Further Read & References

Hungry for spiritual knowledge? We’ve got you covered. This blog: Spiritual Curiosity (SC) cannot encompass every topic and its detailed explanations. There’s always room for improvement. While we are working to make our blog more streamlined and informative, below are lists of references for

  1. Websites
  2. Books
  3. Videos


  1. In our blog, we often skip the trivial details about certain topics of spirituality, and leave a reference link at bottom of post. Because we believe that these websites have explained such topics satisfactorily and there is no need to repeat here again.
  2. This page is monthly updated. Existing references can also be removed. Keep visiting this page time and again for latest references.
  3. The sequence of references in below lists is random and doesn’t depict any relative importance among each other.
  4. Don’t forget to read our disclaimer.

# Reference Websites

There are so many websites and blogs out there on the internet that need mentioning for their content. Generally, they are either too difficult to search or to understand. Due to SEO, there are websites containing false or bogus content, often ranking higher in the search index than genuine ones. Thus people are devoid of authentic material from which such fancy articles are reproduced/misinterpreted.

Good websites/blogs serve a particular niche of individuals. People are required to have pre-requisite knowledge of such fields to understand the depths that these websites offer. However, some are simple to comprehend but difficult to find. As long as they are available on Internet, we take efforts to mention them together in a list for a quick overview.

  1. The basics of Philosophy [link]
  2. Vedic Heritage Portal [link]
  3. Advaita Vedanta Anusandhana Kendra [link]
  4. Aghori [link]
  5. Sri Aurobindo & the Upanishads [link]
  6. Sanskrit Documents Collection [link]
  7. Sanskrit Literature [link]
  8. Tell me a story – Book Feature [link]

# Reference Books

Primary Books

These are considered as canonical books of scriptures, yoga, meditation & ayurveda. There are various translations and versions of these principal books. This is a list of just a few notable translated versions keeping in mind the scholarly and authentic nature of the source.

  1. Book : “The Complete Book of Yoga : Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, Jnana Yoga”, by Swami Vivekananda
  2. Book : “Upanisads (Oxford World’s Classics)”, by Patrick Olivelle
  3. Book : “Bhagavad – Gita with the Commentary of Sankaracarya”, by Swami Gambhirananda
  4. Book : “Patanjali Yoga Sutras – Sanskrit text with Transliteration, Translation & Commentary”, by Swami Vivekananda
  5. Book : “Brahma Sutra Bhasya by Sankaracarya (Author)”, Swami Gambhirananda
  6. Book : “Hatha Yoga Pradipika”, written by Swami Swatmarama & translated by Pancham Sinh
  7. Book : “Gheranda Samhita – A treatise on Hatha Yoga”, translated by Sris Chandra Vasu
  8. Book : “The Siva Samhita”, translated by Rai Bahadur Srisa Chandra Vidyarnava
  9. Research Paper : “The Khecarīvidyā of Ādinātha”, translated & edited by James Mallinson
  10. Book : “Shri Vijnana Bhairava Tantra: The Ascent Paperback”, by Saraswati Satyasangananda
  11. Book : “The Dhammapada (Penguin Classics)”, by Valerie Roebuck
  12. Book : “The Upanishads : Texts, Translations and Commentaries”, by Sri Aurobindo

Secondary Books

These are the more commonly read books with good translations and interpretations.

  1. Book : “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali”, by Edwin F. Bryan
  2. Book : “Hatha Yoga Pradipika”, by Muktibodhananda Swami
  3. Book : “The Gheranda Samhita : The Original Sanskrit and an English Translation”, by James Mallinson
  4. Book : “Shiv Samhita – English Paperback”, by Mr. C. L. Bharadwaj Swami Maheshananda, Dr. B. R. Sharma, Shri G. S. Sahay, Shri R. K. Bodhe, Dr. B. L. Jha
  5. Book : “Gorakhnath and the Kanphata Yogis”, by George Weston Briggs
  6. Book : “The Mysterious Kundalini”, by Vasant G. Rele
  7. Book : “Hatha Yoga – The report of a personal experience”, by Theos Bernard
  8. Book : “Roots of Yoga”, translated and edited by James Mallinson and Mark Singleton
  9. Research Paper : “Uncoiling a concept : Kuṇḍalinī in the early Haṭha corpus”, by Ruth Westoby, STiMW 2021
  10. Book : “Ayurveda : A life of balance, The complete guide to ayurvedic nutrition”, by Maya Tiwari
  11. Research Paper : “Lateralized rhythms of the central and autonomic nervous systems”, by David Shannahoff-Khalsa, International Journal of Psychophysiology, 11 (1991) 225-251
  12. Book: “Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha” by Swami Satyananda Saraswati

# Reference Videos

  1. An introduction to Ayurveda – The Three Doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) [link]
  2. The history and practices of Hatha yoga [link]
  3. Oldest Documentary Film on Yoga [link]
  4. The power of sexual energy Kundalini -The Secret gate to eden full documentary [link]
  5. Old, rare Buddhist documentary : The Roaring Silence (1973) Tantric Buddhism in Nepal, Himalaya [link]
  6. David Lynch – Meditation, Creativity, Peace; documentary of a 16 country tour [link]
  7. B. Alan Wallace ‘Cultivating mental and emotional balance ‘ at mind & its potential 2012 [link]
  8. Science of Focus – Pravrajika Divyanandaprana [link]
  9. The yogis of Tibet – Rare documentary film [link]
  10. The Vedic geometry – A film based on research about ancient Indian geometry [link]
  11. Film “History of Yoga” [link]