I Have Joined My Heart to Thee

A Song of Sri Ramakrishna

Passages for Meditation

I have joined my heart to Thee: all that exists art Thou;
Thee only have I found, for Thou art all that exists.
O Lord, Beloved of my heart! Thou art the Home of all;
Where indeed is the heart in which Thou dost not dwell?

Thou hast entered every heart: all that exists art Thou.
Whether sage or fool, whether Hindu or Mussalmān,
Thou makest them as Thou wilt: all that exists art Thou.

Thy presence is everywhere, whether in heaven or in Kaabā;
Before Thee all must bow, for Thou art all that exists.

From earth below to the highest heaven,
from heaven to deepest earth,
I see Thee wherever I look: all that exists art Thou.

Pondering, I have understood; I have seen it beyond a doubt;
I find not a single thing that may be compared to Thee.
To Jāfar it has been revealed that Thou art all that exists.

Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886) was a Hindu mystic and world teacher from north India. This selection is from a favorite song. This passage is published in Easwaran’s spiritual anthology, “God Makes the Rivers to Flow.” The audio recording is by Eknath Easwaran.