If the eyes and ears are open

November 17, 2013 Comments Off on If the eyes and ears are open

If the eyes and ears are open, the leaves of the trees become as pages of
the Bible.

Bowl of Saki, November 17, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:

If one would realize that the world of God, His splendor and magnificence,
are to be seen in the wise and the foolish, in the good and the bad, then
one would think tolerantly and reverently of all mankind, knowing that it
represents the messenger, as the messenger represents God. For no one has
seen God at any time, but if there is anyone who represents God, it is the
man who speaks His word. God is seen in the one who glorifies Him. But if
our hearts are closed, even if we wait for a thousand years for the
messenger to show himself, we shall never find him. For he who is always
there has said, ‘I am Alpha and Omega. I exist every moment. When you call
me, I am there. Knock at the door, and I will answer you.’ And those whose
eyes are open do not need to go to a church and look at a picture or statue
of the Lord. In the eyes of every infant, in the smile of every innocent
child, they receive the blessing of Christ.

It only means changing one’s outlook on life, and recognizing the divine in
man. But man has ignored the divine spirit that manifests in humanity, and
always prefers an idol, a painting, a picture, to the living God, who is
constantly before him. For the sage, the seer, the saint, and the yogi who
begin to see the master, and see him living, there is no place where he
cannot be seen. Then everywhere the beloved master is ready to answer the
cry of the soul coming from friend, father or teacher. And if we go a
little further forward, we will find that the teacher speaks aloud, not
only through living beings, but through nature. If the eyes and ears are
open, the leaves of the trees become as pages of the Bible. If the heart is
alive, the whole life becomes one single vision of His sublime beauty,
speaking to us at every moment.



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