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Michael Laughrin's Favorite Metaphysical Books

Review by Michael Laughrin,

In Alphabetical Order by Author

Esoteric Christianity by Annie Besant will be of interest to those who wish to see the connections between Christianity and Vedic knowledge. Ms. Besant was one of the leaders of the Theosophical movement of about 120 years ago. <offered by:, search on ISBN: 0766100995>

Essentials of Numerology by Narendra Desai is a pithy little book that is all muscle and reveals many useful techniques of classical numerology based on the English language. Narendra was perhaps the best astrologer I have ever met. Alas, he is no longer with us on this earthly coil. <out of print, hard to find>

Esoteric Philosophy of Love and Marriage by Dion Fortune reveals the hidden forces at play concerning sexuality, love, and attraction. It also reveals much of the underlying philosophy prevalent in English metaphysical groups of about 100 years ago. <offered by:>

Daughters of the Goddess: The Women Saints of India by Linda Johnsen gives brief but wonderful mini-biographies based on the author's experience with a number of modern day female saints. <offered by:>

Maharaj by T. S. Anantha Murthy is a biography of Shriman Tapasviji Maharaj, an Indian saint who lived for 185 years and performed many miracles. This book is endlessly inspirational. MUST READ <offered by:>

Magus of Strovolos: The Extraordinary World Of A Spiritual Healer by Kyriacos C. Markides is the true-life account of a 20th century "man of knowledge" who lived on Cyprus and performed many healings and miracles. Also many deep psychic phenomena are explained in this book. <offered by:>

Yogis, Destiny and the Wheel of Time by K. N. Rao is a wonderful, contemporary volume that has chapters on many of modern India's living treasures – her saints.

The Complete Ascension Manual for the Aquarian Age: How to Achieve Ascension in This Lifetime, Vol. 1 by Joshua David Stone is part of the Western occult tradition. He nicely links together all major religions and tells the story of life, higher states of consciousness and enlightenment from a fresh (to most of us) perspective. <offered by:>

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. I seldom read any book more than once, but I have read this book 6 times. This classic is simple enough for a schoolboy but profound enough for an advanced yogi. MUST BUY

Science of Being and Art of Living: Transcendental Meditation by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi sings the song of life using fresh, modern language that can be understood by any literate reader. MUST READ <offered by:>

Note: Some of these books are out-of-print and difficult to find. You can try bookstores that specialize in out-of-print books. I listed places I found each book. has price comparisons for many of these books and links to different on-line book dealers. Occasionally, you may find one of the books at the more popular on-line booksellers.

(c) copyright 2004 Michael Laughrin.

From the July, 2004 issue of Michael Laughrin's North American Jyotish Newsletter. Click to subscribe to this free Jyotish newsletter.

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