The soul’s true happiness lies in experiencing

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The soul’s true happiness lies in experiencing the inner joy, and it will
never be fully satisfied with outer, seeming pleasures. Its connection is
with God, and nothing short of perfection will ever satisfy it.

Bowl of Saki, July 19, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:

People say, ‘Let us enjoy ourselves and be happy; there is plenty of sorrow
in the world without choosing to mourn,’ and they strive after happiness in
whatever way they can. But these passing and momentary joys do not give
lasting happiness, and the people who pursue them are either asleep or
dead. The soul’s true happiness lies in experiencing the inner joy, and it
will never be fully satisfied with outer seeming pleasures. Its connection
is with God, and nothing short of perfection will ever satisfy it. …
Everybody has an ideal in life, and that ideal is the religion of his soul,
and coming short of that ideal is what we term sin. The thoughtful and
serious-minded man repents in tears for his shortcomings, and thus proves
himself to be alive, while the shallow man is angry at his fall, and is
ready to blame those who seem to him to have caused it.

http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/V/V_28.htm

In the Bible it is said that no one will enter the kingdom of God whose
soul is not born again. Being born means being alive. It is not only a gay
disposition or an external inclination to merriment and pleasure that is
the sign of a living soul. External joy and amusement may come simply
through the external being of man. However, even in this outer joy and
happiness, there is a glimpse of the inner joy and happiness, and that is a
sign of the soul having been born again. What makes the soul alive? It
makes itself alive when it strikes its depths instead of reaching outward.
The soul, after coming up against the iron wall of this life of falsehood,
turns back within itself; it encounters itself, and this is how it becomes
living.

http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/X/X_3_1.htm

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