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The City of God

By Ravidas


Grieve Not is the name of my town.

Pain and fear cannot enter there,

Free from possessions, free from life’s taxes,

Free from fear of disease and death.


After much wandering I am come back home

Where turns not the wheel of time and change,

And my Emperor rules, without a second or third,

In Abadan, filled with love and wisdom.


The citizens are rich in the wealth of the heart,

And they live ever free in the City of God.

Listen to Ravidas, just a cobbler:

“All who live here are my true friends.”


From God Makes The Rivers To Flow, Sacred literature of the world selected by Eknath Easwaran, founder of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation; third edition 2008, reprinted by permission of Nilgiri Press, P. O. Box 256, Tomales, Ca 94971, www.easwaran.org.