We start our lives as teachers,

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We start our lives as teachers, and it is very hard for us to learn to
become pupils.  There are many whose only difficulty in life is that they
are teachers already.  What we have to learn is pupilship.  There is but
one Teacher, God Himself.

Bowl of Saki, October 30, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:

In order to know the truth or to know God earthly qualifications and
earthly wisdom or learning are not necessary. What one has to learn is how
to become a pupil. We often start our lives as teachers, and then it is
hard to become a pupil. From childhood on we start to teach our parents.
There are seldom souls who have more inclination for pupilship than for
teaching, and there are many whose only difficulty in life is that they are
teachers already. Man thinks that perhaps his reading or study of different
religions and doctrines has qualified him and made him capable to
understand the truth and to have the knowledge of God, but he forgets that
there is only one teacher, and that is God Himself. We all are pupils, and
what we can do in life is to qualify ourselves to become true pupils.


It should be remembered that all the great teachers of humanity, such as
Jesus Christ, Buddha, Muhammad and Zarathushtra, have been great pupils;
they have learned from the innocent child, they have learned from everyone,
from every person that came near them. They have learned from every
situation and every condition of the world. They have understood and they
have learned. It is the desire to learn continually that makes one a
teacher, and not the desire to become a teacher. As soon as a person
thinks, ‘I am something of a teacher,’ he has lost ground. For there is
only one teacher: God alone is the Teacher, and all others are His pupils.
We all learn from life what life teaches us. When a soul begins to think
that he has learned all he had to learn and that now he is a teacher, he is
very much mistaken. The greatest teachers of humanity have learned from
humanity more than they have taught.



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