“We all need joy, and we can all receive joy in only one way, by adding to the joy of others.”
A Practice for Today: Choosing and Using a Mantram "Choose a mantram that appeals to you deeply from the list of those I recommend. . . . more
Be a Work of Art The following excerpt is from the book Renewal by Eknath Easwaran. . . . more
Video Clip: The Perennial Philosophy (3:36 minutes) In this short excerpt from one of his longer talks, Easwaran describes the principles of the Perennial Philosophy, or sanatana dharma in Sanskrit. . . . more
YA Blog Post: The Goal of Life Part 2 "Our supreme purpose in life is not to make a fortune, nor to pursue pleasure, nor to write our name on history, but to discover this spark of the divine that is in our hearts." . . . more
A Practice for Today: Putting Others First "Practice putting the welfare of other people first, before your own. . . . more
Peace is not an absence of war. It is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, trust, and justice.
When we first set out to learn this “disposition for benevolence,” the going may be rough. The conditioning of stimulus and response, “an eye for an eye,” is strong. But as meditation deepens, you find there is a fierce satisfaction in letting go of your own way so that things can go someone else’s way instead. Gradually, you develop a habit of goodness, a positive passion for the welfare of others. In terms of emotional engineering, you are using the mind’s enormous capacity for passion to develop the power to put other people first: and not just verbally, but in your thoughts and actions as well. Eventually kindness becomes spontaneous, second nature; it no longer requires effort. There is nothing sentimental about this quality, either; kindness can be as tough as nails.
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