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
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 from India.
by I.K. Taimni... an in-depth look into the Gayatri Mantra.
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 regarded commentators.
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 ever encountered.
The path is steep and sometimes difficult, but well worth the
Rumi, Dancing the Flame,
translations by Nader Khalili... 300 Rumi poems nicely done
with neither capitalization nor punctuation.
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 lives.
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
Mystical Poems of Rumi, volumes 1 and 2, translated
by A.J Arberry... wonderful literal translations with notes
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 opposing page.
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
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. Amazing.
The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran.... a truly inspired look
at the essence of life.
The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint Exupery.... a
fable about matters of consequence.
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 Aramaic Peshitta
The Upanishads, translation by Swami Prabhavananda...
one of the finest translations of the principle Upanishads.
Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda....
his life from India to the US.
Illusions, Richard Bach.... a look at freedom and
Dhammapada, dG-'dun Chos-'phel and Dharma
Publishing.... my favorite translation of the basic Buddhist
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 Lakota.
The Magus of Strovolos, Kyriacos Markides... tales
of a healer on Cyprus.
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 Vietnamese monk.
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 regression.
I Send a Voice, Evelyn Eaton.... her journey into
the native american ways.
Essence, A.H. Almaas.... a blend of psychoanalysis
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
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
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
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 of Merlin.
Hidden Journey, Andrew Harvey, encounters with Mother
Secret Power Within, Chuck Norris... a story of Truths
Crow Dog, Leonard Crow Dog... account of four generations
of Lakota medicine men.
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 already have.
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
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
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 perspective.