God Makes the Rivers to Flow: An Anthology of the World's Sacred Poetry and Prose

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Eknath Easwaran
Nilgiri Press, 2009 - Religion - 334 pages
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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.
Rich 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.
Uplifting 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 is here."

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(copied from amazon.com reader review) This book is a treasure trove of beautiful words crafted by believers in something greater than ourselves. Some of the passages will resonate with you and some may not, but the beauties of these thoughts have the power to transform Us All into more loving souls.  


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About the author (2009)

Eknath Easwaran (1910 – 1999) is respected around the world as an authentic guide to timeless wisdom, and as the author of Passage Meditation, which brings universal truths into daily life. In 1961 he founded the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, which carries on his work with publications and retreats.

More than 1.5 million of Easwaran’s books on spiritual living are in print, and his translations of the Indian spiritual classics (The Bhagavad Gita, The Upanishads, and The Dhammapada) are the bestselling editions in English.

A gifted teacher who lived for many years in the West, Easwaran lived what he taught, giving him enduring appeal as a teacher and author of deep insight and warmth.

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