• Eknath Easwaran

    “We all need joy, and we can all receive joy in only one way, by adding to the joy of others.”
    EKNATH EASWARAN
    (1910–1999)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Quietly Changing the World

We invite you to join us in building a spiritual renaissance

Part One: 1959–1962

This program is the first in a series of four. Each part will focus on a particular period of Sri Easwaran’s years as a spiritual teacher. Part 1 tells the story of the events leading up to and immediately following his 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

Quietly Changing the World is a four-part video series which explores the origins of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation in the life and teachings of its founder, Sri Eknath Easwaran. Part One evokes the daring and dedication of the early years of Easwaran’s work, up to 1962.

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.

This program, and all the work of the BMCM, depends on contributions. If you’d like to learn how to support our work, please click here.

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Part Three: 1969–1973

This program is the third in a series of four. Each part covers a particular period of Sri Easwaran’s years as a spiritual teacher.

Part One (1959–62) focuses on the events leading up to and following his arrival in the U.S.

Part Two (1962–69) begins with Easwaran’s stay in India and concludes in Berkeley with the formation of a core group of students.

In this third episode, you’ll hear Sri 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 program is the final episode in a series of four. Each part covers a particular period of Sri Easwaran’s years as a spiritual teacher.

Part One (1959–62) focuses on the events leading up to and following his arrival in the U.S.

Part Two (1962–69) begins with Easwaran’s stay in India and concludes in Berkeley with the formation of a core group of students.

Part Three (1970–73) tells the story of the founding of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation headquarters, Ramagiri Ashram.

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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Whether you are nineteen or ninety, whether you live in Australia or Zimbabwe, you can be a part of this effort. Whatever your religious background or nationality or life circumstances, there is something you can do to change the world by changing yourself.

We offer here a series of anniversary video programs, called Quietly Changing the World, that chronicle the history of Sri Easwaran’s spiritual teaching work in the United States and the growth of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation.

An overview of Sri Easwaran’s teaching years, this series features audio and video clips of Easwaran along with interviews with Christine and several of Easwaran’s close students telling the story of the the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation and Ramagiri Ashram.

We hope these events will become an occasion for all of us to rededicate ourselves to building the spiritual renaissance that Sri Easwaran longed to see in the world.

Building a Spiritual Renaissance

If you’d like to get started right away in building a spiritual renaissance, here are ten things you can do now:

1. Sign up for our new email list to keep updated on our events and other activities related to the spiritual renaissance.

2. Feed your enthusiasm with daily inspiration from our Thought for the Day

3. Receive direct inspiration from Eknath Easwaran and see how others are changing their lives. Subscribe to our free Blue Mountain Journal.

4. Share your story of how Easwaran’s inspiration has made a difference in your life.

5. Become an instrument of peace. Learn to use a mantram to maintain your calm and make your best contribution to those around you.

6. Draw upon your deeper resources to become the person you want to be by learning to meditate.

7. Nourish your spiritual growth by joining a Blue Mountain Center Satsang group.

8. Take your spiritual life to a new level by attending a BMCM meditation retreat.

9. Become a part of our team by joining our monthly giving program. With a gift of just 50 cents or $1 per day you can play a key role in building a Spiritual Renaissance.

10. Stay in touch. We’d love to hear from you.


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