“Nothing can be more important than being able to choose the way we think.”
The Timeless Wisdom of Eknath Easwaran
Easwaran on Thomas a Kempis' The Imitation of Christ: Talk 32 This is the 32nd in a long series of talks Eknath Easwaran gave on The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. . . . more
YA Blog Post: A Passage for July "An unhurried mind brings the capacity to make wise choices every day - choices of how we use our time, of where we place our resources and our love. . . . more
Video Clip: The Dance of Life (7:48 minutes) This excerpt is from a talk by Easwaran on the unification of desires and seeing beneath the surface of life. . . . more
A Practice for Today: Choosing and Using a Mantram "Whenever you are angry or afraid, nervous or worried or resentful, repeat the mantram until the agitation subsides. . . . more
"The Story of Devadatta" from Essence of the Dhammapada: The Buddha's Call to Nirvana "Life has a way of putting enemies in our path. . . . more
If thou shouldst say, “It is enough, I have reached perfection,” all is lost. For it is the function of perfection to make one know one’s imperfection.
– Saint Augustine
Among my acquaintances on the Blue Mountain in South India was a Britisher who had climbed many of the higher peaks of the Himalayas. One day he confided to me the feeling of exhilaration he felt on reaching the summit of Annapurna, and standing there in awe in the eternal snows. “Then,” he added, “you know, old boy, while I gazed out over that magnificent scene, snow-topped mountains as far as the eye could see, the question just popped into my mind: Which peak will be next?” He just couldn’t rest on his laurels; he had to keep climbing. That is what gave meaning to his life.
It is the same in meditation. We shouldn’t look forward to the day when we plant our flag on the mountain peak and then retire to a life of tedious leisure. Every time we reach a peak, we will feel a legitimate sense of satisfaction; but at the same time a new and more glorious mountain will probably be beckoning us from the far horizon. That is the glory of living. That is the joy of the spiritual ascent.
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