“We all need joy, and we can all receive joy in only one way, by adding to the joy of others.”
Video Clip: The Perennial Philosophy (3:36 minutes) In this short, profound 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
New design for the Blue Mountain journal What's the point of slowing down? Read our free, newly-designed Blue Mountain journal to find Easwaran's answer, together with his gentle, practical advice. . . . more
Easwaran on Thomas a Kempis' The Imitation of Christ: Talk 50 This is the 50th in a long series of talks Eknath Easwaran gave on The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. . . . more
Thou shalt understand that it is a science most profitable, and passing all other sciences, for to learn to die.
– Heinrich Suso
As long as there is something we want to get out of life before we go – a little more money, a little more pleasure, a chance to get in a parting dig at someone we think has hurt us – there will be a terrible struggle with death when it comes. As long as we think we are the body, we will fight to hold onto the body when death comes to wrench it away. The tragedy, of course, is that death is going to take it anyway. So the great teachers in all religions tell us, “Give up your selfish attachments now and be free.” Then, when death does come, we can give him what is his without a shadow of regret, and keep for ourselves what is ours, which is love of the Lord.
There is great artistry in this. Death comes and growls something about how our time has come, and we just say, “Don’t growl; I’m ready to come on my own.” Then we stand up gracefully, take off the jacket that is the body, hand it over carefully, and go home.
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