As a child learning to walk

November 7, 2013 Comments Off on As a child learning to walk

As a child learning to walk falls a thousand times before he can stand, and
after that falls again and again until at last he can walk, so are we as
little children before God.

Bowl of Saki, November 7, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:

Man is limited in his thought, in his speech, in his action. Therefore
naturally he is liable to follies and errors, and his progress through life
can only be made as a little child learns to walk. The child falls a
thousand times before he can stand, and so many times he falls again when
he begins to walk. We human beings are not more than the child before God.
If we take this attitude in life, not considering that if yesterday we
failed today we shall fail, and if we always hope that some day we shall
walk aright, that hour will come. Imagine if the child thought that as he
had fallen so often perhaps he would never walk! That would make a mental
impression on his soul, and he would never be able to walk. But there is
the natural impulse, with the hope, “Next time I shall walk”, that makes
him walk. So with us. Our follies, shortcomings, errors, are natural, but
when we defend ourselves, hiding our errors from others and making virtues
out of our shortcomings, it is then we make a mistake. It is just like
nurturing our errors and wanting to err more. We must always develop the
sense of justice, and that sense can never be developed if we judge others.
The only way of developing that sense is to judge ourselves continually and
see where we are in fault, and then in prayer to ask pardon and to ask for
right guidance.


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