Eknath Easwaran Quotes
A mind that is racing over worries about the future or recycling resentments from the past is ill equipped to handle the challenges of the moment. By slowing down, we can train the mind to focus completely in the present. Then we will find that we can function well whatever the difficulties. That is what it means to be stress-proof: not avoiding stress but being at our best under pressure, calm, cool, and creative in the midst of the storm.
All negative thoughts - anger, fear, passion, compulsive craving - tend to be fast. If we could see the mind when it is caught in such thoughts, we would really see it racing. But positive thoughts like love, patience, tenderness, compassion, and understanding are slow - not turbulent, rushing brooks of thinking, so to speak but broad rivers that are calm, clear, and deep.
All we are is the result of what we have thought. By changing our mode of thinking, we can remake ourselves completely.
Around the world even in some of the countries most troubled by poverty or civil war or pollution many thoughtful people are making a deep, concerted search for a way to live in harmony with each other and the earth. Their efforts, which rarely reach the headlines, are among the most important events occurring today. Sometimes these people call themselves peace workers, at other times environmentalists, but most of the time they work in humble anonymity. They are simply quiet people changing the world by changing themselves.
As meditation deepens, compulsions, cravings, and fits of emotions begin to lose their power to dictate our behavior. We see clearly that choices are possible: we can say yes, or we can say no.
Attention can be trained very naturally, with affection, just as you train a puppy. When something distracts your attention, you say Come back and bring it back again. With a lot of training, you can teach your mind to come running back to you when you call, just like a friendly pup.
Concentration breeds efficiency while division brings inefficiency, error, and tension.
Every human heart has a deep need to love - to be in love, really, with all of life. This is the kind of love that comes when the mind is still. Be still and know that we are all God's children; then you will be in love with all.
It takes a lot of experience of life to see why some relationships last and others do not. But we do not have to wait for a crisis to get an idea of the future of a particular relationship. Our behavior in little every incidents tells us a great deal.
Judged by the normal standards of human affairs, the lives of men and women of God may look overburdened with suffering, and even inconclusive.
Let nothing upset you; Let nothing frighten you. Everything is changing; God alone is changeless. Patience attains the goal. Who has God lacks nothing; God alone fills every need.
Love is so exquisitely elusive. It cannot be bought, cannot be badgered, cannot be hijacked. It is available only in one rare form: as the natural response of a healthy mind and healthy heart.
Meditation is the basis of a life of splendid health, untiring energy, unfailing love, and abiding wisdom. It is the very foundation of that deep inner peace for which every one of us longs. No human being can ever be satisfied by money or success or prestige or anything else the world can offer. What we are really searching for is not something that satisfies us temporarily, but a permanent state of joy.
One learns a good deal in the school of suffering. I wonder what would have happened to me if I had had an easy life, and had not had the privilege of tasting the joys of jail and all it means.
Patience can't be acquired overnight. It is just like building up a muscle. Every day you need to work on it.
Peace would always be less compelling than war. Perhaps that was why there was so little of it in the world.
Through meditation and by giving full attention to one thing at a time, we can learn to direct attention where we choose.
Violence only makes a situation worse. It cannot help but provoke a violent response. Strictly speaking, satyagraha is not nonviolence. It is a means, a method. The word we translate as nonviolence is a Sanskrit word central in Buddhism as well: ahimsa, the complete absence of violence in word and even thought as well as action. This sounds negative, just as nonviolence sounds passive. But like the English word flawless, ahimsa denotes perfection. Ahimsa is unconditional love; satyagraha is love in action.
We expect professional and financial success to require time and effort. Why do we take success in our relationships for granted? Why should we expect harmony to come naturally just because we are in love?
Why do you want a new truth when you do not practice what you already know? Far better to read a few books and make them your own than to read many books quickly and superficially.
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December 17, 1910
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