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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

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Number-one New York Times best-seller and the perfect holiday gift. A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick "Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love, too!" (Reese Witherspoon) No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.   Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.  But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .  The only way to survive is to open your heart.  

©2017 Gail Honeyman (P)2017 Penguin Audio

Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
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The Bhagavad Gita

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The Bhagavad Gita, "The Song of the Lord", is the best known of all the Indian scriptures, and Easwaran's reliable and accessible version has consistently been the best-selling translation. Easwaran's introduction places the Gita in its historical setting and brings out the universality and timelessness of its teachings. Chapter introductions give clear explanations of key concepts in that chapter. To listen to the scripture without the introductions, listeners should start at track 044. The Bhagavad Gita opens dramatically on a battlefield, as the warrior Arjuna turns in anguish to his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna, for answers to the fundamental questions of life. But as Easwaran points out, the Gita is not what it seems - it's not a dialogue between two mythical figures at the dawn of Indian history. "The battlefield is a perfect backdrop, but the Gita's subject is the war within, the struggle for self-mastery that every human being must wage" to live a life that is meaningful, fulfilling, and worthwhile. This audio recording is a complete and unabridged reading of Eknath Easwaran's book The Bhagavad Gita.  Narrated by Paul Bazely, an actor of Indian heritage and a longtime student of Easwaran. Music by Yann Stoneman.

©2007 The Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (P)2015 The Blue Mountain Center of Meditation

Narrator: Paul Bazely
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
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Essence of the Upanishads

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The Katha Upanishad embraces the key ideas of Indian mysticism in a mythic story we can all relate to – the quest of a young hero, Nachiketa, who ventures into the land of death in search of immortality. But the insights of the Katha are scattered, hard to understand. Easwaran presents them systematically, and practically, as a way to explore deeper and deeper levels of personality, and to answer the age-old question, “Who am I?” Easwaran grew up in India, learned Sanskrit from a young age, and became a professor of English literature before coming to the West. His translation of The Upanishads is the best-selling edition in English. For students of philosophy and of Indian spirituality, and readers of wisdom literature everywhere, Easwaran’s interpretation of this classic helps us in our own quest into the meaning of our lives.

©2009 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (P)2017 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation

Narrator: Paul Bazely
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
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The Dhammapada

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Dhammapada means "the path of dharma", the path of harmony and righteousness that anyone can follow to reach the highest good. This classic Buddhist scripture is a collection of vivid, practical verses gathered from direct disciples who wanted to preserve what they had heard from the Buddha himself. Easwaran's translation of this classic Buddhist text is the best-selling translation in the US. In the comprehensive introduction, he brings the story of the young Prince Siddhartha and his heroic spiritual quest vividly to life. His overview of the Buddha's teachings is reliable, penetrating, and accessible. The Buddha rejected superstition on the one hand and philosophical speculation on the other. He taught the path to the end of suffering and showed how we can achieve lasting joy. In The Dhammapada he spells out our choices with a refreshing realism and frankness.

©2007 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (P)2016 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation

Narrator: Paul Bazely
Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
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Passage Meditation - A Complete Spiritual Practice

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Easwaran's classic manual is a unique source of practical spiritual support for new and experienced meditators and gives all the instruction needed to establish a vibrant meditation practice and keep it going. In passage meditation you focus attention on passages, or texts, drawn from all the world's sacred traditions. You choose the passages that appeal to you, so this universal method stays fresh and inspiring, prompting you to live out your highest ideals. Easwaran taught passage meditation to thousands of people for over 40 years, including a course at the University of California, Berkeley. Meditation is supported by the mantram and six other spiritual tools to help us stay calm, kind, and focused throughout the day. This book, which includes Easwaran’s answers to more than 100 questions posed by his students, shows how, with regular practice, we gain wisdom and vitality and find a life that fulfills.

©2016 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (P)2016 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation

Narrator: Paul Bazely
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
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Conquest of Mind

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Easwaran takes the timeless teachings of the Buddha and other mystics and tells us how we can train the mind not just during meditation but throughout the day.  Feeling trapped by unwanted thoughts and emotions can seem an inevitable part of life. But Easwaran, who taught meditation for 40 years, teaches us a way to break free. Just as a fitness routine can create a strong, supple body, spiritual disciplines can shape a secure personality and a resilient, loving mind. Writing as an experienced, friendly coach, Easwaran takes the timeless teachings of the Buddha and other mystics and tells how we can train the mind not just during meditation but throughout the day. Working with difficult colleagues, choosing what to eat, and listening to a child’s needs are all opportunities to try out different, wiser responses. Easwaran describes how training the mind is a glorious challenge - one that brings joy and purpose to life. This audiobook contains the first 10 chapters of the print book, but omits the last three chapters which were added in 2010.  Narrated by Paul Bazely. ©1988 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (P)2010 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation 

©1988 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (P)2010 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation

Narrator: Paul Bazely
Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
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Original Goodness

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Uncover the core of goodness within.  Love, compassion, meaning, hope, and freedom from fear are not qualities we need to acquire. We simply need to uncover what we already have.  "Original goodness" is Eknath Easwaran’s phrase for this spark of divinity hidden in every one of us, regardless of our personal liabilities or past mistakes.  Commenting on the Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount, Easwaran shows how this spark of divinity can energize our lives - beginning with a simple method of meditation that gradually removes the conditioning that hides our native goodness.   Eknath Easwaran is one of the 20th century's great spiritual teachers and an authentic guide to timeless wisdom. His books on meditation, spiritual living, and the classics of world mysticism draw from all the world’s great traditions and have been translated into 26 languages.  Music by Yann Stoneman.

©1996 The Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (P)2019 The Blue Mountain Center of Meditation

Narrator: Paul Bazely
Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
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The Magic Unicorn: Bedtime Stories for Kids

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Snuggle with your kids at bedtime with this collection of easy-to-read children's stories! Does your child have difficulty falling asleep? Are you looking for a fun, soothing way to bond with your kids? Do you want to calm your child down, improve their vocabulary, and listening skills? If yes, then this little collection of spellbinding stories for kids can help you. In Bedtime Stories for Kids: The Magic Unicorn, you're going to discover a menagerie of interesting stories and memorable characters that are sure to catch the interest of your child, stimulate their imagination and take their budding creativity to new heights, allowing you to spend quality time with your kids that they would cherish for life. Written for toddlers and pre-adolescent children, each unique story has its own special setting and characters and is filled with lessons that will instill and reinforce powerful life lessons in your kids. Bedtime Stories for Kids: The Magic Unicorn is suitable for both boys and girls and belongs in every family's audiobook library. Great for cozying up with your kids before turning out the lights, it is also perfect for listening alone and would make a nice holiday gift for your kids to add to their library. Scroll up and click the "add to cart" button to buy now! PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Sarah Doll (P)2019 Sarah Doll

Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
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Chesapeake

6 ratings

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The central scene of Michener's historical novel is that section of Maryland's Eastern shore, hardly more than 10 miles square. To this point come the founders of families that will dominate the story.

©2013 James A. Michener (P)2015 Random House Audio

Length: 50 hrs and 35 mins
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Strength in the Storm

5 ratings

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Find balance, peace, and even wisdom by learning to steady the mind.  Stress and anxiety affect many of us as we struggle with work pressures, money worries, strained relationships, and the nagging sense that life may be running out of our control. But in the midst of chaos, we can find balance, peace, and wisdom, Easwaran says, if we learn to steady our minds. It’s a simple idea, but one that runs deep - a truly calm mind can weather any storm.  Eknath Easwaran, a respected teacher of meditation, offers a wealth of insights, real-life stories, and practical suggestions. He explains how to use a mantram (or mantra) to quiet the mind and how to slow down and stay in the present. With persistence, we can shed anxieties and resentments, strengthen our relationships, and stay kind and strong when faced with conflicts, supporting those around us.  We learn to calm the mind through practice - there’s no magic about it. We can’t control what life throws at us, but we can learn to access the courage, patience, and compassion that we need to ride the waves of life minute-by-minute, day-by-day.  The audiobook is abridged: It contains the first three chapters and the final three chapters, excluding the chapter introductions, real-life stories, worksheets, and points to practice.  

©2005 The Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (P)2009 The Blue Mountain Center of Meditation

Narrator: Paul Bazely
Length: 51 mins
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The Mantram Handbook

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The mantram, or mantra, is a short, powerful spiritual formula from the world’s great traditions, repeated silently in the mind, anytime, anywhere. Use it when you’re ill or anxious, tired, or restless, and the mantram will guide and comfort you like a true friend. The mantram can help you to: Steady the mind and focus your thoughts. Replenish your energy and willpower. Free your mind from anxiety, anger, or resentment. Access your deepest resources of strength, patience, and love. Music by Yann Stoneman.

©1977 The Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (P)2019 The Blue Mountain Center of Meditation

Narrator: Paul Bazely
Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
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The Faithful Gardner

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What in life is unconquerable; what survives? On The Faithful Gardner, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes mines the rich storytelling tradition of her own family to unearth a series of lyrical stories that illustrate how faith is the one immortal force in our lives. Raised by a family of refugee immigrants who revered stories as healing instruments, Dr. Estes tells these ageless stories first told to nourish, repair and strengthen - whatever is most needed and wanted.

©2005 Sounds True (P)2005 Sounds True

Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
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The Prayer of Saint Francis

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Meditation is the key to finding the Self, and Easwaran recommends this prayer, which begins "Lord make me an instrument of thy peace . . . ," as the first passage to use when learning to meditate. In this talk Easwaran explores the four pillars of wisdom and then gives a line-by-line commentary on the prayer.

©2004 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (P)2004 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation

Narrator: Eknath Easwaran
Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
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Sacred Literature of the World

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In this historic recording Eknath Easwaran, who taught meditation and spiritual living for over 40 years, reads his selection of life-affirming writings from the saints, sages, and scriptures of the Christian, Hindu, Sufi, Jewish, Buddhist, and Taoist traditions. This collection includes passages from Easwaran’s translations of the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and the Dhammapada. Easwaran’s reading is sonorous and deep, slowing down the mind and drawing us into a world of timeless wisdom where our worries and concerns fall back into perspective. Listen to these passages for daily inspiration, for the insights they give into other spiritual traditions, for the light they throw on how to live, and for the deep transformation they can bring through Easwaran’s method of passage meditation. Uplifting and lyrical, sometimes startlingly practical, these inspirational passages all express the same unifying truth – that we are spiritual beings, with limitless resources of love, energy, and wisdom, intended to make our contribution to our communities and our world.

Public Domain (P)2012 Nilgiri Press

Narrator: Eknath Easwaran
Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
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Gandhi's Story

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Eknath Easwaran grew up in Gandhi's India and was deeply inspired by him. As a young man, he read Gandhi's weekly articles and visited his ashram, walking with Gandhi and observing him in deep meditation during his prayer service. What fascinated Easwaran was Gandhi's magnificent spiritual transformation - from a shy, ineffectual lawyer to the Mahatma, the "great soul" who led millions of Indians in their successful nonviolent struggle for independence.   In this series of talks given for the University of California at Berkeley, Easwaran tells the story of Gandhi's life, recounting the key events that led to Gandhi's spiritual evolution and the dramatic turn of events in India. Easwaran is a gifted storyteller and these talks are compelling, culminating with the account of Gandhi's assassination. The key message throughout comes from Gandhi himself: if we make the same effort he did, we too, in our own small way, can transform fear into fearlessness, anger into compassion, selfishness into selfless service for the world. Listen to these talks if you are interested in the spiritual side of Gandhi's life, in the concept and/or practice of nonviolence, or in spiritual living in general. As Easwaran points out, we need nonviolence now more than ever before. We need to practice Gandhi's teachings to build harmony in our homes and at our work, to restore peace in our communities and in the world today. Eknath Easwaran (1910-1999) is respected around the world as the originator of passage meditation and as an authentic guide to universal wisdom. More than 1.4 million copies of his books are in print around the world, including his spiritual biography, Gandhi the Man. Easwaran lived what he taught, giving him enduring appeal as an author and teacher of deep insight and warmth.

©2002 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (P)2002 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation

Narrator: Eknath Easwaran
Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
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Gandhi the Man

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This is the story of Gandhi's spiritual evolution - the turning points and choices that made him not just a great political leader but also a timeless icon of nonviolence. Eknath Easwaran grew up in India and witnessed how Gandhi inspired people of all races, backgrounds, and religions to turn anger into compassion and hatred into love. How had Gandhi transformed himself from an ineffective young lawyer into the Mahatma, the "great soul" who led 400 million ordinary men and women in their nonviolent struggle for independence? To find out, Easwaran visited Gandhi's ashram and watched the Mahatma absorbed in meditation on the Bhagavad Gita - the wellspring of Gandhi's spiritual strength. Easwaran, a leading authority on the Bhagavad Gita and on spiritual living, explains the principles underlying Gandhi's nonviolence. He highlights how we can all use Gandhi's teachings to make our families, workplaces, and communities more peaceful in the world today. This audiobook is a complete narration of Easwaran's Gandhi the Man but excludes the short Foreword, and the Afterword ("How Nonviolence Works") that are by other writers.

©1997 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (P)2009 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation

Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
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Following the Teachings of the Upanishads

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The Upanishads are among the oldest of the Indian wisdom texts, the records of teaching sessions of illumined sages and their students, who were asking the fundamental questions of life. Easwaran's translation of these classic texts has been highly acclaimed, and in these informal talks to close students he draws out the main themes of eleven Upanishads - themes such as strengthening willpower, mastering our senses, reducing self-will, developing lasting, loving relationships, exploring the deeper levels of consciousness, and overcoming the fear of death. He illustrates his typically penetrating insights with analogies, entertaining anecdotes, references to mystics and spiritual teachers from East and West. Easwaran explains that the Indian scriptures express one supreme, eternal law: if we live for others, in complete harmony with all life, in our homes, at work, and in our communities, we will find abiding happiness and fulfilment. To erase all selfishness from our hearts requires more courage and endurance, Easwaran says, than climbing the Himalayas - and he conveys vividly the joy and exhilaration of the spiritual life. Meditation and the repetition of the mantram (or mantra) are essential for those who choose to take on these challenges, and Easwaran refers to these disciplines frequently. Anyone who is new to these spiritual practices might find it helpful to listen first to Easwaran's talk Meditation.

©2002 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (P)2002 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation

Narrator: Eknath Easwaran
Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
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The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living

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This audiobook includes all three volumes in the Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living series. A comprehensive manual for living a spiritual life, based on a verse-by-verse commentary on India’s timeless scripture - from the author of its best-selling translation. This audiobook includes all three volumes in this series.  The Bhagavad Gita is set on the battlefield of an apocalyptic war between good and evil. Faced with a dire moral dilemma, the warrior prince Arjuna turns in anguish to his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna, for answers to the fundamental questions of life.  Easwaran points out that Arjuna’s crisis is acutely modern. The Gita’s battlefield is the struggle for self-mastery that every human being must wage. Arjuna represents each of us, and Sri Krishna is the Lord, instructing us in 18 chapters of lofty wisdom as we face the social, environmental, and global challenges that threaten our world today.  Easwaran is a spiritual teacher and author of deep insight and warmth. His verse-by-verse commentary interprets the Gita’s teachings for modern listeners, explaining the Sanskrit concepts and philosophy and applying them with practicality, wisdom, and humor to every aspect of our work, our relationships, and our lives. With everyday anecdotes, stories, and examples, he shows that the changes we long to see in the world start with the transformation of our own consciousness. The practical exercises recommended by Easwaran to achieve transformation are part of a spiritual program he developed for his own life. They are accessible to people from all backgrounds and cultures. Urging us to adopt a higher image of the human being, he assures us that peace and unity are within reach. The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living is an in-depth, verse-by-verse explanation of this ancient scripture and its relevance today. Included are instructions in Easwaran's universal eight-point program of passage meditation. The first six chapters of the Gita explore the concept of the innermost Self and source of wisdom in each of us. Easwaran explains how we can begin to transform ourselves, even as householders engaged in busy lives. The next six chapters of the Gita go beyond the individual Self to explore the Supreme Reality underlying all creation. Easwaran builds a bridge across the seeming divide between scientific knowledge and spiritual wisdom, and explains how the concept of the unity of life can help us in all our relationships. The final six chapters put forth an urgent appeal for us to begin to see that all of us are one - to make the connection between the Self within and the Reality underlying all creation. Global in scope, the emphasis is on what we can do to make a difference to heal our environment and establish peace in the world. Easwaran’s commentary is for all students of the Gita, whatever their background, and for anyone who is trying to find a path to wisdom, love, and kindness in themselves and our troubled world. Written as an authoritative, accessible guide to a much-loved scripture, it is a handbook for finding peace and clarity within.

©2020 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (P)2021 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation

Narrator: Paul Bazely
Length: 50 hrs and 19 mins
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Five Obstacles to Meditation

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Easwaran the meditation teacher gives insights into strengthening the mind and the body to help overcome common problems during meditation.

©2004 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (P)2005 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation

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The Transformation of Anger

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Anger is a powerful force. Easwaran inspires us to transform it into a constructive, healing friend.

©2004 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (P)2004 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation

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Meditation and Selfless Service

Summary

Easwaran links meditation and the inner spiritual life with the imperative of work in the world.

©2004 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (P)2004 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation

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An Uncluttered Mind

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Easwaran explains how we can clear our minds of the clutter that prevents us from living our lives the way we want to live.

©2004 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (P)2004 Blue Mountain Center of Meditation

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