One of the things that attracted me to Easwaran early on was his practical approach. He never said “thou shalt”, but rather, “you don’t have to take my word for this – try it yourself”.
As a new graduate nurse practitioner, I had just moved to a rural town to work in the clinic. I was the first nurse practitioner to work in that town; the concept was new to many people. This was a small town, and word came back to me that a person with an office in the same building I worked in was making disparaging remarks about me in the community. My initial reactions were anger, contempt, ideas of vengeance – the usual parade of wounded ego characters.
In my daily reading from The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living, I had come across a new challenge. Easwaran said that if a person was irritating you, your best approach was to seek that person out, spend time with him, focus on the good in him. This, Easwaran assured, would lead to freedom.
It seemed impossible to me, but I decided to try. Each morning, I got to work early, and stopped to see the man, who was also there early every day. I would go by his office, and say hello, ask him how he was doing, what was new, and then just bite my tongue and listen.