“By virtue of being human, each of us has the capacity to choose, to change, to grow.”
A Practice for Today: Choosing and Using a Mantram "Choose a mantram that appeals to you deeply from the list of those I recommend. . . . more
Be a Work of Art The following excerpt is from the book Renewal by Eknath Easwaran. . . . more
Video Clip: The Perennial Philosophy (3:36 minutes) In this short excerpt from one of his longer talks, Easwaran describes the principles of the Perennial Philosophy, or sanatana dharma in Sanskrit. . . . more
YA Blog Post: The Goal of Life Part 2 "Our supreme purpose in life is not to make a fortune, nor to pursue pleasure, nor to write our name on history, but to discover this spark of the divine that is in our hearts." . . . more
A Practice for Today: Putting Others First "Practice putting the welfare of other people first, before your own. . . . more
The true saint goes in and out amongst the people and eats and sleeps with them and buys and sells in the market and marries and takes part in social intercourse, and never forgets God for a single moment.
– Abu Sa’id
There are some who like to imagine themselves as pilgrims moving among the deer on high forest paths, simply clad, sipping only pure headwaters, breathing only ethereal mountain air. To meditate, we needn’t drop everything and undertake an ascent of the Himalayas or Mount Athos or Cold Mountain. It may not sound glamorous, but you can actually do better right where you are.
Your situation may lack the grandeur of those austere and solitary peaks, but it could be a very fertile valley yielding marvelous fruit. We need people if we are to grow, and all our problems with them, properly seen, are opportunities for growth. Can you practice patience with a deer? Can you learn to forgive a redwood? Trying to live in harmony with those around you right now will bring out enormous inner toughness.
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