“This is the central principle of meditation: we become what we meditate on.”
The Timeless Wisdom of Eknath Easwaran
Easwaran on Thomas a Kempis' The Imitation of Christ: Talk 23 This is the 23rd in a long series of talks Eknath Easwaran gave on The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. . . . more
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Life is a Trust The following excerpt is from an article by Easwaran that appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of our quarterly Blue Mountain journal: "At the time of creation," the Bhagavad Gita says, "the Lord gave humanity the path of selfless service." . . . more
A Practice for Today: Spiritual Reading "The media drown us in such a low image of the human being that it is essential to remind ourselves constantly of something higher." . . . more
A Message to Meditators: From our latest Blue Mountain Journal "You are all aware how much strife and bloodshed are taking place in the Middle East, in some of the countries around Russia, in what was Yugoslavia, and in some countries in Africa. . . . more
It is no little wisdom for you to keep yourself in silence and in good peace when evil words are spoken to you, and to turn your heart to God and not to be troubled with the judgment of others.
– Thomas a Kempis
Most of us appreciate praise, but it is disastrous to become dependent on it. If we are going to allow our security to be bolstered up by the praise, appreciation, and applause of others, we are done for. I have heard about a well-known movie star who goes to sleep at night with a tape of recorded applause playing. This is going to make him more and more insecure.
Why should we get agitated if someone ignores us? There are, after all, advantages to being ignored. We can go anywhere in freedom. Nobody recognizes us – how good it is! In life, there are occasions when we are ignored and sometimes forgotten. That is the time for us to remind ourselves, “Why do I need anybody’s attention?” This attitude can be cultivated skillfully.
Even those of us who are the most sensitive to praise and appreciation can learn to be so secure within ourselves that the word rejected can be expelled from our dictionary. The one person who will never reject us is the divine Self within, and that is enough to make up for all the rejections we may have to undergo at the hands of everyone else.
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