To begin collecting a directory of shoulders to stand on.

More Modern

Ananda Coomaraswamy (1877-1947)

  • Hinduism and Buddhism

Ken Wilber –

  • A Brief History of Everything
  • Spectrum of Conciseness
  • The Integral Approach

Evolutionary/Integral Spirituality –

Sri Aurobindo (1872–1950)

  • The Synthesis of Yoga, aka Purna Yoga (trans: Integral/full/complete Spirituality) 

Less Modern


  • Bhagavad Gita – Points repeatedly to the oneness metaphor.  An easy to read but hard to absorb, need to ‘meditate on it’.


  •  Roy Mottahedeh – Mantle of the Prophet – I found the chapters regarding Islamic (Shia) mysticism to be incredibly insightful.
  • Memoirs – I find them to be very useful in exemplifying the role of the ‘personal relationship with god’.  It is essentially a deep internalization of spirituatlity independent of the institution (very similar to meditative realization).
    • Kane – The Ambiguous Adventure
    • Ahmed – A Border Crossing


  • Bible – Goes without saying.  I don’t have a tremendous amount of personal experience, but I have found useful the stories of original sin and and creation. (Genesis 1:1-14 & John 3:5)
  • St. Augustine
  • Thomas Aquinas


  • Lama Yeshe – Introduction to Tantra
  • Book of the Dead – Finding a good translation is important.  I’ll get back to you.
  • Nagarjuna –


Herman Hesse

  • Siddhartha

Paulo Coelho

  • The Alchemist

Fight Club

The Big Lebowski

Documentary – DMT: The Spirit Molecule (find on Netflix)

Fun Quotes

Van Gogh, on what’s an artist –

“if he’s paid attention to the things he sees with his eyes and hears with his ears, and has thought them over, he will end in believing, and he will perhaps have learned more than he can tell. To try to understand the real significance of what the great artists, the serious masters, tell us in their masterpieces, that leads to God.”

Alfred Tennyson, british poet, from Memoirs

A kind of waking trance I have frequently had, quite up from my boyhood, when I have been all alone.  This has generally come upon me through repeating my own name two or three time to myself silently, tip all at once, as it were out of the intensity of the consciousness of individuality, the individuality itself seemed to dissolve and fade away into boundless being; and this is not a confused state, but the clearest of the clearest, the surest ,the weirdest of the weirdest, utterly beyond words, where death was an almost laughable impossibility, the loss of personality (if so it were) seemed no extinction, but only the true life.

William Blake

To see a World in a Grain of Sand

And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand

And Eternity in an hour.

The Great Gatsby

(during his escapades in Tom’s downtown debauchery den.)  I wanted to get out and walk eastward toward the park through the soft twilight, but each time I tried to go I became entangled in some wild, strident argument which pulled me back, as if with ropes, into my chair. Yet high over the city our line of yellow windows must have contributed their share of human secrecy to the casual watcher in the darkening streets, and I was him too, looking up and wondering. I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.

William James, American Psychologist, Physician and Philosopher –

The whole drift of my education goes to persuade me that the world of our present consciousness is only one o many worlds of consciousness that exist, and that those other worlds must contain experiences which have a meaning for out life also; and that although in the main their experiences and those of this world keep discrete, yet the two become continuous at certain points, and herring energies fill in.  By being faithful in my poor measure to this over-belief, I seem to myself to keep more sane and true.  I can, of course, put myself into the sectarian scientist’s attitude, and imagine vividly that the world of sensations and of scientific laws and objects may be all.  But whenever I do this, I hear that inward monitor… whispering the word ‘Bosh!’ Humbug is humbug, even though it bear the scientific name, and the total expression of human experience, as I view it objectivitly invincibly urges me beyond the narrow ‘scientific’ bounds.

Erwin Schrödinger, physicist, (Schrödingers Cat)

Subject and object are only one.  The barrier between them cannot be said to have broken down as a result of recent experience in the physical sciences, for this barrier does not exist.  These shortcomings can hardly be avoided except by abandoning dualism.

Werner Heisenberg, (Heisenberb Uncertainty Principle)

From the very start we are involved in the argument between nature and man in which science plays only a part, so that the common division of the world into subject and object, inner world and outer world, body and should, is no longer adequate and leads us into difficulties.


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