“This is the central principle of meditation: we become what we meditate on.”
YA Blog Post: The Timeless Wisdom Blog "We are so immersed these days in what the mass media offer that it is helpful to give half an hour or so each day to reading the scriptures and the writings of the great mystics of all religions. . . . more
Video Clip: What Makes Us Be Unkind? (6:14 minutes) If our real personality is pure love, why are we sometimes unkind to each other? Easwaran answers this question with insights and advice from the Bhagavad Gita. . . . more
A Practice for Today: Increasing One-Pointed Attention "Avoid doing two or more things at once, even if they seem trivial and you know you can manage it. . . . more
Easwaran on Thomas a Kempis' The Imitation of Christ: Talk 14 This is the fourteenth in a long series of talks Eknath Easwaran gave on The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. . . . more
YA Blog Post: Experiments, Results, Conclusions - Starting a Meditation Practice "Within each of us there is an undeniable demand for a joy that does not come and go, for a sense of purpose, for knowing who we are. . . . more
The loathsome mask has fallen, the man remains
Sceptreless, free, uncircumscribed, but man
Equal, unclassed, tribeless, and nationless,
Exempt from awe, worship, degree, the king
– Percy Bysshe Shelley
None of us wants to be artificial. We all want to be natural and spontaneous. But true spontaneity is not simply doing what we feel like doing and not doing what we don’t feel like doing. That is simply reacting as we have been conditioned to react. It is really no more spontaneous than a rubber ball which bounces when we drop it on the sidewalk.
We are being truly spontaneous when we can change the habits of a lifetime. We are being truly spontaneous when we are able to drop our pet project and work for the welfare of those around us without a ripple of protest in the mind. We are being truly spontaneous when we can respond calmly, constructively, and compassionately to a difficult situation. The secret of spontaneity is training. We cannot just decide to be spontaneous overnight; but we can all make these marvelous transformations in our lives if we are prepared to put in the sustained effort they require.
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