homogeneous solution.”
“Yes, “ I paused. “And there’s more.”
I had a friend who had made an extensive study of
ancient Greek philosophy and how it tied in to the early
Christian church. He had found many references to the
spherical nature of spiritual beings. In Rhodes, that
famous island, there is an ancient altar with a sphere
sitting proudly on top (for all to see and few to
understand). In addition, nearby churches were
decorated with blue spheres—with a cross added above
to Christianize the symbol (figure 17). With these
examples I began to believe that it was no coincidence
that in the Greek Orthodox Church archangels are
usually depicted holding spheres.

Perhaps even more shocking is the fact that the icon of
the Trinity itself in the Greek Orthodox church showed
God the Father holding two artifacts: one, a blue sphere
with the complementary cross on top, and the second a
staff, which I was beginning to suspect was a simplified
version of the caduceus (figure 18). Conceivably,
precepts of this sort were introduced into Orthodox
Christianity by assimilation from Greek philosophical
schools—Plato himself once made a reference to the
gods “being composed of fire, and spherical in shape.” 18

In Tibetan Buddhism, there is a yogic ritual called the
phowa, the transference of the mind. It is one of the Six
Yogas of Naropa. The adept sends his awareness out
Yogas of Naropa. The adept sends his awareness out
through the crown chakra at the very top of the head,
from where it can be transferred to another form or to
another body. Today this yoga is usually taught as a
translocation of the soul to the Heavenly Realm of
Amitabha, the Dhyani Buddha of Limitless Light, called in
Tibetan Oe-pa-me. Amitabha is thought to be a gigantic
ball of light more brilliant than the sun, and all those who
attain his Paradise are thought to become spheres of light
themselves, leaving their karma as human beings behind
them.
I discussed all of these associations with Karolos.
“Well,” he said, “there does seem to be a common
thread through all of this. I suppose we’ll leave it to the
academics to sort out.”
“It has to do with karma,” I said. “All of it has to do
with using the solar yang ch’i to cut the standing wave in
the yin continuum. Such knowledge was once universal.”

Aside from the books people here recommend to you, I would also check out the Wikipedia pages for the topics your trying to find more information about. Wikis provide a good amount of general objective knowledge, plus a bunch of references you can use to further look into the topic.

But yea, hope these help. Goodluck!

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Mouthful of Diamonds (104) (@mouthfulofdiamonds) 7 years, 1 month ago ago

Ah! Awesome, thanks everyone! This should be more than enough to work with!

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