Each soul’s attainment

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Each soul’s attainment is according to its evolution.

Bowl of Saki, October 1, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:

Opinion is an outcome of mind. It is an outburst of its reasoning and
judging faculty. And so, according to the evolution of a particular mind,
its opinion is. Opinions clash when two people of different stages of
evolution express themselves. Therefore the wise are more reluctant to
express their opinion, whereas for the unwise it is easy. A simpleton is
only too glad to express his opinion uninvited.


Everyone, consciously or unconsciously, is striving after spiritual
attainment. Sometimes he does not take the same way as we do, sometimes his
point of view and his method differ, and sometimes one person attains to
spiritual realization much sooner than another. It may be reached in a day,
and another person may have striven for it all his life and yet not have
attained to it. What determines it? It is the evolution of a particular


Every step one takes in evolution changes one’s ideal. In your stage, if
you love a jasmine today, it is possible that in your next step in
evolution you may have grown above it and you love a rose. And it is not
necessary that you should keep to the jasmine when your evolution brings
you to the love for the rose — thus one is kept from progressing.

~~~ “Githa I, Sadhana 3” by Hazrat Inayat Khan (unpublished)

To the question, “Are you a Christian?”, “Are you a Muslim?”, “Are you a
Jew?”, the Sufi’s answer would be ‘yes’ rather than ‘no’, for the Sufi
opposes no religion but sympathizes with all. In fact Sufism cannot be
called a religion, for it does not impose either belief or principle upon
anyone, considering that each individual soul has its own principles best
suited for it, and a belief which changes with each grade of evolution. …
A Sufi does not dispute on spiritual subjects with everyone, for this
reason: the spiritual evolution of each one differs from that of the other,
the knowledge of one cannot be the knowledge of the other, nor is the
understanding of one the understanding of the other. … at every step in
spiritual evolution a person’s belief changes until one arrives at a final
belief which words cannot explain.

~~~ “Gathekas for Candidates”, by Hazrat Inayat Khan (unpublished)


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