Eknath Easwaran (1910--1999) is respected around the world as an authentic guide to timeless wisdom, and as the originator of passage meditation, a complete spiritual program. His Indian classics, The Bhagavad Gita, The Upanishads, and The Dhammapada, are the best-selling English translations, and over 1.5 million copies of his thirty-three books are in print. His 1968 class on the theory and practice of meditation at UC Berkeley is believed to be the first accredited course on meditation at any Western university. Easwaran was a professor of English literature and well known in India as a writer and speaker before coming to the United States in 1959 on the Fulbright exchange program. In 1961, he founded the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, based in Tomales, California, which continues his work today through publications and retreats.
"No extravagant claims, no pretentious jargon. Just a clear, insightful exposition of meditation, and an excellent guide to its practice." -- Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions "Eknath Easwaran ... sets forth the basics of meditation with gentle humor and the insights gained from a lifetime of spiritual practice ...[and] integrates Eastern and Western approaches to the art of stilling the mind and opening the heart." -- Yoga Journal "Excellent book ... full of charming anecdotes and advice to those trapped in materialism. His chapter on mantrams is particularly helpful ... Demonstrate[s] sound background knowledge in Oriental thought and meditative techniques, plus years of personal experience." -- Library Journal