“This is the central principle of meditation: we become what we meditate on.”
The Timeless Wisdom of Eknath Easwaran
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A good action is never lost; it is a treasure laid up and guarded for the doer’s need.
– Calderon de la Barca
In Hinduism and Buddhism this principle is called the law of karma. The word karma has been much misunderstood, but its literal meaning is simply action, something done. So instead of using exotic language, we might as well refer to the “law of action,” which states that everything we do – even everything we think, since our thoughts condition our behavior – has consequences: not “equal and opposite” as in physics, but equal and alike.
The comparison with physics is deliberate, for this is not a doctrine of any particular religion. It is a law of life, which no one has stated more clearly than Saint Paul: “Whatsoever we sow, that shall we also reap.” The working of this law, we should bear in mind, is not necessarily negative. If we sow mercy, we shall receive mercy in ample harvest. If we give love, we shall receive love; if we are kind and patient to others, others will be kind and patient to us.
12/11/2013 to 1/19/2014
Jan 18, Petaluma, CA (one-day retreat)12/11/2013 to 1/26/2014 Jan 25, Free Passage Meditation Webinar12/11/2013 to 2/9/2014 Feb 8, Los Angeles (Encino), CA (one-day retreat)12/11/2013 to 2/22/2014 Feb 21–23, Tomales, CA (weekend retreat)
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2013 Memorial Video shown at our annual memorial observance at Ramagiri Ashram on October 26.