“This is the central principle of meditation: we become what we meditate on.”
Reminiscing about poetry readings with students in India, telling how he was introduced to “wild westerns” on TV in a Minnesota dorm, or confessing his adventures as a student driver, Easwaran is always practical and inspiring. Watching sailboats venture out through the Golden Gate, he hears the invitation of the Buddha: “Who is going to the other shore?” Urging his listeners to recycle their trash, he reminds them of the sacredness of Mother Earth.
We recorded his talks over several decades. To listen to these lightly edited versions is to be in the presence of an enduring wisdom that gives immediate help for the quandaries of today.
These lightly edited talks are between 40 and 55 minutes in length – available as an MP3 downloads.
A creative approach to wrong situations, illustrated with many stories showing how peaceful persuasion and harnessing the tremendous power of anger can bring about change.
Living in a cluttered apartment is annoying, and so is living with a cluttered mind. In a humorous adaptation of a manual on house-cleaning, Easwaran illustrates how to clear the mind.
One of Easwaran’s classics, this funny and wise talk compares the mind to the interior of a Victorian house in complete disarray, with accumulated possessions and unruly tenants in every room. The basement holds a powerhouse of energy, but no one seems to be in charge. Gradually we make our way to the attic, where the real owner, the Self, resides.
This prayer, which begins "Lord make me an instrument of thy peace . . . ," has inspired and supported Christians for centuries. For many of Easwaran's students it is an old and dear friend, the first passage chosen for meditation. The line-by-line commentary uncovers rich layers of meaning in the prayer. Here Easwaran also describes the four pillars of wisdom.
In meditation, we are bound to encounter resistance as we go deeper. Here Easwaran identifies five obstacles that we will face in meditation and gives practical advice for overcoming them.
Describes the life of the Buddha in loving detail, with emphasis on his compassion and his struggle to overcome sorrow and death.
In celebration of Hanukkah, a line by line commentary on the Twenty-third Psalm.
A wide-ranging talk on the dynamic relationship between our inward life and our outward work. Includes inspiration from: Angelus Silesius; Eckhart; Ansari of Herat; Brother Lawrence; Mechthild of Magdeburg.
A practical presentation of the second step in the eight-point program — the repetition of the mantram. Includes inspiration from: The Way of the Pilgrim.
Clear, lively recordings of some of Easwaran’s books by Paul Bazely, a passage meditator and professional actor based in Britain – available as an MP3 downloads.
This 2-CD set puts the listener in the presence of an experienced meditation teacher as he gives instruction to a small group in a meditation program specifically adapted to our modern times. After listening to these four talks once, anyone can begin to practice meditation.
Eknath Easwaran was schooled from his youth in the pure Sanskrit tradition of South India, and he sings the Hare Rama mantram with a rich resonance in a measured rhythm. This session was recorded in 1972. (Listen to a sample)
Easwaran presents the spiritual life through Mahatma Gandhi, the Upanishads, Thomas à Kempis, and the Buddha – available as MP3 downloads.
In this series of talks, Easwaran tells the story of Gandhi’s life, recounting the key events that led to Gandhi’s spiritual evolution and the dramatic turn of events in India.
The Upanishads, India’s ancient religious testimonies, have been called the purest expression of mystical vision in the world. Drawing on his personal experience, Easwaran shows their keen relevance to daily life.
In these talks Eknath Easwaran gives a lively commentary on the Christian Classic, the Imitation of Christ.
With his characteristic subtle humor and compassion, Eknath Easwaran presents the message of the Buddha as a part of the world’s great spiritual legacy. He emphasizes the practice of the spiritual disciplines that can help us to wake up to the realm where neither death nor change have dominion.
Eknath Easwaran on The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis – available as MP3 downloads. Through vivid stories and humorous examples, Eknath Easwaran dares us to learn to love.
We follow the path of Jesus in the midst of life’s ups and downs – not in a world free of problems, but in one suddenly full of meaningful choices, where compassion for others leads us to the truth taught by every great religion, that “the kingdom of heaven is within.”
“It is difficult to say when I first came across the Imitation of Christ, but I remember the thrill of certitude that its composer was a man of deep spiritual awareness.”
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