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Book Title: Your Life is Your Message|
The author of the book: Eknath Easwaran
Edition: Jaico Publishing House
Date of issue: July 15th 2005
ISBN 13: 9788172249861
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 5.5
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Here's the deal with Eknath Easwaran and my overall feelings about him and his books. I love the guy. I never had a real mentor in my life and I never had a grandfather so even though I never met him before, I still feel a close connection to him.
It all started many years ago when I was in limbo in my life searching for some sort of answer but I didn't know where to look. I was at a bookstore and found Easwaran's book, "Meditation: An Eight Point Program." I had never meditated before although the idea sounded cool; but there was something about Eknath's face on the book cover (and his kind and wise eyes) that spoke to me. I felt something. The book was used and dirt cheap but to this day, it's one of my most treasured books because I got so much out of it.
All of Easwaran's books are the same; they're all good. But, since I am against all religion, I read all of his writing with a LOT of salt. I don't consider meditation a religion and I have read books that even say Buddhism "isn't supposed to be" a religion either. It IS the least offensive of all religions but I believe meditation can be done without any of that stuff.
This sounds corny but even though I am against religion, I feel like one of those people that says, "I'm very spiritual." It sounds dumb but it's true. I am no atheist. I believe in Universal Knowledge et al. And so with this type of open mind, I am able to read Easwaran's books and get the wisdom out of them.
Now, back to the topic at hand, my review of THIS book, "Your Life Is Your Message." This is probably the easiest of all of Easwaran's books to read and can be read a page at a time; that's how long the sections are. It's a slim little book that you can carry in your backpack. You can probably read it in one sitting!
I do recommend this little book but if you're looking for something meatier, pick up "Meditation" or "Mantram Handbook."
"Meditation: An Eight Point Program" came to me exactly when I needed it. I read it all right away and got so much out of it. Then, I put it away without really putting a meditation practice into use, and I had no mantram either.
Then, I read Tina Turner's autobiography, "I, Tina." It stuck with me because a year or two later, I was in Italy and began to have an anxiety attack. I felt helpless but out of the blue, I thought about Eknath Easwaran and his mantram book and then I suddenly remembered Tina's mantram! It just popped into my head!!
I repeated "Nam Yo Ho Renge Kyo" silently in my mind and the longer I did it, the anxiety slowly faded away. I felt like Eknath and Tina had rescued me, in a way, and so I am very thankful for having found Eknath's book so very long ago.
Every person can learn from his (and his grandmother's) wisdom. He's a sweet man and although he is the opposite of myself in that he respects ALL religion and thinks there is great wisdom in them, I can still get a lot out of his books. I have quite a few of his books and I always go back to them as they tend to give comfort like an old friend does when you need advice.
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Read information about the authorEknath Easwaran (1910–1999) is the originator of passage meditation and the author of more than 30 books on spiritual living.
Easwaran is a recognized authority on the Indian spiritual classics. His translations of The Bhagavad Gita, The Upanishads, and The Dhammapada are the best-selling editions in the USA, and over 1.5 million copies of his books are in print.
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 1961, he founded the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, based in Tomales, California, which continues his work today through publications and retreats.
His 1968 class on the theory and practice of meditation at UC Berkeley is believed to be the first accredited course on meditation at any Western university. For those who seek him as a personal spiritual guide, Easwaran assured us that he lives on through his eight-point program of passage meditation.
"I am with you always”, he said. “It does not require my physical presence; it requires your open heart."
Please visit bmcm.org for a fuller biography.
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