Friday, February 27, 2015

The teachings of Eknath Easwaran

Referring to people who claim they’re happy to carry on as they are, minus even the rudiments of a spiritual way of life, renowned Indian-born spiritual teacher and author Eknath Easwaran responded with these memorable words, “ ‘I don’t like to think about such things,’ (people) may say. ‘I’m happier carrying on as if nothing is going to happen.’ For such people, the mystics have a penetrating question: If you are truly happy inside, why do you feel the need to go looking for happiness outside? This is spiritual logic at its deadliest.”

The above quote is from Love Never Faileth by Eknath Easwaran (1910-1999), who founded the Blue Mountain Centre of Meditation in California some fifty years ago. I recommend this book and every book written by Easwaran starting with The Mantram Handbook: A Practical Guide to Choosing Your Mantram & Calming Your Mind as well as his Eight-Point Programme for spiritual growth.

Eknath Easwaran gives you the freedom to pick what you like from his inspiring work and apply it as you see fit. You can read more about his life and work at www.easwaran.org.