A gain or a loss which is momentary is not real

December 30, 2013 Comments Off

A gain or a loss which is momentary is not real; if we knew realities we should never grieve over the loss of anything that experience shows to be only transitory.

Bowl of Saki, December 29, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

In life we discriminate between two things: the real and the false. We think more of the real and less of the false. We discriminate between imitation gold and real gold; we pay more for the real gold because it is more lasting. The two samples of gold may be equally bright; hence it is evident that the value we attach to things is in proportion to their lasting power. Similarly, if we could see what things in life are lasting or passing, we should discriminate between real loss and false loss, real gain and false gain. The gain or loss which is momentary is not real. So, too, joy or sorrow is a momentary state; the joy over a gain today may tomorrow prove to be a sorrow. If we knew the realities, we should never grieve over the loss of things which experience shows to be only of a transient character. … For every gain, however, there is a need for sacrifice. To gain anything we have to sacrifice something; to pursue two gains is to lose both. Therefore it is necessary to decide once and for all what is false, and then to follow the real and leave the false.

If there is such a thing as saintly renunciation, it is renouncing small gains for better gains; not for no gains, but seeing with open eyes what is better and what is inferior. Even if the choice has to lie between two momentary gains, one of these would always be found to be more real and lasting; that is the one that should be followed for the time. When we take the torch of wisdom to show us our path through life, we will end by realizing what is really profitable in life and what is not.

from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/VII/VII_15.htm

What can I do?

November 22, 2013 Comments Off

And we are responsible. Don’t fool yourself by saying, “What can I do? What  can I, an individual, living a shoddy little life, with all its confusion  and ignorance, what can I do?” Ignorance exists only when you don’t know  yourself. Self-knowing is wisdom. You may be ignorant of all the books in  the world (and I hope you are), of all the latest theories, but that is not  ignorance. Not knowing oneself deeply, profoundly, is ignorance; and you  cannot know yourself if you cannot look at yourself, see yourself actually  as you are, without any distortion, without any wish to change.  –  Krishnamurti, Talks in Europe 1968, p 56

According to his evolution

November 1, 2013 Comments Off

According to his evolution, man knows the truth; and the more he knows, the
more he finds there is to know.

Bowl of Saki, October 27, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:

Which is the most desirable thing in life, to seek for the goal or to dwell
in this changing life? The answer is that every person’s desire is
according to his evolution. That for which he is ready is desirable for
him. Milk is a desirable food for the infant, other foods for the grown-up
person. Every stage in life has its own appropriate and desirable things.

http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/VII/VII_30.htm

The first sign of realization is tolerance towards others. There are the
words of Christ: ‘In the house of my father are many mansions’ and those of
the Prophet: ‘Each soul has its own religion’ This means that according to
his evolution so man knows the truth and the more a man knows, the more he
finds there is to learn.

The mystics have in all ages recognized the virtue of purity which is
represented by innocence. A man filled with earthly knowledge  and what he
calls learning is often only the knowledge of names and forms  has no
capacity for the knowledge of truth or God. It is the innocent and pure
soul who has a capacity for learning. When a person comes to take a lesson
on any subject, and he brings his own knowledge with him, the teacher has
little to teach him, for the doors of his heart are not open. His heart
that should be empty in order to receive knowledge is occupied by the
knowledge that he already had acquired. In order to know the truth or to
know God earthly qualifications and earthly wisdom or learning are not
necessary. What one has to learn is how to become a pupil.

http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/VIII/VIII_2_7.htm

 

What can I do?

September 16, 2013 Comments Off

And we are responsible. Don’t fool yourself by saying, “What can I do? What  can I, an individual, living a shoddy little life, with all its confusion  and ignorance, what can I do?” Ignorance exists only when you don’t know  yourself. Self-knowing is wisdom. You may be ignorant of all the books in  the world (and I hope you are), of all the latest theories, but that is not  ignorance. Not knowing oneself deeply, profoundly, is ignorance; and you  cannot know yourself if you cannot look at yourself, see yourself actually  as you are, without any distortion, without any wish to change.  –  Krishnamurti, Talks in Europe 1968, p 56

DEVELOP WILL POWER

September 11, 2013 Comments Off

Attention, power of endurance, overcoming aversion, dislikes and irritations, fortitude in suffering, tapas, fasting, patience, command of temper, forbearance, clemency, mental power of endurance, firmness in meeting danger, power of resistance in attack, keeping up daily diary – all pave a long way towards developing the will. You should patiently hear the words of others even though they are not interesting and charming. You should not fret and fume. Patient hearing develops will and wins the hearts of others. Do actions or tasks that are uninteresting – this also develops will power. The actions that are uninteresting will become interesting after some time.

Never complain against bad environments. Create your own mental world wherever you remain, wherever you go. The mind deludes you, at every moment, at every step. Try to overcome the obstacles and difficulties by suitable means. Do not try to run from bad, unfavourable environments. God has placed you there to make you grow quickly.

Man must learn to separate himself from the vehicles in which he thinks, feels, acts, desires. He must know them to be part of the not-Self – as material, external to life. Thus the energy that went out to objects of lower desires becomes a higher desire, guided by the mind, and is then prepared to be transmuted into will.

As the lower mind merges into the higher will and into that which is wisdom, the aspect of pure will emerges as the power of the spirit, self-determined, self-ruled, in perfect harmony with the supreme will and therefore free. Then only, all the bonds are broken and the spirit is unconstrained by anything outside itself. Then and then alone can the will be said to be free.

If a calamity occurs, your mind should not be upset. Keep the mind cool and calm. Have presence of mind. Do not cry over spilt milk – it has come to pass, so face it with a cheerful countenance. Make the best of things. “What cannot be cured must be endured.” Keep an unruffled mind. Do not be carried away by undue sentiments and bubbling emotions. Control the mind. Reflect how the calamity has come about.

There is always scope for suitable, effective, easy methods to tide over the crisis. Allow the turban to pass off when your head is on the point of being knocked down. This is sagacity. This is prudence. This is wisdom. Develop foresight, wisdom – many obstacles and calamities will be obviated. Do not brood over failures, defects, mistakes. This will weaken your will power. Let the defects remain there. They will be removed quickly when the will grows and when the will becomes purer and purer, stronger and stronger.  – Swami Sivananda

It is God who, by the hand of man, designs

August 18, 2013 Comments Off

It is God who, by the hand of man, designs and carries out His intended plans in nature.

Bowl of Saki, August 12, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

First we must understand what the word divine means. Divine means: in a state of perfection. This state is experienced by God through man. In other words, when man has risen to the stage of development where he can be the perfect instrument of God, when nothing of his own being stands in the way of the direct impulse that comes from within — that spirit may be called perfect. That which is most precious, that which is the purpose of man’s life is to arrive at that state of perfection when he can be the perfect instrument of God.

from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/XIV/XIV_2_21.htm

It is in this stage that man begins to realize the truth of the whole being and he will think: ‘The one whom I have called God, whose personality I have recognized, and whose pleasure or displeasure I have sought, has been seeing His life through my eyes, has been hearing through my ears. It was His breath that came through my breathing, His impulse which I felt, and therefore I know that this body which I had thought to be my own is really the true temple of God. I did not realize that this body was the shrine of God.’ Not knowing that God experiences this life through man, one is seeking for Him somewhere else, in some person aloof and apart from the world, whereas all the time He is in oneself.

from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/VII/VII_3.htm

Why is God called the Creator? Because the creation itself is the evidence of some wisdom working. No mechanical creation could result in such perfection as that of nature. All the machines of the scientists are built on the model of nature’s mechanism, and every inspiration that comes to the artist is received from nature. Nature is so perfect in itself that it needs no scientific or artistic improvement upon it; but to satisfy the limited human fancies man develops science and art. And yet it is still the creation of God which is expressed in art and science through man, as in man God is not absent. In some ways man is more able to finish His creation, which God completes through man.

from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/IX/IX_9.htm

Art is much more important than the average person realizes it to be — despite the saying that ‘art is what man makes, and nature is what God makes.’ I would prefer to say that nature is what God makes as God, and art is what God makes as man. The artist who has arrived at some perfection in his art, whatever his art may be, will come to realize that it is not he who ever achieved anything; it is someone else who came forward every time. And when the artist produces a perfect thing, he finds it difficult to imagine that it has been produced by him. He can do nothing but bow his head in humility before that unseen power and wisdom which takes his body, his heart, his brain, and his eyes as its instrument. Whenever beauty is produced in art, be it music, or poetry, or painting, or writing, or anything else, one must never think that man produced it. It is through man that God completes His creation.

from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/X/X_4_3.htm

TRAINING OF THE MIND

July 21, 2013 Comments Off

If a pebble in our shoe torments us, we expel it. Once the matter is understood, it is just as easy to expel an intruding and obnoxious thought from the mind. Thoughts are the sources of all actions – they are real karma, real action. If, right at the beginning, you can root out all evil thoughts, you will not do any evil actions. You will be free from misery and anxiety.

Watch the thoughts with vigilance. Once the tossing of the mind vanishes, the mind will be very calm and you will get good meditation. Free yourself from the clutches of the mind, and liberation will come by itself. Those who have even a little control over their thoughts and speech will have a calm, serene, beautiful face, a sweet voice and brilliant, lustrous eyes.

Conserve all mental energy. Use it for spiritual purposes. Do not store useless information in your brain. Learn to unmind the mind. Then only you can fill the mind with divine thoughts. As all the dissipated mental rays are collected you will gain new mental strength. Useless thoughts impede your spiritual growth; obnoxious thoughts are stumbling blocks to spiritual advancement.

In untrained persons four or five kinds of thoughts occupy the mind at one time. These may be thoughts of the household, of business, of the office, of the body and so on. If you watch carefully you will see that many thoughts are inconsistent and that the mind wanders aimlessly.

Entertain only thoughts that are useful and helpful. These are the stepping stones to all spiritual progress. Every thought must be of a constructive nature; it must be positive and definite. Mental images must be well-defined. Every thought must bring peace and comfort to others and never bring pain or unhappiness. Then, you are a blessed soul on earth.

Always watch your mind. Be vigilant. Be alert. Do not allow waves of irritability, jealousy, anger, hatred and lust to arise in the mind. These are the enemies of meditation, peace and wisdom. Suppress them at once by entertaining sublime thoughts. Evil thoughts which have already arisen may be destroyed by originating and maintaining good thoughts, by repeating any mantra, by doing any good actions, by abstracting the mind and by enquiring, “Who am I?”, or by will-force. – Swami Sivananda

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