Books to read

Books to read

Books to read

Although these books touch a variety of topics, they are all united in that they lead a person to a better understanding of himself and a better future for man.

“Bhagavad Gita as it is” – His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The Bhagavad-gita is universally renowned as the jewel of India’s spiritual wisdom. Spoken by Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead to His intimate disciple Arjuna, the Gita’s seven hundred concise verses provide a definitive guide to the science of self realization. No other philosophical or religious work reveals, in such a lucid and profound way, the nature of consciousness, the self, the universe and the Supreme.

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is uniquely qualified to present this English translation and commentary on Bhagavad-gita. He is the world’s foremost Vedic scholar and teacher, and he is also the current representative of an unbroken chain of fully self-realized spiritual masters begining with Lord Krishna Himself. Thus, unlike other editions of the Gita, this one is presented as it is–without the slightest taint of adulteration or personal motivation. This edition is certain to stimulate and enlighten with its ancient yet thoroughly timely message.

Mindfulness in Plain – Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

Author Bhante Gunaratana, a renowned meditation master, takes us step by step through the myths, realities, and
benefits of meditation and the practice of mindfulness. 
The book showcases Bhante’s trademark clarity and wit, as he explores the tool of meditation, what it does, and how to make it work.

The Book of Mirdad – Mikha’il Na’ima

Mikhail Naimy’s timeless classic, an allegory often compared to the works of his friend Khalil Gibran, presents the teachings of Mirdad, abbott of a monastery that stands where Noah’s Ark came to rest after the Flood. In a series of dialogues with his disciples, Mirdad offers lessons on themes such as love, obedience, borrowing and lending, repentance, old age, and the cycle of life and death. Reissued for a new generation, this prophetic work calls on humankind to prepare for another deluge, greater than Noah’s, when Heaven will be revealed on Earth. Includes a new foreword by Andrew Harvey, author of the bestselling A Journey in Ladakh and several other seminal works of spirituality!

How the Steel Was Tempered – Nikolai Ostrovsky

How the Steel Was Tempered is a book about the birth of the New Man, the man of the socialist epoch who dares all and achieves all in the struggle for the happiness of humanity. “It is a novel, and not simply the biography of Komsomol member Ostrovsky,” as the author himself has put it. 


In any large bookstore you will find multiple books on how to succeed in life, to become happy, and to get rid of diseases. The majority of these books give many practical recommendations; almost every one of them promises to easily turn you from a poor stepdaughter into a happy Cinderella. But if you turn to the statistics, you will learn that the number of happy and healthy people is declining.

In the author’s opinion, the reason for this is that there are no deep inner changes. It is a person’s character, mentality, and programs of the subconscious mind that determine their fate. Without changing them and correct understanding of the main principles of the Universe, the real changes will not happen. Any changes on the external level only, in behavior, often lead to accumulation of aggression and irritation; a person becomes hypocritical, and after a while the misfortunes and depressions return on a much larger scale. For example, the popular advice «make plans and strictly stick to them» reinforces egoism; «smile at everybody» if it does not come from the heart, will lead to hypocrisy; «take life lightly, do not show disappointment» pushes the negative emotions deep inside.