Thought for the Day

Wednesday 21 April

Progress in meditation comes swiftly for those who try their hardest.

— Yoga Sutras

Eknath Easwaran's Commentary

Given the sheer impossibility of it, I always find it astonishing how swiftly the transformation of personality can proceed when we are meditating with sustained enthusiasm. It may have taken you thirty years to make yourself insecure, but in much less than thirty years you can become secure, loving, resilient. The key is simple: how much do we desire to change? Patanjali, the author of the Yoga Sutras, makes a deceptively simple understatement: they go fastest who try hardest. Whether it is tennis or transformation, the secret is the same: to achieve success, we need to master our desires.

The Thought for the Day is today's entry from Eknath Easwaran's Words to Live By.