Beyond the narrow barriers
October 23, 2013 Comments Off on Beyond the narrow barriers
Beyond the narrow barriers of race and creed we can all unite, because we
all belong to one God.
Bowl of Saki, October 21, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:
The soul is the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of God lives within the
shrine of the heart; this shrine can be closed or it can be open. There are
some things in life that open it and some that close it. The things that
close the heart are those which are contrary to love, tolerance and
forgiveness, such as coldness, bitterness and ill-will, and a strong
element of duality. The world is more upset today than ever before; in many
ways man seems to go from bad to worse, and yet he thinks that he is
progressing. It is not lack of organization or of civilization; both these
things he has. What he lacks is the expression of the soul. He closes his
door to his fellow man, he closes the shrine of the heart and by doing so
he is keeping God away from himself and others. Nation is set against
nation, race against race, religion against religion. Therefore today more
than ever before there is a need for the realization of this philosophy.
What we need is not that all religions should become one, nor all races;
that can never be. But what is needed is undivided progress, and making
ourselves examples of love and tolerance.
By talking about it, by discussing and arguing it will not come, but by
self-realization, by making ourselves the examples of what should be, by
giving love, taking love, and showing in our action gentleness,
consideration and the desire for service for the sake of God in whom we can
all unite beyond the narrow barriers of race and creed.