Night Prayer


Passages for Meditation

My God and my Lord, eyes are at rest, stars are setting, hushed are the movements of birds in their nests, of monsters in the deep.

And Thou art the Just who knowest no change, the Equity that swerveth not, the Everlasting that passeth not away.

The doors of kings are locked, watched by their bodyguards; but Thy door is open to him who calls on Thee.

My Lord, each lover is now alone with his beloved, and Thou art for me the Beloved.

Rabi’a (c. 717-801) is considered a major saint and founding figure in the Sufi tradition of Islam. She was already recognized in her lifetime as a teacher of high stature. This passage is published in Easwaran’s spiritual anthologies, “God Makes the Rivers to Flow” and “Timeless Wisdom.” The audio recording is by Eknath Easwaran’s wife, Christine Easwaran.