God Makes the Rivers to Flow

The Rig Veda

Passages for Meditation

God makes the rivers to flow. They tire not, nor
do they cease from flowing. May the river of my
life flow into the sea of love that is the Lord.

May I overcome all the impediments in my course.
May the thread of my song be not cut before my
life merges in the sea of love.

Guard me against all danger, O Lord. Accept me
graciously, O King of kings.

Release me from my sorrows, which hold me as
ropes hold a calf. I cannot even open my eyes
without the power of your love.

Guard us against the grief that haunts the life
of the selfish. Lead us from darkness into light.

We will sing of your love as it was sung of old. Your
laws change not, but stand like the mountains.

Forgive me all the mistakes I have committed.
Many mornings will dawn upon us again. Guide us
through them all, O Lord of Love.

The Rig Veda is one of the Vedas, the four foundational scriptures of Hinduism. This passage is a free rendering by Easwaran for meditation and is published in his spiritual anthologies, “God Makes the Rivers to Flow” and “Timeless Wisdom.” The audio recording is by Eknath Easwaran.