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    “This is the central principle of meditation: we become what we meditate on.”
    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 Dhammapada

The Blessing of a Well-Trained Mind

As an archer aims his arrow, the wise aim their restless thoughts, hard to aim, hard to restrain.
 
As a fish hooked and left on the sand thrashes about in agony, the mind being trained in meditation trembles all over, desperate to escape the hand of Mara.
 
Hard it is to train the mind, which goes where it likes and does what it wants. But a trained mind brings health and happiness. The wise can direct their thoughts, subtle and elusive, wherever they choose: a trained mind brings health and happiness.
 
Those who can direct thoughts, which are unsubstantial and wander so aimlessly, are freed from the bonds of Mara.
 
They are not wise whose thoughts are not steady and minds not serene, who do not know dharma, the law of life. They are wise whose thoughts are steady and minds serene, unaffected by good and bad. They are awake and free from fear.
 
Remember, this body is like a fragile clay pot. Make your mind a fortress and conquer Mara with the weapon of wisdom. Guard your conquest always.
 
Remember that this body will soon lie in the earth without life, without value, useless as a burned log.
 
More than those who hate you, more than all your enemies, an untrained mind does greater harm. More than your mother, more than your father, more than all your family, a well-trained mind does greater good.


 


The Dhammapada, chapter 4. Mara (the name may come from the Sanskrit mri, “to die”) is a personification of Death or Temptation, the sum of all the selfish attachments that bind one to a separate, self-centered existence. Translated by Eknath Easwaran in The Dhammapada (Petaluma, California: Nilgiri Press, 1986).


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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