“We all need joy, and we can all receive joy in only one way, by adding to the joy of others.”
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 MP3 downloads.
Paul Bazely, a passage meditator and professional actor, reads Easwaran's translation of The Bhagavad Gita.
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Listen to Paul reading the opening verses of Chapter Two:
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Clear, lively recordings of some of Easwaran’s books by Paul Bazely, a passage meditator and professional actor based in Britain – available as MP3 downloads.
Easwaran gives instructions in passage meditation, Easwaran reads passages, and Easwaran sings his mantram.
These talks – available as either an MP3 download or on CD – put 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.
Easwaran reads many of the meditation passages contained in Timeless Wisdom and God Makes the Rivers to Flow..
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.
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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