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By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
A Little Book of Courage & Hope
Nilgiri Press 08/09 Hardcover $9.95
Eknath Easwaran (1910 – 1999) was the spiritual leader and founder of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation in the San Francisco Bay area. A Fulbright scholar and former university professor in his native India, Easwaran authored many books including Take Your Time. He was known for peppering his talks and writings with stories and sound advice about the spiritual life, like the following: "Once I asked my teacher, my grandmother, why a certain man in our village never seemed to be happy, even though he had all of life's advantages he was healthy, he had a fine family and a good job, and he even had a full head of hair. Her reply was simple but profound: 'It is not possible for life to make a selfish person happy, whatever temporary satisfactions may come along. But,' she added, 'life cannot but give you joy if you live for the joy of others.' "
In this brief but substantive work, the author discusses the transformations that can lead to harmony with ourselves, others, and the environment. One key to this process of renewal is moving beyond the spell of separateness and accepting the unity of all life. Open-mindedness is another quality that can put us on the path of well-being. Slowing down the mind enables us to listen to all points of view.
In most western cultures, the pace of life has definitely gotten more hectic. Easwaran recommends the antidote:
Easwaran spices this book with wonderful illustrative material from his favorite mentor:
The lesson in this story: Don't be intimidated by position or power or wealth. Little people working together can transform the world.
This small volume contains profound spiritual teachings that will give you a tremendous boost as you seek harmony in your daily life.
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