Eknath Easwaran

Eknath Easwaran (17 December 191026 October 1999) was a spiritual teacher, an author of books on meditation and ways to lead a fulfilling life, as well as a translator and interpreter of Indian literature.

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  • By giving full attention to one thing at a time, we can learn to direct attention where we choose.
    • Easwaran, Eknath (2005). Words to live by: A daily guide to leading an exceptional life. Tomales, CA: Nilgiri. ISBN 978-1-58638-016-8.  (page 12: comment for Jan. 3 on quote by Shelley) (work originally published 1990)
  • To enjoy anything, we cannot be attached to it. William Blake understood this beautifully: He who binds to himself a Joy, Doth the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the Joy as it flies / Lives in Eternity's sunrise. What we usually try to do is capture any joy that comes our way before it can escape. We have our butterfly net and go after the joy like a hunter stalking his prey. We hide and wait, pounce on it, catch it, and take it home to put on our wall. When our friends come to visit, we say, "Hey, Stu, would you like to see my joy?" There it is on the wall - dead. We try to cling to pleasure, but all we succeed in doing is making ourselves frustrated because, whatever it promises, pleasure simply cannot last. But if I am willing to kiss the joy as it flies, I say, 'Yes, this moment is beautiful. I won't grab it. I'll let it go.'

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