October 10, 2013 Comments Off on The whole purpose of life is to make God a reality.
The whole purpose of life is to make God a reality.
Bowl of Saki, October 9, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:
As to the religion and the moral of the mystic, the mystic has one moral
and that is love. And he has one aim in his religion and that is to make a
God a reality. Therefore, his God becomes a greater God than the God of
millions of people who only imagine that there is a God somewhere. To him
God is a reality.
The work of the inner life is to make God a reality, so that He is no more
an imagination; that this relationship that man has with God may seem more
real than any other relationship in the world; and when this happens, then
all relationships, however near and dear, become less binding. But at the
same time, a person does not thus become cold; he becomes more loving. It
is the godless man who is cold, impressed by the selfishness and
lovelessness of the world, because he partakes of those conditions in which
he lives. But the one who is in love with God, the one who has established
his relationship with God, his love becomes living …
Why is it that among simple and illiterate people a belief in God is to be
found, and among the most intellectual, there seems to be a lack of that
belief? The answer is that the intellectual ones have their reason. They
will not believe in what they do not see… But the process that the wise
consider best for the seeker after truth to adopt is the process of first
idealizing God and then realizing God.
Among millions of believers in God, there is hardly one who makes God a
reality, to so many He is an imagination, to many He is in a mosque, a
church, or a temple. Many wonder if God is really. Many others think God is
goodness, He is a personality separate from us, He is most high, most pure,
most beautiful, but He is separate and difficult to reach. Many think that
as it takes so long to reach this planet or that, God must be further away
still. The purpose of one’s whole life is to make God a reality.
September 9, 2013 Comments Off on I must realize my own conditioning and do absolutely nothing
I think it is very important to understand that any effort made to free oneself from one’s conditioning is another form of conditioning. If I try to free myself from Hinduism, or any other ism, I am making that effort in order to achieve what I consider to be a more desirable state; therefore, the motive to change conditions the change. So I must realize my own conditioning and do absolutely nothing. This is very difficult. But I must know for myself that my mind is small, petty, confused, conditioned, and see that any effort to change it is still within the field of that confusion; therefore, any such effort only breeds further confusion. -JKrishnamurti
September 7, 2013 Comments Off on Our body, our feelings, our thoughts
To understand ourselves requires objective, kindly, dispassionate study of ourselves, ourselves being the organism as a whole -our body, our feelings, our thoughts. They are not separate, they are interrelated. It is only when we understand the organism as a whole that we can go beyond and discover still further, greater, vaster things. But without this primary understanding, without laying right foundation for right thinking, we cannot proceed to greater heights. – JKrishnamurti
June 16, 2012 Comments Off on The soul is first born
The soul is first born into the false self, it is blind; in the true self the soul opens its eyes.
Bowl of Saki, April 21, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:
Our greatest enemy is ourself. All weakness, all ignorance keeps us from the truth of our being, from all the virtues hidden in us and all perfection hidden in our souls. The first self we realize is the false self. Unless the soul is born again it will not see the kingdom of heaven. The soul is born into the false self; it is blind. In the true self the soul opens its eyes. Unless the false self is fought with, the true self cannot be realized…
The lions could not harm Daniel because of the harmony of his will with the universal Will. The lions represent the destructive elements in the human mind. They represent wars, disappointments, rivalries, jealousies, envy, passions, and so forth, in different horrible guises. Our ego is the lion of lions, and if this is conquered, then these external lions — different egos around us — are conquered also, and wherever we go, with anyone, whether foolish or wise, good or bad, we now have peace.
The work of the spiritual man is to forget his false self and so to realize the true self which is God, and this true self not only in him, but in his neighbor also.
~~~ “Supplementary Papers, Brotherhood II”, by Hazrat Inayat Khan (unpublished)
Man struggles with things that are outside him, and so he gives a chance to the foes who exist in his own being. Therefore the first thing necessary in life is to make peace for the time being with the outside world, in order to prepare for the war which is to be fought within oneself. Once peace is made within, one will gain by that sufficient strength and power to be used through the struggle of life within and without… Life is one long journey, and the further behind we have left our self, the further we have progressed toward the goal. Verily when the false self is lost the true self is discovered.