The source of the realization
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The source of the realization of truth is within man; he himself is the
object of his realization.
Bowl of Saki, October 24, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:
Men have differed in all ages because they have called their Deity by
different names. There have existed wars, fights and family feuds for ages,
men dividing themselves merely for the difference of the names they gave to
their Deity. Man always sees just what he sees; he cannot see beyond it.
With the ideal of his Deity, with the separate names of man’s Deities, with
all the different attitudes of worshipping his Deity, man remains separate
from God, for God is truth and truth is God.
In past ages people have founded new religions, formed in the name of God;
they have built churches, founded in the name of God and Truth; they held
their scriptures in esteem and honor, and revered the names of their
leaders, of the prophets and seers of the religion to which they belonged.
And with all his progress man does not seem to have progressed any further
than the religions as known today. Bias and bigotry exist in the followers
of different creeds, in their temples and churches, in the houses of their
prayers, in their congregations of particular communities. The consequence
is that religion and the religious spirit has been enfeebled. This even has
reacted upon the minds of others who stay away from religion and yet
partake of that tendency towards difference, definition and separation
which divides mankind into different sections called nations, races or
communities. The reaction culminates into results still worse than the
action. All wars, disasters and unhappy experiences that humanity has seen,
are the outcome of this spirit of intolerance, division and separation,
which naturally comes through lack of wisdom and understanding, and through
the ignorance of truth.
Then the question arises: what is the way to attain the truth? Can it be
attained through study? The answer is that the source of realizing the
truth is within man – but man is the object of his realization. There are
words of Hazrat ‘Ali, saying that the one who knows himself truly knows