Respected teacher and author Eknath Easwaran drew deep, ongoing
inspiration from the sacred literature of all traditions. These 149
selections represent his choice of the most life-affirming and lyrical
writings, from the great river of wisdom that is always flowing - down
the centuries and throughout the world.
The short extracts in this
anthology come from the much-loved saints, sages, and scriptures of the
Christian, Hindu, Sufi, Jewish, Native American, Buddhist, and Taoist
traditions, and include a number of Easwaran's own translations from his
best-selling Classics of India series.
These passages can be read
for daily inspiration, for the insights they give into other spiritual
traditions, for the light they throw on how to live, for the sustenance
they offer when we feel sad or tired, and for the deep transformation
they can bring in Easwaran's method of passage meditation.
supporting material includes an introduction from Easwaran and an essay
on the message of the scriptures, with stories from India, detailed
background notes for all the texts, tips for making them part of a daily
reading routine and for memorization, suggestions for using them for
close study in practices such as lectio divina from the Christian
tradition, and instruction in Easwaran's program of passage meditation.
and lyrical, sometimes startlingly practical, these passages all
express the same underlying, unifying truth - that we are essentially
spiritual beings, with resources of love, energy, and wisdom, intended
to make our contribution to our communities and our world.
This is a
book to treasure, to come back to countless times. With every
encounter, these passages reveal a deeper meaning. Just reading them can
inspire us and point us in the right direction; meditating on them, in
Easwaran's method of passage meditation, brings their wisdom to life. As
Easwaran writes, "If this appeals to you, everything you need to start