Original Goodness: Eknath Easwaran on the Beatitudesby Eknath Easwaran
The Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount provide eight specific strategies for changing the mental habits that hide each person’s special virtues. Using exhilarating quotes from numerous Christian mystics, Easwaran focuses on the idea of “original goodness,” the spark of divinity that is every individual’s birthright, regardless of personal assets or liabilities. The spiritual resources everyone needs - love, compassion, meaning, hope, freedom from fear - are already inside, ready to be uncovered. Original Goodness includes instructions on how to meditate, and how to apply the power and insights of meditation to everyday life.
Throughout, this book is enlivened with inspiring quotes from some of the greatest Christian mystics - among them Meister Eckhart, Mechthild of Magedeburg, Teresa of Avila, and John Ruysbroeck. Original Goodness will appeal to anyone wanting to learn how to meditate using a method that fits comfortably within the Christian tradition.
Original Goodness is part of a three-volume series, Classics of Christian Inspiration, which collects the best writing of Eknath Easwaran on well-loved and inspiring passages and mystics in the Christian tradition. The companion titles are: Seeing With the Eyes of Love and Love Never Faileth.
About the Author
Schooled in both Eastern and Western traditions, Eknath Easwaran took to the spiritual life amidst a successful career in India as a professor of English literature, writer and lecturer. He came to the University of California, Berkeley, in 1960 on the Fulbright exchange program and established the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation in Northern California in 1961. His deep personal experience and his love for his students have made the ancient art of meditation accessible to those who hold jobs and live active lives among friends and family.
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