Meet a Guru: Eknath Easwaran

I wasn’t sure where to start in introducing some of the gurus, teachers, and schools of Hinduism. But then I thought I would start with Easwaran, since we’ve been reading his translation of the Upanishads.

Background

Easwaran was born in Kerala and later moved to America. He learned Hinduism from his beloved grandmother and then was also influenced by Catholicism in school. He became a spiritual leader later in life after a career as an English professor. He married a non-Indian, American woman. He died in 1999 at the age of 88.

Teaching

Easwaran brought his intellectual and modern background to his interpretation of Hinduism. He had a gift for simplifying difficult concepts and making it all feel easy. He truly emphasized unity and focusing on the similarities across religious traditions. He saw truth as beyond the label of Hindu or Christian or Islamic.

“His method is a practical approach that fits naturally into any faith, philosophy, or lifestyle, enabling us to bring universal ideals into daily life.” -http://www.easwaran.org/about-eknath-easwaran.html

He developed the passage meditation that I’ve mentioned before. It is a way of meditating that is non-denominational and can be used within any religious tradition.

My Experience

I went to a weekend retreat with the Blue Mountain Center group in MA once. It was a very pleasant experience. We listened to lectures from Easwaran on video. We had discussions, ate light sattvic food. I came away with a respect for his teachings.

Followers

Easwaran founded the Blue Mountain Center in 1961 in the San Francisco Bay Area. It has grown and continued after his death.

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About Ambaa

Ambaa is an American woman of European ancestry who is also a practicing Hindu. She is fascinated with questions of philosophy, culture, and the meaning of life. Join her in the journey to explore how a non-Indian convert to Hinduism experiences her religion.

  • N.B.

    Thank you White Hindu. You gave me so much to read
    Eknath Easwaran
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eknath_Easwaran

  • N. B.

    A passage meditation from holy Eknath Easwaran who i saw in vision.(but it was not vision he was there for anyone looking in that direction but is was rush hour in the great city and everyone seen to be very busy beavers )

    From God makes the rain flow
    Psalm 23
    A psalm of David.

    1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
    he leads me beside quiet waters,
    3 he refreshes my soul.
    He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
    4 Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
    I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

    5 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
    You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
    6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
    and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.


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