"These essays sparkle with the humor and insight that have made Eknath Easwaran a popular teacher for over 30 years . . . Easwaran clarifies spiritual practice with vivid, concrete metaphors drawn from his years of observing people, animals, and the natural world. He certainly doesn’t downplay the difficulty of the meditative quest, which in order to be successful will cost us everything we have. But he does present its rewards so persuasively that it’s hard to resist the impulse to sit down and start right away.” – Yoga Journal
Gandhi inspired people of all races, backgrounds, and religions to turn anger into compassion and hatred into love. How had Gandhi done this? How had he transformed himself from an ineffective young lawyer into the Mahatma, the “great soul” who led 400 million Indians in their struggle for independence from the British Empire?
To find out, Easwaran went to Gandhi’s ashram and watched the Mahatma absorbed in meditation on the Bhagavad Gita, the wellspring of his spiritual strength. In this book Easwaran, author of the best-selling translations of The Bhagavad Gita, The Upanishads, and The Dhammapada, explores "Gandhi: Then & Now"; Gandhi's early years in India, London and South Africa; nonviolence in South Africa and India; the Bhagavad Gita as the source of Gandhi's spiritual strength; and nonviolence in the affairs of life. Quotations highlight Gandhi’s teachings in his own words, and 70 digitally restored photographs from the GandhiServe archive, sidebar notes and a chronology provide historical context.
This book conveys the spirit and soul of Gandhi – the only way he can be truly understood.
"You and I can touch Gandhi's person and heart through this compelling creation." – Rajmohan Gandhi, Research Professor, University of Illinois, and author of Gandhi: The Man, His People, and the Empire
Just as a fitness routine can create a strong, supple body, spiritual disciplines can shape a secure personality and a resilient, loving mind. Writing as an experienced, friendly coach, Easwaran takes the timeless teachings of the Buddha and other mystics and shows how we can train the mind not just during meditation but throughout the day.
Working with difficult colleagues, choosing what to eat, and listening to a child’s needs are all opportunities to try out different, wiser responses. Easwaran shows how training the mind is a glorious challenge – one that brings joy and purpose to life.
This book is Easwaran's commentary on Chapter 12 of the Bhagavad Gita, and is taken from Like a Thousand Suns (The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living Volume 2, chapter 7-12), with a new introduction from Easwaran.
The Katha Upanishad embraces the key ideas of Indian mysticism in a mythic story we can all relate to – the quest of a young hero, Nachiketa, who ventures into the land of death in search of immortality.
But the insights of the Katha are scattered, hard to understand. Easwaran presents them systematically, and practically, as a way to explore deeper and deeper levels of personality, and to answer the age-old question, “Who am I?”
Easwaran grew up in India, learned Sanskrit from a young age, and became a professor of English literature before coming to the West. His translation of The Upanishads is the best-selling edition in English.
For students of philosophy and of Indian spirituality, and readers of wisdom literature everywhere, Easwaran’s interpretation of this classic helps us in our own quest into the meaning of our lives.
(Previously published as: Dialogue With Death)