“By virtue of being human, each of us has the capacity to choose, to change, to grow.”
The Timeless Wisdom of Eknath Easwaran
Easwaran on Thomas a Kempis' The Imitation of Christ: Talk 34 This is the 34th in a long series of talks Eknath Easwaran gave on The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. . . . more
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Video Clip: Not the Same, But Not Another (2:14 minutes) "You are not the same, nor are you another." . . . more
A Practice for Today: Choosing and Using a Mantram "Over the years I have learned to use every opportunity, no matter how brief, to repeat the mantram. . . . more
Courage on the Spiritual Path: Two excerpts from Essence of the Dhammapada "When I began teaching meditation in this country, in California in the 1960s, I found that the young people in my Berkeley classes, like most young people, looked for challenge, even risk. . . . more
Where there is injury, let me sow pardon.
– Saint Francis of Assisi
Once, in wintertime, it is said that Francis and his disciple Brother Leo were making a hard journey on foot through the snowy countryside of Italy. They had been walking along in silence for a long time when Brother Leo turned to Francis and asked him, "How can we find perfect joy?" Francis stopped and replied, "Even if all our friars were perfect in their holiness and could work all kinds of miracles for others, we still would not have perfect joy."
He turned and walked on, and Brother Leo ran after him. "Then what is perfect joy?" Francis stopped again, "Even if we could speak with the birds of the air and the beasts of the field and know all the secrets of nature, we still would not have perfect joy. Even if we could cure all the ills on the face of the earth, we would still not have found perfect joy."
Brother Leo was practically shouting: "Then please, Father Francis, what is the secret of perfect joy?"
"Brother, suppose we go to that monastery across the field and tell the gatekeeper how weary and cold we are, and he calls us tramps and beats us and throws us out into the winter night. Then, Brother, if we can say with love in our hearts, 'Bless you in the name of Jesus,' then we shall have found perfect joy."
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