CHANGE YOUR BOOKS
CHANGE YOUR LIFE

I find television very educational. Every time somebody turns it on,
I go to another room and read a good book. – Groucho Marx

This is a happy zone to inspire, enrich, understand and explore via ‘ALREADY-PRESENT-WISDOM’. The intention of this collection is to benefit each one of us in the areas of struggle through the medium of reading! 

Self-help books aren’t boring. They can inspire, motivate, support and make you understand life from someone else’s perspective.

As there are so many books that can inspire, enrich, help us find answers, explore a different perspective and bring inner peace, please, let us know that one book which inspired the core out of you.
A bunch of lines or the whole essay on it, send to us at books@anatman.in.
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P.S. Comments are welcome at the bottom of the page. Let us know about the collection and whether you have read any of these? How have books and reading affected you? Any insights, any suggestion, any experience!

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A Better Place: A Memoir of Peace in the Face of Tragedy
A Memoir of Peace in the Face of Tragedy
Her 23-year-old son was gunned down in the broad daylight but that isn’t the thing this book focuses on. It’s not about the revenge or stuff that author wants to change but about the emotional, physical and mental state of her as she tries to accept what has happened
Be Kind - Pat Zietloe Miller
What does it mean to be kind?
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus - John Gray
You Can’t Live with Them, You Can’t Live without Them

It’s a classic guide to surviving the opposite sex written by John Gray. He shares his knowledge and experience to make ‘men’ understand ‘women’ and vice versa. The book says a number of things that can help in making a relationship healthy. If you are finding problems in your relationship, reading the book can help you in learning about the opposite sex. It offers advice on how to read emotions, when to be concerned and when to let time do the healing.

If truth be told - Om swami
it is a very well documented journey to self realization

The saying which goes with this book is – THERE IS A TIME FOR EVERYTHING.

Om Swami knew that someday he would give up everything and renunciate himself from the materialistic lifestyle, yet, he pursued his passion for technology, making an annual income of  $250,000 at the age of 20. Building companies from the scratch, failing and starting all over again. When the time was right and he thought he was ready, he gave up everything and left in search of ‘meeting the god’.

Click to read the full blog of the mesmerizing memoir here.

illusions- The adventures of a reluctant Messiah
The adventures of a reluctant Messiah

‘Illusions’ is a tale of a pilot on a journey, both philosophical & spiritual, with the reluctant “Messiah”. This book is a soul discovering exercise that helped both the pilot and myself find a new perspective of life.

Recommended by Samarth Mehta!

 

Jonathan Livingston Seagull
the most celebrated inspirational fable

Ever wondered what is the purpose of your life? Why are you here? Are you lost and looking for a new path? Written in 1972, more than 50 years later, the wisdom this book imparts about life still holds true today!

Recommended by Samarth Mehta!

The old man and the sea
fascinating tale of struggle, patience and let go

Not sure how to describe it in few words. It is a simple tale yet it feels very deep and open to many possibilities. You can interpret it the way you want to. Every time, you read it, you notice something different and something deep. Emotions and struggle exceptionally put down. I’ll leave it to you to judge the rest when you read.

Autobiography of a yogi - Paramahansa Yogananda
Autobiography of a Yogi

A spiritual masterpiece!

An originative text that tells the story of Paramhansa Yogananda, this book has been revered for its memorable, incisive and instructive teachings. This spiritual autobiography will take you on an incredible journey of Indian mysticism and spirituality and deliver humbling, comforting truths about life and existence.

Nelson Mandela - Long walk to freedom
Long walk to freedom

A collection of inspirational autobiography is incomplete without this masterpiece.

Long Walk To Freedom is an articulate, touching account of Mandela’s life progressing from his childhood in rural Transkei in 1918 to his inauguration in Johannesburg as the President of South Africa on May 10, 1994. Mandela unearths his accounts of the oppression of the blacks in South Africa and his stance on his concept of armed struggle. The book also showcases his beliefs that all people, white or black, have the right to freedom. 
More than third of Mandela’s memoir talks about his 27 prison sentence – an account that stands solely as a prison narrative. 

Wings of fire - APJ Abdul Kalam
You have to dream before your dreams can come true

Exactly what the title states, the book is filled with burning desire to dream, dream big and do whatever it takes to make them come.

With an account of his early life, effort, hardship, fortitude, luck and chance that eventually led him to lead Indian space research, nuclear and missile programs, the book is highly motivational. 

One of the most profound learning from Dr. Abdul Kalam is no matter how humble or privileged your beginnings are, no matter how many times you fail to deliver, with the right spirit and belief in your cause will eventually manifest you the results you desire.

The story of my experiments with truth - Mahatma Gandhi
The Story of My Experiments with Truth

This unusual autobiography “The Story of My Experiments with Truth”, is a window to the workings of Mahatma Gandhi’s mind – a window to the emotions of his heart – a window to understanding what drove this seemingly ordinary man to the heights of being the father of a nation – India.

He did not aim to write an autobiography but rather share the experience of his various experiments with truth to arrive at what he perceived as Absolute Truth – the ideal of his struggle against racism, violence and colonialism.

Super Brain - Deepak Chopra
Combining Science with Spirituality
Coming directly from two of the pioneers in the medical field, Super Brain: Unleashing The Explosive Power of Your Mind To Maximize Health, Happiness And Spiritual Well-Being provides us with innovative techniques that will help us in maximizing the potential of our brain. in doing so, one can achieve mental and physical health, happiness in life and spiritual growth.
The book is a convergence of wisdom and medical science, which will unleash your super brain. I find so many technics useful and reasoning very logical. Its the perfect blend of Physical Science and Quantum science. In fact, all the recent Deepak Chopra’s books combine Science with Spirituality.
 
KARAN BAJAJ - Johnny gone down
One of the first fiction books I laid my hand on. It is one heck of a roller coaster ride.

Many say Life is unpredictable with full of Up’s and downs -True. This book is a hell of an example for it. 
So many experiences, twists and turns, emotional turmoil, and the best – the ending, it can’t get better than that as all the pieces fall back together.
This is a must Read for everyone who is in search of something different.
Time Worth Spent!

The power of now - Eckhart Tolle
belief system based on living in the present moment

‘Every sentence rings with truth and power’ – Deepak Chopra on the book.

There is much potential to what the author lays out in this book but it is up to the reader to follow what is written. While some people may not agree with some aspects of the book or feel that there is too much repetition the central message is clear: Start living in the NOW and stop letting your mind control your life. 

Living Buddha Living Christ - Thich Nhat Hanh
Trying to meet the west with east

The most beloved Buddhist Zen Master, poet, scholar and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh, tries to evoke the similarities between Christianity and Buddhism with a very simple message i.e. at the very core, we are one.

Although the book is filled with dogmatic explanation and rules with commandments’ comparison and much more, yet at the very bottom, lay some striking similarities between the two.

Whenever you read Thich Nhat Hanh’s any book, it gives you a sense of peace and tranquillity, and your heart is filled with profound gratitude. His writing is so simple, his message is so powerful, try your hands on any of his books. The most innocent yet beautiful book that I came across of his is Cultivating the mind of love.

The alchemist - Paulo Coelho
Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder

A collection of books exploring wisdom is incomplete with the Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece. It’s not possible that the person who is into reading hasn’t heard of it. 

In only one line I’ll summarize the book – ‘The treasure resides within us’.

Anita Moorjani - Dying to be me
One of the most inspirational stories I have ever read.

Anita Moorjani had a ‘Near Death Experience.’ Her journey from Cancer to true healing will make you cry and happy at the same time. It will inspire you to the core, provoke your deepest thoughts and desires of finding the truth of existence. In this truly inspirational memoir, she articulated her state in a most honest and beautiful way that one can connect to her fears, mental blocks, sufferings to the point where one realises that she was dying – to be herself.

Need more motivation to read it? Here is the full blog here.

Conversations with god Book Three
Feel your feelings, laugh your laughs, cry your cries, honor your truth. Yet when all emotions are done, be still and know that I am God

The dialogues deals with the universal truths of the highest order, and the challenges and opportunities of the soul. This incredible series contains answers that will change you, your life, and the way you view other beings.

I end this last book recommendation of the CWG trilogy with a quote that I loved to the core:
“Feel your feelings, laugh your laughs, cry your cries, honor your truth. Yet when all emotions are done, be still and know that I am God.”

I even have a blog ‘Chemistry of Emotion‘ that goes with this saying. Do check it out.

Monk who sold his ferrari - Robin Sharma
Sound advice for spiritual and personal growth

A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams and Reaching Your Destiny. Robin Sharma’s this piece was self-published at first in 1997 and then was picked up by HarperCollins which eventually became quite a big hit.
Easy-to-digest life strategies and pearls of wisdom, the book is quite satisfying.

Faithfully Religionless - Timber Hawkeye
Memoir of one of the most amazing person I came across social media

His first book was a masterpiece and this one is personal. If you usually follow and love this guy, it will be an awesome read. If you don’t know him, watch his TED talk here.

“It’s not that I’m against religion, I simply don’t have one (nor do I believe that we need it to be ethical). My faith is doctrine-free, with a definition of God that doesn’t conjure a white man in the sky who dispenses blessings for good behavior and harsh judgments to condemn the bad. That’s because I don’t believe God does that; religion does. You see, faith is a spiritual practice of continually letting go of certainty, of ego, and of the underlying need to know, while religion is a ceremonial tradition of hanging on, clinging to concrete dogmas, stubborn rigidity, and ageless rituals.” Timber Hawkeye.

Inner Engineering - Sadhguru
A Yogi’s Guide to Joy

SADHGURU, perhaps the most logical guru or yogi we have come across in 21st century. In this book, he talks a little bit about his own journey and gives you an understanding of your body and mind in the most simplistic manner. It’s not any different from his talks on social media. His message is clear – Joy and misery happens within you, pain and pleasure happens within you, love and agony happens within you. 

‘Inner Engineering is a fascinating read, rich with Sadhguru’s insights and his teachings. If you are ready, it is a tool to help awaken your own inner intelligence, the ultimate and supreme genius that mirrors the wisdom of the cosmos’—Deepak Chopra 

Seeker - karan bajaj
The restlessness, the endless craving to know the truth, takes us to the unknown

An investment banker becomes yogi in the himalayas.

There are incidents that makes us question to our very existence. The craving and the quest to know the truth and to find the cause of pain and sufferings takes us to the unknown, unimaginable, unlimited possibilities. The author Karan bajaj crafted the journey from an investment banker to the yogi so beautifully that you will find hard to put it down. It is filled with great insights. I loved the ending – you will find the truth when you start living it rather than searching for it.

Karan Bajaj has amazing blogs on writing and meditation too – www.karanbajaj.com

Buddha in daily ilfe
It teaches that the state of Buddhahood can be attained by anyone

Can be read as an introduction to Lotus Sutra and Zen Buddhism for the beginners. My first book on Buddhism. Though I did not relate to few teachings as few are related to religion and dogmas, the message is very simple and one could extract beautiful insights from the book no matter what you follow.

The art of meditation - Matthieu Ricard
The title explains the book itself

Matthieu Ricard explains what meditation is, how it is done and what it can achieve. Through his experience as a monk, his close reading of sacred texts and his deep knowledge of the Buddhist masters, Matthieu Ricard reveals the significant benefits that meditation – based on selfless love and compassion – can bring to each of us.

Conversations with god Book two
global topics of geopolitical and metaphysical life on the planet, and the challenges now facing the world

God resume their discussion and move on to larger topics The duo pair discuss time, space, politics, and even kinky sex, isn’t here for just shock value. It is an honest look at some of the broad issues important to all of us on the planet, and a suggestion of how things might go if we are all willing to open our minds and have our own conversations with divinity.

Only love is real - Brian Weiss
The Story of Soulmates Reunited

Dr. Brian Weiss began treating two new patients, he found that although they were strangers, they described the same past lives with a stunning similarity of detail and emotion. He tells the extraordinary story of their love and explains that each of us has a soulmate whom we have loved in past incarnations, and who waits to reunite with us now.

When you read any real story like this, it makes you feel ‘wow’ and it makes you rethink your beliefs, opinions, and idea and understanding of love, soulmate and life.

Happiness - Matthieu Ricard
A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill

Happiness is the habit not an after effect of completing a task or accomplishing something. 

Matthieu Ricard, sometimes called the happiest man on planet, meditates on love and compassion. A Ph.D. holder in molecular genetics, this french man turned monk shares his 35 years long wisdom as a buddhist monk.

Watch his TED talk on ‘The habit of happiness here.

TIMBER HAYKEYE - Buddhist Boot Camp
I love this book. This book is like a companion to me. Wherever I go, I carry it along with me.

Each chapter is only a page or two long, and you can read them in any order.

Timber Hawkeye wrote emails to his friends and family for eight years, telling them what was going on in his life and about his life as a monk in the Zen Monastery. One of his friends suggested that he shares those emails with the world because she found the letters so inspirational, that’s how the blog-to-book Buddhist Boot Camp was born!

You can find more about him, his books and his podcasts here: 
www.buddhistbootcamp.com

Read my journey with this book here.

Conversations with god - 1
This will be a breath-taking experience, not just the Book-1 but the whole series.
This book is incredibly insightful, inspirational and a guidance for all of us. It changed my perspective and thoughts towards life. There are so many ‘WOW’ moments that I cannot possibly count. I highly recommend the whole series. Neale Donald Walsch was frustrated with his life as nothing was going right for him. He started cursing and venting about his life and existence, that’s when he starting writing a letter to god on his notebook but he did not expect to get answers but he did. A voice was coming to his ears and answering all his questions. He started writing them as if someone was dictating everything to him. He wrote hundreds of pages of the dialogues and that’s how “Conversations with God” was born! I don’t know whether the story is true or not but the dialogues are mind-blowing in the book. There was a moment when I was reading the book number 3 and I realised this piece of tremendous information, understanding and wisdom cannot be possible for a human to write and comprehend, it can only be ‘GOD’.
 
Wayne Dyer - Change your thoughts
This book is literally ‘living the wisdom of the Tao’.

Late Dr. Wayne W. Dyer translated the book ‘Tao te Ching by Lao Tzu’, consists of 81 verses and known to be the wisest book ever written.

It is filled with insights, wisdom, understandings, finding the truth, finding the peace and much more. This book is highly recommended – Read slow, be with the wisdom, try and incorporate into your life. Let the book and the wisdom be with you for the rest of your life.

Not entirely convinced? Read the full blog here.

Many Lives Many Masters - Brian Weiss
It urges you not to fear Death, that you shall be born again.

Dr. Brian Weiss, a renowned American psychiatrist, presents a true account of the documentation of his experience with one of his patients. During the course of the treatment, he discovered that he could dive into the past lives of his patient Catherine, through hypnosis.

A must read to understand life as a whole and all its ups and downs and why good, bad and ugly events happen in life.

HAPPY READING!

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