Our spirit is the real part of us
July 28, 2013 Comments Off on Our spirit is the real part of us
Our spirit is the real part of us, the body but its garment. A man would not find peace at the tailor’s because his coat comes from there; neither can the spirit obtain true happiness from the earth just because his body belongs to earth.
Bowl of Saki, July 25, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:
Spirituality is contrary to materiality. One who is conscious of matter alone is material, one who becomes conscious of spirit also is spiritual. He who thinks, ‘I am my body’, and sees no further, is material. He may as well say, ‘I am my coat’, and when the coat is worn out he may say, ‘I am dead.’ The one who is conscious of the spirit, to him his body is a coat, and as by taking off one’s coat one does not die, so even by the death of this body the spirit realized soul does not die.
Once a person has advanced in spirituality, nothing matters to him – neither what he eats and drinks, for he lives in the spirit the most part of his life; for him the body is a coat and he does not care if it is full of holes or if it is patched. But for a person who has yet to develop spiritually and who follows a process consideration is necessary; it is most necessary that the body should be kept pure, outwardly and inwardly, that it may become a suitable vehicle for the manifestation of the spirit.
Those who seek for happiness from external sources are never really satisfied. A man imagines that if he could have a certain sum of money he would be happy, but if he gets it he is not really content. He wants more. No earthly happiness is lasting: it never remains. … The Bible says, ‘The spirit quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing.’ Our spirit is the real part of us. The body is but a garment. There is absolute peace in the abode from whence the spirit came, and the true happiness of the soul lies in that peace. As man would not find peace at the tailor’s just because his coat came from there, so the spirit cannot get true happiness from the earth just because the body belongs to the earth. The soul experiences life through the mind and body and enjoys it, but its true happiness lies in peace.
In order to gain this peace we have to begin with ourselves. There are fights going on within us between spirit and matter. Struggles for our daily bread, and want of peace in our surroundings. We must first get this peace within ourselves before we can talk of peace in the world. Then we must be at peace with our surroundings, and never do or say anything that disturbs that peace. All thoughts, words, and actions that disturb the peace are sin, and all thoughts words, and actions that create peace are virtue.