• 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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Video Clip: The Perennial Philosophy (3:36 minutes) In this short, profound excerpt from one of his longer talks, Easwaran describes the principles of the Perennial Philosophy, or sanatana dharma in Sanskrit. . . . more

YA Blog Post: The Goal of Life Part 2 "Our supreme purpose in life is not to make a fortune, nor to pursue pleasure, nor to write our name on history, but to discover this spark of the divine that is in our hearts." . . . more

A Practice for Today: Putting Others First "Practice putting the welfare of other people first, before your own. . . . more

New design for the Blue Mountain journal What's the point of slowing down? Read our free, newly-designed Blue Mountain journal to find Easwaran's answer, together with his gentle, practical advice. . . . more

Easwaran on Thomas a Kempis' The Imitation of Christ: Talk 50 This is the 50th in a long series of talks Eknath Easwaran gave on The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. . . . more

Thought for the Day

April 19

The disunited mind is far from wise; how can it meditate? How be at peace? When you know no peace, how can you know joy?
   – Bhagavad Gita

Today’s mania for speed strikes right at the root of our capacity for an even mind. How often we find ourselves locked into behavior and situations that force us to hurry, hurry, hurry! By now, most of us are aware that compulsive speed – “hurry sickness” – can be a direct threat to our physical health. But hurry has another alarming repercussion: it cripples patience.

When we lack patience, even a few moments’ delay, a trivial disappointment, an unexpected obstacle, makes us explode in anger. We are not hostile people; we are just in such a hurry that keeping the mind calm is impossible. Without peace of mind, how can we enjoy anything, from a movie to good health?

When we go slower, we are more patient, and when we are more patient, we are capable of enjoying life more. All these benefits can come from just learning to slow down.

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