The Big List of Books by Sadhguru on Spirituality, Life & More
On the occasion of World Book Day, 23 April, here’s something to get you into “bookworm mode” – a big list of books by Sadhguru (and some from Isha Foundation as well).
Some of the books are free and some are for purchase. The list starts with the free ones. They’re free only if you want them to be of course – you’re welcome to donate whatever you want.
Each book’s topics (rather general and approximate ones!) are in parenthesis after the title. Where the book is available only as an ebook, that’s mentioned in parenthesis as well.
For Amazon links, replacing the .com or .in with your region-specific domain can sometimes show you local sellers and prices – for eg. “.in” for India, “.co.uk” for the UK and “.com” for the US.
Inner Management (ebook, Spirituality, Yoga, Life)
Description: Every human being is striving to enhance the quality of his or her life. In this pursuit, in modern societies, we tend to focus on enhancing external situations: our jobs, business, family and the accumulation of material things. In spite of all our efforts however, our personal and professional lives too often lack happiness and fulfillment. In this book, Sadhguru shifts our focus inwards, pointing out a way to establish a true sense of inner peace and wellbeing.
Inspire Your Child, Inspire Your World (ebook,Education, Parenting)
Description: In this ebook, Sadhguru discusses the state of modern education and the need to inspire a child to reach his or her true potential. It includes QnAs from parents and teachers about creating the atmosphere for a child to blossom.
Why Suffering? (ebook, Spirituality, Yoga)
Description: In this book, Sadhguru opens up a whole new perspective on the basis of suffering, a fundamental question which has concerned humanity from the beginning of time. In the quest to tackle this problem, man has developed many theories, concepts and dogma, but still suffering is omnipresent in the world. Overturning the belief that suffering is inevitable, Sadhguru delivers insights on the very origin of suffering and reveals ways to go beyond it.
Sexuality and the Divine (ebook, Spirituality, Sexuality)
Description: In this book, Sadhguru clear away many ideas surrounding sex, dispelling the philosophies and theories about sex and sexual desire. Sadhguru’s cutting insight and humor takes the reader on an in-depth discussion of sex, revealing its true nature as an expression of an unconscious longing to know the divine.
Shiva – Ultimate Outlaw (ebook, Spirituality, Shiva)
Description: Encounter Shiva like never before! The ebook is filled with rich graphics and pearls of wisdom from Sadhguru that reveal many virtually unknown aspects about the being we call Adiyogi or Shiva.
Cancer – A Yogic Perspective (ebook, Health, Yoga)
Description: This ebook gives insights on the various causes of cancer and what can be done to go beyond the disease. It also includes several methods and practices from the yogic system to help one lead a healthy and joyful life.
Bha-ra-ta: Rhythm Of A Nation (ebook, India, Culture)
Description: On the crossroads of a past that is rapidly slipping away and a future fraught with possibilities and challenges, India constantly seeks to establish its place in the modern world. In this ebook, Sadhguru looks at the past, present and future of this nation, and explores why Indian culture matters to every human being on the planet.
He explains how Bharata, India’s ancient moniker, was itself a powerful instrument. As Sadhguru explains, Bha-ra-ta encapsulates the sensations (Bhava), tune (Raga) and rhythm (Tala): “If you get the rhythm or the tala right, you will ride the raga – the tune that the source of creation has set – and life becomes beautiful.”
Sadhguru elaborates on the multitude of instruments devised in Indian culture to calibrate this rhythm, and looks at how highly sophisticated practices originated in this country. Finally, he speaks of the possibility and responsibility of the people of Bharat to embrace the world with the technologies of inner wellbeing they inherited from the mystics of this land.
A Guru Always Takes You For A Ride (ebook, Spirituality, Yoga)
Description: “In the Presence of the Master” is a series of stirring and insightful discourses from Sadhguru. In his willingness to share, Sadhguru offers glimpses of the profound wisdom that is otherwise accessible only to the enlightened. Offering the rare possibility to go beyond all limitations, a veritable Guru takes the seeker on a mystical journey towards his or her ultimate liberation. In this volume, Sadhguru delivers rare insights into the Guru-Shishya relationship.
From Creation to Creator (ebook, Spirituality, Yoga)
Description: In this book, Sadhguru draws upon a rich repertoire of pivotal topics, plunging into the very fundamentals of existence: What is spirituality? How can we step into a dimension that is beyond the physical? How can we transcend the dualities of creation? How to go through life untouched and know the nature of who we essentially are? What is the significance of being aware of death? Sadhguru sheds light on all of these questions and much more.
Compassion Cannot Choose (ebook, Health, Society)
Description: Recalling the disastrous Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, Sadhguru questions the reader to look at why we are not reaching out to the HIV situation in the same way, with the same enthusiasm. If our humanity is functioning, he reminds us, then when someone is suffering, we automatically feel that we ought to do something about it. This response is not taught, says Sadhguru. It is something that exists within us. But because we as a society have come to wrong conclusions about those suffering from HIV/AIDS, we are destroying our basic humanity.
Culture of Peace (ebook, Society, Spirituality)
Description: First published in print in 2008, Culture of Peace was made available as a free ebook on the occasion of World Peace Day, 2014. In this 22-page book, read about Sadhguru’s insights into the basis of conflict, misconceptions about peace and how each of us can help to create a generation of peaceful human beings.
A Tree Can Save The World (ebook, Environment, Society)
Description: What kind of world will our children have to deal with in the future? A few years ago, the World Bank released a report on climate change titled, “Turn Down the Heat.” The report suggests that unless human beings take action to reduce their impact on Mother Earth, the world is likely to be warmer by more than 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) will follow in the centuries to come.
This book is a call to action. Sadhguru outlines the role that individuals, corporates and governments can play in controlling and reversing ecological degradation. Making it clear that “when it comes to ecological work, it is not somebody’s work, it is everybody’s work,” Sadhguru links the responsibilities of people, business and government to address the problem with both short term action as well as long-term vision.
Books for Purchase
Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy (Self-Help, Yoga, Health)
Description: Sadhguru presents readers with a time-tested path to achieving absolute wellbeing: the science of classical yoga.
In this transformative book, Sadhguru tells the story of his own awakening, from a boy with an unusual affinity for the natural world to a young daredevil who crossed the Indian subcontinent on his motorcycle. He relates the moment of his enlightenment, where time stood still and he emerged radically changed. The wisdom distilled in this accessible, profound, and engaging book offers readers tools that are fresh, alive, and radiantly new. Inner Engineering presents a revolutionary way of thinking about our humanity and the opportunity to achieve nothing less than a life of joy.
Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga (Yoga, Mysticism)
Description: “Shiva does not spell religion. Shiva spells responsibility – our ability to take our very life process in our hands.” –Sadhguru
“Shi-va” is “that which is not”, a primordial emptiness; Shiva is also the first yogi, Adiyogi, the one who first perceived this emptiness. Adiyogi is symbol and myth, historic figure and living presence, creator and destroyer, outlaw and ascetic, cosmic dancer and passionate lover, all at once.
This extraordinary document is a tribute to Shiva, the Adiyogi, by a living yogi; a chronicle of the progenitor of mysticism by a contemporary mystic. Here, science and philosophy merge seamlessly, as do silence and sound, question and answer – to capture the unspeakable enigma of Adiyogi in a spellbinding wave of words and ideas that will leave one entranced, transformed.
Mystic’s Musings (Spirituality, Mysticism, Yoga)
Description: Mystic’s Musings is a compilation of extracts from Sadhguru’s discourses and talks. This book is an intriguing look into the truth that lies at the core of existence. It provokes readers to delve into spaces that are not for the faint-hearted, while deftly guiding us with answers about reality that transcend our fears, angers, hopes, and struggles. Sadhguru keeps us teetering on the edge of logic and captivates us with his answers to questions relating to life, death, rebirth, suffering, karma and the journey of the Self.
Himalayan Lust (Mysticism, Travel)
Description: Every year, a group of Isha meditators sets out on a tour of the Himalayas. This is a book for those who stayed behind. It is a chance to make the pilgrimage on the page, traveling through the unpredictable but fascinating terrain of the Master’s words. Combining Sadhguru’s discourses and conversations from several yatras, it is a blend of the specific and the timeless. This book is not just about the Himalayas. And yet, the book would never have happened without the Himalayas. The mountains play a vital role in the text, alternatively as context and catalyst, mood and metaphor. Without them, some of the questions in the book would never have been asked. Even if they sometimes seem tangential to the line of enquiry, they remain a powerful subterranean presence, eventually becoming the very bedrock of this book.
Mind Is Your Business (Spirituality, Mind, Yoga)
Description: For most people, the mind seems to be an unruly cacophony, attempting to grasp and analyze the world. In this book, Sadhguru explains that only if we make it “our business” to transform this uncoordinated mess into a well-coordinated symphony, will we be able to use the mind, rather than be used by it.
Body: The Greatest Gadget (Yoga, Spirituality, Health)
Description: “Body: The Greatest Gadget” is an introduction to the most sophisticated and incredible gadget on the planet. It is a first step on an intriguing and exciting journey that culminates in total mastery of the system, allowing us to stay rooted in the physical, and yet taste the beyond. Above all, the book is a glimpse of a possibility to live and function in a way that most human beings would consider superhuman.
Greed is God (Spirituality, Yoga)
Description: In a never before seen or read context, Greed is God presents the relationship between the material and spiritual aspects of life. Through gripping Q & A sessions with Sadhguru, this vivid connection becomes evident, rooted in the fundamentals of life itself. We find that our quest for “more” – be it more wealth, joy or peace – is driven by an inherent longing in each of us.
Of Mystics and Mistakes (Spirituality, Mysticism, Yoga)
Description: “There are only two types of people: Mystics and Mistakes,” says Sadhguru. That sounds damning, but mistakes can thankfully be rectified, and that’s the hope this book holds out to seekers. It reminds us that each one of us can make the journey – from confusion to clarity, from error to enlightenment, from self-deception to self-discovery – if only we choose.
Emotion: The Juice of Life (ebook, Spirituality, Relationships)
Description: Sadhguru says, “One can make any emotion into a creative force in their life.” It’s not just poetic license that allows us to refer to emotions as “juicy.” In a literal sense also, emotions are a chemical cocktail that course through our body. But while we have no problems with pleasant emotions, unpleasant emotions are the source of much angst in our lives. In this book, Sadhguru looks at the gamut of human emotions and discusses the ways in which we can turn them into stepping stones rather than stumbling blocks.
Compulsiveness to Consciousness (ebook, Relationships)
Description: Human beings constantly make and break relationships. Unfortunately, relationships can make and break human beings too. Why are relationships such a circus for most of us? What is this primal urge within us that demands a bond – physical, mental, or emotional – with another? And how do we keep this bond from turning into bondage? These are the fundamental questions that Sadhguru looks at as he shares the keys to forming lasting and joyful relationships, whether they are with husband or wife, family and friends, with colleagues at work or with the very existence itself.
Ambition to Vision (Career, Spirituality)
Description: Being ambitious has always been seen as an advantage. But a century’s worth of human ambitions has resulted in uncountable tragedies and wars, and brought the environment to a point of collapse. Only when ambition is guided by a vision for wellbeing, can our activity become a powerful possibility to create our destiny and touch the lives of everyone around us. This book offers tangible first steps towards the ultimate plan of action – to understand every aspect of our creation and existence, and make ourselves the way we want. And with individual transformation comes universal transformation, opening up a whole new world once we take that step from ambition to vision.
Flowers On The Path (Spirituality, Yoga)
Description: This book is a bouquet. It comprises articles created by Sadhguru for the Speaking Tree column of the Times of India. These articles have, for many years, brought daily infusions of beauty, humour, clarity, and wisdom into lives abraded by mayhem and monotony. Sadhguru’s thoughts, outspoken comments and references to current affairs have sometimes provoked controversy. But they have invariably added vitality and color to a national debate. Like flowers, these articles have inspired and stimulated readers, wafting into their lives as a gentle fragrance on some mornings, and on others, startling them awake with fresh perspectives on age-old ideas and beliefs.
Joy 24 X 7 (Spirituality, Joy)
Description: There is no religion in this book. There are no rituals prescribed here. There is no deep meditation being described here and neither is there any mention of any spiritual practice. This is not a guide book. This is not a self-help book. It is not going to give you an instant formula for joy. But it will surely make you explore your Joy for yourself in a very direct way. The simple, short snippets of daily lives connected with what Sadhguru has to say about Joy, will take you on a wonderful roller coaster ride on Joy with the Master himself. With Sadhguru’s clarity of expression, his brilliant wit and observation and his ability to present the most profound aspect in a very simple and direct way, this book is for any human being who seeks to be joyful. No matter who you are or what you are trying to do, Sadhguru’s words will touch a wonderful wave of joy inside you and you will soon be restless to seek Joy 24×7.
Encounter the Enlightened (Spirituality, Mysticism)
Description: Sadhguru presents a rare glimpse of undiluted truth from discourses given to seekers at the Isha Yoga Center and from his talks around the world. A tool of tremendous value in an age imprisoned by materialism and dogma, these dialogues are an essential key to inner exploration and the profound questions of humanity: Who am I? Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? Sadhguru compels us to question our own assumptions with his undeniable logic and a wisdom that penetrates the deepest realms of our heart and soul.
Don’t Polish Your Ignorance (Spirituality, Yoga)
Description: In this book, the persistent questions of seekers are the theme. It’s all here, the pain, the confusion, the raging gut-level thirst, all that it means to be human and alive and wanting. And through it all are the clear, strong, unwavering tones of a master who reminds us that the only thing that lies between the human and the divine, the finite and the boundless, the seeking and the finding, is choice. What does that choice entail? Not the acquisition of any path-breaking wisdom, but a determined refusal to strengthen one’s ignorance, to reinforce one’s deceptions, to gold-plate one’s limitations. The danger, Sadhguru tells us, does not lie in being in the dark that can be dispelled for anyone who genuinely desires it but in settling for an easy brilliance, a spurious radiance. The danger does not lie in seeking urgently, but in arriving cheaply. “Don’t polish your ignorance,” he warns aphoristically, unforgettably, recurrently in the course of this book. “It may shine.”
Enlightenment – An Inside Story (Spirituality, Yoga)
Description: Speaking from an inner experience combined with a clear understanding of the fundamental mechanics of enlightenment, Sadhguru’s answers throw scintillating light on a subject that is beginning to attract people’s attention like never before.
Pebbles of Wisdom - Vol. 1 (Spirituality, Life)
Description: This book includes Sadhguru’s most profound and thought-provoking quotes over the years. These quotes come from talks, sathsangs and other discourses where Sadhguru has addressed audiences of seekers. Each Pebble of Wisdom has the energy and insight to spark the reader to deeper levels of contemplation.
Pebbles of Wisdom - Vol. 2 (Leadership, Life)
The second volume of the series titled “Management of Life”, aims to help one manage their interiority and to thereby also succeed in managing the exterior environment more effectively. This selection of gems by Sadhguru is something every reader will want to return to time and time again.
Life and Death in One Breath (Death, Spirituality)
Description: “Death is a cosmic joke. If you get the joke, when you fall on the other side, it will be wonderful. If you don’t get the joke, when you are here, you fear the other side, and when the other side comes, you just don’t know what it is about. If death becomes a laughing matter in your life, life becomes an utterly effortless process – there is no need to restrain yourself in the process of life; you can live your life absolutely, totally.” – Sadhguru
For ages, most of humanity has placed “life” and “death” at two ends of the existential spectrum – favoring one, fearing the other and continuously floundering between the two. Only when someone who has consciously traversed between both life and death offers to articulate some aspects of it, does humanity get a glimpse of what lies beyond the horizon of its normal perception.
In this book, coming from a profound inner experience, Sadhguru reveals that life and death are, in fact, two sides of the same coin. It is only by embracing both that we can break the shackles of our self-made struggles and be set free.
Eternal Echoes: Mystic Poems
Description: A collection of 84 poems penned by Sadhguru. This compelling and provocative collection of poetry by Sadhguru is both ethereal in its message and earthy in its sensuality. The Master's mystical experiences form the bedrock from which springs forth these divine sounds of bliss, playfulness and the absurdity of Existence. Penetrating photos of Sadhguru represent his poetry in the physical dimension while his rich expression speaks in the spiritual. His verse is but eternal echoes of all that which is called life.
Books from Isha Foundation
Sadhguru: More Than A Life (Biography)
Sadhguru’s life story is a remarkable one, from his childhood snake-catching days to his motorcycle-riding youth. At the age of 25, sitting on Chamundi Hill in Mysore, the inner experience of enlightenment changes his life, opening up memories of many lifetimes and revealing his life’s mission. The story unfolds into realms of greater adventure and mysticism with the first wholeness program, the consecration of the Dhyanalinga and the birth of Isha.
Written by acclaimed author Arundhati Subramaniam, this book is about Sadhguru’s journey. Containing the real life story of a young agnostic who turns into a Guru, this is the chronicle of a man who, in the author’s words – “seems to pack the voltage of many lifetimes into one.”
A Taste of Well-Being (Cooking, Food)
Description: A book that will help you discover the potential that lies within you and the joy you can derive from the simple act of eating. Interwoven throughout the book are Sadhguru’s insights into digestion, nourishment, classification of foods and more. Photographs and testimonials offer a glimpse of daily life at the Isha Yoga Center, a space designed for inner transformation.
Food Body (ebook, Food, Health)
Description: A stepping stone for you to tune into your body and figure out for yourself what suits you best, this ebook opens up the opportunity to experience the true joy of eating and the possibility for our food to be something far more than just a means of physical sustenance. Interspersed with Sadhguru’s wisdom, the 33-page book looks at the kinds of foods that the body is most comfortable with and explores the most appropriate ways of consuming such foods. It also touches on the latest research on foods we commonly consume. Check out the “Did You Know?” And “Keep in Mind” sections which offer tips and interesting facts about food and ingredients, and be sure to try out the simple recipes at the end.
Dhyanalinga: The Silent Revolution (ebook, Yoga, Mysticism)
Description: Dhyanalinga: The Silent Revolution is the first book that introduced Sadhguru to the world, and the first book published by Isha. Released in 2000, barely a year after the Dhyanalinga was consecrated, the volume contains 128 pages of rare photographs and vivid paintings by the artist Thotha Tharani to introduce the reader to the science of yoga, the history of lingas, the construction and design of the Dhyanalinga parikrama and finally to the summation of three lifetimes – Sadhguru consecrating the Dhyanalinga. The ebook is a scanned and updated version of the now out-of-print book.