• Eknath Easwaran

    “The capacity to be patient, to bear with others through thick and thin, is within the reach of anyone”
    EKNATH EASWARAN
    (1910–1999)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Passages for Meditation

These inspired texts from world scripture and the writings of great saints and sages have been selected for reading, study, and use in passage meditation. They come from Easwaran’s collections of inspirational passages, Timeless Wisdom and God Makes The Rivers To Flow. Click on a passage title in the right-hand column below to read and print that passage. If an audio icon is displayed next to the passage title, an audio player will be displayed with the passage; use it to hear Easwaran reading that passage.

The Chandogya Upanishad

You Are That

This is the teaching of Uddalaka to Shvetaketu, his son:
 
As by knowing one lump of clay, dear one,
We come to know all things made out of clay –
That they differ only in name and form,
While the stuff of which all are made is clay;
 
As by knowing one gold nugget, dear one,
We come to know all things made out of gold –
That they differ only in name and form,
While the stuff of which all are made is gold;
 
As by knowing one tool of iron, dear one,
We come to know all things made out of iron –
That they differ only in name and form,
While the stuff of which all are made is iron –
 
So through spiritual wisdom, dear one,
We come to know that all of life is one.
 
In the beginning was only Being,
One without a second.
Out of himself he brought forth the cosmos
And entered into everything in it.
There is nothing that does not come from him.
Of everything he is the inmost Self.
He is the truth; he is the Self supreme.
You are that, Shvetaketu; you are that.
 
When a person is absorbed in dreamless sleep
He is one with the Self, though he knows it not.
We say he sleeps, but he sleeps in the Self.
As a tethered bird grows tired of flying
About in vain to find a place of rest
And settles down at last on its own perch,
So the mind, tired of wandering about
Hither and thither, settles down at last
In the Self, dear one, to whom it is bound.
All creatures, dear one, have their source in him.
He is their home; he is their strength.
There is nothing that does not come from him.
Of everything he is the inmost Self.
He is the truth; he is the Self supreme.
You are that, Shvetaketu; you are that.
 
As bees suck nectar from many a flower
And make their honey one, so that no drop
Can say, “I am from this flower or that,”
All creatures, though one, know not they are that One.
There is nothing that does not come from him.
Of everything he is the inmost Self.
He is the truth; he is the Self supreme.
You are that, Shvetaketu; you are that.
 
As the rivers flowing east and west
Merge in the sea and become one with it,
Forgetting they were ever separate streams,
So do all creatures lose their separateness
When they merge at last into pure Being.
There is nothing that does not come from him.
Of everything he is the inmost Self.
He is the truth; he is the Self supreme.
You are that, Shvetaketu; you are that!


 


From the Chandogya Upanishad, chapter 6. The refrain “You are That” (in Sanskrit, Tat tvam asi) is one of the “great utterances” that encapsulate the teachings of the Upanishads. Translated by Eknath Easwaran in The Upanishads (Petaluma, California: Nilgiri Press, 1987).


Abu Sa'id

If You Want to Draw Near to God

Ansari of Herat

Invocations

Baba Kuhi of Shiraz

Only God I Saw

Bahya Ibn Paquda

Duties of the Heart

Brother Lawrence

The Practice of the Presence of God

Cardinal Newman

Shine Through Us

Eknath Easwaran

The Setu Prayer

Kabir

Simple Union
The Unstruck Bells and Drums
The Fruit of the Tree
Weaving Your Name

Lao Tzu

The Best
Mother of All Things
Finding Unity

Mahatma Gandhi

The Path
In the Midst of Darkness

Meera

The Path to Your Dwelling
Come, Beloved
Life of My Life

Narsinha Mehta

The Real Lovers of God

Native American Tradition

Let Me Walk In Beauty

Psalm 100

Serve the Lord with Gladness

Psalm 23

The Lord Is My Shepherd

Psalm 24

The Earth Is the Lord's

Rabbi Abram Isaac Kook

Radiant Is The World Soul

Rabbi Eleazar Azikri

Beloved of the Soul

Saint Anselm

Teach Me

Saint Augustine

Entering into Joy

Saint Catherine of Genoa

The Way of Peace

Saint Francis

The Prayer of Saint Francis

Saint Ignatius Of Loyola

Just Because You Are My God

Saint Matthew

The Sermon on the Mount

Saint Patrick

Christ Be With Me

Saint Teresa of Avila

You Are Christ's Hands
I Gave All My Heart
Let Nothing Upset You
Her Heart Is Full of Joy

Seng Ts'an

Believing in Mind

Shantideva

The Miracle of Illumination

Solomon ibn Gabirol

Adon Olam

Sri Ramakrishna

Songs of Sri Ramakrishna

Sri Sarada Devi

The Whole World Is Your Own

Sutta Nipata

Discourse on Good Will
The Island

Swami Omkar

Prayer for Peace

Swami Ramdas

The Central Truth

The Amritabindu Upanishad

The Hidden Self

The Bhagavad Gita

Living in Wisdom
The Way of Love
What Is Real Never Ceases
Whatever You Do
Be Aware of Me Always

The Chandi

Hymn to the Divine Mother

The Chandogya Upanishad

The City of Brahman
You Are That

The Dhammapada

The Blessing of a Well-Trained Mind
The Brahmin
Twin Verses

The Isha Upanishad

The Inner Ruler

The Katha Upanishad

Perennial Joy
The Razor's Edge
The Tree of Eternity
The Ruler Within

The Kena Upanishad

The Self

The Rig Veda

Prayer

The Shvetashvatara Upanishad

The River of God
The Lord of Life

The Tejobindu Upanishad

The Shining Self

The Torah

The Shema

The Upanishads

Invocations

Thomas a Kempis

The Wonderful Effect of Divine Love
Lord That Giveth Strength
Four Things that Bring Inward Peace

Tukaram

The One Thing Needed

Yoga Vasishtha

The Lamp of Wisdom


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