Source of Our Existence

Swami Paramananda

Passages for Meditation

O Thou Compassionate, All-loving Spirit!
Thou art the sustaining power of our life.
Thou art the unalterable source of our existence.
Thou art eternally abiding within us.
Thou art above us and below us; Thou art before us and behind us;
Thou art all about us.

Unfold our understanding that we may comprehend Thy vastness.
Reveal unto us Thy Divine Grace that we may be sustained by
the knowledge of Thy Presence within us.

Fill our hearts with Thy holy inspiration that we may follow
Thy path with unwavering faith and undaunted courage.
Consecrate and sanctify our life.
Make us like little children, gentle, sweet and free from all blemish.

Fill our whole being with Thy Divine Light that we may know
all things in that Light.
Bestow upon us the gift of true vision that we may love
in Thy Love and live in Thy Life.
Teach us how we may partake of Thy blessedness.

We come to Thee with humility and devotion.
Grant unto us Thy abiding protection and surround us
with Thine all-enfolding peace.

Swami Paramananda (1884-1940) was one of the first Hindu teachers to bring ancient Hindu wisdom to the United States, following in the footsteps of his own teacher, Swami Vivekananda. 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.