As we enter into the new year, it may be helpful for us to remember that our spiritual practice can be one of the most helpful things we can do—for our family and friends, for our communities and for the world as a whole (as well as for ourselves!). When scary or challenging things are happening in the world around us, it can sometimes be difficult to remember the goodness. This passage by Swami Ramdas reminds us of that goodness, which is present everywhere, within and without.
Swami Ramdas, a contemporary of Eawaran and also from Kerala, India, lived an ordinary, householder’s life, until, after continuing to experience bouts of doubt and restless idleness, his father introduced him to the practice of repeating a mantram in his case, in honor of Rama. His life was transformed by the mantram and he began to joyfully accept whatever came his way. This passage reflects the profound change brought about in his life by his practice of repeating the mantram.
We invite you to join us this month in adding "He is Omnipresent" to your passage rotation. As always, we love to hear from you in the comments! What transformations in your own life might be brought about by your spiritual practice?
He is Omnipresent – Swami Ramdas
In my heart I found my Beloved.
Now wherever I turn, His face I see
In all beings and things – great and small.
His light illuminates all space
He is there in nature’s beauty.
He is present in men, birds and beasts –
His power pervades all the worlds.
He is Love, Peace and Joy.