• Eknath Easwaran

    “Nothing can be more important than being able to choose the way we think.”
    EKNATH EASWARAN
    (1910–1999)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Timeless Wisdom of Eknath Easwaran

YA Blog Post: A Passage for July "An unhurried mind brings the capacity to make wise choices every day choices of how we use our time, of where we place our resources and our love. . . . more

Video Clip: The Dance of Life (7:48 minutes) This excerpt is from a talk by Easwaran on the unification of desires and seeing beneath the surface of life. . . . more

A Practice for Today: Choosing and Using a Mantram "Whenever you are angry or afraid, nervous or worried or resentful, repeat the mantram until the agitation subsides. . . . more

"The Story of Devadatta" from Essence of the Dhammapada: The Buddha's Call to Nirvana "Life has a way of putting enemies in our path. . . . more

YA Blog Post: Choosing Passages for All Eight Points "The truths the passages express simply become part of one's life, assimilated into character and consciousness just as the nutrients in food become part of the body. . . . more

Thought for the Day

July 5

You are quaffing drink from a hundred fountains: whenever any of these hundred yields less, your pleasure is diminished. But when the sublime fountain gushes from within you, no longer need you steal from the other fountains.
   – Jalaluddin Rumi

Often we are most vulnerable during moments of transition. For example, you have wrapped up one assignment and it is time to look over the next. Or you’ve turned the last page of your novel and it is time to go to bed. Whatever the transition, for a pivotal moment the mind has nothing to hold on to, and in its insecurity it may suggest all kinds of things: a cigarette, an extra piece of pie, a magazine promising the lowdown on your favorite actor’s private life. Suddenly any of these can seem fraught with urgency.

Here the mantram can rescue you. If you start repeating it the moment you complete one activity, and do not drop it until the time comes for you to give complete attention to the next job at hand, your will gets a needed boost. A short, fast walk repeating the mantram can be more refreshing than all manner of “treats.” Once you are absorbed again, you are home free.

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