Easwaran’s Talks & Writings

Get inspiration and guidance directly from Easwaran in excerpts from his books, articles, and audio and video talks.

Inspiration
  • Choose Kindness

    Being kind doesn’t mean being a doormat, Easwaran explains. It’s a highly effective way to train your mind to be strong, calm, and compassionate.

  • The Transformation of Anger

    Easwaran shows us in this audio talk how to transform anger from a harmful to a healing force, with practical tips from his own life and examples from Gandhi.

  • You Are That

    In this short video clip, less than five minutes long, Easwaran explains the underlying meaning and practical implications of the ancient spiritual statement, "You Are That."

  • Surfing the Waves of Life

    Watching surfers out at sea, Easwaran invites us to train the mind and ride life’s waves with the same effortless grace.

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  • Finding Unity in Conflict

    Easwaran describes how we can strengthen personal relationships even in the midst of conflicts, by focusing on the common ground.

  • Learning to Forgive Ourselves

    As we grow in spiritual awareness, we become more aware of mistakes from our past. Easwaran gives practical, compassionate advice on dealing with guilt.

  • Forgiving Others, Forgiving Ourselves

    Lasting forgiveness is very hard to achieve, but it’s essential if we are to live in peace with ourselves. Easwaran gives practical spiritual guidance.

  • Answering the Need of the Times

    How can meditation help the world? Easwaran explains how this ancient spiritual practice helps us to create positive change in modern times.

  • An Uncluttered Mind

    Easwaran explains in this audio talk how attachment affects the workings of the mind. Meditation helps us to declutter our homes and our lives.

  • Invitation to a Journey

    Easwaran tells the story of Humphrey the whale and presents the spiritual life as a great adventure, encouraging us to put full effort into our meditation practice.

  • Raja Yoga

    Meditation makes us kings and queens of our own lives, Easwaran explains in this seven-minute video clip. We gradually bring our thoughts under our control, enabling us to make our fullest contribution to life.

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  • Good Will, Good Health

    In this 30-minute audio talk, Easwaran explains the connection between training the mind and improving our physical, mental, and emotional health.

  • The Visit to Gandhi's Ashram

    Easwaran describes how he went to Gandhi’s ashram and watched the Mahatma meditating on the Bhagavad Gita. The visit had a profound influence on him.

  • Spiritual Education & Right Occupation

    In this 30-minute audio talk, Easwaran shows how the great mystics of the world can help us answer the age-old question, “What should I do with my life?”

  • Slowing Down for What Matters Most

    Easwaran shows how we can find opportunities to slow down throughout our day, calming our minds at work and at home.

  • Original Goodness

    Using the metaphor of the lotus, Easwaran introduces the concept of original goodness, our real nature.

  • Simple Is Beautiful

    An ideal thinker is like an ideal shopper, Easwaran says – focused on essentials. With spiritual training, we can have minds free of worry and full of peace.

  • Bringing Our Children Up Wisely

    Easwaran describes three stages in the upbringing of children. He explains what we can do to help them grow up to be secure and selfless.

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  • The Power of the Mantram

    Easwaran tells how he came to use a mantram, overcoming his skepticism and discovering its power. He explains what a mantram is and how to use it.

  • What Do Children Need?

    Easwaran explains how we can use our spiritual disciplines to improve all our family relationships and help the children in our lives.

  • Thomas à Kempis Talk #1

    Listen to Easwaran's lively hour-long introduction to “The Imitation of Christ” by Thomas à Kempis. This is the first in a series of audio talks.

  • Living in Harmony: Part 1

    Easwaran explains in this audio talk what it means to live in harmony: harmony with oneself, harmony with others, and harmony with the environment.

  • Living in Harmony: Part 2

    Easwaran shares anecdotes and practical tips for finding harmony with others, and with ourselves.

  • Easwaran Describes His Visit to Gandhi

    Listen to Easwaran’s account of his visit to Gandhi’s ashram, where he watched Gandhi meditating on verses from the Bhagavad Gita.

  • Meditation & Right Occupation

    When we meditate, we don’t do it just for ourselves, as Easwaran explains in this audio talk. We are trustees for this earth and for all its inhabitants.

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  • One-Pointed Attention

    Easwaran shares practical examples of how we can integrate one-pointed attention into our everyday lives in this 30-minute audio talk.

  • Training the Mind

    In this 30-minute talk, Easwaran shares the benefits and challenges of training the mind through meditation.

  • Years of Growth: Easwaran as a Young Adult

    Easwaran recounts his early years as a boy and young student growing up in India, and describes how Mahatma Gandhi and the Bhagavad Gita came into his life.

  • The Goal of Life: Part 1

    This audio talk contains Easwaran’s commentary on the supreme goal of life, which we can all reach through sincere, sustained spiritual practice.

  • The Goal of Life: Part 2

    Easwaran addresses the theme of human evolution and comments on a Sanskrit verse in the second part of his audio talk.

  • Overview of Meditation

    Meditation comes first among spiritual disciplines, and it’s the perfect way to start the day. Easwaran offers brief instructions and an overview of the benefits.

  • The Tamarind Tree

    The leaves of the tamarind tree illustrate a lesson from Easwaran’s Granny, to show the power of ordinary people to change the world.

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  • What Is a Mantram & What Can It Do?

    Easwaran explains the meaning and purpose of the mantram, describes its extraordinary power and invites us to try it out for ourselves.

  • Slow Down Your Mind: An Experiment

    There’s a two-way relationship between a speeded-up mind and negative emotions, Easwaran writes. Meditation gets us back in control.

  • The Benefits of One-Pointed Attention

    One-pointedness is essential for clear thinking and smooth functioning of the mind. Easwaran points out pitfalls and opportunities with this practice.

  • Training the Senses: The Power of Conditioning

    With a considerable touch of humor, Easwaran introduces us to the challenges and benefits of sense training – a route to perfect freedom in the mind.

  • Spiritual Fellowship

    Answering a question about loneliness on the spiritual path, Easwaran gives four pieces of practical advice about spiritual fellowship.

  • Spiritual Reading

    Easwaran gives four suggestions for finding inspiration, instruction and companionship from spiritual reading.

  • A Love That Lasts

    Lasting relationships require a great deal of patient, selfless work, Easwaran explains in this article. But everyone can learn to love.

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  • The Mind & the Elephant Trunk

    With the story of the elephant walking along by market stalls, Easwaran draws an analogy with our wayward minds.

  • Choosing & Using a Mantram

    Easwaran gives detailed instructions on selecting a mantram, and on how and when to use it. Every repetition helps.

  • Real Life Tales of the Mantram

    Easwaran opens this lively audio talk with his story of the student who panicked on the eve of his finals. The mantram came to the rescue.

  • The First Chapter of “Passage Meditation”

    This long excerpt is the whole of the first chapter from Easwaran’s classic manual, with detailed instructions in his method of passage meditation.

  • The Eight-Point Program in the Second Half of Life

    How should our spiritual practice evolve and develop as we enter our retirement years? Easwaran offers practical guidance, point by point.

  • The Second Half of Life

    The second half of life is a time when we should grow to our full stature as human beings, Easwaran writes, and focus on what matters most. Meditation is essential.

  • The Elephant Sculptor

    Through the story of the elephant sculptor, learn how passage meditation can help you make your life a work of art and become the person you want to be.

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  • The Stages of Life

    In ancient India, human life was divided into four stages. Easwaran explains the inner meaning of these four stages as a spiritual framework for life today.

  • The Mantram at the Time of Death

    In this unique article, full of insight and hope, Easwaran explains what happens at death and how we can prepare, right now, through our ongoing spiritual practice.

  • Instructions in Meditation From the Gita

    In this six-minute video clip, Easwaran draws on verses from the Bhagavad Gita to present his instructions in meditation. When the mind is stilled, we will discover the divine spark within us.

  • Dealing Calmly With Criticism

    In this four-minute video clip, Easwaran offers wise, practical advice and a touch of humor to help us face criticism with a calm, detached mind.

  • Charles the Cat

    In this full-length video, Easwaran reflects gently on the passing away of Charles, a BMCM cat, and goes on to explore the meaning of death and the urgency of our spiritual practice.

  • Building the Will

    Everything in life, everything in spiritual growth, Easwaran says, depends on strengthening the will. In this article he gives a number of small, practical steps showing where we can start.

  • The Mantram Repeating Itself

    In this short excerpt, Easwaran explains what it means to hear the mantram constantly repeating itself, and how we reach this advanced state.

  • A Light in the Darkness

    To make our full contribution, Easwaran writes, we need to train the mind to be at peace and then radiate that peace to all those around us.