“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 25 This is the 25th in a long series of talks Eknath Easwaran gave on The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. . . . more
YA Blog Post: A Tale of Two Experiments "As your meditation deepens, there will still be occasions when you get upset, but you will be able to watch what goes on in the lab of your mind. . . . more
Leaving All Doubts Behind (3:34 minutes) In this video, Easwaran talks about how, in samadhi, all doubts and reservations leave us. . . . more
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A Practice for Today: Slowing Down "Simplify your life so that you do not try to fill your time with more than you can do. . . . more
Purity of heart is to will one thing.
– Soren Kierkegaard
There is a Hindu story comparing the mind to the trunk of an elephant – restless, inquisitive, always straying. In our villages in India, elephants are sometimes taken in religious processions through the streets to the temple. The streets are crooked and narrow, lined on either side with fruit and vegetable stalls. Along comes the elephant with his restless trunk, and in one sinuous motion, he grabs a whole bunch of bananas. He opens his cavernous mouth, and tosses the bananas in – stalk and all. From the next stall he picks up a coconut and tosses it in after the bananas. No threats or promises can make this restless trunk settle down. But the wise elephant trainer will give that trunk a short bamboo stick to hold. Then the elephant will walk along proudly, holding the bamboo stick in front like a drum major with a baton. He doesn’t steal bananas and coconuts now, because his trunk has something to hold onto.
The mind works in the same way. We can keep it from straying into all kinds of situations if we just give it the mantram.
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