The Unstruck Bells & Drums


Passages for Meditation

The Lord is in me, the Lord is in you,
As life is in every seed.
O servant! Put false pride away
And seek for him within you.
A million suns are ablaze with light,
The sea of blue spreads in the sky,
The fever of life is stilled, and all stains
Are washed away
When I sit in the midst of that world.

Hark to the unstruck bells and drums!
Take your delight in love!
Rains pour down without water,
And the rivers are streams of light.
One love it is that pervades the whole world;
Few there are who know it fully:
They are blind who hope to see it by the light of reason,
That reason which is the cause of separation –
The house of reason is very far away!

How blessed is Kabir, that amidst this great joy
He sings within his own vessel.
It is the music of the meeting of soul with soul;
It is the music of the forgetting of sorrows;
It is the music that transcends all coming in
And all going forth.

Kabir (1440-1518) is one of the greatest mystic poets of India, claimed by both Sufi Muslims and Hindus and revered by Sikhs. 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.