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Entertaining, thought provoking, and moving, these four essays by spiritual author and teacher Eknath Easwaran offer an hour of inspiration for listeners of any faith, philosophy, or lifestyle. Through anecdotes, stories of the saints, surprising analogies, and wise insights, Easwaran encourages us to explore what spiritual living can mean today.

In "Taking the Plunge", Easwaran draws on a documentary about young penguins to introduce us to Peter, who dives fearlessly for the first time into the ocean to find fish and fulfilment. His companions on the rocks above are more wary, but they too eventually follow his lead. Like the young penguins, it takes time for us to find our true path, but meditation enables us to take our destiny into our own hands. (To learn more about Easwaran's method of passage meditation, please see Meditation: A Practical Guide.)

In "Chasing Rainbows" Easwaran explores the nature of desire, and what leads to lasting joy.

In "The Secret of Happiness", he shows how, by mastering our mind, we can achieve our real stature, far beyond anything we can imagine.

The final essay, "Climbing the Blue Mountain", is a moving account of the spiritual quest. Easwaran compares this with a long journey that he makes from the hot, dusty plains of Central India, up through jungle and plantations to his home in the cool hills of the Blue Mountains, where his mother waits for him - reminding us that on the spiritual path, we, too, will one day find our true home.

Climbing the Blue Mountain is number-two on the Dale Dauten list of The Five Greatest Advice Books of All Time.

©1992 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation; (P)2009 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation

Critic Reviews

"These essays sparkle with the humor and insight that have made Eknath Easwaran a popular teacher for over 30 years.... Easwaran clarifies spiritual practice with vivid, concrete metaphors drawn from his years of observing people, animals, and the natural world." (Yoga Journal)
"Eknath Easwaran's publications are reliably beautiful in their formulation." (The Journal of Religion and Psychical Research)

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Simple and profound.

This is as practical as it is mystical. It is motivating. And makes one want to get started with the climb this minute.. with sensitivity, depth and humor, Easwaran reminds us what life is for.