• Eknath Easwaran

    “The widest possibilities for spiritual growth lie in the give-and-take of everyday relationships.”









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The Timeless Wisdom of Eknath Easwaran

YA Blog Post: Working Towards an Ideal "We begin our journey towards the supreme goal of life from where we stand. . . . more

A Great Teacher Remembered: Second video clip on Easwaran's enthusiasm for meditation In the second of our two video clips drawn from previously unpublished archive material, Easwaran shares stories of his early experiences on the spiritual path and describes the role of divine grace in unifying his desire for the supreme goal. . . . more

A Practice for Today: Learning to Meditate "When distractions come during your meditation, do not resist them, but give more attention to the words of the passage. . . . more

A Great Teacher Remembered: Video clip on how Easwaran turned to meditation This is the first of two short video clips, from previously unpublished material. . . . more

YA Blog Post: Eknath Easwaran on Meditation "Patanjali, the great teacher of meditation in ancient India, tells us to take to the spiritual life so that we may realize who we are. . . . more

Thought for the Day

January 31

A devotee who can call on God while living a householder’s life is a hero indeed. God thinks: “They are blessed indeed who pray to Me in the midst of their worldly duties. They are trying to find Me, overcoming a great obstacle, pushing away, as it were, a huge block of stone weighing a ton. Such a one is a real hero.”
   – Sri Ramakrishna

To find a spiritual path, it is not necessary to give up our job, leave our family, change our religion, or travel to distant lands. We start wherever we are, not running away from society, but right in the midst of life. Whatever context we find ourselves in is a suitable one in which to overcome our problems and grow to our full height. We tend to look upon the other home as peaceful, the other couple as perfect, the other parent-child relationship as ideal, but this is not very likely. Everyone has certain liabilities as well as assets.

Everyone has done some good, and made some mistakes as well. This is part of the human condition. Saints and sages are loving realists. “Don’t wait for ideal conditions. You’ll never find them,” they admonish. “Begin! And the conditions you need will come to you.”

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