“We all need joy, and we can all receive joy in only one way, by adding to the joy of others.”
The Timeless Wisdom of Eknath Easwaran
A Great Teacher Remembered: Second video clip on Easwaran's enthusiasm for meditation In the second of our two video clips drawn from previously unpublished archive material, Easwaran shares stories of his early experiences on the spiritual path and describes the role of divine grace in unifying his desire for the supreme goal. . . . more
A Practice for Today: Learning to Meditate "When distractions come during your meditation, do not resist them, but give more attention to the words of the passage. . . . more
A Great Teacher Remembered: Video clip on how Easwaran turned to meditation This is the first of two short video clips, from previously unpublished material. . . . more
YA Blog Post: Eknath Easwaran on Meditation "Patanjali, the great teacher of meditation in ancient India, tells us to take to the spiritual life so that we may realize who we are. . . . more
Video Clip: The Training of Attention (3:00) In this video clip, Easwaran shows the importance of learning to train our attention. . . . more
And then there crept a little noiseless noise among the leaves,
Born of the very sigh that silence heaves.
– John Keats
Today I was walking with some friends in Armstrong Redwoods Park and I was astonished at those trees. The more I looked at them, the more I came to appreciate them. It was completely still, unlike our tropical forests in India, where elephants trumpet, tigers roar, and there is a constant symphony of sound.
Here everything was still, and I enjoyed the silence so much that I remembered these lines of John Keats. It is a perfect simile for the silence of the mind, when all personal conflicts are resolved, when all selfish desires come to rest. All of us are looking for this absolute peace, this inward, healing silence in the redwood forest of the mind. When we find it, we will become small forces for peace wherever we go.
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