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YA Blog Post: A Passage for March "As you become more and more aware of the Self, you will become aware of this daily relationship that you have with all people, all children, all animals, trees, rivers, and mountains. . . . more
Taking the Plunge The following excerpt is from an article by Eknath Easwaran which appeared in the Summer 2006 issue of the Blue Mountain journal. . . . more
A Practice for Today: Learning to Meditate "When distractions come during your meditation, do not resist them, but give more attention to the words of the passage. . . . more
Easwaran on Thomas a Kempis' The Imitation of Christ: Talk 47 This is the 47th in a long series of talks Eknath Easwaran gave on The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. . . . more
YA Blog Post: Images of the February YA retreat "If you have friends who are meditating along the lines I have suggested, you can get together regularly to share a meal, meditate, and perhaps read an inspirational book aloud. . . . more
The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way.
– William Blake
One day, when I was a growing boy, my grandmother asked me a question, “Have you ever looked in Hasti’s eyes?” Hasti was one of the elephants that frequently served in our religious ceremonies and that I had been learning to ride. Hasti’s eyes, like the eyes of all elephants, were tiny – ridiculously small, really, for an animal so huge. “She has no idea how big she is,” Granny said, “because she looks out at the world through such tiny eyes.”
If the world seems hostile and lifeless, and if we seem insignificant in it, it is because, like the elephant, we look at it through such tiny eyes. Through those small eyes, shrunken by the desire for profit and personal gratification, we appear just as insignificant as all the green things – and all the other human beings, animals, fish, birds, and insects – that stand in the way.
When we are absorbed in the pursuit of profit, we live in the narrow world of the bottom line. In that world, our only neighbors are buyers and sellers, our only concerns property, profit, and possessions. Yet all around us is a world teeming with people, animals, organisms, and elements – a deeply interconnected environment that responds to all we do.
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2013 Memorial Video shown at our annual memorial observance at Ramagiri Ashram on October 26.