“Nothing can be more important than being able to choose the way we think.”
Will & Desire By Eknath Easwaran Desire is the key to life, because desire is power. . . . more
YA Blog Post: A Passage for March "As you become more and more aware of the Self, you will become aware of this daily relationship that you have with all people, all children, all animals, trees, rivers, and mountains. . . . more
Taking the Plunge The following excerpt is from an article by Eknath Easwaran which appeared in the Summer 2006 issue of the Blue Mountain journal. . . . 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
Easwaran on Thomas a Kempis' The Imitation of Christ: Talk 47 This is the 47th in a long series of talks Eknath Easwaran gave on The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. . . . more
Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
A compulsive desire is like any other thought over which we have no control. It flows continuously: “I want that; I want that; I want that.” There seems to be no space between the thoughts. But when your meditation begins to deepen, two things happen. First, the thought process slows down. Second, you develop a new attitude toward desires – you begin to realize that you needn’t give in to the desire. You have a choice.
Now, when a very strong desire starts to overtake you, and your mind is just one long string of “I want that,” you catch sight of a tiny opening between the demands. It may be only a split second in duration at first, but in time it grows long enough for another thought, another kind of thought, to make itself known. “Hmmm,” we think, “maybe part of me does want that – but do I? Is it really in my long-term best interest to gratify this desire?”
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2013 Memorial Video shown at our annual memorial observance at Ramagiri Ashram on October 26.