The 100 Greatest Spiritual Books of All Time

By William C House
Editor, Reverse Spins
With assistance from Paula Kehoe.

Greatest means the higher truths as well as the greatest impact on the world, a nation, population or the youth. As with any list of this kind, there are going to be 5 to 10 books that you think should be on this list. We may even agree with you. If so, we are going to have to subtract an equal number of books. We will get to the great historical works, but we’d like to begin with the year 1875, when the Ascended Masters stepped forward for the first time in a very, very long time. They were preparing the world for the Aquarian Age and the new hierarch for the next 2,000 years, Saint Germain.

The year of 1875 was a pivotal year in spiritual history and astrology. This was the time that the old Occult Law was able to be set aside and all seekers on earth received a great gift of freedom and enlightenment. Previously, these teachings were only available in mystery schools for worthy disciples. Key spiritual teachings started to be released in the late 1800’s and then accelerated in the 1930’s and ever since. You will find many of these treasures here.

We begin then, with Theosophy and three of their best. Isis Unveiled should be here. Just have to find room for it:

  1. The Secret Doctrine, the one, the only, the classic, but a difficult read.

  2. The Masters and the Path, by C.W. Leadbeater. Great teachings from Leadbeater and the masters.

  3. The Mahatma Letters, by A.P. Sinnett. Learn how intimate the masters can be.

We move on:

  1. Atlantis, The Antediluvian World, Ignatius Donnely’s classic on Atlantis from 1882. Not since Plato has the planet been re-introduced to Atlantis.

  2. A Dweller on Two Planets, by Phylos the Thibetan. 1886. The best book on Atlantis ever written. A must read even though the first 100 pages are kind of slow.

  3. Vril, The Coming Race, by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, a.k.a. Lord Lytton. This book actually pre-dates the list above but is similar to the one above so we’ve included it here. It’s an  account of a superior subterranean master race and an energy-form called "Vril". So impressed was Blavatsky that she used the word “Vril.” He is also one of the first ever to describe “mechanical man”—the creation of automatons. Yes, Virginia, there are robots walking among us.

  4. Lost Continent of Mu, by James Churchward. Mu or Lemuria, was the lost continent in the Pacific which, according to the findings of Churchward extended from north of Hawaii three thousand miles south to Easter Island and the Fijis and was made up of three areas of land stretching more than five thousand miles from east to west. Churchward’s history of the ancient Motherland is based on records inscribed on sacred tablets he claims to have discovered in India.  With the help of the high priest of an Indian temple he deciphered the tablets, and during fifty years of research confirmed their contents in further writings, inscriptions, and legends he came upon in Southeast Asia, the Yucatan, Central America, the Pacific Islands, Mexico, North America, ancient Egypt and other civilizations. In 1926, Churchward put Lemuria on the map—and in the minds who listened. Mu was devoted to the Mother Flame and existed at a very exalted state of consciousness. It eventually succumbed to darker forces as did Atlantis much later. Lemuria was destroyed by gas belt explosions under the continent. Dates for that vary. Scientists not too long ago announced there were huge gas explosions in the Pacific 250,000 years ago. Just sayin'.

  5. The Comte de St. Germain, by Isabel Oakley-Cooper 1912. Introduces the world to the Count of Saint Germain. This is first hand information of an extraordinary adept rarely seen in embodiment. He is “The man who never dies,” Voltaire. If you don't realize who he is in this life, not to worry, you will have other chances. Maybe. Best to figure it out now.

Now we come to several books from Agni Yoga. El Morya who helped found Theosophy contacted Nicholas and Helena Roerich from Russia around 1918 and an amazing series of books are the result. Here are some of the best, some of them were even on Elvis Presley’s reading list. The directness in conjunction with the unique ability of phrasing concepts lifts your awareness and your soul. Written with a rare beauty. We could have put others on the list like Supermundane and Fiery World. At least there are four. We love them all.

  1. Leaves of Morya’s Garden, line by line build your inner relationship with the Teacher

  2. New Era Community, discover the basis of brotherhood, community and the Aquarian Age. The link takes you to Community which is Elizabeth Clare Prophet's commentary on New Era Community.

  3. Hierarchy, The teachings reveal the workings of the advanced masters above us who nurture, guide, initiate and protect their students.

  4. Heart. A treasure revealing the inner power of love and the path of the heart.

Around the same time, Saint Germain steps forward and contacts Guy Ballard to be the Messenger for the Great White Brotherhood (“White” refers to the white light that surrounds cosmic beings, angels and masters). Here are three books from the I AM Movement that are a must read:

  1. Unveiled Mysteries, the book that started it all. From Guy Ballard and Saint Germain on Mt. Shasta to traveling back to ancient lands—all in a story like format that thrills the reader.

  2. The Magic Presence, the continuing adventures of Guy Ballard working with advanced souls in embodiment and masters.

  3. I AM Discourses, direct messages from Saint Germain, now a modern classic. Teaches the path and power of the I AM consciousness.

In the late 50’s, The Summit Lighthouse is founded by Mark Prophet. He and his wife Elizabeth Clare go on to bring forth an astonishing amount of teachings and books all in the tradition of the lineage starting with Theosophy. Here are some of their most important works:

  1. Climb the Highest Mountain Series. Timeless information on spiritual history and the spiritual path.

  2. Chela and the Path, by El Morya. One of our favorite writers of esoteric knowledge. Priceless teachings on the path from one of the Mahatmas.

  3. Saint Germain on Alchemy, if you only get to know two masters, you can’t do better than El Morya and Saint Germain. Saint Germain teaches the path of personal transformation through the mysteries of alchemy

  4. The Human Aura, what you need to know about the aura because what you have learned is probably from the human perspective. Kuthumi and Djwal Kul come from a higher place.

  5. Fallen Angels and the Origin of Evil, one of their best sellers because people just want to know why bad things happen. You’ll find out some of those answers by learning about fallen angels. Centers around the Book of Enoch. . It says in the Bible that Enoch "walked with God, and was not, for God took him." When you learn the true meaning, you will unlock one of the mysteries of life.

  6. The Lords of the Seven Rays, continuing your learning about the masters. You might discover you feel close to one of them.

  7. The Opening of the Seventh Seal, Mystical teachings direct from the heart of the Master. Learn the spiritual history of a key spiritual group on earth and also the path of embodying the Inner Presence. Have the Bible illumined for you like you have never experienced.

  8. The Masters and Their Retreats, everything you didn’t know existed on this planet and in the etheric world.

  9. The Lost Years of Jesus, one of the most important concepts the world needs to know.

  10. Reincarnation: The Missing Link in Christianity, if people knew about karma and reincarnation, the world would be a different place.

Now we move on to other movements and books that affected many people starting around the middle of the 1900’s

  1. Autobiography of a Yogi, by Yogananda. Who doesn't love this book. Many people read this more than once. Some people read it every year.

  2. The Life and Teachings of the Masters of the Far East. Some say they may be fiction. Doesn’t matter, great books.

  3. The Secret Teaching of All Ages. The absolute classic by Manly P. Hall. Everybody should have this book. We have seen it free online.

  4. The Symbolism of Freemasonry. Had to include something on Freemasonry. This one is by Mackey. Those who denounce masons do not know the history. German freemasonry was infiltrated by sinister forces during the French Revolution. Later, other masonic lodges had a similar thing happen. The Freemasonry created by Francis Bacon and his friends is the real deal. The American Revolution and its ideals were strongly supported by Bacon’s Masonry.

  5. Ramakrishna and His Disciples. Christopher Isherwood’s masterful work. Do yourself a favor and read it.

  6. The Gospel of Ramakrishna. This yogi is so important we had to include his own words too.

  7. Tibet’s Great Yogi Milarepa, by Evan-Wentz. Tibetan’s love Milarepa. It’s a story of travail and the depths of hell and rising above it all and becoming a great yogi. The message: There’s hope for all of us.

  8. The Way of the Pilgrim, a 19th century mendicant pilgrim wanders through Russia desiring to learn how to pray without ceasing. And he learns the mystical path.

  9. The Way of Zen, in 1957 Alan Watts introduces Buddhism and Zen to the West. Its impact is undeniable.

  10. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, by D.T. Suzuki. This all time classic begins: "In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few." If one follows God’s Will and the path of balancing karma then one’s choices become fewer.

  11. Meetings with Remarkable Men, by Gurdjieff. It’s good to regurgitate Gurdjieff.

  12. The Seven Storey Mountain. The autobiography of Trappist monk Thomas Merton. You might ask later in this list why isn’t this book or that book here. It’s because books like this are so influential, they can’t be taken off the list.

  13. Pray, Hope, and Don't Worry: True Stories of Padre Pio Book, by Dianne Allen,  He is without a doubt the greatest mystic of the 20th Century. He had the stigmata and extraordinary spiritual gifts. Forty individuals, all who either met Padre Pio personally or attended his Mass, were interviewed for this book. The author and her husband, Deacon Ron Allen, have traveled to many parts of the United States in order to record the personal testimonies of Padre Pio's friends from near and far. Recently revised. Now 468 pages.

  14. Man and His Symbols by Carl Jung, "This book, which was the last piece of work undertaken by Jung before his death in 1961, provides a unique opportunity to assess his contribution to the life and thought of our time, for it was also his final attempt to present his life-work in psychology to a non-technical public." (Guardian). Freud is for those treading through life. Jung is for those willing to deal with the unconscious where blocks to the Path lay hidden. Check this out also: Psychology and Alchemy.

  15. The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Joseph Campbell, 1949. Before the Power of Myth there was this classic. It influenced George Lucas and the making of Star Wars. An excellent stepping stone for the higher mysteries.

  16. Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery. This well researched book belongs in every metaphysical bookshelf.

  17. The Road Less Traveled, by M. Scott Peck. If you’re reading this list, chances are you’ve taken the road less traveled in life.

  18. The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran. The most often quoted book at weddings is the Bible. This one probably comes in second.

  19. Edgar Cayce: The Sleeping Prophet, by Jess Stearn. The author put Edgar Cayce on the map. Cayce is one of the founders of the New Age movement. Amazing information came forth, from Atlantis to healing.

  20. Edgar Cayce on Atlantis, So here is one of his books. Many different titles could have been chosen. We chose this because to learn about our past is vitally important to our spiritual evolution. The implications of our past lives on Atlantis are key to this.

  21. The Shakespeare Enigma, by Peter Dawkins. It’s important for you to know the real story of Sir Francis Bacon. So, we’ve included two books on the subject, this one and one written by Dodd. The short version: Bacon wrote the Shakespeare plays, changed the English language, oversaw the translation and creation of the King James Bible (considered the most reliable), contributed greatly to the advancement of science, founded Rosicrucianism, heavily influenced Freemasonry and prepared the way for the new Atlantis (America). To name just a few.

  22. Dancing Wu Li Masters, by Gary Zukav. We could have included a couple books on the quantum realm and spirituality, like The Tao of Physics. We went with this influential book.

  23. Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse. Impacted a generation and you didn’t even have to be a hippie to enjoy this book.

  24. Chronicles of the Tao, by Deng Ming-Dao. The author interviewed a Taoist Master born in China in 1920. The book follows the life of Kwan Sai Hung in the first part of the twentieth century as he follows the path of Taoism taught to him by the Grand Master himself, in the Huashan Mountains of China. China's most turbulent time in its history provides a dramatic backdrop. Nationalist forces, communists, foreign powers, renegade monks and triads are all vying for a piece of a wide open China. A fantastic read.

  25. The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis. If you don’t understand absolute good, then you will not understand absolute evil. Lewis did. He wrote about how the devil thinks and does his dirty deeds.

  26. The Gnostic Gospels, by Elaine Pagels. Everything that should be, is not in the Bible. You can’t do better than this book on the subject.

  27. Holy Blood, Holy Grail, by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln. The guys that blew the lid off this sealed subject. Dan Brown used their research but never gave them credit. The implications of their book is greater than many of the books on this list.

  28. Power of Now, by Ekhart Tolle. How to go from living in a van down by the river to a metaphysical superstar author. We jest, well done Ekhart! Many people like his A New Earth better, but The Power of Now was first.

  29. Many Lives, Many Masters, by Brian Weiss. The breakthrough classic of a psychotherapist resorting to hypnosis to treat a patient through past life regression.

  30. Children Who Remember Previous Lives: A question of Reincarnation, by Ian Stevenson M.D. One of the pioneers in this field. Updated with new information. An impressive database of information.

  31. Soul Survivor, by Bruce and Andrea Leninger w/ Ken Cross. Nearly six decades ago, a 21-year-old Navy fighter pilot on a mission over the Pacific was shot down by Japanese artillery. His name might have been forgotten, were it not for 6-year-old James Leininger. Quite a few people — including those who knew the fighter pilot — think James is the pilot, reincarnated. James' parents, Andrea and Bruce, a highly educated, modern couple, say they are "probably the people least likely to have a scenario like this pop up in their lives." But over time, they have become convinced their little son has had a former life.  >>> More. One of the best books proving reincarnation.

  32. Journey of Souls, by Michael Newton M.D. Fascinating book describing the travels of 29 souls through a short period of time. We learn what it’s like between embodiments and how souls tend to come together as a mandala.

  33. Saved by the Light, by Dannion Brinkley. One of the more amazing stories of Near Death Experiences. He was struck by lightning and then met masters and angels in the higher planes. You almost wish you could have the same experiences—except, trust me, you do not want to go through the struck by lightning part.

  34. The Veil, by Blake Healy. A Christian Pastor has seen angels and demons from an early age. His interaction with angels is both illuminating and loaded with valuable insights on how they work. Now this is one book that could be dropped from the list since it is relatively new and not exactly a best seller. However, it's important because we all need to be reminded of the closeness of Angels. Few books do that like this one. Read the Amazon comments and you'll know why this book is here. I just did. I think I need to read this book again.

  35. Brother of the Third Degree, by Will Garver. This ranks up there in the absolute best in metaphysical literature. Many readers were introduced to Saint Germain for the very first time.

Thus ends the modern day list from 1875 to now. You will undoubtedly realize that there are a lot of recent books that aren’t here. Some of the books above led the way for these books so they are not new. Others have not yet had an impact. Then there are those who are on the right track regarding recent spiritual history but fail to realize the thread of contact from 1875 to today. They can't discern the difference between the psychic, false gurus and the true representatives of the Ascended Masters and the Great White Brotherhood. At this late date in history it's time to wake up. And then, there are quite a few books out there that are like pabulum, not delivering the spiritual fire. One of the goals on the Path should be striving for devotion that approaches the likes of a Ramakrishna, Padre Pio or a Mark Prophet.

I recently looked at the 100 best selling books on New Age Mysticism at Amazon. If we go by this, the future looks pretty dim. But there is always hope, the authors and wisdom here, point the way. If we did include more new books from the last 20 years, it would mean dropping books from the historical list below. History seems to be re-written or forgotten these days. But there is no denying the importance of the following books even if you are a revisionist historian.

  1. The Bible. Need we say more?

  2. The Book of Enoch. This needs to be recognized as one of the true canons of Judeo-Christian heritage. Enoch was the great, great, grandfather of Noah on Atlantis. He warned of fallen angels and Watchers among us. He is probably the first example in the Bible of the goal in life: making your ascension,  “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” King James version.

  3. The Gospel of Thomas. From the Gospel of Thomas: “These are the secret sayings that the living Jesus spoke and Didymos Judas Thomas recorded.
    “1. And he said, "Whoever discovers the interpretation of these sayings will not taste death.
    “2. Jesus said, "Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will reign over all. [And after they have reigned they will rest.]"
    The shear power of these esoteric concepts penetrates the consciousness. These amazing lines should give one pause and realize this Gospel is the real deal. On the other hand, this is "doubting" Thomas. A case of split personality?
    “70. Jesus said, "If you bring forth what is within you, what you have will save you. If you do not have that within you, what you do not have within you [will] kill you.” Another translation says this: "If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you." Yikes, you need to think about that for awhile. I'm not going to tell you what I think. Sometimes it's best for the soul to figure it out. Jesus would have wanted it that way, afterall he did speak in parables.

  4. The Gospel of Mary Magdalene. The Gospel of Mary is a very short apocryphal book discovered in 1896 in a 5th century papyrus codex written in Sahidic Coptic. Some say there is some question which Mary wrote this. We’ve taken our stand. Peter has misgivings with this Mary, so it is probably Magdalene. From The Gospel of Mary Magdalene : “Peter also opposed her in regard to these matters and asked them about the Savior. "Did he then speak secretly with a woman, in preference to us, and not openly? Are we to turn back and all listen to her? Did he prefer her to us?"”
    Oh, Yes he did!, ... because… wait for it …. Mary Magdalene was Jesus’ twin flame (The feminine counterpart of not just the soul Jesus but of his spiritual essence.) Peter, Peter, Peter, you should’ve known dude. He said this too in the same Gospel: “Peter said to Mary, Sister we know that the Savior loved you more than the rest of woman.” Duh!!!

  5. The Nag Hammadi Texts. The Nag Hammadi library is a collection of early Christian and Gnostic texts discovered near the Upper Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi in 1945. Here you will find astonishing quotes direct from the source at the time of Christ that contradict many fundamentalist Christian held beliefs—but you have to set aside much that you think you know and listen to your heart to discern these truths.

  6. The Dead Sea Scrolls. Tightly controlled. What do they want kept a secret? Very fragmented. We hope more will be revealed. Almost all of the Hebrew Bible is represented in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Nobody knows for sure who wrote them. Probably the Essenes.

  7. The Zohar. Considered one of the early classics on Kabbalah. The Kabbalah is another foundational concept incorporated into the Rosicrucian corpus.

  8. The Apocrypha. The Apocrypha consist of 14 books originally attached to the Greek Old Testament that were not in the Hebrew-written Bible. They were considered scripture and used as such by the Jews of the Dispersion (Jews living in foreign countries) at the time of Christ. There are amazing books here, such as, The Book of Jasher, it could have replaced Genesis, but then a wealth of information on Enoch would have been released. Some people just couldn’t live with that happening.

  9. On the First Principles, by Origen. 184 – 253, Origen spent his early life in Alexandria. He was one of the first Christian scholars, an ascetic, and theologian. He was a prolific writer who wrote around 2,000 treatises in multiple branches of theology, including textual criticism, biblical exegesis and biblical hermeneutics, homiletics, and spirituality. On the First Principles was the first ever systematic exposition of Christian theology.

  10. The Imitation of Christ. The book that reveals how to become Christ-like.

  11. Dark Night of the Soul. The great poetry of Saint John of the Cross as the Soul yearns and longs for the Divine Presence hidden within. As the soul turns to face the inner light, so he or she experiences a spiritual darkness as testing.

  12. Little Flowers of St. Francis. Read the original story of Saint Francis’s and his amazing inner circle of students.

  13. The Interior Castle. A great mystic, Theresa of Avila, describes the experience of the soul as that one enters deeply into the inner kingdom. Also, Theresa of Avila and John of the Cross were friends and helped one another on the mystic path.

  14. Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan. 1678. A Classic work describing the inner journey and experiences of a soul pursuing the Christic path. It is regarded as one of the most significant works of religious English literature, and has been translated into more than 200 languages. It has never been out of print.

  15. Paradise Lost, by John Milton. Published in 1667 -1674. The poem describes the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

  16. The Zend Avesta. A sacred book of Zoroastrianism. It contains cosmogony, law, and liturgy from the teachings of the prophet Zoroaster or Zarathustra.

  17. The Vedas. Contains hymns, philosophy, and guidance on ritual for the priests of the Vedic religion and is the oldest of Hindu scriptures. The four chief collections are the Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda, and Atharva Veda. Some say the information came from ancient Aryan seers. We like this highly esoteric explanation from the Theosophy book The Lives of Alcyone and other sources. The fall of man was during the 4th root race over 2.5 million years ago. Cosmic beings and souls of light came to intervene to save the earth a million or so years ago. Vedic quote: " from the great white star took their abode on the island in the Sea of Gobi in the year of 18,617,841 BC." The timing is different, yes, the white star is Venus and the name of the island city was The White City. Cayce called it the Golden City. When they were sufficiently established, a great Manu of the Fifth Root Race named Vaivasvata, sent wave after wave of migrations to reinvigorate the earth with a tremendous spiritual message. These migrations went north, then west and south and back east around the Himalayas, ending up in India. Thus, the Vedas were established. This is the shortest version you will ever read or hear about.

  18. Upanishads. Part of the Vedas, known as Vedanta. It’s a series of Hindu sacred treatises written in Sanskrit c. 800–200 BC, expounding the Vedas in predominantly mystical and monistic terms.

  19. Mahabharata. There are two great epics from ancient India, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. This one includes the Bhagavad Gita. The Gita, has probably the best explanation ever, on why a man of peace, a spiritual man, has to take action and defend life. Arjuna tells Krishna he will not fight. Krishna explains why he must. A snippet: “Never the spirit was born: the spirit shall cease to be never; …” The link is to an abridged edition. Readers at Amazon really liked it.

  20. The Dhammapada. The Dhammapada is a collection of sayings of the Buddha in verse form and one of the most widely read and best known Buddhist scriptures. It is part of the Theravada tradition.

  21. The Diamond Sutra. The Diamond Sutra is 6,000 words and was printed over 1,100 years ago. It is part of a larger canon of “sutras” or sacred texts in Mahayana Buddhism, the branch of Buddhism most common in China, Japan, Korea and southeast Asia. Many practitioners believe that these Sutras were dictated directly by the Buddha. The format is one of a conversation between the Buddha’s pupil Subhati and his master.

  22. The Dakini Teachings. A Collection of Padmasambhava's Advice to the Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal. These words of advice from Guru Rinpoche to his No. 1 disciple, Yeshe Tsogyal, are part of the ancient tradition of religious texts known as termas – hidden treasures that were deposited in secret places during the first spread of Buddhism in Tibet, in the ninth century. They were intended to be rediscovered by his 25 disciples (tertons) and then revealed to future generations. Some of the best advice on meditation and spiritual practice you will ever come across.

  23. The Lotus Born: The Life Story of Padmasambhava, by Yeshe Tsogyal. If you want to read about the most revered figure in Tibet, then this is the book. Guru Rinpoche is a Buddha who reinvigorated esoteric Buddhism. He is one of the greatest examples of progressive revelation. And his 25 disciples (Tertons) are also, reincarnating 108 times to reveal hidden teachings (termas) for later generations including today.

  24. The Tibetan Book of the Dead or the Bardo Thodol, ("Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State"). The Bardo Thodol is intended to guide one through, the experiences that the consciousness has after death, in the bardo, the interval between death and the next rebirth. The text also includes chapters on the signs of death and rituals to undertake when death is closing in or has taken place.

  25. The Zen Teachings of Bodhidharma. Translated by Red Pine (Bill Porter). A fifth-century Indian Buddhist monk, Bodhidharma is credited with bringing Zen to China. Bodhidharma believed Zen had a place in everyday life. This is the only volume of Bodhidharma's work currently available in English. It presents four teachings in their entirety. "Outline of Practice" describes the four all-inclusive habits that lead to enlightenment, the "Bloodstream Sermon" exhorts students to seek the Buddha by seeing their own nature, the "Wake-up Sermon" defends his premise that the most essential method for reaching enlightenment is beholding the mind.

  26. The Emerald Tablet of Hermes. The Tablet probably first appeared in the West in editions of the psuedo-Aristotlean Secretum Secretorum which was actually a translation of the Kitab Sirr al-Asar, a book of advice to kings which was translated into Latin by Johannes Hispalensis c. 1140 and by Philip of Tripoli c.1243. Other translations of the Tablet may have been made during the same period by Plato of Tivoli and Hugh of Santalla, perhaps from different sources. The date of the Kitab Sirr al-Asar is uncertain, though c.800 has been suggested. (From the Sacred Texts)

  27. The Analects of Confucius.  It is believed to have been written during the Warring States period (475–221 BC). The Analects are a collection of the teachings and thoughts of Confucius; they also contain fragments of dialogues between the great Chinese philosopher and his disciples. Confucius believed that the welfare of a country depended on the moral cultivation of its people, beginning with leadership.

  28. Tao Te Ching. By Lao Tzu. The foundational text of Taoism. One of the most widely translated books ever. Wonderfully nuanced on the art of living, the wonders of life, about balance, being peaceful, generous — and just being one with the Tao.

  29. The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine. Being and becoming healthy is part of spirituality. This book is an ancient Chinese medical text that has been treated as the fundamental doctrinal source for Chinese medicine for more than two thousand years. The Yellow Emperor is a cultural hero and the patron saint of Taoism. That’s why the book is here.

  30. Critias: Plato’s Dialogues. The world is reintroduced to Atlantis, 10,000 years later.
    “Such was the vast power which the god settled in the lost island of Atlantis; … For many generations, as long as the divine nature lasted in them, they were obedient to the laws, and well-affectioned towards the god, whose seed they were; for they possessed true and in every way great spirits, uniting gentleness with wisdom in the various chances of life, and in their intercourse with one another. They despised everything but virtue, ... when the divine portion began to fade away, and became diluted too often and too much with the mortal admixture, and the human nature got the upper hand, they then, being unable to bear their fortune, behaved unseemly, and to him who had an eye to see grew visibly debased, for they were losing the fairest of their precious gifts; but to those who had no eye to see the true happiness, they appeared glorious and blessed at the very time when they were full of avarice and unrighteous power.” Zeus then gathers the Gods to decide Atlantis’ fate. The rest is lost. But we know what happened, that great land sank under the waves of Poseidon in the Atlantic.

  31. The Prophecies of Nostradamus. Never been anybody quite like him. He had to disguise many of his prophecies because it’s no fun being burned at the stake.

  32. Francis Bacon’s Personal Life Story, by Alfred Dodd. 1949. It’s in this section because of the subject matter. Dodd, a mason, might have written the finest biography of Sir Francis Bacon. So important is this story we had to include a second book on Bacon. Without Sir Francis Bacon, the world would be a different place—and you would not like it.

  33. The New Atlantis, by Francis Bacon. New Atlantis is an incomplete utopian novel by Sir Francis Bacon, published after his faked death in 1626. It’s a vision of the future of human discovery and knowledge, expressing Bacon’s aspirations and ideals for mankind. A utopian land is filled with "generosity and enlightenment, dignity and splendour, piety and public spirit."

  34. Utopia, by Thomas More. More’s book is over 500 years old. It is radical for its day and even today. Private property is opposed, and a form of communism is advocated. The social order is described as a “conspiracy of the rich.” Sound familiar? Lest you get too excited, remember Thomas More put God first and paid for it with his life when he opposed Henry the Eighth. Today’s communism is based on the brotherhood of man and the lowest common denominator. This will never succeed. Modern day examples abound. More’s concept was based on a brotherhood under God and Holy Principles.

  35. The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri (Translated by Longfellow), written 1308 – 1320. Considered one of the greatest works of world literature. The poem's imaginative vision of the afterlife stems from 14th century Christianity. Dante travels through HellPurgatory, and Paradise or Heaven, are described. Allegorically, the poem represents the soul's journey towards God.

  36. Hermetic Writings of Paracelsus. Paracelsus was a famous alchemist who lived from 1493 to 1541 and was said to have discovered the Philosopher's Stone. In the book, he explains the nature of the Philosopher's Stone, the scientific principles behind it and how it works. Like all alchemical tracts, the language is very cryptic and allegorical to make it difficult for dilettantes, the uninitiated and the unworthy.

  37. Comte de Gabilis. Abbé de Villars writes this in the late 1600’s after being contacted by the Comte de Gabilis. Best guess: Gabilis is probably Saint Germain, before he becomes the Comte de Saint Germain around 20 years later. Esoteric knowledge is featured especially information on elementals: Sylphs, Undines, Salamanders and Gnomes. This was considered a foundational text for Rosicrucians.

  38. The Confessions of Jacob Boehme. Jacob Boehme (1575 - 1624) was a German Christian mystic, whose works detail a visionary universe, densely inhabited by spirits. Boehme saw dualities and trinities everywhere. He believed that there were three worlds: the world of Light, the world of Darkness, and the world of Fire. He believed that heaven and hell overlap spatially. This work was not written by Boehme, but compiled by Palmer from an 18th century translation of his complete works. 

  39. Fama and Confessio Fraternitas and The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz. The first two are small tracts that started the Rosicrucian movement. If they weren't written by Christian Rosenkreutz, then they were most likely written by Sir Francis Bacon. The Chymical Wedding authorship is anonymous but is attributed to Johann Valentin Andreae. We wouldn’t be surprised if Bacon didn’t have something to do with it as well. The first two are about Christian Rosenkreutz and his search for the esoteric eternal mysteries in the middle east. The third is about the inner transformation of the soul. Rosenkreutz may have actually lived, but even if it was only a literary artifice, its purpose was achieved; a highly mystical movement was born. All three can be found in one book.

  40. The Most Holy Trinosophia, by The Comte de Saint Germain (who lived for over 100 years in the 18th century and never aged). The book is divided into twelve sections representing the twelve zodiacal signs. The content is an allegory of initiation reminiscent of The Chemical Marriage of Christian Rosenkreutz. Codes and ciphers were used in detailing many kabbalistic, alchemical and masonic mysteries. The similarities to Francis Bacon are obvious.

*Great White Brotherhood: The “White” refers to the white light that surrounds angels, masters and souls of light in heaven or the etheric plane. Near Death Experiences have verified this phenomenon.

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