Raw, adjective: 6. ignorant, inexperienced, or untrained: a raw recruit.

Ooh, this is a doozy.

This week's Yoga Journal newsletter highlights a great little piece on the 10 Classics of Spiritual Literature.  Written by a former missile engineer-turned-creative writing professor and novelist, the list is an excellent collection of some of those titles you've always felt like you should've read and didn't.

Gerald Rosen writes about the variety of literature that first made spirituality seem "hip and wonderful" to him many years ago.  He includes everyone from Jack Kerouac (Dharma Bums) to Herman Hesse (Siddhartha) to Dostoevsky (The Brothers Karamazov) to Flannery O'Connor (and her Southern Gothic Catholicism) to Doris Lessing (general badass, she; you should read some of her interviews).  All of these, Rosen writes, have written books that he cherishes "as old friends and teachers."

Isn't that the truth?  Some pieces of literature have been more central to my life than people, especially those books that have made me think about meaning and transcendence, spirit and suffering, compassion and purpose.  This list touches on all of those themes, along with existentialism, death, attachment and enlightenment.  (You know, just some light beach reading.)

For all of you who were stressing about how to fill up your Friday nights for the next two months, well, here you go.  This could make for a killer book club.  Think about how blissed out and buzzing you'd be after knocking these out, one after another.  I'd be down for it.


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