“The capacity to be patient, to bear with others through thick and thin, is within the reach of anyone”
The Timeless Wisdom of Eknath Easwaran
Unite Against the Problem The following excerpt is from the book Patience, by Eknath Easwaran. . . . more
A Practice for Today: Increasing One-Pointed Attention "Developing a one-pointed mind will enrich your life moment by moment. . . . more
Video Clip: Changing Attitudes from Negative to Positive This video clip is from an 1989 talk in which Easwaran draws out teachings from the Bhagavad Gita to illustrate how anyone can transform negative tendencies into positive assets. . . . more
YA Blog Post: All About Books "Just as there was a cultural renaissance in the West several centuries ago, the world needs a spiritual renaissance today. . . . more
Video Clip: What Is Life For? (2:33 minutes) In this three minute clip, Easwaran talks about the nature of desire, and how he discovered that desire is what gives value to everything. . . . more
What I needed most was to love and to be loved. I rushed headlong into love, eager to be caught. Happily I wrapped those painful bonds around me; and sure enough, I would be lashed with the red-hot pokers of jealousy, by suspicions and fear, by bursts of anger and quarrels.
– Saint Augustine
Even in the most intimate of personal relationships, most of us still live inside our own private mental worlds. Our attention is often preoccupied – sometimes more in the past and future than in the present – so that we have very little attention to give to those we want to love. Despite our best intentions to draw closer, all kinds of distracting thoughts – likes and dislikes, attachments and aversions, private moods, dreams and desires – come in any time they like, keeping other people at a distance. We yearn for closeness and find, more often, disappointment.
Here Augustine echoes the experiences that almost all of us go through, starting often in our adolescence. The journey into deeper consciousness is one we must take up if ever we are to find the love, the closeness, and the fulfillment we all so earnestly desire.
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