You train your attention, drawing together the scattered threads of what you think, feel, say, and do. You’ll soon find your energy and concentration improving; over time, conflicts resolve, relationships deepen.
But meditation on spiritual passages confers another, special benefit - you discover the timeless wisdom of the world, through direct immersion in great scriptures and prayers - the revelations of saints and sages.
With Easwaran’s help, choose passages that appeal to you, from one spiritual tradition or many, poetic or intellectual, lofty and inspiring or warmly practical. Keep meditating, and your passages will become lifelines, taking you to the source of wisdom deep within and then guiding you through the challenges of daily life. As Easwaran says, this is the secret of meditation: we become what we meditate on.
What is passage meditation? It is the method developed by Eknath Easwaran in which you choose a spiritual text or passage that embodies your highest ideals, memorize it, and then send it deep into consciousness through slow, sustained attention. If you meditate regularly, the truths the passages express gradually become part of your life, part of who you are. You find yourself becoming wiser, kinder, with a greater sense of purpose and connection to others.
Universal and dogma-free, passage meditation fits within any religious practice or nonreligious philosophy; it is used by counselors and yoga teachers, as well as health and education professionals.
Eknath Easwaran taught passage meditation to thousands of people for over forty years, including a course at the University of California. Thoroughly tested, consistent and clear, the instructions in this book are all you need to start meditating. Passage meditation is part of an eight-point program that helps you stay calm and focused throughout the day.