Eknath Easwaran — is the originator of passage meditation and the author of 40 books on spiritual living. Easwaran pronounced Ish-war-an is his given name; Eknath is the name of his ancestral family. Born in Kerala, India, Easwaran was a professor of English literature at a leading Indian university when he came to the United States in on the Fulbright exchange program. A gifted teacher, he moved from education for degrees to education for living, and gave talks on meditation and spiritual living for 40 years. His meditation class at UC Berkeley in was the first accredited course on meditation at any major university.
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Eknath Easwaran — is the originator of passage meditation and the author of 40 books on spiritual living. Easwaran pronounced Ish-war-an is his given name; Eknath is the name of his ancestral family. Born in Kerala, India, Easwaran was a professor of English literature at a leading Indian university when he came to the United States in on the Fulbright exchange program.
A gifted teacher, he moved from education for degrees to education for living, and gave talks on meditation and spiritual living for 40 years. His meditation class at UC Berkeley in was the first accredited course on meditation at any major university. In he founded the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, a nonprofit organization that publishes his books, videos, and audio talks, and offers retreats and online programs.
Easwaran lived what he taught, giving him lasting appeal as a spiritual teacher and author of deep insight and warmth. Discovering Meditation Easwaran discovered meditation mid-life, while he was teaching on a college campus in central India.
In the midst of a successful career he found himself haunted by age-old questions: Why am I here? What is life for? What will happen when I die? Finally he came home one day to find his dog had been killed by a passing truck, and his sense of loss would not subside. His dog stood for death itself, for all who had passed away. I closed my eyes, and as I began to repeat the verses silently to myself, the words opened up and took me deep, deep in. His meditation practice had begun. Still leading a full life at the university, Easwaran looked for guidance in this new inner world.
He read the Upanishads, Patanjali, the Catholic mystics, the Buddhist scriptures, the poetry of the Sufis. In addition to his Bhagavad Gita, he found passages for meditation from every major spiritual tradition. Some of the mystics he studied had chosen not to retire into monasteries but, like himself, to seek the spiritual path in the midst of everyday life.
In meditation, he found a deep connection between the wisdom in the passages and the way he conducted himself throughout the day. It was a thrilling discovery.
In he came to the US on the Fulbright scholarship and lectured widely on the spiritual heritage of India. Some students were eager to learn about meditation, and Easwaran loved teaching. He developed a simple, effective eight-point program of passage meditation based on his own spiritual experience. Thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds now follow this program all around the world. Easwaran as a Teacher In the introduction to one of his key books, Easwaran described his approach as a teacher.
I go with friends to the theater; I am fond of Western and Indian classical music; I like to take the children to the ice cream parlor and the dogs to the beach for a run. Before taking to meditation, in my ignorance of the unity of life, I too committed most of the mistakes that even sensitive people commit today.
As a result, I understand how easy it is to make those mistakes, and I know how to guide and support those who are trying to learn a wiser way of living.
People choose to relate to him today in various ways: as an authority on world mysticism; as a wise spiritual writer; as an experienced teacher of meditation; and as a personal spiritual guide. Easwaran is a recognized authority on the Indian spiritual classics.
Over 1. The meditation programs that Easwaran created for every stage of life are reaching growing audiences in person and online.
He left a vast legacy of video and audio talks which will be shared increasingly over the next years through our website, programs, publications, and digital library. For those who seek him as a personal spiritual guide, Easwaran assured us that he lives on through his eight-point program.
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