posted on Nov, 23 2010 @ 10:22 PM
the upanishads- ancient scripture from India. i wouldn't really call it hindu or anything, because they dictate more or less universal principles of
living, and not necessarily rituals to live. very short in itself, but commentary tends to take the single page that the entire upanishads would fill
and expands it to 1000's of pages. therefore choose wisely whose comments you are reading. good neutral commentaries are those from Osho. just search
Osho Upanishads and start with Atma Pooja ( Woriship of the Self/Soul)- The Ultimate Alchemy.
another good one that isn't really so religious but offers up a sensational theory to the development of religion would be Man and His Symbols by
Carl Jung. It was the first book i read by him (and last) and it completely changed my entire world view of religion, society, human behavior, and the
potential power of the human mind, all in one book. i can't wait to buy more of his works, once i can collect enogh money!
another great book is the Philosophy of Economics. I know, it has nothing to do with religion. But it chronicles human behavior and the forces that
drive economies and commerce, and i think these same forces are parallel to the development of religion. just change any word related to money or
commerce or trade into a word relative to religion or spirituality. i forget the author, some lady, and it is a small read, but very interesting