Passage Meditation - A Complete Spiritual Practice

Train Your Mind and Find a Life That Fulfills

Easwaran’s classic manual is a complete guide to his eight-point program of passage meditation. It gives in-depth instructions for both new and experienced meditators who want to establish a vibrant meditation practice, and keep it going.

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In passage meditation, you focus attention on passages or texts from the world’s wisdom traditions that are positive, practical, and uplifting, and that fit with your own religious or non-religious beliefs. This universal method stays fresh and inspiring, improving concentration and prompting you to live out your highest ideals.

Meditation, the mantram and six other spiritual tools help you to stay calm, kind, and focused throughout the day. With regular practice, you gain wisdom and vitality, and find a life that fulfills.

New Q&A Sections

Easwaran regularly held question and answer sessions during his 40 years as a teacher of meditation. Many questions came up over and over, as they still do today in the retreats offered by the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation. You will find answers to more than 100 questions on meditation and the other points in the 80 new pages of this latest edition.

The new edition also contains some revisions to the start of the book, and to the last two points of the program, to include Easwaran’s later teachings.


The audiobook is complete and unabridged, and is read by Paul Bazely, a professional actor and longtime student of Easwaran.

A method of meditation that anyone can dive right into. Those looking to begin practicing or improving to a more effective method of meditation would be served greatly by the eight points outlined in this book. The primary point is meditation on a passage. This helps focus the mind and train it to properly become what we think. The other points follow and further enhance the meditation. These points are: repetition of a mantram (mantra), slowing down, one-pointed attention, training the senses, putting others first, spiritual fellowship and spiritual reading. The book goes into fine detail on each point and how to effectively utilize them for meditation. It shares optimum times to meditate, body positioning and relaxation tips. This is all followed by an extensive question and answer section regarding meditation and the principles in the book.


I've been seeking a book on meditation that also helps to incorporate the traits into daily life. Essentially, I've been looking for a view on meditation that helps explain how such practice could be part of a lifestyle. Easwaran's Passage Meditation does exactly that.

Other books and articles have provided me with knowledge on meditation for a specific purpose, such as reducing stress or improving sleep, but this book provides a holistic perspective that allows the individual to delve into meditation as a lifestyle choice.

This book lives up to its Complete Spiritual Practice pledge. One of the strongest parts of the book is the Q&A session, whereas Easwaran responds to an array of questions concerning meditation, perspectives, and daily living. This is a complete reference on meditation as a spiritual practice.

I've always felt that I was spiritual without being religious, and Easwaran helps me to reinforce that perspective while encouraging me to meditate and embrace my spiritual side.

Overall, this book is a great reference for the beginner or the advanced practitioner seeking a holistic approach based around passages. It's definitely worth the journey.

Henry Alphin, Jr.

A clear, insightful exposition of meditation, and an excellent guide to its practice.

Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions

I loved this book. It is full of so much wisdom, and Easwaran has such a way with words that whether you have been meditating for 25 years or have never meditated in your life, you will find value in this little book and want to pass it on to friends and loved ones when you're done. I underlined and dog-eared the heck out of this one because I wanted to return to so many passages!