There is no greater scripture than nature

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There is no greater scripture than nature, for nature is life itself.

Bowl of Saki, October 5, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

When we think of the various ways in which wisdom has been given out in legend, in poetry, in symbolism, and we find that in every stage of evolution the same story or legend, or poem or symbology holds a different meaning, by this, I do not mean to say that as a man looks he understands things differently at each stage of evolution, but I mean the sense of comprehension is developed and things seem clearer at every stage, the meaning has not changed, but man acquires a keener insight. Therefore, it is no exaggeration to say that there is no greater Scripture than nature, for nature is life itself. It is an ever living Scripture by which all Masters and Teachers have been inspired, and all so called scriptures are interpretations of this scripture.

There is so much to observe, so much to assimilate, and so much to give if one can only understand the language of nature. There is a verse by the great Seer of Persia, who says, ‘Every leaf of a tree becomes a page of the Holy Book before the soul that can read.’ In the path of wisdom it is a constant reading, a constant learning, and every experience whether happy or unhappy, and in every impression, whether it brings comfort or discomfort, if we will only observe what each one teaches, then the whole of life becomes a vision that is man’s constant guide.


Most people consider as sacred scriptures only certain books or scrolls written by the hand of man, and carefully preserved as holy, to be handed down to posterity as divine revelation. Men have fought and disputed over the authenticity of these books, have refused to accept any other book of similar character, and, clinging thus to the book and losing the sense of it have formed diverse sects. The Sufi has in all ages respected all such books, and has traced in the Vedanta, Zend-Avesta, Kabbala, Bible, Quran, and all other sacred scriptures, the same truth which he reads in the incorruptible manuscript of nature, the only Holy Book, the perfect and living model that teaches the inner law of life: all scriptures before nature’s manuscript are as little pools of water before the ocean.

To the eye of the seer every leaf of the tree is a page of the holy book that contains divine revelation, and he is inspired every moment of his life by constantly reading and understanding the holy script of nature.



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