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Om Yoga Its Theory and Practice by Swami Nirmalananda Giri

Om Yoga Its Theory and Practice by Swami Nirmalananda Giri published in 2006 by Atma Jyoti Press is an introduction to classic yoga as thought in the Bhagavad Gita.  It goes into details on breath and sound in both yoga and meditation. The book also has an extensive glossary. Download it here (113 pages): Om Yoga Its […]

A Series of Lessons in Gnani Yoga by Yogi Ramacharaka

A Series of Lessons in Gnani Yoga by Yogi Ramacharaka. The Yogi Philosophy may be divided into several great branches, or fields. What is known as “Hatha Yoga” deals with the physical body and its control; its welfare; its health; its preservation; its laws, etc. What is known as “Raja Yoga” deals with the Mind; its control; its development; […]

Green Dharma by Georg Feuerstein & Brenda Feuerstein

Green Dharma is a free PDF e-book about the connection between Dharma and the environment by Georg Feuerstein & Brenda Feuerstein. The authors have previously published their work ‘Green Yoga‘ and Green Dharma can be seen as an independent pursuit. From the intro: “The Buddha was a great healer of human hearts and minds. If […]

Fiery World – Signs of Agni Yoga VOL I-III

Fiery World – Signs of Agni Yoga – is a visionary trilogy written by Helena and Nicholas Roerich and published by their Agni Yoga Foundation. The trilogy was written in the years 1933 -1935 and it should have been given directly by Master Morya, the guru of H. P. Blavatsky, a founder of the Theosophical Society. Unlike previous […]

What is Advaita Vedanta? Experience and Knowledge

What is Advaita Vedanta? – Experience and Knowledge by James Swartz is a short but well written and compact guide to Advaita Vedanta and non-duality from 2003. From the book: “The Upanishads, the source of Vedanta, say that before this creation was, the self, limitless being, was. It further says that this self continues to […]

Sri Aurobindo VOL 36 – Autobiographical Notes and Other Writings of Historical Interest

With volume 36 of Sri Aurobindo’s collected works we conclude the series. Autobiographical Notes and Other Writings of Historical Interest consists of notes in which Sri Aurobindo corrected statements made by biographers and other writers about his life and (2) various sorts of material written by him that are of historical importance. The historical material includes personal […]

Rock & Holy Rollers – The Spiritual Beliefs of Chart-Topping Rock Stars in their Lives and Lyrics

Rock & Holy Rollers by Geoffrey D. Falk is a very entertaining look at the correlation between popular music and the musicians spiritual beliefs and practices. From the introduction: “One may or may not take seriously ideas such as meditation, yoga, astral travel, paganism, or the magick of Aleister Crowley. Nevertheless, a detailed understanding of […]

Complete works of Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda was the chief disciple of Ramkrishna Paramhamsa (Ramakrishna) Ramkrishna Paramhamsa’s first spiritual teacher was an ascetic woman skilled in Tantra and Vaishnava bhakti. Later an Advaita Vedantin ascetic taught him non-dual meditation, and according to Ramakrishna, he experienced nirvikalpa samadhi under his guidance. Swami Vivekananda expanded on this knowledge and he is considered a […]

Sri Aurobindo VOL 35 – Letters On Himself And The Ashram

Letters On Himself And The Ashram is volume 35 in Aurobindo’s collected works.It contains letters in which Sri Aurobindo referred to his life and works, his sadhana or practice of yoga, and the sadhana of members of his ashram.Many of the letters appeared earlier in Sri Aurobindo on Himself and on the Mother (1953) and […]

The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep

Hello all, sorry for the 3 weeks break. I have spend some time in Arunachal Pradesh in northeast India, up near the border to China, but now I am back and ready to serve the lions fresh meat. Thanks to all who have signed up for the newsletter, and those of you who have joined […]

Yoga in daily life by Swami Sivananda

Yoga in daily life by Swami Sivananda. From the intro: “This book is a message from the great Yogi of the Himalayas. This inspiring and soul-stirring little volume will, we venture to say, undoubtedly contribute its mite to the moral and spiritual perfection of the human race in general and the aspirants in particular. If […]

Sri Aurobindo Vol 23- 24 The Synthesis of Yoga

The Synthesis of Yoga by Sri Aurobindo first appeared serially in the monthly review Arya between August 1914 and January 1921. The book is part 21 – 22 of the complete works of Sri Aurobindo. Each text was written immediately before its publication. Thework was left incomplete when the Arya was discontinued. SriAurobindo never attempted to […]

Sri Aurobindo Essays in Philosophy and Yoga

Essays in Philosophy and Yoga consists of short works in prose written by Sri Aurobindo between 1909 and 1950 and published during his lifetime. All but a few of them are concerned with aspects of spiritual philosophy, yoga, and related subjects. Short writings on the Veda, the Upanishads, Indian culture, political theory, education, and poetics have been placed in other volumes. The […]

Oceanic Mind – The Deeper Meditation Training Course – New version

“Oceanic Mind – The Deeper Meditation Training Course” may be considered “unique” by many people. This work revolves around the “Integrative Tuning” (IT) approach to meditation training, sometimes known as “Monkey fusion” depending on mood. In IT, we are tuning ourselves on every level of being in preparation for deep meditation. This is not a specific technique being taught here. You […]

Sri Aurobindo Vol 10-11 – The Record of Yoga

This is volumes 10-11 of Sri Aurobindo’s collected works. Record of Yoga is a diary of Sri Aurobindo’s yoga between 1909and 1927. He kept it fairly regularly from 1912 to 1920, and alsowrote a few entries in 1909, 1911 and 1927. At different times hegave this diary different names. “Record of Yoga” was the most typical […]

Kundalini the Secret of Yoga by Gopi Krishna

Kundalini the Secret of Yoga. Gopi Krishna points out in Kundalini the Secret of Yoga that there is much more to Yoga than its benefits to health, control over the body and potential for developing paranormal abilities. The significance of Yoga, and the purpose for which the discipline as a whole was really designed, lies in […]

The Essential Yoga Sutra

The Essential Yoga Sutra – Ancient Wisdom for Your Yoga – by Geshe Michael Roach & Christie McNally, is an ancient text that examines the purpose and practice of yoga. Experienced American Buddhist teacher Michael Roach, who holds the distinguished title of geshe (comparable to a Ph.D. in Buddhist religious studies), provides commentary to McNally’s […]

Sri Aurobindo Vol 8 Karmayogin

Sri Aurobindo launched the Karmayogin, “A Weekly Review of National Religion, Literature, Science, Philosophy, &c.,” on 19 June 1909, six weeks after his release from jail on conclusion of the Alipore Bomb Trial. Between then and February 1910, when he left Calcutta, he edited this journal, writing most of its contents himself. In addition to […]

The Essence of Tibetan Buddhism by Lama Thubten Yeshe

The Essence of Tibetan Buddhism by Lama Thubten Yeshe consists of three teachings. The first one, “The Three Principal Aspects of the Path,” was given in France in 1982, during an sponsored tour of Europe by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Just before His Holiness’s scheduled teachings at Institut Vajra Yogini, His Holiness manifested illness […]

Karma Yoga by Swami Vivekananda

Karma Yoga is a free ebook based on lectures the Swami Vivekananda delivered in America in  December, 1895 and January, 1896. Generally the Swami held two classes daily- morning and evening.  Although the Swami delivered many lectures and held numerous classes in the two years and five months he had been in America, these lectures […]

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