There are those who are like a lighted candle

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There are those who are like a lighted candle: they can light other
candles, but the other candles must be of wax – if they are of steel, they
cannot be lighted.

Bowl of Saki, October 4, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:

The voice of God is speaking all the time, but no one listens; therefore
God has manifested as man, that He might speak with a yet louder voice. But
even then man does not listen. In the time of Christ the inspiration was
there, the voice was there and the divine power; but how few were those who
listened and understood! … Whenever the spirit of God has come forth in
its true form, the world has been against it. Why has this been so? It is
because man has two sides to his nature, one false and the other real; and
before the true messenger can penetrate to the reality of a man’s being, he
first touches the false or unreal part, and that revolts. And in the case
of a man who does not revolt, even though the light reaches him his heart
is covered, and it only touches the cover. Such a man is attracted, yet he

There are egos who are not willing and ready to accept all that attracts
them. The more something attracts them, the more they rebel against it,
suspecting it of being a temptation. Even if they see the reality of
something that attracts them they consider the tendency of being attracted
to be a weakness. There are egos who refuse to accept what their friend has
accepted, and refuse to admire fully what that friend has admired. And even
if they really wish to accept something that their friend has accepted,
they will refuse to do so. For the tendency of that ego is to swim against
the tide … building a fortified wall between the messenger and the souls
who long for guidance. There are, however, those who are like lighted
candles: they can light other candles and they can inspire others. But the
other candles must be of wax; if they are of steel they cannot be lighted.
The heart must be like wax; it must melt; if it is like steel, it cannot be
illumined. A person who, alone, has seen something beautiful, who has heard something
harmonious, who has tasted something delicious, who has smelt something
fragrant, may have enjoyed it, but not completely. The complete joy is in
sharing one’s joy with others. For the selfish one who enjoys himself and
does not care for others, whether he enjoys things of the earth or things
of heaven, his enjoyment is not complete. So it is only in this third stage
that the following of the message is fulfilled, when a soul has heard and
has pondered upon it, and has passed the same blessing on to others.


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