“Nothing can be more important than being able to choose the way we think.”
Choose Kindness "As a boy, growing up in a South Indian village, I learned to ride an elephant the way teenagers today learn to drive a car. . . . more
YA Blog Post: Living in Harmony "We are all inclined to get overwhelmed at times and to ask, 'What can I, one person, do to right problems like pollution and hunger?' Gandhi's reply is simple but challenging: you just raise your own consciousness and you will raise the consciousness of the entire world. . . . more
Video Clip: Using Right Speech (2:24 minutes) In this excerpt from a talk on right speech (one of the disciplines from the Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path), Easwaran encourages us to try to focus on people's positive qualities and to try not to dwell on their negative qualities. . . . more
A Practice for Today: Choosing and Using a Mantram "Over the years I have learned to use every opportunity, no matter how brief, to repeat the mantram. . . . more
Easwaran on Thomas a Kempis' The Imitation of Christ: Talk 13 This is the thirteenth in a long series of talks Eknath Easwaran gave on The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. . . . more
Why are we not happy? Because we are much more concerned over things which are more powerful to make us unhappy than truth is to make us happy, in that we remember truth so slightly.
– Saint Augustine
If someone were to pull over to the side of the road in San Francisco and ask me how to get to Los Angeles, I wouldn’t say, “Go north.” Everyone knows you have to go in the other direction. Similarly, spiritual figures like Saint Augustine tell us, “Don’t follow your selfish desires and angry impulses; that is the way to emotional bankruptcy.” But we reply, “Oh, no! I know what I’m doing.”
Saint Augustine would insist, “Please believe me. If you go that way, you will become more insecure. Instead, let me show you a secret trail that will take you slowly round to security.”
The route is always there and it is always open. We must be prepared for arduous hiking over rough terrain. Very likely we are going to have lapses; some attractive detours may distract us temporarily. All that we should ask for is the determination to do our best to stay on the right trail and go forward.
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