The wise of all ages

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The wise of all ages have taught that it is knowledge of the divine Being
that is life, and the only reality.

Bowl of Saki, September 29, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:

If there is a kingdom of God to be found anywhere, it is within oneself.
And it is, therefore, in the knowledge of self that there lies the
fulfillment of life. The knowledge of self means the knowledge of one’s
body, the knowledge of one’s mind, the knowledge of one’s spirit; the
knowledge of the spirit’s relation to the body and the relation of the body
to the spirit; the knowledge of one’s wants and needs, the knowledge of
one’s virtues and faults; knowing what we desire and how to attain it, what
to pursue and what to renounce. And when one dives deep into this, one
finds before one a world of knowledge which never ends. And it is that
knowledge which gives one insight into human nature and brings one to the
knowledge of the whole of creation. And in the end one attains to the
knowledge of the divine Being.

Religion is the school that has developed man, and the ideals that religion
presents form a path that leads upward to perfection, that innate and
yearning desire of every soul. … The wise of all ages have taught that it
is the knowledge of the Divine Being that is life, and the only reality.
Although a human activity may have a number of complicated motives, some of
which are base and gross, it is the aspiration towards divinity, the desire
towards beauty, which is its soul, its life, and its reality. And it is in
proportion to the degree of strength or weakness of his aspiration towards
beauty that man’s ideal is great or small, and his religion is great or


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