Original Goodness

A Commentary on the Beatitudes

Uncover the core of goodness within

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Love, compassion, meaning, hope, and freedom from fear are not qualities we need to acquire. We simply need to uncover what we already have.

“Original goodness” is Eknath Easwaran’s phrase for this spark of divinity hidden in every one of us, regardless of our personal liabilities or past mistakes.

Commenting on the Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount, Easwaran shows how this spark of divinity can energize our lives – beginning with a simple method of meditation that gradually removes the conditioning that hides our native goodness.


The audiobook (unabridged) is read by Paul Bazely, a professional actor and longtime student of Easwaran. Music is by Yann Stoneman, also a student of Easwaran.

Powerful, positive, practical, universal in appeal and of great literary beauty . . . This book [is] a most valuable instrument for transforming one’s life.

Fellowship in Prayer

This is one of my all-time favorite books. And I turn to it again and again for inspiration. Mr. Easwaran's translation work is well known, and it is well known because it is excellent, and it is excellent because he has such a solid grasp of the concepts (grasp of concepts makes it sound too abstract) of the tradition from which the translated books emerged. I am thinking of his translations of the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads, and the introductions to them which are worth the price of the books. He brings this grasp of both the Indian and Western traditions of mysticism to works such as this, Original Goodness, which is brilliant. He has an unbelievable ability to be succinct in his expression of complex ideas, and I feel that the reader new to his work will experience what I have in reading him; "so THAT'S what maya means," for example. I am writing this review in part because I saw so few reviews of it and was surprised by this. This is an outstanding, stand alone work that opens with a quote by Eckhart on the seed of goodness inherent in all creation and flows from there to such topics as getting rid of the stuff in our minds that get in the way of the perception of that divine spark. This is a great book. You'll love it.