Book Store | Powerful Spiritual Books that Nourish Your Soul and Anchor Your Boat in the Storm!

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“When the lamp of knowledge (truth) is lit, darkness vanishes by itself.” -- Swami Vivekananda

Welcome to the Spiritual Bee’s Bookstore where we have a unique collection of the most profound books on spirituality ever written!

It is a great truth, that in our journey across the waters of life, we have all to sail through many a turbulent storms and navigate through many a difficult passages.

It is during such times, that spirituality offers us the greatest refuge, by anchoring our boat and preventing us from getting tossed about in the storm. In the light of its comforting knowledge, we are able to discern the real from the false, and life’s difficult moments become more manageable.

“A truly calm mind can weather any storm.”
– Eknath Easwaran explaining the importance of Meditation

We have below a spectacular collection of unique spiritual books that not only provide rational answers to life’s most perplexing questions surrounding God, life after death and consciousness; but also offer insights and techniques on how to live life successfully without getting overwhelmed by grief, challenges and disappointments.

The books in this store have been conveniently organized by topic. To further aid the reader, alongside each book, is offered a suggested reading level of Beginner (introduction to spirituality), Intermediate or Seasoned (for a deeper perspective).

We invite you to explore these texts along with those in our free spiritual books library. Happy reading!

Book Store | Spiritual Books by Topic

The Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita – Foundations of Spirituality
The True History of India – Debunking the Myth of the “Aryan Invasion”
Meditation – Mastery of Life Begins with Mastery of the Mind
Strength, Courage and Self-Help
Life After Death & Reincarnation

Spiritual Books | The Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita – Foundations of Spirituality

The Vedas are the earliest known texts of the Indian civilization. Of these, the oldest is the Rig Veda, which dates to at least 2000 BC or earlier. The terminal portions of the Vedas are called the Upanishads. Each Upanishad focuses on answering key questions surrounding the nature of reality: What is the cause of all Creation? Is there a common reality that unifies both matter and individual consciousness? Who is God and what is His nature? Does life persist after death?

There are in total 108 known Upanishads, of which 11 are considered ‘Principal’ because they have been explained in detail by illustrious teachers of the past, such as Adi Shankaracharya (788-820 AD). The Bhagavad Gita which dates to around 1500 BC, is considered as an ‘Upanishad of all Upanishads’ because it contains a summarized view of the wisdom found in the 108 Upanishads combined.

It is important to note that the Upanishads are not mere spiritual philosophies, arrived at through rationalization, debate or logic. Rather they are a scientific record of the reality that has actually been witnessed by the sages in the highest states of super-consciousness. Much like the observational astronomy of today, the sages are explaining the laws of the Universe that they have discovered. The intense, rational and scientific wisdom contained in these books is the real foundation upon which all spirituality rests.

The Upanishads by Eknath Easwaran
Level: Beginner
What are the Upanishads and what do they teach us about life, death and consciousness? This book addresses these questions. If you are new to the Upanishads, this is a superb book to start with, since it gives a concise but sufficiently detailed overview of the wisdom contained in the 11 Principal Upanishads. For those seeking a detailed analysis of each individual Upanishad, we strongly recommend reading Swami Chinmayananda’s many works listed below.
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Kathopanishad – A Dialogue with Death by Swami Chinmayananda
Level: Intermediate
Is there life after death? In this world full of constant change, is there anything that is permanent, which never dies? What is the Soul like? What is the root cause of misery in this world? The profound answers to these questions revealed in this famous Upanishad, that is structured as a dialogue between a young boy Naciketas, and Yama, the Lord of Death. The Kathopanishad is a major Upanishad, the importance of whose wisdom can be gauged by the fact that many of its verses occur in the Bhagavad Gita, which is a later composition. Beautifully translated into English by Swami Chinmayananda, each verse of this unique Upanishad comes with an exhaustive commentary, peppered with numerous examples for easy understanding.
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Svetasvatara Upanisad by Swami Tejomayananda
Level: Intermediate
Who is God? What is he like? If God created the world, then who created God? This Upanishad (also spelled as Upanisad) examines these profound questions. We recommend it be read as a precursor to the Mandukya Upanishad, for it sets the ground work for explaining the paradox of cause and effect. Beautifully written, with its verses explained in great detail this book is a must read for all!
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Mandukya Upanisad by Swami Chinmayananda
Level: Intermediate
What are the various states of consciousness? What is the difference between the waking, dreaming and deep-sleep states of consciousness and super-consciousness? Is there a common reality that unifies the seemingly pluralistic world of matter and individual consciousness? If God is the cause of all creation, then what caused Him? These are some of the questions addressed by this profound Upanishad (also spelled as Upanisad). Translated and explained in tremendous detail by Swami Chinmayananda, this book is a must read for anyone with a scientific bent.
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Prasnopanisad by Swami Chinmayananda
Level: Intermediate
What is the ultimate cause of this world? How is this world full of life supported? What is the source of energy that maintains Creation? What remains awake in a man when he sleeps? These are some of the questions asked by 6 disciples, to their teacher, sage Pippalada. This Upanishad contains his answers to these questions. The questions start with a focus on understanding the outer world that we perceive with our senses, but gradually their focus turns inwards, to understanding the perceiver or the “soul” itself.
This is a brief but profound Upanishad, beautifully explained by Swami Chinmayananda. The book contains some minor spelling mistakes, which hopefully the reader can overlook in order to imbibe the deeper message.
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Isavasya Upanisad by Swami Chinmayananda
Level: Beginner
A relatively short Upanishad (also spelled as Upanisad) that is full of practical teachings on how to live life (similar to those found in the Bhagavad Gita). Superbly explained by Swami Chinmayananda, this Upanishad contains in a concise format the wisdom upon which the entire Vedanta rests.
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Taittiriya Upanisad by Swami Chinmayananda
Level: Intermediate
A beautiful Upanishad (also spelled as Upanisad) that contains a mixture of philosophies found in the other Upanishads, along with guidelines on how to absorb them into one’s daily living. We recommend reading this Upanishad only after having read some of the others like the Kathopanishad, the Svetasvatara and the Mandukya Upanishad.
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The Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran
Level: Beginner
How can we live life effectively without being overwhelmed by challenges, grief and disappointments? This is the crux of Lord Krishna’s timeless teachings that form the Bhagavad Gita. Masterfully translated by Easwaran keeping the beginner in mind, this book offers a concise overview of the immense wisdom contained in the Gita. For those seeking a detailed verse-by-verse translation, we recommend reading Swami Chinmayananda’s book “The Holy Geeta” below.
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The Holy Geeta by Swami Chinmayananda
Level: Intermediate
The Geeta – A handbook of instructions on dealing with life’s difficult problems. The Geeta (also spelled as Gita) is a book of solace that many of India’s greatest souls including Mahatma Gandhi and Sri Aurobindo have turned to in times of distress. This translation has been undertaken by Swami Chinmayananda, who has presented and explained each verse in tremendous detail. The book opens to a handy index of common questions that arise in all our minds: Who is God and what is his nature? How do we overcome grief, anger and disappointment? How do we console the bereaved? How can we attain inner peace? Why does evil exist and what is its cause?
This is a profound book that can only be assimilated over many sittings. The only minor drawback is that it is printed on thin paper making reading somewhat difficult. Perhaps future editions will change that.
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The Dhammapada by Eknath Easwaran
Level: Beginner
A beautiful book, written for a reader new to the teachings of Lord Buddha, expressing and translating the deepest of his spiritual philosophies in superb and captivating writing.
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Spiritual Books | The True History of India – Debunking the Myth of the “Aryan Invasion”

In Search of the Cradle of Civilization by Georg Feuerstein, Subhash Kak and David Frawley
Level: Beginner
Was there ever an Aryan Invasion of India? Is India the real Cradle of all Civilization? In this lively and engaging account of ancient Indian history, the authors provide compelling factual evidence to dispel the century old myth of the Aryan (foreign) invasion of India, around 1500 BC, by a group of European looking people who displaced the “native” dark-skinned “Dravidians”, and after settling in India composed the Rig Veda. This myth was widely propagated by European researchers to further their own political agendas as well as by the British to justify their colonization of India.
In this book the authors shed a new light on ancient India using the latest developments in genetics, archaeology and astronomy and establish that not only is the Aryan Invasion of India an imaginary event, but that the Indus-Sarasvati civilization is the real Cradle of Civilization, from which emerged all our modern thoughts on spirituality, science, mathematics and astronomy.
For anyone interested in ancient Indian history, and for generations of Indians who have grown up with a mistaken view of their immense cultural heritage, this book comes with our highest recommendation.
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Aryan Invasion Theory – A Reappraisal by Shrikant Talageri and S.R. Rao
Level: Intermediate
Debunking the Aryan Invasion Theory – This book is a detailed dive into debunking the myth of the Aryan invasion of India, and so we recommend it as a follow-up to Georg Feuerstein’s “In Search of the Cradle of Civilization”.
The Aryan Invasion theory was first proposed in the 1800’s by European researchers who were attempting to explain the presence of 2 different speech families in India. The researchers noted that the north-Indian languages belonged to the same family as some European languages, while the south-Indian or “Dravidian” languages stood apart. To explain this linguistic divide between north and south India, they proposed the Aryan invasion of north-India in 1500 BC, by a group of people who lived in Central Asia and who were supposedly the ancestors of present day Europeans. When these Aryans invaded northern India, they displaced the “native” dark-skinned “Dravidian” speaking people, and introduced a new language and Vedic culture to India.
The problem with this kind of linguistic explanation is that much of it is predicated on random guess-work and remains unsubstantiated by hard archaeological, genetic or textual evidence. In this book Shrikant Talageri methodically disproves these widely propagated linguistic arguments, and offers an alternate explanation for the apparent divide between the north and south Indian languages.
This book is written in perhaps a more confrontational tone than necessary, but nevertheless, it offers an impeccable rebuttal that goes a long way in re-acquainting Indians with their lost and often misinterpreted Vedic heritage.
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Rigveda and the Avesta – The Final Evidence by Shrikant Talageri
Level: Intermediate
When were the hymns of the Rig Veda composed? Unlike the Egyptian civilization which has left many monuments to its credit, deciphering the age of the Indian civilization has proved to be a difficult task because of a lack of similar archaeological evidence. What has survived the passage of time, are spiritual texts that were preserved over the ages as an oral tradition. The oldest of these texts is the Rig Veda, which is composed of 10 books of hymns or “mandalas”.
Up until recently the age of the Rig Veda was thought to be about 1000 BC based on an arbitrary date, first proposed by German scholar Max Muller. Scant research was conducted of the text itself, because researchers discarded it as a religious book containing little in terms of historical or geographical descriptions of the times in which it was composed.
In this revolutionary book, Shrikant Talageri attempts to reassign history to its correct time-frame, by establishing not only the internal chronology of the hymns of the Rig Veda (i.e. which hymns were composed first vs. those composed later) but also the absolute chronology i.e. the exact time period during which the entire book was composed.
Like his earlier book, this book too has a reactionary overtone, largely due to the bitter dispute that raged over the Aryan invasion theory among researchers. Were it not for this bitterness, this book full of incredible information would have been perfect.
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The Lost River – On The Trail of the Sarasvati by Michel Danino
Level: Beginner
The ancient Vedic civilization of India is widely perceived to have sprung up along the banks of the Indus river. But new research has shown that it was not the Indus, but the ancient river Sarasvati that formed the life-blood of India.
The Sarasvati, which is the venerated river of the Rig Veda, once flowed from the Himalayas to the Arabian sea, traversing a region that is now the Thar desert. It vanished around 1900 BC due to severe geological upheaval. This drying up of the Sarasvati was the real reason why many of the towns in the Indus-Sarasvati valley were abandoned and people migrated out of this region into Europe and Iran, or re-settled inland into the plains of the Ganges.
In this book Michel Danino offers a fascinating account of this Lost River Sarasvati and of the Vedic India that it once nourished, before its waters gurgled to a stop.
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The Lost City of Dvaraka by S.R. Rao
Level: Intermediate
Is the Mahabharata simply a mythical tale or is it based on reality? Was there a king called Krishna who ruled the ancient city of Dvaraka? In this exciting book, Dr. S.R. Rao, India’s leading archaeologist, chronicles his stupendous discovery of the lost city of Dvaraka that lies submerged under the Arabian Sea, off the coast of Gujarat.
The book offers a text-book style account of the scientific and archaeological findings at Dvaraka, and how they corroborate the account in the Mahabharata and other ancient texts, of a shining city that was lost to the sea. The book has an academic flavor, complete with details of the excavation, maps and photographs. For those desiring to uncover the reality beneath the mythology, this is superb book to read.
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The Wishing Tree – Presence and Promise of India by Subhash Kak
Level: Beginner
Science in the Vedas – A beautiful collection of lectures by renowned scientist and historian Dr. Subhash Kak that re-tell the history of ancient Vedic India (pre-1000 BC) and chronicle its immense contributions in the fields of linguistics, geometry, mathematics, cosmology and medicine.
Kak shows how these ancient Vedic scientists, were far ahead of the moderns in their understanding of the nature of reality, having already discovered many of the postulates of present day science, including, the speed of light at 300,000 kms/sec, the concept of infinity, the existence of countless universes, the atomic structure of matter and the nature of space and time.
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Spiritual Books | Meditation – Mastery of Life Begins with Mastery of the Mind

Conquest of Mind – Take Charge of Your Thoughts and Reshape Your Life Through Meditation by Eknath Easwaran
Level: Beginner
Why Should We Meditate? These are not easy times that we live in. In the face of tough challenges, it is only natural that our minds become agitated and disturbed. Stress, anxiety, panic attacks, depression and insomnia result. In this book, Easwaran shows us how to use meditation as a healthy way to rejuvenate the mind and bring it back into equilibrium. As a renowned teacher of meditation, with over 40 years of experience, Easwaran demonstrates how with constant practice, we can take charge of our thoughts, and become strong and resilient in the face of life’s many challenges.
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Passage Meditation – Bringing the Deep Wisdom of the Heart into Daily Life by Eknath Easwaran
Level: Beginner
How to Begin Meditating? This book outlines a simple and practical methodology for the newcomer. Written by Easwaran who taught meditation for over 40 years, the book focuses on “passage meditation” which involves choosing a spiritual text or mantra from some of the world’s greatest traditions, memorizing it, and then sending it deep into your mind through slow and sustained focus. Gradually the truths in the passages get assimilated into your consciousness and become a part of one’s daily living.
For a complete selection of spiritual texts for meditation, please refer to the Companion Volume to this book, below.
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(Companion Volume to Passage Meditation) Timeless Wisdom – Passages for Meditation from the World’s Saints and Sages by Eknath Easwaran
Level: Beginner
This book is a companion volume to Eknath Easwaran’s “Passage Meditation”. It contains a superb selection of spiritual texts or mantras for meditation, chosen from the world’s greatest traditions – the Upanishads, prayers from Christian saints, psalms from Jewish scriptures and wisdom from Sufi, Buddhist and Taoist traditions. A lovely book that offers a window into the minds of the greatest sages from around the world.
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Spiritual Books | Strength, Courage and Self-Help

Strength in the Storm – Creating Calm in Difficult Times by Eknath Easwaran
Level: Beginner
How to cope with stress, anxiety and excessive worry? For anyone struggling with stress, anxiety and worry, this book offers practical insights and techniques to managing these challenges. Easwaran’s encouraging writings teach us that although we can’t always control what life sends us, we can however control our response, by adequately training our mind to quieten its agitations.
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Renewal – A Little Book of Courage and Hope by Eknath Easwaran
Level: Beginner
A collection of spiritual insights and inspiring stories from the lives of Gandhi and the world’s saints that offer a message of renewal, change and hope in this tumultuous world.
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Spiritual Books | Life After Death and Reincarnation

Secrets of the Light – Lessons from Heaven by Dannion Brinkley
Level: Beginner
What happens after we die? What does a life review feel like? The answers to these questions offered in this book by Dannion Brinkley, in which he recounts his near-death experience. We recommend this book mainly for its unique description of the life review process, which takes place after death, in which each person evaluates for themselves, how their actions have affected the lives of others. The book also contains many wonderful lessons about why we must honour and cherish the gift of life.
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Fast Lane to Heaven: A Life-After-Death Journey by Ned Dougherty
Level: Beginner
Looking back at life from death’s door – This book is an account of Ned Dougherty’s near-death experience. It is most famous for its prophecies, many of which have come true including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, America’s economic crisis and major changes in the earth’s geology.
(This book is currently unavailable at Flipkart.com)
One Last Time – A Psychic Medium Speaks to Those We Have Loved and Lost by John Edward
Level: Beginner
Words of solace for those grieving a loved one’s passing – This book made it to our list for its reassuring and comforting message that no one really dies, that life continues after death, and that the bonds of love we share on this side, remain unbroken when our loved ones transition to the other side. Those we cherish remain by our side even after death and continue to send their love and guidance our way.
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Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect by Ian Stevenson
Level: Beginner
Is there any scientific evidence for reincarnation? In this book, Dr. Ian Stevenson, who was a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, presents compelling biological evidence in the form of birth marks and other physiological abnormalities, that correspond to memories of injuries received in a previous life. Using a rigorous, objective and scientific approach, Dr. Stevenson concludes that reincarnation is the only plausible explanation for this phenomenon. The book comes illustrated with photos.
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Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation by Ian Stevenson
Level: Beginner
A thoroughly objective and scientific documentation of the cases of 20 children who remembered events in their past lives. Dr. Ian Stevenson, who was a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, researches the phenomenon with the same rigor as a skeptic would. By methodically eliminating all possible explanations, he arrives at the conclusion that reincarnation was the only rational explanation.
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We hope these powerful Spiritual Books strengthen your mind and bring you peace and solace during life’s tumultuous patches. Be sure to check out more books in our Free Spiritual Books Library.

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