Love is the divine Mother’s arms

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Love is the divine Mother’s arms; when those arms are spread, every soul
falls into them.

Bowl of Saki, September 9, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:

The Sufis of all ages have been known for their beautiful personality. It
does not mean that among them there have not been people with great powers,
wonderful powers and wisdom. But beyond all that, what is most known of the
Sufis is the human side of their nature: that tact which attuned them to
wise and foolish, to poor and rich, to strong and weak — to all. They met
everyone on his own plane, they spoke to everyone in his own language. What
did Jesus teach when he said to the fishermen, ‘Come hither, I will make
you fishers of men?’ It did not mean, ‘I will teach you ways by which you
get the best of man.’ It only meant: your tact, your sympathy will spread
its arms before every soul who comes, as mother’s arms are spread out for
her little ones.

Mystics of all ages have not been known for their miraculous powers or for
the doctrines they have taught, but for the devotion they have shown
throughout their lives. The Sufi in the East says to himself, Ishq Allah
Ma’bud Allah, which means ‘God is Love, God is the Beloved’, in other words
it is God who is Love, Lover, and Beloved. When we hear the stories of the
miraculous powers of mystics, of their great insight into the hidden laws
of nature, of the qualities which they manifested through their beautiful
personalities, we realize that these have all come from one and the same
source, whether one calls it devotion or whether one calls it love.

Once four little girls were disputing. One said, ‘My mother is better than
yours.’ The second girl said, ‘My mother is better than your mother.’ So,
they were arguing and being quite disagreeable to one another. But someone
who was passing by said to them, ‘It is not your mother or their mother, it
is the mother who is always the best. It is the mother quality, her love
and affection for her children.’ This is the point of view of the mystic in
regard to the divine ideal.

The moral principle of the mystic is the love principle. He says, ‘The
greater your love, the greater your moral. If we are forced to be virtuous
according to a certain principle, a certain regulation, certain laws or
rules, then that is not real virtue. It must come from the depths of our
heart; our own heart must teach us the true moral.’ Thus the mystic leaves
morality to the deepening of the heart quality. The mystic says that the
more loving someone’s heart is, the greater is his morality.

There is no greater teacher of morals than love itself, for the first
lesson that one learns from love is, ‘I am not, you are.’ This is
self-denial, self-abnegation, without which we cannot take the first step
on love’s path. One may claim to be a great lover, to be a great admirer,
to be very affectionate, but it all means nothing as long as the thought of
self is there, for there is no love. But when the thought of self is
removed then every action, every deed that one performs in life, becomes a
virtue. It cannot be otherwise. A loving person cannot be unjust, a loving
person cannot be cruel. Even if what he does seems wrong in the eyes of a
thousand people, it cannot be wrong in reality. In reality, it will be
right, for it is inspired by love.


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