“We all need joy, and we can all receive joy in only one way, by adding to the joy of others.”
These inspired texts from world scripture and the writings of great saints and sages have been selected for reading, study, and use in passage meditation. They come from Easwaran’s collections of inspirational passages, Timeless Wisdom and God Makes The Rivers To Flow. Click on a passage title in the right-hand column below to read and print that passage. If an audio icon is displayed next to the passage title, an audio player will be displayed with the passage; use it to hear Easwaran reading that passage
In the market, in the cloister only God I saw.
In the valley and on the mountain only God I saw.
Him I have seen beside me oft in tribulation;
In favor and in fortune only God I saw.
In prayer and fasting, in praise and contemplation,
In the religion of the Prophet – only God I saw.
Neither soul nor body, accident nor substance,
Qualities nor causes only God I saw.
I oped mine eyes and by the light of his face around me
In all the eye discovered only God I saw.
Like a candle I was melting in his fire:
Amidst the flames outflashing only God I saw.
Myself with mine own eyes I saw most clearly,
But when I looked with God's eyes only God I saw.
I passed away into nothingness, I vanished,
And lo, I was the All-living only God I saw.
From a Persian ode by the eleventh-century Sufi mystic Baba Kuhi of Shiraz. The translation is from Reynold A. Nicholson, The Mystics of Islam (London: Arkana, 1989), copyright 1914 by Reynold A. Nicholson.
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Baba Kuhi of Shiraz
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Native American Tradition
Rabbi Abram Isaac Kook
Rabbi Eleazar Azikri
Saint Catherine of Genoa
Saint Ignatius Of Loyola
Saint Teresa of Avila
Solomon ibn Gabirol
Sri Sarada Devi
The Amritabindu Upanishad
The Bhagavad Gita
The Chandogya Upanishad
The Isha Upanishad
The Katha Upanishad
The Kena Upanishad
The Rig Veda
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Thomas a Kempis