God Makes the Rivers to Flow: Sacred Literature of the World

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Nilgiri Press, Jun 1, 2009 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 336 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 EaswaranOCOs 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 EaswaranOCOs 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 EaswaranOCOs 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 EaswaranOCOs method of passage meditation, brings their wisdom to life. As Easwaran writes, ?If this appeals to you, everything you need to start is here.OCO"

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This is a one-of-a-kind book with mystical passages from various faith traditions hand picked by a contemporary mystic. It's in incredible resource for meditators who are not wedded to a particular ... Read full review

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This is a one-of-a-kind book with mystical passages from various faith traditions hand picked by a contemporary mystic. It's in incredible resource for meditators who are not wedded to a particular ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Eknath Easwaran, one of the most respected interpreters of mysticism in the modern world, developed his Eight Point Program of meditation and allied living skills for those wanting to lead active, spiritually fulfilling lives in the midst of family, friends, and society. He drew on all major religious traditions to deliver a universal and ever-practical message.

Easwaran’s method of meditation enables ordinary people to translate lofty ideals into their daily lives.

Eknath Easwaran was born in December, 1910, into an ancient matrilineal family in Kerala state, South India.

From a post as Professor of English Literature at the University of Nagpur, he came to the United States on the Fulbright exchange program in 1959. In January 1968, at the University of California, Berkeley, he inaugurated what is believed to be the first academic course on meditation ever offered for credit at a major American university. He taught and wrote until his death in 1999.

Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, which he founded in 1961, carries on his work. His twenty-four books, plus audio and video tapes of his talks, have sold more than two million copies and are translated into twenty-two languages.

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