True self-denial is losing one’s self in God.

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True self-denial is losing one’s self in God.

Bowl of Saki, October 25, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:

Man, absorbed from morning till evening in his occupations which engage his
every attention to the things of the earth and of self interest, remains
intoxicated. Seldom there are moments in his life, brought about by pain or
suffering, when he experiences a state of mind which can be called
soberness. Hindus call this state of mind sat, which is a state of
tranquility. Man then begins to become conscious of some part of his being
which he finds to have almost covered his eyes. When we look at life from
this point of view we find that an individual who claims to be a living
being is not necessarily living a full life. It is only a realization of
inner life which at every moment unveils the soul, and brings before man
another aspect of life in which he finds fullness, a greater satisfaction,
and a rest which gives true peace.

Can he speak about this to his fellow men? And if he does, what can he say?
Can he say, ‘I am purer,’ or ‘more exalted than you’ or ‘I understand life
better than you?’ As life unfolds itself to man the first lesson it teaches
is humility; the first thing that comes to man’s vision is his own
limitedness. The vaster God appears to him, the smaller he finds himself.
This goes on and on until the moment comes when he loses himself in the
vision of God. In terms of the Sufis this is called fana, and it is this
process that was taught by Christ under the name of self-denial. Often man
interprets this teaching wrongly and considers renunciation as self-denial.
He thinks that the teaching is to renounce all that is in the world. But
although that is a way and an important step which leads to true
self-denial, the self-denial meant is the losing oneself in God.


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