• Eknath Easwaran

    “The widest possibilities for spiritual growth lie in the give-and-take of everyday relationships.”









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The Timeless Wisdom of Eknath Easwaran

Easwaran on Thomas a Kempis' The Imitation of Christ: Talk 34 This is the 34th in a long series of talks Eknath Easwaran gave on The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. . . . more

YA Blog Post: Images of the 2015 YA Cohort Program "We know how the salmon fights its way along, returning at last to its original home. . . . more

Video Clip: Not the Same, But Not Another (2:14 minutes) "You are not the same, nor are you another." . . . more

A Practice for Today: Choosing and Using a Mantram "Over the years I have learned to use every opportunity, no matter how brief, to repeat the mantram. . . . more

Courage on the Spiritual Path: Two excerpts from Essence of the Dhammapada "When I began teaching meditation in this country, in California in the 1960s, I found that the young people in my Berkeley classes, like most young people, looked for challenge, even risk. . . . more

Thought for the Day

August 3

In the first days of my youth I tried to find it in the creatures, as I saw others do; but the more I sought, the less I found it, and the nearer I went to it, the further off it was. For of every image that appeared to me, before I had fully tested it, or abandoned myself to peace in it, an inner voice said to me: “This is not what thou seekest.”
   – Heinrich Suso

Physical attraction is not a firm foundation on which to build a relationship, for the simple reason that it is never constant. It sets in motion a cycle of expectation and disillusionment that can go on and on. The person who lives in a world of fantasy will often blame the other for letting him down. Perhaps, for example, Juliet expects Romeo to come to her balcony every morning and launch into, “It is the east, and you are the sun . . . .” Three days after the honeymoon, she feels crushed when she is greeted at breakfast with nothing more romantic than, “Where’s the toast?” Many relationships sputter because of just such inflated expectations, which demand of life something that it simply cannot give. We should not feel that close relationships are beyond our reach, but they are demanding. Through experience, we come to realize that in love nothing comes as easily as we expected. Everything beautiful has to be worked for.

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