Eknath Easwaran

Year of birth : 1910
Place of birth : Kerala
Teacher/Guru : Grandmother , Inspired from Gandhiji
Education : Graduate from University of Nagpur
Website : www.easwaran.org


“ Through meditation and by giving full attention to one thing at a time,

we can learn to direct attention where we choose. ”

“ By virtue of being human, each of us has

the capacity to choose, to change, to grow. ”

 “ It takes a lot of experience of life to see why

some relationships last and others do not. 

But we do not have to wait for a crisis to get an idea

of the future of a particular relationship.

Our behavior in little every incidents tells us a great deal. ” 

Books by the Master

" God Makes the Rivers to Flow " ... " Conquest of Mind " ... " Passage Meditation " ... " Essence of the Upanishads " ... " Nonviolent Soldier of Islam " ... " Love Never Faileth " ... " Words to Live by: Inspiration for Every Day " ... " Dialogue with Death: A Journey Into Consciousness " ... " Gandhi, the Man " ... " Essence of the Dhammapada: The Buddha's Call to Nirvana " ... " Strength in the Storm: Creating Calm in Difficult Times " ... " The Monkey and the Mango: Stories of My Granny " ... " Take Your Time: Finding Balance in a Hurried World " ... " The Undiscovered Country: Exploring the Promise of Death " ... " A More Ardent Fire: From Everyday Love to Love of God " ..." Climbing the Blue Mountain: A Guide for the Spiritual Journey " ... " The Constant Companion " ...  " The End of Sorrow " ..." Conquest of Mind: Take Charge of Your Thoughts and Reshape Your Life Through Meditation " ... " Finding Balance in a Hurried World " ... " Timeless Wisdom: Passages for Meditation from the World's Saints and Sages " ... " Patience: A Little Book of Inner Strength " ... " Essence of the Bhagavad Gita: A Contemporary Guide to Yoga, Meditation, and Indian Philosophy " ... " Your Life is Your Message: Finding Harmony With Yourself, Others, and the Earth " ... " The Compassionate Universe " ... " Meditation: Commonsense Directions for an Uncommon Life " ... " Renewal: A Little Book of Courage and Hope " ... " The Mantram Handbook " ... " The Bhagavad Gita As a Manual for Transformation " ... " The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living: Chapters 7 through 12 " ..." Saint Francis: Becoming an Instrument of Peace " ... " The Unstruck Bell: Powerful New Strategies for Using a Mantram " ... " Living Thoughts Of Great People " ...  " Discovering Your Hidden Spiritual Resources " ... " Kabir: Stages of Desire " ...  " A man to match his mountains: Badshah Khan, nonviolent soldier of Islam " ...  " With My Love and Blessings " ... " The Undiscovered Country: Exploring the Promise of Death " ...  " Supreme Ambition: Life's Goals and How to Reach It " ... " The Upanishads " ... " The Dhammapada " ... " The Bhagavad Gita " ... " The End of Sorrow (The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living, Vol. 1) " ... " Like a Thousand Suns (The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living, Vol. 2 " ... " To Love Is to Know Me (Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living, Vol. 3) " ...   " Seeing With the Eyes of Love: Reflections on a Classic of Christian Mysticism " ...  " A Higher Image " ...  " Love Alters Not " ... " 1000 Names of Vishnu " ...  " Love is God " ... " How to Meditate " ... " Meditation: A Simple Eight-point Program for Translating Spiritual Ideals Into Daily Life " ... " The Path of Meditation, Journal for Spiritual Living " ...  " Sacred Literature Of The World " ... " Original Goodness: On the Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount " ... " How to Find Happiness " ... " Learning to Love " ... " What Is Karma? " ... " How to Understand Death " ... " The Fruits of Meditation, Journal for Spiritual Living " ... " The Mystery of the Mantram, Journal for Spiritual Living " ... " The Power of the Mantram " ... " Seeing With the Eyes of Love: Eknath Easwaran on the Imitation of Christ "


Eknath Easwaran (1910 – 1999) was a spiritual teacher, an author of books on meditation and ways to lead a fulfilling life, as well as a translator and interpreter of Indian literature. In 1961Easwaran founded the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation and Nilgiri Press, based in northern California. Nilgiri Press publishes over two dozen books he authored.

Easwaran was influenced by Mohandas K. Gandhi, whom he met when he was a young man. Easwaran developed a method of meditation – silent repetition in the mind of memorized inspirational passages from the world's great religions – which later came to be known as Passage Meditation.

Eknath Easwaran was born in 1910 in a village in Kerala, British India. Eknath is his surname, Easwaran his given name. Brought up by his mother, and by his maternal grandmother whom he honored as his spiritual teacher, he was schooled in his native village until the age of sixteen, when he went to attend a Catholic college fifty miles away. Here he acquired a deep appreciation of the Christian tradition. He graduated at the University of Nagpur in English and law. He served as Professor of English literature at the University of Nagpur.

He set up a publishing activity, Nilgiri Press, which printed his first book Gandhi The Man, telling the story of Gandhi as a spiritual as well as a political leader. His first major work was his 3-volume commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, the Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living, the first volume of which was printed in 1975 and the last in 1984. His book Meditation on the program of meditation and allied disciplines that he developed first appeared in 1978.

Easwaran's written works may be grouped into several major categories—primarily books, but also articles in newspapers and other periodicals. Most of his books have been reviewed by spiritually oriented publications or websites, or by nationally known media such as The New Yorker, or the New York Post. In addition, a large number of Easwaran's recorded talks have been published in video and audio formats.

Easwaran's translations of the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and the Dhammapada have been critically acclaimed. Religion scholar Huston Smith is cited by the publisher as writing: "No one in modern times is more qualified – no, make that 'as qualified' – to translate the epochal Classics of Indian Spirituality than Eknath Easwaran. And the reason is clear. It is impossible to get to the heart of those classics unless you live them, and he did live them. My admiration of the man and his works is boundless In Buddhism: A Concise Introduction Smith and his coauthor Philip Novak wrote that "Our favorite translation is Eknath Easwaran's The Dhammapada. His Indian heritage, literary gifts, and spiritual sensibilities... here produce a sublime rendering of the words of the Buddha. Verse after verse shimmers with quiet, confident authority. A bonus is the sparkling 70-page introduction to the Buddha's life and teachings."