The list author says: "A lot of what strikes me as natural and normal about the way I see the world is completely foreign to many. I was born with a strong 'spiritual instinct' and sought out many spiritual books as I grew up. I have read many more, but these are either the ones I read first, or the other landmark texts that shaped my attitude to life."
"This was not the first Krishnamurti book I got - that was the Penguin Krishnamurti Reader - but this one is the best, in my view. The intro by Alduous Huxley is excellent. Each of the chapters is a vignette, with reflections on conformity, seeking, religiosity, the 'impossible question' and many of the other great themes he explored through his teaching career. A great book."
"I must have gotten a first edition of this text in about 1973, which has since become a classic in modern Zen literature. I stayed in the San Francisco Zen Center in Oct 2009; this is the basic text behind the Center."
"This is a classic text that is now disparaged by many subsequent scholars, on the basis that Murti projects a kind of 'philosophical absolutism' onto Nagarjuna that is really not part of his outlook. Nevertheless I found this a great book, as I was studying Western Philosophy at the time I read it, and it has many parallels to Hume, Berkeley, Kant and Hegel."
"This is a new edition of a translation that I first encountered in about 1976. The idea of the 'One Mind' has stayed with me ever since. The translator also includes a number of comparitive quotations from Plotinus."
"This book really helped me form a cross-cultural model for enlightenment an introduced me to the idea of the Higher Awareness in evolutionary terms. And much of the content is very inspiring, even if some of Bucke's theorising has been shown to be faulty."
"As soon as I picked up the little pamphlet Maha Yoga by Ramana Maharishi, I realized the great truth of his teaching. I have not read him a great deal since that first discovery, but his teaching has always stayed with me."
"The first real exposure I had to 'Indian spirituality' and the idea of Yoga as a spiritual discipline. I read it age about 17 and although I have never read it again, it made a strong impression. Some of the stories are very far-fetched, but the attitude to life stayed with me. And I am sure Paramahansa was a great soul."