Patience: A Little Book of Inner Strength

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Nilgiri Press, Jul 1, 2010 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 126 pages
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"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. 

 An experienced spiritual teacher, he 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 this little 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. This book makes a thoughtful gift for anyone seeking a life that is kinder, more stable, and serene.

 

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Contents

Patience is the ornament of the brave
12
Patience comes with practice
14
Timeless wisdom
18
Patience attains the goal
26
Finding security
27
We have the capacity to choose
28
Gandhis sandals
31
Kindness is strength
33
Patience at work
64
An end to loneliness
67
A perfect day
68
A garland of wildflowers
72
Peaceful sleep
74
Be kind but use discrimination
76
Be kind be kind be kind
79
Enjoying the differences
84

Speed the enemy of patience
36
Patience adds to health
38
The fragrance of goodness
40
Kind opposition
42
Bearing cheerfully with life
44
The Lord is everywhere
46
Endless resources
47
Patience in the family
52
Theres no limit
54
Taking time to listen
56
The water lily
57
The snake who didnt want to play
59
Householders
61
Listening with kindness respect
87
Finding the common ground
88
Unite against the problem
92
Dealing with dislikes
95
Kind always
97
Trust is a twoway street
99
Seeing the Self in all
101
The dog who liked everybody
102
Learning forgiveness
104
Made in heaven
105
Peacemaking
108
The fragrance of the heart
111
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Eknath Easwaran (1910-1999) is respected around the world as an authentic guide to timeless wisdom, universal in his appeal and approach.

Born in a small village in Kerala state, India, Easwaran grew up listening to his grandmother's age-old stories, and learned from her wise, loving example as she guided and supported her busy extended family. As a young man, Easwaran visited Gandhi in his ashram and was deeply influenced by the way he brought spiritual values into daily life.

Easwaran came to the United States on the Fulbright exchange program in 1959, and in 1961 he founded the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, which carries on his work today through publications and retreats.

In 1968, at the University of California, Berkeley, Easwaran taught the first academic course on meditation ever offered for credit at a major American university. He continued to teach his method of passage meditation and his program for spiritual living to an American and international audience for almost forty years.

His books have been translated into twenty-six languages, and more than 1.5 million copies are in print, including his best-selling Classics of Indian Spirituality series (The Bhagavad Gita, The Upanishads, and The Dhammapada, Nilgiri Press 2007).

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