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Joseph Selbie

I love books. I never tire of the endlessly varied mental, emotional, inspirational, especially transformational journeys on which books take me. Choosing only ten from among my most transformational journeys was difficult. Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi was the easiest choice. It set me on a path I still walk fifty years later. There are scores of other books by or about Yogananda. I chose two that moved me particularly. A third, The Holy Science, was written by Yogananda’s teacher and includes the mind-expanding core concepts of the world ages or yugas about which I co-authored a book. I added books about Christian saints, a man who had a spiritual relationship with the first actor-dog, and the life story of a carnival strongman because they showed me that our spiritual unfolding, though universal, is also unique. (“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde.) The Tao of Physics first inspired me to write my book The Physics of God. High-fantasy books are one of the few genres that, although they may be elves, give center stage to uplifting, self-sacrificing, and noble characters—and few fantasy books have better characters than The Lord of the Rings. Lastly, in case I end up on a desert island with only these book to read, and for the pure pleasure and happy release of laughter, I threw in P. G. Wodehouse.

JOSEPH (PURU) SELBIE is the author of The Physics of God: How the Deepest Theories of Science Explain Religion and How the Deepest Truths of Religion Explain Science. An avid follower of the unfolding new paradigms of science, he is known for creating bridges of understanding between the modern evidenced-based discoveries of science and the ancient experience-based discoveries of the mystics.

A dedicated Kriya meditator for nearly 50 years, Joseph Selbie has taught yoga and meditation throughout the US and Europe helping people to understand and find their own spiritual potential—and helping them understand how the expression of their spiritual potential ushers into the world an unstoppable wave of peaceful consciousness.

He is a founding member of Ananda, a world-wide spiritual movement. Puru has been with Ananda since 1975 and has served in a wide variety of roles including IT Director, Ananda Village Community Manager, Lightbearer, and spearhead for Ananda’s work in Europe and Seattle.

Joseph is the founder and CEO of Tristream, a leading-edge web and interactive design agency which helped pioneer user interface design for the web and for richly interactive web-based applications. Tristream has served Fortune 1000 companies such as Cisco, KPMG, Manpower, Ariba, and Logitech. While active in the industry, Joseph taught the principles of interactive design at conferences in the US, England, Holland, and Spain. |


My 10 Best

(In no particular order)

Autobiography of a Yogi
by Paramahansa Yogananda


Yogananda’s masterpiece has been named one of the greatest and most influential books of the twentieth century. Yogananda was the first yoga master of India whose mission brought him to live and teach in the West. His first-hand account of his life experiences in India includes childhood revelations, stories of his visits to saints and masters in India, and long-secret teachings of yoga and Self-realization that he first made available to the Western reader.

The New Path
by Swami Kriyananda


The New Path tells the story of a young American’s spiritual quest, his discovery of the powerful classic, Autobiography of a Yogi, and his subsequent meeting with and acceptance as a disciple by the book’s author, the great spiritual teacher and yoga master, Paramahansa Yogananda. The New Path provides a marvelous sequel to Paramhansa Yogananda’s own Autobiography of a Yogi, helping you to gain a more profound understanding of this great world teacher.

The Flawless Mirror
by Kamala Silva


Kamala Silva tells the deeply moving story of how she met and became a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. Kamala shares uplifting spiritual experiences she received and personal moments with her teacher.

The Holy Science
by Swami Sri Yukteswar


“The purpose of this book is to show as clearly as possible that there is an essential unity in all religions; that there is no difference in the truths inculcated by the various faiths; that there is but one method by which the world, both external and internal, has evolved; and that there is but one Goal admitted by all scriptures.” – Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri. He also explains the cycle of the yugas.

Saints That Moved the World
by Rene Fulop-Miller


The book explores the lives, accomplishments, and inner spiritual experiences of the most influential Christian saints.

Kinship with All Life
by J. Allen Boone


Boone shares the fascinating and spiritual relationship he had with the first actor-dog, Strongheart. The book is full of many entertaining and inspiring stories of animals and people communicating far more deeply than most people believe is possible.

The Spiritual Journey of Joseph L. Greenstein, The Mighty Atom by Ed Spielman


The fascinating story of the one of the world’s great strongmen. Though small in stature he could bend horseshoes and steel bars. Though an entertainer, he experienced his demonstrations as opportunities for the extraordinary power of divine life force to flow through him. Every amazing feat was, for him, a spiritual experience.

The Tao of Physics
by Fritjof Capra


The Tao of Physics brought the mystical implications of subatomic physics to popular consciousness for the very first time.

The Lord of the Rings
by J. R. R. Tolkein


No description needed. Could there be anyone left who doesn’t know about this book?

The Golf Omnibus
by P. G. Wodehouse


It’s always good to laugh! Not everyone “gets” Wodehouse’s genteel lunacy. I love it.


I’m going to cheat. I find almost all NDE books inspiring! Especially, Life After Life by Raymond Moody, Embraced by the Light by Betty Eadie, Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, Dying to Be Me by Anita Moorjani, and Journey Through the Light and Back by Mellen-Thomas Benedict. The common theme of all these books that I find so inspiring is the universality of the direct experience of the heavens and vastly expanded awareness of soul consciousness.