The One Thing Needed


Passages for Meditation

Of what avail this restless, hurrying activity?
This heavy weight of earthly duties?

God’s purposes stand firm,
And thou, His little one,
Needest one thing alone:
Trust in His power, and will, to meet thy need.

Thy burden resteth safe on Him,
And thou, His little one,
Mayst play securely at His side.

This is the sum and substance of it all:
God is,
God loveth thee,
God beareth all thy care.

Tukaram (1598-1650) was a Hindu mystic and devotional poet. This passage is published in Easwaran’s spiritual anthology, “God Makes the Rivers to Flow.” The audio recording is by Eknath Easwaran’s wife, Christine Easwaran.