It was May 2019, and I wanted to read and go deep into the Bhagavad Gita. Without any special reference, I looked for a good copy in an online bookshop. The Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran “found me.” I read some lines about the author and the references seemed quite appealing. So, I got the audiobook, and some days later, the book.
Really impressed by the beauty of the text and by the interpretation and practical orientation given by Easwaran, I became curious about Passage Meditation and the eight-point program. So I also got that audiobook, and then the book. I can find no words to express how passage meditation resonated (and resonates) inside me! As I knew by heart the Prayer of Saint Francis from my education at a Catholic school, I immediately began daily meditation, chose a mantram, and started trying to practice the eight-point program.
Almost two years have passed. Reading several other books by Easwaran and following the activities and work of the BMCM have helped me to understand his message better. An important contribution from the BMCM was the six-week online course “Introduction to Meditation.” Listening to the clear, essential, and moving introductions to each point given by the BMCM team, reading the testimonials, doubts, and struggles of other seekers, developing the notion that I am part of something much bigger than myself, that I’m not alone in this life of trials and errors, sharing our efforts to “do it right”, and getting light and orientation from Easwaran’s life and writings, it was indeed a powerful experience!
Last January, I participated in a three-day Introductory Retreat. I had never done an online retreat, but we were very well oriented in the previous weeks and I did my part in preparing the place and time, free of all duties that could be postponed, and I told family and friends why I needed those days alone. The experience was unforgettable: the BMCM team orientation each day, group sharing with our successes, difficulties, and questions, meditation three times a day, reading, walking with the mantram, videos from Easwaran and from the BMCM, and a beautiful moment with Christine Easwaran. As a group experience it was lovely! The final session, in which each one of us dedicated to the others a passage from the book God Makes the Rivers to Flow, was so moving that my only regret was my inability to remember all the contributions. I will continue reading as many of those texts as possible as an expression of my gratitude. Those days changed me for better! I need to return to that Source from time to time!
Each day I feel more devoted to Easwaran’s guidance. I listen to his audiobook, Spiritual Teacher, Earnest Student and the flame of his love in my heart wants to shine “like a thousand suns.” My deep desire is to be worthy of his blessing.
From Katrien in Belgium, who attended a Weeklong Retreat