June 2021 Resource List on Meaning (Work in Progress)

Resources on Meaning

[Note:  I do not recommend any of these texts, specifically, but offer these as a selection of some of the texts to which you may wish to refer.

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Some Sacred Texts:

The Bible – various versions exist including King James (Christianity)

The Baghavad Gita, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (Yogic teachings)

The Vedas and the Upanishads (Hinduism)

The Quran and the Hadiths (Islam)

The Agamas (Jainism)

The Seven Valleys  and the Four Valleys (Bahai)

The Tipitaka (Theravada Buddhism)

The Torah, and the Talmud (Judaism)

The Guru Granth Sahib (Sikhism)

The Avesta (Zoroastrianism)

The Kojiki (Shintoism)

The Tao Te Ching (Taoism – not a religion, but a way of life)


Some Commentary on the Paths:


World Religions

Huston Smith

John Bowker

Mary Pope Osborne




Click here for a brief introduction to Humanism.




Richard Dawkins

Carl Sagan (also a secular Humanist)

Albert Camus

Christopher Hitchens




Click here a list of well known writers, politicians, artists and others who identify as agnostic





Thomas Moore

Thomas Merton

Martin Luther

John Calvin

Hildegaard Von Bingen

Elaine Pagels



Yoga and the Vedas

Ramana Maharshi

Swami Vivekananda


Swami Sivananda

Swami Satchidananda Saraswati

Nisargadatta Maharaj

Paramahansa Yogananda

Sri Aurobindo

Ramesh Balsekar

Ram Dass




Rumi (poet)

Ibn Arabi

Bawa Muhaivaddeen

Mansur Al-Hallaj

Moinuddin Chisti

Rabi’a Al’Adawiyya

Hazrat Inayat Khan

Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan

Pir Zia Inayat Khan

Sheikh Llewellyn Vaughan Lee

Irwina Tweedie



Buddhism (various branches)

Patrul Rinpoche

Thich Nhat Hanh

The Dalai Lama

Pema Chodron

Matthieu Ricard

Alan Watts



**Other commentary and religions as seen through literature




The Quest for Meaning in film and literature:


Some Films on the Quest for Meaning

Star Wars

The Matix

Men in Black

The Hunger Games

Joe Vs the Volcano

Thelma and Louise

American Beauty

The Princess Bride


Rain Man



Some Books on the Quest for Meaning

Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl

Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life They Change It – Daniel Klein

Hero With a Thousand Faces – Joseph Campbell

The Oddysey – Homer

Ulysses – James Joyce

Lord of the Rings – Tolkein

Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

Dune – Frank Herbert

The Catcher in the Rye – J D Salinger