The esoteric path has been described to various degrees in many of the ancient sacred texts as well as in myths, parables, and legends across many cultures. Gaining self-knowledge and combining this with personal experiences from spiritual practices, it becomes easier to uncover and extract deeper and relevant meanings from the more veiled texts and teachings.
It’s also useful to look at some particular modern spiritual teachings which help explain practically what to do to gain your own esoteric knowledge and can help pinpoint what to look for in the ancient writings.
Here below is by no means an exhaustive list of all the valuable sacred texts out there, and some are more esoteric/difficult to get practical use out of than others, but as invaluable sources of knowledge and inspiration, we recommend having a look through them to supplement your practice.
List of Spiritual Texts
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
The famous account of Dante’s mystical experiences through the underworld and beyond.
The Tao Te Ching
An ever-intriguing and seemingly contradictory account of spirituality and the truth, but which can be understood when put into the context of esoteric wisdom.
The Flight of the Feathered Serpent by Armando Cosani
This book, originally published in the 1950s, contains an account, writings, and secret teachings of Judas Iscariot. Recently the Gospel of Judas was discovered and translated, and it showed how Judas was in reality just playing a role in the “Christic drama” as requested by Jesus. This book, written well before the Gospel of Judas was found, corroborates with that account.
The Flight of the Feathered Serpent
A treasured tale for all to enjoy, but underneath, it is symbolic of the esoteric works a person goes through on the spiritual path.
The Bhagavad Gita
A particular highlight of the Mahabharata. Here are three modern translations, followed by one older one.
The Rig Veda
The oldest of all Vedas.
Translated by Ralph T. H. Griffith (pdf)
These contain profound knowledge and cover the hidden or mystical side of Christianity, which the early Christians practised and taught until they were completely persecuted out of doing so, their texts literally buried, and they were forced to move underground and to the East.
The Four Gospels
Matthew ~ American Standard version, King James version (html), King James version (pdf)
Mark ~ American Standard version, King James version (html), King James version (pdf)
Luke ~ American Standard version, King James version (html), King James version (pdf)
John ~ American Standard version, King James version (html), King James version (pdf)
The Book of Revelation
The Nag Hammadi Library
The following texts contain events and insights from the lives and experiences of some of the disciples:
The scriptures below contain the sayings of Jesus, as well as further information about his life:
The Apocryphon of James ~ Williams translations (html), Cameron translation (html)
The Book of Thomas the Contender ~ pdf, html
The Dialogue of the Savior
The Gospel of Philip
The Gospel of Thomas ~ Patterson & Meyer translation (html), Lambdin translation (html), Patterson & Robinson translation (html)
The Pistis Sophia
Means “Power-Wisdom.” This esoteric text is alleged to reveal information about the final stages of the path to enlightenment.
The Pistis Sophia
These are sayings of the Buddha, written down 400 years after his death. They are parts of the larger collection of Buddha’s teachings called the Tipitaka.
Translated by Gil Fronsdal (html)
Selected verses from the Dhammapada and the stories behind them.
Dhammapada Stories by Gambhiro Bikkhu (pdf with illustrations)
Sixty Songs of Milarepa
Translated by Garma C. C. Chang (pdf with illustrations)