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Books and Links

Following are some of the books and links that can be helpful for a spiritual aspirant.

Adi Shankaracharya, the great illumined teacher of Self and commentator on Upanishads, laid the philosophical foundations of Advaita Vedanta. In a short life of thirty-two years he wrote many Vedanta treatises and commentaries on all major Upanishads, Srimad Bhagawad-Gita, and Brahma-Sutras. For a serious student of Vedanta, study of his writings is extremely useful. For more information on the Acharya and his works, please visit Shankaracharya.org. To understand the precise gist of Shankara's philosophy and to get his brief life-sketch, please read the book 'Sri Shankaracharya: Life and Philosophy' by Swami Mukhyananda; the book can be purchased online on Amazon.com or at Advaita Ashrama. And Sringeri.net is a project by the Sringeri Matha (Shankara Bhashya) which interlinks the works of Shankara.

Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle has proved to be an influential spiritual guide of modern times for countless people around the world. It has been translated into many languages and like 'Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi' and 'I Am That', in this book too, the author speaks from his own experience, which makes every word in it sound convincing to the reader.
Read more about it at Eckharttolle.com or get the E-Book.

Some more resources:

Advaita.org.uk has essays on Advaita, links to organizations & free ebooks, ezines, egroups etc.

Realization.org has articles and free ebooks on Pure Consciousness

Shastras.com has Vedanta Books Library

Gurusfeet.com is 'a meeting place for spiritual people'

Hinduism.co.za has many articles on Hinduism

HolyBooks.com has many free downloadable e-books on various topics

Mystic Vision has free downloadable e-books on spiritual topics

Books on Spirituality has many free downloadable e-books on Spirituality

Swami Akhandananda Saraswati works in English

Cincinnati Temple has free e-books on Hinduism, spirituality etc.

Hinduism E-Books has free e-books on Hinduism

Adhyatmaprakasha Karyalaya has books on Vedanta mainly by Swami Satchidanandendra Saraswati

Gita Supersite has extensive material on Bhagawad-Gita and other Scriptures

Gita issue (Vedanta Kesari Dec 2008) has many articles on Gita and is very useful for general understanding of Gita

Gitapress.org offers online purchase of books on Hinduism

Abhang Dnyaneshwari (Marathi) has e-books in Marathi by Swami Swaroopananda of Pawas

John Dobson Articles - articles by John Dobson related with Physics and Vedanta

Headless.org has methods developed by Douglas E. Harding to point out the divine nature of a human being

Awakening Mind has talks, music, books, videos related to 'Spirit in heart' by David Hoffmeister and others

Swami Shantananda Puri has e-books related to Vedanta

BeeZone has some info on spiritual traditions

Arsha Avinash Foundation has e-books related to Vedanta in English, Sanskrit, and Tamil

Scripture Gist has some notes on study of Scriptures

Sanatan Dharma Scriptures presentation shows categories of Hindu scriptures

Following are the links related to Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda:

Bhagawan Sri Ramakrishna

Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi

Swami Vivekananda

Monastic Disciples of Sri Ramakrishna

House-holder Disciples of Sri Ramakrishna

Books by Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda

Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda on Belurmath site

Belur Math -Head-Quarters of Ramakrishna Math and Mission

Ramakrishna Math Chennai (Online Books Purchase)

Advaita Ashrama (Online Books Purchase)

Advaita Ashrama - Audio Download

Vedanta Society of Northern California (Online Books Purchase)

Vedanta Books (Online Books Purchase)

Belur Math Video Archive

Vedanta Society of St. Louis - Video Archive

Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of Boston (Daily Quote Sign-up and E-Greetings)

Swami Vivekananda Archive (Alphabetical categorization of Quotes,  Daily Quote Sign-up and E-Greetings)

Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna Audio Download

Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna and Jnana-Yoga, Raja-Yoga etc. mp3 Download

Quotes of Swami Vivekananda

Vivekananda.net  (Teachings and biographical Information)

Swami Ranganathananda on Science and Religion

Swami Vivekananda's Journeys across the World