Part One: 1959–1962

Part 1 tells the story of the events leading up to and immediately following Easwaran’s arrival in the U.S. in July, 1959. In addition to comments by Easwaran himself, you’ll be hearing from his wife, Christine, who now serves as the Life Trustee of the BMCM. You’ll also hear from two of Easwaran’s longtime students: Tim Flinders, who became Easwaran’s student in 1966 and interviewed Easwaran many times about his life history; and Mary Davenport, who joined Easwaran in 1961 and has been a part of the BMCM history ever since.

The program runs a total of 60 minutes, and each segment is about 6–8 minutes.

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Part Two: 1962–1969

Part Two brings together interviews with Christine Easwaran and several of Easwaran’s close students, rare archival photos, and recordings of Easwaran’s classes during that period, giving you a chance to experience the atmosphere of inspiration and life-transforming hope that grew up around the Blue Mountain Center during the 1960s.

The program runs a total of 60 minutes, and each segment is about 6–8 minutes.

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Part Three: 1969–1973

In this third episode, you’ll hear Easwaran, Christine, and several of Easwaran’s close students tell the story of the founding of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation headquarters, Ramagiri Ashram. In the course of the interviews, a few Sanskrit terms are used:

samskara, a deeply ingrained mental habit or tendency
japam, the practice of repeating a mantram

This part of our series begins with stories about the early formation of spiritual households in the Bay Area in the late 1960s and concludes around 1973 with the beginning of a new chapter: the story of our publications work through Nilgiri Press. That story is the subject of Part Four.

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Part Four: The 1970s

This last episode tells the story of Easwaran’s timeless devotion to his students as it is embodied in his books. You will see and hear about how those books came into being, the world of spiritual possibilities they convey, and the many lives Easwaran continues to touch through them every day.

During the course of the video, the interviewees mention a few books that are now published under different titles:

Dialogue with Death is now published as Essence of the Upanishads.
The Supreme Ambition is now published as Climbing the Blue Mountain.
Your Life Is Your Message is now published as Renewal.

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