“By virtue of being human, each of us has the capacity to choose, to change, to grow.”
Easwaran on Thomas a Kempis' The Imitation of Christ: Talk 7 This is the seventh in a long series of talks Eknath Easwaran gave on The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. . . . more
Video Clip: The Divine Lamp of Wisdom (2:30 minutes) In this clip, Easwaran comments on a beautiful verse from chapter 10 of the Bhagavad Gita. . . . more
YA Blog Post: The Power of Passages "Sit for meditation, and sit again. . . . more
A Practice for Today: Training the Senses "Just as the body can be trained for virtuoso skills in the pool or on the uneven bars, so our senses can be trained, immensely benefiting ourselves and those around us. . . . more
Simple is Beautiful "Isn't there a saying in this country, 'You can't take it with you'? Most of us act as if we can take it with us. . . . more
Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to us.
– Leon Trotsky
When the first grey hair appears on our head, it is a critical juncture in life. We go to the mirror with a sinking feeling of dread and try to pluck out the evidence – one here, two there. But the more we pull out, the more seem to come in.
I tease my friends by asking which of them would like to relive their adolescence. It always brings a groan. Youth has a lot to offer, but so does the experience of age. In India we have a joke about a man going to a barber and asking, “Do you have anything for grey hair?” “Yes,” the barber says, “respect.” Just because we don’t have wrinkles or a grey hair, we are not necessarily alive in the fullest sense of the word. Real living comes from making a contribution to life.
This is the paradox of life: when we cling to the body, it loses its beauty. But when we do not cling to the body – and use it as an instrument given us to serve others – it glows with a special beauty, as we can see from the lives of many great saints and mystics. When our consciousness becomes pure, even the body begins to reflect its light.
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Christine Easwaran’s Birthday Video shown in celebration of Christine’s 93rd birthday on June 29.