As long as in love
November 29, 2013 Comments Off on As long as in love
As long as in love there is “you” and “me”, love is not fully kindled.
Bowl of Saki, November 27, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:
There are three stages of morals. The first stage is the moral of reciprocity. This moral is natural to the one who sees the difference between himself and another, who recognizes every man as such and such.
The second stage is the law of beneficence, where man, recognizing himself as an entity separate from others and recognizing others as distinct entities themselves, yet sees a cord of connection running through himself and all, and finds himself as a dome in which rises an echo of good and evil; and in order to have a good echo he gives good for good and good for evil.
But the third stage is the moral of renunciation, where the difference of ‘mine’ and ‘thine’ and the distinction of ‘I’ and ‘you’ fade away in the realization of the one Life that is within and without, beneath and beyond; and that is the meaning of the verse in the Bible, ‘In Him we live, and move, and have our being.’
When we can touch God in everyone then God tells us about Himself, because He sees that we have no hate, no prejudice. We have seen our Beloved, and our Beloved tells us all. Still, realization is difficult, for it involves discerning the difference between you and me. What is this difference? It is a great question, a great problem. Our ‘I’ and ‘you’ are just like a compass with which we draw circles on paper. The one point of the compass is the ‘I’, the other point is the ‘you’, and where they join there is no ‘I-you.’ The ‘I’ and ‘you’ only remain as long as we see ourselves; but when we rise above them or beyond them, the thought brings us nearer and nearer to God in that consciousness in which we all unite. … Perfection and annihilation is that stage where there is no longer ‘I’ and no longer ‘you’, where there is what there is.