Man mistakes when he begins

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Man mistakes when he begins to cultivate the heart by wanting to sow the
seed himself, instead of leaving the sowing to God.

Bowl of Saki, October 29, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:

The Sufis have learned the lesson of love, of devotion, of sympathy, and
have called it the cultivation of the heart. It is known by the word suluk,
which means the loving manner. What we call refined manner is only a manner
behind which there is no life. When manner is directed by the heart quality
then it becomes loving manner, the manner that comes from love, and all
such attributes as kindness, gentleness, tolerance, forgiveness, mercy and
compassion — they all spring from this loving manner. … One may ask: How
to cultivate the heart quality? There is only one way: to become selfless
at each step one takes forward on this path, for what prevents one from
cultivating the loving quality is the thought of self.

The question may be asked: Is any effort required for realizing the truth?
The answer is yes. There is a work that one can do, which is as the work of
a farmer, it is to cultivate the heart. But where man makes a mistake is
that when he cultivates the heart he wishes to sow the seed himself instead
of leaving the sowing of the seed to God. As to the way how to cultivate
the heart, the first condition is explained in a story. A young man went to
a great seer in Persia and asked him for guidance on the spiritual path.
The seer asked him, ‘Have you loved in your life?’ ‘No’ he said, ‘not yet.’
The seer answered, ‘Go and love, and know what love is. Then come to me.’


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