• 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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow
Us On
Google+

 

 

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

Twin Verses

Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Suffering follows an evil thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draw it.
Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.
 
“He was angry with me, he attacked me, he defeated me, he robbed me” – those who dwell on such thoughts will never be free from hatred.
“He was angry with me, he attacked me, he defeated me, he robbed me” –those who do not dwell on such thoughts will surely become free from hatred.
 
For hatred can never put an end to hatred; love alone can. This is an unalterable law.
People forget that their lives will end soon. For those who remember, quarrels come to an end.
 
As a strong wind blows down a weak-rooted tree, Mara the Tempter overwhelms weak people who, eating too much and working too little, are caught in the frantic pursuit of pleasure.
As the strongest wind cannot shake a mountain, Mara cannot shake those who are self-disciplined and full of faith.
 
Those who put on the saffron robe without purifying the mind, who lack truthfulness and self-control, are not fit to wear this sacred garment.
But those who have purified their minds and are endowed with truth and self-control are truly fit to wear the saffron robe.
 
The deluded, imagining trivial things to be vital to life, follow their vain fancies and never attain the highest knowledge.
But the wise, knowing what is trivial and what is vital, set their thoughts on the supreme goal and attain the highest knowledge.
 
As rain seeps through an ill-thatched hut, passion will seep through an untrained mind.
As rain cannot seep through a well-thatched hut, passion cannot seep through a well-trained mind.
 
Those who are selfish suffer here and hereafter; they suffer in both worlds from the results of their own actions.
But those who are selfless rejoice here and rejoice hereafter; they rejoice in both worlds from the results of their own actions.
 
Those who are selfish suffer in this life and in the next. They suffer seeing the results of the evil they have done, and more suffering awaits them in the next life.
But those who are selfless rejoice in this life and in the next. They rejoice seeing the good that they have done, and more joy awaits them in the next life.
 
Those who recite many scriptures but fail to practice their teachings are like a cowherd counting another's cows. They do not share in the joys of the spiritual life.
But those who know few scriptures but practice their teachings, overcoming all lust, hatred, and delusion, live with a pure mind in the highest wisdom. They stand without external supports and share in the joys of the spiritual life.


 


Twin Verses This is the opening chapter of the Dhammapada, an ancient collection of the Buddha's teachings in verse form. Buddha – literally“he who is awake” – is the title given to the young prince Siddhartha Gautama (ca. 563–483 B.C.) after he attained nirvana or self-realization. The translation is by Eknath Easwaran, adapted for meditation from The Dhammapada (Petaluma, California: Nilgiri Press, 1985).


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


tab1