2020 Celebration of Easwaran’s Life & Teachings


“Whenever righteousness declines and the world loses its way, the Lord has promised to come to restore the scriptures and show us a way from darkness to light, from untruth to truth, from death to immortality.

“It need not be as a divine incarnation. Even in little people like you and me, the Lord can come to life. By ourselves we are nothing, but every one of us can become a little lamp that shines like a beacon for all around to follow. ”
– Eknath Easwaran 

Every year since his passing in 1999, the BMCM has celebrated Easwaran’s life and teachings in late October and his students have used this time to honor their teacher and rededicate themselves to their spiritual practice. For the past four years, this celebration has expanded to include the worldwide community of Easwaran’s students. This has been a wonderful time of collective striving with each of us deepening our own practice and our connection with Easwaran.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Teacher and Student,” coming from the Fall/Winter 2017 Blue Mountain Journal. This journal is full of wisdom and inspiration from Easwaran about the role of the spiritual teacher and the attributes of the good spiritual student. We invite you to study this journal in the weeks leading up to the celebration on Sunday, October 25 when we’ll join together for a day of mantrams dedicated to peace and healing in the world. 

Read on to learn more about how you can join in the BMCM’s month-long study of the “Teacher & Student” Journal and participate in the celebration mantram day on Sunday, October 25.

Month-Long Journal Study

The BMCM will be using the month leading up to the celebration on Sunday, October 25 to dive deep into the “Teacher and Student” Journal. We’ll be hosting the study via two of our existing satsangs: BMCM Satsang Live, and the eSatsang. You are welcome to choose one of these satsangs to follow along with, or to join both. You can also choose to join the complete month-long study or to participate only in the weeks that work for your schedule.

BMCM Satsang Live

BMCM Satsang Live is a video satsang hosted by BMCM presenters that is offered twice a week, on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time and on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Beginning on Tuesday, September 22, BMCM Satsang will spend five weeks reading through the journal. BMCM Satsang Live intentionally repeats the satsang material on Sunday to make it accessible for friends around the world. You are welcome to attend either session, or both!

BMCM Satsang Live

Learn more about this twice-weekly satsang and join in!

BMCM eSatsang

The eSatsang is an online community that provides passage meditators with a space to engage with Easwaran’s teachings and to discuss his eight-point program. The eSatsang shares weekly content for personal study and reflection and offers opportunities to share comments with other passage meditators. The eSatsang will begin studying the “Teacher & Student” Journal on Friday, September 18.

BMCM eSatsang

Learn more and sign up!

Celebration on Sunday, October 25

On Sunday, October 25 we invite Easwaran’s students around the world to participate in a day of mantrams dedicated to peace and healing in the world. We invite you to make BMCM Satsang Live the centerpiece of your mantram day and join us there at 9:40 a.m. Pacific Time to write the mantram before the program begins at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. As part of BMCM Satsang Live, we’ll all watch this video on the theme of Teacher and Student.

Our collective effort to keep our mantrams going as much of the day as possible, from the time we wake up until the time we drift off to sleep at night, will be a wonderful offering to Easwaran to celebrate his life and teachings.

We’ll leave you with a continuation of the excerpt from Easwaran in the “Teacher and Student” Journal that we shared at the beginning of this news story:

“When people are drawn to me, it is not because of any personal magnetism but because my teacher, my grandmother, has lit the lamp in my heart.

You have always to remember that a teacher is as eager to have dedicated pupils as the student is to find an illumined teacher. To such disciples, the wise teacher gives with both hands the greatest of gifts.

To those who have faith in me, I shall continue to guide them because I believe this life that is ending is only a chapter in the saga of my spiritual evolution.

May God bless all of you to find the peace that I have been enabled to find through my grandmother’s guidance.”