November 1, 2013 Comments Off on The source of the realization
The source of the realization of truth is within man; he himself is the
object of his realization.
Bowl of Saki, October 24, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:
Men have differed in all ages because they have called their Deity by
different names. There have existed wars, fights and family feuds for ages,
men dividing themselves merely for the difference of the names they gave to
their Deity. Man always sees just what he sees; he cannot see beyond it.
With the ideal of his Deity, with the separate names of man’s Deities, with
all the different attitudes of worshipping his Deity, man remains separate
from God, for God is truth and truth is God.
In past ages people have founded new religions, formed in the name of God;
they have built churches, founded in the name of God and Truth; they held
their scriptures in esteem and honor, and revered the names of their
leaders, of the prophets and seers of the religion to which they belonged.
And with all his progress man does not seem to have progressed any further
than the religions as known today. Bias and bigotry exist in the followers
of different creeds, in their temples and churches, in the houses of their
prayers, in their congregations of particular communities. The consequence
is that religion and the religious spirit has been enfeebled. This even has
reacted upon the minds of others who stay away from religion and yet
partake of that tendency towards difference, definition and separation
which divides mankind into different sections called nations, races or
communities. The reaction culminates into results still worse than the
action. All wars, disasters and unhappy experiences that humanity has seen,
are the outcome of this spirit of intolerance, division and separation,
which naturally comes through lack of wisdom and understanding, and through
the ignorance of truth.
Then the question arises: what is the way to attain the truth? Can it be
attained through study? The answer is that the source of realizing the
truth is within man – but man is the object of his realization. There are
words of Hazrat ‘Ali, saying that the one who knows himself truly knows
August 25, 2013 Comments Off on Words that enlighten the soul
Words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.
Bowl of Saki, August 16, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:
Among all the valuable things of this world, the word is the most precious. For in the word, one can find a light which gems and jewels do not possess; a word may contain so much life that it can heal the wounds of the heart. Therefore, poetry in which the soul is expressed is as living as a human being. The greatest reward that God bestows on man is eloquence and poetry. … There is a Hindu idea that explains this very well: that the vehicle of the goddess of learning is eloquence. Many live, but few think; and among the few who think there are fewer still who can express themselves. Then their soul’s impulse is repressed, for in the expression of the soul the divine purpose is fulfilled.
There are some whose thoughts are like jewels. They are collected and treasured and valued more than diamonds. Sometimes a thought brings us a peace, a joy, in whatever difficulties or sorrows we may be. … Have you known what it is to give your meal to another and to go without yourself? It gives a happiness that no dinner eaten by yourself can give. Have you known what it is to give your coat to another and do without it yourself? It gives a joy that the satisfaction of your own wants cannot give you. Even that perfect peace and calm which is the eternal life is in man and can be attained by man.
~~~ “Supplementary Papers, Philosophy II”, by Hazrat Inayat Khan (unpublished)
June 27, 2013 Comments Off on He who with sincerity
He who with sincerity seeks his real purpose in life is himself sought by that purpose.
Bowl of Saki, June 24, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:
One may ask, ‘What is the best way for a person to understand his life’s purpose?’ If one follows the bent of one’s own mind, if one follows the track to which one is attracted, if one follows one’s own inclination, which is not satisfied with anything else, one feels, ‘There is something waiting for me (which one does not know at the time), which will bring me satisfaction.’ Besides, if one is intuitive and mystical, it is easier still, because then one is continually told what is the purpose of one’s life. For nature has such a perfection of wisdom. One sees that the insects are given the sense to make their little houses and to protect themselves and make a store of their food. The bees, who have the gift of making honey, are taught how to make honey. So nature has taught every soul to seek its purpose. It has made every soul for that purpose, and it is continually calling that soul to see that purpose. If the soul does not hear the call and sleeps, it is not the fault of nature, which is continually calling. Therefore, if I were to say in a few words, how to find one’s purpose, I would say: by waking from sleep.
Every being has a definite vocation, and his vocation is the light which illuminates his life. The man who disregards his vocation is a lamp unlit. He who sincerely seeks his real purpose in life is himself sought by that purpose. As he concentrates on that search a light begins to clear his confusion, call it revelation, call it inspiration, call it what you will. It is mistrust that misleads. Sincerity leads straight to the goal.
That way is best which suits you best. The way of one person is not for another person, although man is always inclined to accuse another person of doing wrong, believing that he himself is doing right. … That purpose is accomplished when a person has risen above all these things. It is that person then, who will tolerate all, who will understand all, who will assimilate all things, who will not feel disturbed by things which are not in accordance with his own nature or the way which is not his way. He will not look at them with contempt, but he will see that in the depth of every being there is a divine spark which is trying to raise its flame toward the purpose.
When a person has arrived at this stage, he has risen above the limitations of the world. Then he has become entitled to experience the joy of coming near to the real purpose of life. It is then that in everything that he says or does, he will be accomplishing that purpose. … We come to understand by this that the further we go the more tolerant we become. Outward things matter little. It is the inward realization which counts. However sacred duty may be, however high may be the hope of paradise, however great the happiness one may experience in the pleasures of the earth, however much satisfaction one may find in earthly treasures, the purpose of life is in rising above all these things. It is then that the soul will have no discord, no disagreement with others. It is then that the natural attitude of the soul will become tolerant and forgiving. The purpose of life is fulfilled in rising to the greatest heights and in diving to the deepest depths of life: in widening one’s horizon, in penetrating life in all its spheres, in losing oneself, and in finding oneself in the end. In the accomplishment of the purpose of life the purpose of creation is fulfilled. Therefore, in this fulfillment it is not that man attained, but that God Himself has fulfilled His purpose.
June 14, 2013 Comments Off on Our thoughts have prepared
Our thoughts have prepared for us the happiness or unhappiness we experience.
Bowl of Saki, June 14, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:
All our possessions, all that we collect in life, all these things which we shall have to leave one day are transitory; but that which we have created in our thought, in our mind, that lives. A person thinks, ‘Some day I should like to build a factory.’ At this time he has no money, no knowledge, no capability; but a thought came, ‘Some day I should like to build a factory.’ Then he thinks of something else. Perhaps years pass, but that thought has been working constantly through a thousand minds, and a thousand sources prepare for him that which he once desired. If we could look back to all we have thought of at different times, we would find that the line of fate or destiny, Kismet as it is called in the East, is formed by our thought. Thoughts have prepared for us that happiness or unhappiness which we experience. The whole of mysticism is founded on this.
Every good or bad word or deed is reproduced before us, though it seems as in a dream. If we watched life keenly, we should see how true this is. Joy, sorrow, love, all depend on our thought, on the activity of our mind. If we are depressed, if we are in despair, it is still the work of our mind; our mind has prepared that for us. If we are joyful and happy, and all things are pleasant, that also has been prepared for us by our mind. It is only when our mind works without control that unhappiness, sorrow, trouble, pain, or whatever we experience comes without our intention. No one could wish to create hell for himself; all would create heaven for themselves if they could; and yet how many allow their minds to create these things for them, regardless of their own intention.
The control of the activity of mind is called concentration in the language of the mystics. The meaning of this word is often not rightly understood. People are apt to think that concentration means only closing the eyes. But one may close one’s eyes for hours, and still the thoughts keep coming like a moving picture. People are never at rest, never at peace; anxiety and sorrow do not disappear just because they close their eyes. It is concentration that does that. Concentration is activity of mind in the direction desired; our desire dictates in which way the mind is to be active; the mind acts according to our wishes.
In point of fact, whatever one makes of oneself, one becomes that. The source of happiness or unhappiness is all in man, himself. When he is unaware of this, he is not able to arrange his life. As he becomes more acquainted with this secret, he gains mastery. The process by which this mastery is attained is the only fulfillment of the purpose of this life.
June 5, 2013 Comments Off on SAMADHI – TRUE AND FAKE
Do not mistake deep sleep for samadhi. The glory of the state of turiya is ineffable. Its splendour is indescribable. If the body is light, if the mind is clear, if there is cheerfulness, know that you are meditating. If the body is heavy, the mind dull, know that you are sleeping while meditating.
There is always a complaint among aspirants: “I have been meditating for the last twelve years and I have not made any improvement, any realisation. What is the matter?” They have not plunged themselves in deep meditation in the innermost recesses of their hearts. They have not properly saturated the mind with thoughts of God. They have not done regular, systematic sadhana (practice). They have not disciplined the indriyas (senses) properly. They have not collected all the outgoing rays of the mind. They have not made the selfdetermination that: “I will realise God this very second”. They have not given the whole mind to God. They have not kept up an increasing flow of divine consciousness.
Even if you do not feel any pulse in the sadhaka (seeker) when he is in meditation, even if the breathing stops, do not think that he is in nirvikalpa samadhi (unconditioned state). If he is, he will return with supersensual divine knowledge then only can it be said that he has attained real samadhi. Breathing and pulse may stop from various other causes as well.
The sadhaka must have perfect awareness in meditation. There is not much gain if he remains in mere jada (inert) state, even though he is insensible to external sounds.
O aspirant, struggle hard. Make sincere efforts. Meditate regularly and systematically. Enough of heated discussions and heated debates. Retire into a solitary room. Close your eyes. Have deep silent meditation. Feel God’s presence. Repeat His name - Om - with fervour, joy and love. Fill your heart with prem. Destroy thoughts, whims, fancies and desires when they arise on the surface of the mind.
Withdraw the wandering mind. Fix it on the Lord. Now meditation will become deep and intense. Do not open your eyes. Do not stir from your seat. Merge in him. Dive deep in the recesses of your heart. Plunge into the shining Atman. Drink the nectar of immortality. Enjoy the silence. Peace. Silence. Glory. – Swami Sivananda
May 15, 2013 Comments Off on God-communication is the best communication
God-communication is the best communication that true spiritualism can teach us.
Bowl of Saki, May 11, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:
The most profound inspiration comes always from the divine mind, and to God alone the credit is due. Even if an inspiration comes through the mind of a person living on earth or through a soul who has passed on to the other side, it still has come from God, for all knowledge and wisdom belong to God.
It is a fault on the part of mankind to attribute inspiration to some limited being who is nothing but a shadow covering God. When a person believes that an old Egyptian comes from the other side to inspire him or that an American Indian comes to lead him on his way, he builds a wall between himself and God. Instead of receiving directly from the source that is perfect and all sufficient, he is picturing his limited idea, making it a screen between himself and God.
Is not God enough for our souls, and is He not sufficient to inspire us and to illuminate our wills and guide our souls? Is he any less of a friend here or in the spirit life? He is the great well-wisher. In Him mercy is complete. He is the Soul of all souls. When we devote ourselves to the thought of Him, all illumination and revelation are ours. God-communication is the best communication that true spiritualism can teach us.
Thus the ultimate purpose, for which the soul is seeking every moment of our life, is our spiritual purpose. And you may ask how to attain to that purpose. The answer is that what you are seeking for is within yourself. Instead of looking outside, you must look within. The way to proceed to accomplish this is for some moments to suspend all your senses such as sight, hearing, smell, touch, in order to put a screen before the outside life. And by concentration and by developing that meditative quality you will sooner or later get in touch with the inner Self which is more communicative, which speaks more loudly than all the noises of this world. And this gives joy, creates peace, and produces in you a self-sufficient spirit, a spirit of independence, of true liberty. The moment you get in touch with your Self you are in communion with God. It is in this way, if God-communication is sought rightly, that spirituality is attained.
April 1, 2013 Comments Off on How Is Our Soul Different from Siva?
Our soul body was created in the image and likeness of the
Primal Soul, God Siva, but it differs from the Primal Soul in that it is
immature. While Siva is unevolutionary perfection, we are in the process of
To understand the mysteries of the soul, we distinguish
between the soul body and its essence. As a soul body, we are individual and
unique, different from all others, a self-effulgent being of light which
evolves and matures through an evolutionary process. This soul body is of the
nature of God Siva, but is different from Siva in that it is less resplendent
than the Primal Soul and still evolving, while God is unevolutionary
perfection. We may liken the soul body to an acorn, which contains the mighty
oak tree but is a small seed yet to develop. The soul body matures through
experience, evolving through many lives into the splendor of God Siva,
ultimately realizing Siva totally in nirvikalpa samadhi. Even after Self
Realization is attained, the soul body continues to evolve in this and other
worlds until it merges with the Primal Soul, as a drop of water merges with its
source, the ocean. Yea, this is the destiny of all souls without exception. The
Vedas say, “As oil in sesame seeds, as butter in cream, as water in river
beds, as fire in friction sticks, so is the atman grasped in one’s own self
when one searches for Him with truthfulness and austerity.” Aum Namah
Sivaya. Sloka 27 from Dancing with Siva
– Satguru Sivaya
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