In the midst of our busy world we need islands of calm. Each of these daily readings is paired with a quotation from one of the world’s great philosophers, poets, saints, and sages. Easwaran taught spiritual living for forty years, and his commentaries show how the wisdom of the ages can guide us in our own lives.
Augustine and Einstein, Emily Dickinson and Jalaladdin Rumi, Biblical verses, Buddhist sutras, Hasidic proverbs, and Hindu Upanishads can all be found here. As we go through the year with Easwaran some days will be joyful, some will be hard, but each one can further our journey. One day at a time is enough.
Arjuna’s struggle in the Bhagavad Gita is acutely modern. He has lost his way on the battlefield of life and turns to find the path again by asking direct, uncompromising questions of his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna, the Lord himself. Krishna replies in 700 verses of sublime instruction on living and dying, loving and working, and the nature of the soul.
Easwaran shows the Gita’s relevance to us today as we strive, like Arjuna, to do what is right.
“No one in modern times is more qualified – no, make that ‘as qualified’ – to translate the epochal Classics of Indian Spirituality than Eknath Easwaran. And the reason is clear. It is impossible to get to the heart of those classics unless you live them, and he did live them. My admiration of the man and his works is boundless.” – Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions.
When the mind is unhurried, we are patient, kind, and focused, ready to respond to what really matters amidst the clamor of a busy day. The secret is to train our minds to work steadily and with one-pointed attention, however many tasks confront us.
For over forty years, Easwaran taught meditation and the wisdom of slowing down. As we read, we find ourselves in situations where we may get impatient or upset - standing in line, dealing with difficult colleagues, shopping with children with agendas of their own - but as Easwaran relates each event, we see it from the perspective of an unhurried mind. And we see small ways to change how we respond, opening the door to rich, loving relationships, creative and productive work, and a quiet sense of joy that can permeate our lives.
"This beautiful little book captures the very essence of what our frantic, stressful lives could become if we would simply take the time to slow down. Eknath Easwaran once again offers simple words of wisdom for a complicated world." — Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
"I have long found the writings of Eknath Easwaran to be models of clarity, simplicity and practicality. Take Your Time gives very straightforward advice for remaining centered in a frantic world. I recommend it."– Andrew Weil, MD, Author of Spontaneous Happiness.
"Patience is the ornament of the brave," Eknath Easwaran’s wise grandmother used to say. In all relationships, Easwaran says, patience is the mark of love.
Easwaran is one of the twentieth century's great spiritual teachers and an authentic guide to timeless wisdom. He is a recognized authority on the Indian spiritual classics. His translations of The Bhagavad Gita, The Upanishads, and The Dhammapada are the best-selling editions in the USA, and his books on meditation, spiritual living, and the classics of world mysticism have been translated into twenty-six languages.
In this little book, Easwaran gives powerful insights and advice for developing patience at home and at work, with his unique blend of humor and practicality. Stories offer quiet interludes throughout the book. Anecdotes about animals, sports stars, and happy family outings make these short, varied readings as entertaining as they are instructive. Gentle reminiscences of India, tales from Easwaran’s Hindu heritage, and inspiration from the world’s saints lift the reader’s spirits and give courage. Just keep trying, Easwaran says, and you’ll find there’s no end to your patience — no end to the wisdom, love, and compassion in your heart.