• Eknath Easwaran

    “The capacity to be patient, to bear with others through thick and thin, is within the reach of anyone”
    EKNATH EASWARAN
    (1910–1999)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Timeless Wisdom of Eknath Easwaran

A Practice for Today: Spiritual Reading "I recommend half an hour or so each day for reading from the scriptures and the writings of the great mystics of all religions. . . . more

Simple is Beautiful: The Uncluttered Mind The following excerpt is from the article "The Uncluttered Mind," which appeared in the Spring 2005 edition of the Blue Mountain Journal. . . . more

YA Blog Post: Passage Meditation in a Christian Context ".. . . . more

Video Clip: Exploring Inner Space (1:56 minutes) This excerpt is from a talk by Eknath Easwaran where he uses the simile of space travel to describe in fascinating terms the adventure of self-discovery. . . . more

A Practice for Today: Training the Senses "Just as the body can be trained for virtuoso skills in the pool or on the uneven bars, so our senses can be trained, immensely benefiting ourselves and those around us. . . . more

Thought for the Day

May 6

A seeker once asked Bayazid: “Who is the true Prince?” “The man who cannot choose,” said Bayazid: “the man for whom God’s choice is the only possible choice.”
   – Bayazid al-Bistami

The Lord is extending the gift of immortality to each of us, but we do not reach out to take it because we are holding a few pennies in our hands. I don’t know if you have seen infants in this dilemma; it happens at a particular stage of development, when they have learned to grasp but not quite mastered letting go. They have a rattle in one hand; you offer them a toothbrush, and for a while they just look back and forth at the toothbrush, then the rattle, then the toothbrush again. You can almost see the grey matter working: “I want that toothbrush, but how can I take it? My hand is already full.”

Similarly, all of us look at the Lord’s gift for a long while, asking “What is this? How do I know it’s real? Give it to me first; then I’ll let the pennies go.” The Lord smiles and waits. He can offer the gift, but for us to take it, we have to open our hands. And there comes a time when we want something more than pennies so passionately that we no longer care what it costs. Then we open our hands, and discover that for the pennies we have dropped, we have received an incomparable treasure.

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