There is no greater scripture than nature
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There is no greater scripture than nature, for nature is life itself.
Bowl of Saki, October 5, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:
When we think of the various ways in which wisdom has been given out in
legend, in poetry, in symbolism, we find that in every stage of evolution
the same story or legend, or poem or symbology holds a different meaning.
By this, I do not mean to say that as a man looks he understands things
differently at each stage of evolution, but I mean the sense of
comprehension is developed and things seem clearer at every stage, the
meaning has not changed, but man acquires a keener insight. Therefore, it
is no exaggeration to say that there is no greater Scripture than nature,
for nature is life itself. It is an ever living Scripture by which all
Masters and Teachers have been inspired, and all so called scriptures are
interpretations of this scripture.
There is so much to observe, so much to assimilate, and so much to give if
one can only understand the language of nature. There is a verse by the
great Seer of Persia, who says, ‘Every leaf of a tree becomes a page of the
Holy Book before the soul that can read.’ In the path of wisdom it is a
constant reading, a constant learning, and every experience whether happy
or unhappy, and in every impression, whether it brings comfort or
discomfort, if we will only observe what each one teaches, then the whole
of life becomes a vision that is man’s constant guide.
Most people consider as sacred scriptures only certain books or scrolls
written by the hand of man, and carefully preserved as holy, to be handed
down to posterity as divine revelation. Men have fought and disputed over
the authenticity of these books, have refused to accept any other book of
similar character, and, clinging thus to the book and losing the sense of
it have formed diverse sects. The Sufi has in all ages respected all such
books, and has traced in the Vedanta, Zend-Avesta, Kabbala, Bible, Quran,
and all other sacred scriptures, the same truth which he reads in the
incorruptible manuscript of nature, the only Holy Book, the perfect and
living model that teaches the inner law of life: all scriptures before
nature’s manuscript are as little pools of water before the ocean.
To the eye of the seer every leaf of the tree is a page of the holy book
that contains divine revelation, and he is inspired every moment of his
life by constantly reading and understanding the holy script of nature.