In this collection, Timeless Wisdom, Eknath Easwaran brings the wisdom of the world’s great saints and sages within our reach.
These are powerful, universal wisdom texts that inform and transform.
s Enjoy them for their poetic and intellectual appeal
s Or study them slowly, with concentration
s Or meditate on them, following Easwaran’s instructions in his companion volume, Passage Meditation - so that the words come to life in your thoughts and actions
The great saints and sages are the world’s spiritual geniuses men and women such as the Compassionate Buddha, Francis of Assisi, Teresa of Avila, and the sages of the Upanishads, They come from different faiths, different times, but they all discovered the same changeless reality underlying the shifting world of sense experience. By reminding us of our essential goodness, they give us hope. Through the legacy of their words, they show us what it means to think in freedom, love fully, and see life as it really is.
Read this book again and again - and let these saints and sages take you to the heartland of the spirit within. From the world’s great scriptures and mystics all bare the stamp of personal spiritual experience - they speak directly to our hearts and souls.
Easwaran chose texts that are positive, practical, and inspiring, and that express the universal ideals of love, steadfastness, and wisdom. They can be read as holy words but also as the promptings of our true Self, the core of goodness within us.
Here are flashes of insight from the Upanishads, prayers of comfort from the Christian saints, songs of praise from the Sufis, deep wisdom from the Jewish, Buddhist, and Taoist traditions.
Far beyond the media’s clamor for physical and emotional satisfactions, these passages answer our need for meaning, for purpose, for a sense of our place in the world - they nourish us and anchor our lives.
About the Author
Eknath Easwaran (1910–1999) is respected around the world as the originator of passage meditation and an authentic guide to timeless wisdom. His method is a practical approach that fits naturally into any faith, philosophy, or lifestyle, enabling us to bring universal ideals into daily life.
Easwaran was a professor of English literature and well known in India as a writer and speaker before coming to the United States in 1959 on the Fulbright exchange program. In 1960, he began giving regular classes on meditation in the San Francisco Bay Area, including a course at the University of California. In 1961, he founded the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, which carries on his work today through publications and retreats.
Although known primarily through his books, Easwaran has also personally touched the lives of thousands of people who have heard him speak. During nearly four decades of active spiritual teaching, in thousands of talks and more than two dozen books, he brought timeless wisdom for daily living to an audience that now extends around the globe.
Easwaran is also well known for his Classics of Indian Spirituality – The Bhagavad Gita, The Upanishads and The Dhammapada, all bestsellers in their field.