The Cloud of Unknowing,
edited by William Johnston... written in the 14th century by
an unknown mystic, many beautiful thoughts and insights
somewhat deadened by an overemphasis on Christian dogma
rather than a more inclusive approach.
Lawa'ih: A Treatise on Sufism, by Abd al-Rahman Jami, tr by E. H.
Whinfield and Muhammad Kazvini ... an amazing treatise on the
foundations of Sufism.
Nobody Son of Nobody, by Abu Said Abil-Kheir, tr
by Vraje Abramian... a delightful collection of Sufi poems.
Readings from the Mystics of Islam, by Margaret
Smith... excerpts from the Arabic and Persian writings of about 40 great
Sufi mystics. A delightful book full of ecstatic praise.
Dictionary of the Holy Quran, compiled by Abdul Manna Omar
... a magnificent dictionary of the words used in the Qur'an, indexed
according to the Arabic root of each word. Words
and roots are in Arabic, definitions are in English.
The Hundred Verses of Advice of Padampa Sangye, with
commentary by Dilgo Khyentse... very powerful verses based on Buddhist thought
Gayatri, by I.K. Taimni... an in-depth look into the
The Upanishads, translated by Eknath Easwaran...
delightful translations of the principle Upanishads.
Selected Poems from the Divani Shamsi Tabriz, translated
by Reynold A. Nicholson... literal translations accompanying the Farsi along
with copious notes and appendices
Shankara's Crest-Jewel of Discrimination, by Swami
Prabhavananda... a look through the eyes of one of the Upanishad's most highly
The flame and the light; Meanings in Vedanta and Buddhism, by Hugh I'anson Fausset... an
amazing book, filled with profound insights into the Truth as demonstrated by
the Vedas and Buddhism. A deep adventure. Very deep. And wonder-filled. This is
one of the most amazing books I have even encountered. The path is steep and
sometimes difficult, but well worth the effort.
Rumi, Dancing the Flame, translations by Nader
Khalili... 300 Rumi poems nicely done with neither capitalization nor
The Knowing Heart, by Kabir Helminski... an
introduction to the Sufi path with magnificent Rumi translations
The Four Agreements, by don Miguel Ruiz... four simple
steps away from the world of illusion and conflict.
Asma ul Husna, by Bawa Myhaiyaddeen... the 99 beautiful
names of Allah
Awakening, by Pir Valiyat Khan... a stroll down the path
of Sufism with an emphasis on bringing the 99 beautiful names of Allah into our
The Drop that Became the Ocean, translated by Kabir
Helminski and Refik Algan... turkish poetry of Yunus Emry
Teachings of Rumi, the Mathnawi, translated by E.H.
Whinfield... abridged, direct, literal translations of Rumi
The Hand of Poetry, lectures by Inayat Khan, poetry
translations by Coleman Barks... five amazing mystic poets of Persia
Mystical Poems of Rumi, volumes 1 and 2, translated by
A.J Arberry... wonderful literal translations with notes and comments
The Illuminated Prayer, by Coleman Barks and Michael
Green... a look at the Muslim daily prayers
Whispers of the Beloved, by Maryam Mafi and Azima
Kolin... fresh Rumi translations with a feminine perspective
Unseen Rain, by Coleman Barks... quatrains of Rumi
That Which Transpires Behind that Which Appears, Pir
Vilayat Khan... Sufi practices and perspectives
Words of Paradise, translated by Raficq Abdulla...
selected poems of Rumi
Essential Sufism, by James Fradiman and Robert Frager...
a compendium of Sufi wisdom, sayings and poetry
The Rumi Collection, edited by Kabir Helminski... Rumi by
Barks, Harvey, Helminski, Liebert, Wilson and others
Rending the Veil, translations by Shahram Shiva...
literal and poetic translations of Rumi, includes the Farsi
Green Sea Of Heaven, translations by Elizabeth Gray...
literal translations of fifty ghazals from Hafiz, includes the Farsi on the
The Hafez Poems of Gertrude Bell, translations by
Gertrude Bell... the forced rhymes often clutter and disrupt the flow. On the
good side, this text does include the Farsi on the opposing page.
Rumi - Fountain of Fire, translations by Nader Khalili...
75 Rumi poems nicely done with neither capitalization nor punctuation. I really
enjoy the work that Khalili has done, his work has heart.
I always enjoy picking these up and re-reading:
Rumi, especially the various translations by Nader Khalili and R.A.
Nicholson, as well as some of the interpretations by Coleman Barks.
The Flame and the Light, Hugh I'anson Fausset.... deep insight into
Buddhism and the Vedas... perhaps the most magnificently influential, yet
somehow elusive, text that I have ever read.
The Last Barrier, Reshad Feild.... a sufi journey of discovery.
The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran.... a truly inspired look at the essence of
The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint Exupery.... a fable about matters
The Canon of Reason and Virtue, Lao-tze.... translated by D.T Suzuki
and Paul Carus, wonderful translation.
Holy Bible, translated by George M. Lamsa.... as translated from the
The Upanishads, translation by Swami Prabhavananda... one of the
finest translations of the principle Upanishads. Brilliant.
Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda.... his life from India
to the US.
Illusions, Richard Bach.... a look at freedom and simplicity.
Dhammapada, dG-'dun Chos-'phel and Dharma Publishing.... my favorite
translation of the basic Buddhist precepts.
These are some other books that I have found very meaningful:
The Art of Happiness, the Dalai Lama and H.C. Cutler... beautiful
words from the Dalai Lama
The Whirling Dervishes, Shems Friedlander... a look at the world of
the Mevlevi dervishes which were started by the mystical poet Rumi.
Black Elk Speaks, as told through John Neihardt... visions of a great
The Magus of Strovolos, Kyriacos Markides... tales of a healer on
Embracing the Beloved, by Stephen and Ondrea Levine... the challenge
of seeing the Beloved in everyone.
Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice, Mark J. Plotkin, ethnobiologist
studying rainforest medicines.
The Miracle of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh.... reminders from a
Rolling Thunder, Doug Boyd.... a reminder of the foolishness of those who have no eyes, no ears.
Journey Toward the Heart, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.... a sufi view based
on simple stories.
Past Lives, Future Loves, Dick Sutphen.... hypnotist studies past life
I Send a Voice, Evelyn Eaton.... her journey into the native american
Essence, A.H. Almaas.... a blend of psychoanalysis and sufism.
And here are a few more more books that I've read over the past several years:
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, Paulo Coelho... Beautiful
story of how our vision changes and how we each support one another.
Seven Spiritual laws of Success, Deepak Chopra... Great book...why are
such simple things so hard to remember?
Cien Sonetos de Amor, Pablo Neruda... unusual, wonderful poetry.
Wisdom Comes Dancing, selected writings of Ruth St Denis, edited by
Kamae Miller... thoughts on the connections of dance and spirituality by the
grandmother of the Dances of Universal Peace.
The Valkyries, Paulo Coelho... wonderful story about powerful women
and following your dreams.
The Long Road Turns to Joy, Thich Nhat Hanh... Vietnamese Buddhist
monk looks at walking as meditation.
Way of the Wizard, Deepak Chopra... a look at symbolism of the tales
Hidden Journey, Andrew Harvey, encounters with Mother Meera.
Secret Power Within, Chuck Norris... a story of Truths slowly
Crow Dog, Leonard Crow Dog... account of four generations of Lakota
The Return of Merlin, Deepak Chopra... a tale of the return of
Merlin... and you and me.
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho... wonderful tale of looking for what we
To Renew America, Newt Gingrich.... much maligned for his humor and
clarity of vision.
Creating a New Civilization, Alvin and Heidi Toffler.... a look at a
new wave of change in our culture.
From Freedom to Slavery, Gerry Spence... a view of the tyranny which
returns to mask our freedoms.
The Book of Five Rings, Miyamoto Musashi... Samuri awareness.
On my Quotes page, you'll find a few brief but powerful
quotes from authors such as Mevlana Rumi, Reshad Feild, Mabel
Collins, Paulo Coelho, T.S. Eliot, Thich Nhat Hanh, Rabia of Bashra, Deepak
Chopra, Stephen and Ondrea Levine and Mahmud Shabistari .
Paulo Coelho is a truly outstanding novelist who has had several
of his wonderfully enjoyable fables translated into English.
The Alchemist, The Valkyries, The Pilgrimage, By the River Piedra I
Sat Down and Wept, The Fifth Mountain
The Warrior of the Light
All of his books are wonderful, but I would have to say that my
favorite is 'By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept', closely followed
by 'The Valkyries'. There are several common threads that run through each
of Paulo's books; chiefly that we must take chances, follow our dreams and honor
the Divine Mystery. Yet each book is entirely different, with a different