The Upanishads by Eknath, Easwaran; Nagler, Michael N

By Eknath, Easwaran; Nagler, Michael N

Among the oldest of India's religious texts, the Upanishads are files of in depth question-and-answer periods given by way of illumined sages to their scholars. broadly featured in philosophy classes, the Upanishads have questioned and encouraged knowledge seekers from Yeats to Schopenhauer. Eknath Easwaran makes this not easy textual content extra obtainable through making a choice on the passages such a lot appropriate to readers looking undying truths this day.
His best-selling, available, hugely readable translation and full of life foreword position the lessons in a modern context for college kids and normal readers alike.

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We realized that Thay and his teachings will continue well into the future, because we are a Sangha. Wherever we are, when we come together as a community of practice, we can generate this powerful energy of peace and healing. Over seventy-three people signed up to help organize the retreat in Colorado next year. One teenager said that, even though Thay won’t be there, he was happy there will be a retreat next year because he couldn’t bear the thought of having to wait two years for the next scheduled retreat with Thay.

All Sangha members are emissaries, vehicles, for Being. Now that he is absent, we have a chance to practice more fiercely, with sharper focus and deeper compassion. It is time to find and become the Buddha within ourselves. No one can do it for us. Awakening can’t be externalized. We must abandon the hope that Thay, or anyone else, will hand it to us, or be it for us. It’s up to us. It’s up to me. I imagine Thay was in this position, too, when his teacher passed away. The Buddha’s students were in this position when their teacher left his form.

So noble silence is not just about not talking. We all know that sometimes not talking isn’t noble at all, for example, when we refuse to communicate with someone. During the time of noble silence in the evening, we can practice becoming aware of the whole of our body, relaxing deeply, sending gratitude to our organs for working so hard, and relaxing all the muscles. We can also be aware of whatever we’re doing. ” When we practice noble silence, we get a chance to rest our breath energy, the energy we use for talking, and to be aware of what’s coming in, what’s going out.

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