It is better to pay than receive
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It is better to pay than receive from the vain, for such favors demand ten
times their cost.
Bowl of Saki, September 24, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:
Do not look for thanks or appreciation for all the good you do to others,
nor use it as a means to stimulate your vanity. Do all that you consider
good for the sake of goodness, not even for a return of that from God.
~~~ “Sangatha I, 3 – Saluk”, by Hazrat Inayat Khan (unpublished)
When one sees clearly the roguery and crookedness of another person and yet
allows him to take the best, he is the holy man, he is beyond the regions
of humanity, he is beginning to climb the angelic planes, he sees all
things, understands all things and tolerates all things. The mystics talk
about the innocence of Jesus, and Sufis try to follow it as an example.
This innocence is the same, and revelation comes to that person who sees
all the falsehood and treachery of human nature and pities instead of
accusing, and forgives because he has reached to that height that no
falsehood, roguery, deceit or treachery of an ordinary human being can
touch him — he is above it.
~~~ “Githa III, Kashf 8, Revelation”, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
We must give our services and our time to the deserving and undeserving
alike, and we must be thankful to God that He has enabled us to give. For
this is the only opportunity we have of giving. This life is short, and we
shall never have the same opportunity to give, to serve, to do something
for others. … It is said that if a man asks you for your coat, you should
give him your cloak also. Why? Because neither the cloak nor the coat are
yours. If someone thinks, ‘This is mine, I should keep it, I should guard
it’, he will always be watching his goods. If they are yours, whose were
they before? Whose will they be after you? Someone will take them after
you, and all that you value so much will be in the hands of others.
Then it is said that if someone asks you to go with him one mile, you
should go with him two miles. That means, if someone makes use of our
services, let us not think, ‘Why should I, such an important person, serve
another, give my time to another?’ Let us give our services more liberally
than we are asked to do. Let us give service, give our time; but when the
time for receiving comes, do not let us expect to receive anything. … We
must practice virtue because we like it; do good because we like to do it
and not for any return; expect no kindness or appreciation; if we do, it
will become a trade. This is the right way for the world in general, and
the only way of becoming happy.
For whom shall we build a throne of soft cushions? For our own vanity’s
sake, thinking that we are better than others? No, for the pleasure of
others, and not for our vanity. As soon as the question arises, ‘Am I not
better than others, am I not more spiritual or wiser than others?’ then
there is ‘I’. That is wrong. What does it matter what we are as long as we
are able to give pleasure to others, to make life easy for others? For this
is the world of woes … and if we can be of some little use to anybody, we
can more easily learn what mysticism is; for the only real mysticism is
when a person realizes that he pleases God by pleasing mankind.