“This is the central principle of meditation: we become what we meditate on.”
Video Clip: What Makes Us Be Unkind? (6:14 minutes) If our real personality is pure love, why are we sometimes unkind to each other? Easwaran answers this question with insights and advice from the Bhagavad Gita. . . . more
A Practice for Today: Increasing One-Pointed Attention "Avoid doing two or more things at once, even if they seem trivial and you know you can manage it. . . . more
Easwaran on Thomas a Kempis' The Imitation of Christ: Talk 14 This is the fourteenth in a long series of talks Eknath Easwaran gave on The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. . . . more
YA Blog Post: Experiments, Results, Conclusions - Starting a Meditation Practice "Within each of us there is an undeniable demand for a joy that does not come and go, for a sense of purpose, for knowing who we are. . . . more
Packing for the tour within: An excerpt from Climbing the Blue Mountain, now available as an e-book "If airlines did not have a forty-pound limit, people would want to bring along their motorcycles to save on gas, a small library to keep them occupied while they get a tan, a few favorite plants, and some gymnasium equipment to work off that rich restaurant fare. . . . more
Existence is a strange bargain. Life owes us little; we owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.
– William Cowper
We often think that if we go after what we want, we will probably get it; then we will be happy and secure. The mass media have latched onto this line of thinking and intone it like a litany: grab, grab, grab! Yet sooner or later the whole smorgasbord of things begins to lose its luster. Then the sensitive person asks, “If I go on grabbing and grabbing, at what point do I become secure and feel no more need to grab?” This question can lead to some far-reaching changes in our lives.
Our needs are much too big to be satisfied with things, no matter how many we can manage to acquire. The more we try to get, the more acutely we feel those bigger, undeniable needs. Our deepest need is for the joy that comes with loving and being loved, with knowing we are of genuine use to others. The more we give of ourselves to others, the more the Lord within wants to give us. Every day we empty ourselves by giving all we can in the way of kindness and loving help. Then every morning we will find ourselves full again – of love, of understanding, of forgiveness, of energy.
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