Narrowness is primitiveness
August 22, 2012 Comments Off
Narrowness is primitiveness; it is the breadth of heart that proves evolution.
Bowl of Saki, August 10, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:
One person will do something and consider that there is great wisdom in his sacrifice, while another who is not evolved enough to understand it will say, ‘How very foolish!’ Remember therefore that not only to the wise person the man of little sense seems foolish, but even to the foolish person the wise one seems foolish. The points of view of both are different: one looks from the top of the tower, the other standing on the ground. So there is a vast difference in the range of their sight.
It is a man’s outlook on life which makes him broad or narrow, and it is the grade of his evolution which gives man the illumination of sacrifice. What a man was not inclined to do last year, he may be inclined to do this year; the sacrifice one could not make yesterday, one can make today, for the rate of speed of man’s evolution cannot be limited to a particular standard. A broad outlook enriches man and a high point of view ennobles the soul.
Once you have linked yourself with love, a flood of inspiration is revealed to you, whatever the subject, whatever the problem in life may be. Whatever it be that your eye casts its glance upon, it will disclose itself. Then you are on the real road, and what a joy this is!
Breadth of heart is what is needed for all this. … It is the breadth of heart that makes a man great, whereas it is narrowness of heart that makes him small. The great heart does not think about how troublesome a person is, and why he should be bothered like this. It is only the narrow of heart that thinks, ‘I will cause him some trouble.’ It may be justified, but still it is a narrow thought. The one with a broad heart thinks,’ This is a small thing, I can put up with it; not much harm will come from it.’
The Nizam wrote this verse, ‘The width of the land and the water cannot be compared with the width of man’s heart. If man’s heart is wide enough there is nothing greater than that.’ The heart becomes wide by forgetting the self, and narrow by thinking of the self and by pitying one’s self. To gain a wide and broad heart you must have something before you to look upon and to rest your intelligence upon, and that something is the God ideal. This is the prescription for killing the self, and to kill the self is the basis of every religion.