Opening the door of heaven.

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To be really sorry for one’s errors is like opening the door of heaven.

Bowl of Saki, November 5, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:

There are many different feelings which have an influence upon us, and
which give a feeling of joy, of exaltation, but there is no sentiment
greater or more effective than the feeling of bringing one’s faults and
weaknesses before God to ask for His pardon. To become conscious of one’s
shortcomings, to be sorry for them, to repent of them, and to ask His
forgiveness in all humility; no ethics, no philosophy can give a greater
joy than this. It is the sincere devotee of God who knows best what feeling
it is to humble oneself before God. The proud one, ignorant of the
greatness of God, of His all-sufficient power, does not know what is this
exaltation that raises the soul from earth to heaven. To be really sorry
for one’s errors is like opening the gates of heaven. They say that John
the Baptist spoke that word on the coming of Christ: “Repent ye, for the
kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” But this word is as living and fresh as
ever, at all times it answers the question of your soul.

Man does not like to admit his wrong attitude to himself. He is afraid of
his own faults. But the man who looks his own error in the eye, the man who
criticizes himself has no time to criticize others. It is that man who will
prove to be wise. But human nature is generally such that one does
something quite different. Everyone seems to be most interested in
criticizing another. If one would criticize oneself there are endless
faults, however saintly or wise one may be. There are no end of faults in a
human being. And the consciousness of correcting one’s faults, of making
oneself better, of taking hold of the right attitude, is the only secret of
success, and by it one attains to that goal which is the object of every


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