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Words To Live By

Short Spiritual Readings for Every Day
Paperback Book
August, 2010
$23.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

As an irrigator guides water to the fields, as an archer aims an arrow, as a carpenter carves wood, the wise shape their lives. —The Buddha

To live at our best each day, we must renew our commitments, find strength to face challenges, and draw inspiration from a living source. Words To Live By is a beautiful book of daily readings to help us face the challenges and opportunities of every day. Each page offers a short quote from one of the world’s best-known philosophers, saints, or scientists, followed by spiritual teacher Eknath Easwaran’s clear-eyed observation of the modern scene and insightful commentary on the essentials of spiritual living.

Words have impact—to sell, to soothe, to persuade. Inspired words have the power to transform lives. In this beautiful collection (now in a revised 2010 edition), Easwaran frames the words of brilliant philosophers, poets, and sages with surprising insights that make the wisdom of the ages relevant to our busy world.

The method of meditation presented in this book involves sitting quietly with eyes closed and going slowly, in the mind, through the words of an inspirational passage that appeals to you deeply. It may be a prayer, or a poem from one of the great mystics, or a piece of scripture from any of the world’s religions. It must be a very positive selection. When you sit quietly like this every morning, concentrating completely on words that embody your highest ideals, you are giving your mind thoughts of the purest quality to work with during the day. These selfless thoughts begin to mold your life. Joy begins to follow you throughout the day.

Eknath Easwaran (1910–1999) wrote many books, and founded the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation. See

Publisher’s Description: 

This warmly encouraging collection of daily readings offers immediate inspiration for readers seeking a more spiritually grounded lifestyle. Each reading is based on a quotation from one of the world's great philosophers, poets, saints, and sages. Augustine and Einstein, Emily Dickinson and Jalaladdin Rumi, Biblical verses, Buddhist sutras, Hasidic proverbs, and Hindu Upanishads can all be found here. Each quote is accompanied by a commentary from Easwaran, explaining how the wisdom of the ages can help us here and now. Some days offer gentle reminders to slow down and be mindful. Other days give advice for changing an unwanted habit, mending a relationship, staying strong in hard times, or striving toward the peaks of spirituality described in all religions. This is a book to read in the morning to start the day right, or at night to prepare for peaceful rest. Each day, each year, brings fresh insights and inspiration.

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