December 21, 2013 Comments Off on Man’s greatest privilege
Man’s greatest privilege is to become a suitable instrument of God.
Bowl of Saki, December 17, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:
On coming to earth, man, who is the instrument of God, loses connection with that divine power whose instrument he is, thus keeping not only himself but even God from helping His will to be done. When man, who is born to be the instrument of God, does not perform his mission properly he naturally feels dissatisfied. It does not mean that he does not accomplish what he desires, but it is the reason why he is unhappy. … Spiritual knowledge does not lie in learning something, but in discovering something; in breaking the fetters of the false consciousness and in allowing the soul to unfold itself with light and power. What does the word ‘spiritual’ really mean? Spiritual means spirit-conscious. When a person is conscious of his body, he cannot be spiritual. It is like a king who does not know his kingship. … If man does not realize the kingdom of God within himself nor realize his spirit to be a king, he does not accomplish the purpose of life.
Man’s greatest privilege is to become a suitable instrument of God, and until he knows this he has not realized his true purpose in life. The whole tragedy in the life of man is his ignorance of this fact. From the moment a man realizes this he lives the real life, the life of harmony between God and man. When Jesus Christ said, ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God,’ this teaching was an answer to the cry of humanity: some crying, ‘I have no wealth,’ others crying, ‘I have no rest,’ others crying, ‘My situation in life is difficult,’ My friends are troubling me,’ or, ‘I want a position, wealth.’ The answer to them all is, ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you.’
December 13, 2013 Comments Off on A True House
A house is a residence for our bodies to live. While living in it you should not forget the fact that our body itself is a house built by the Lord. And in the house called the body, the Lord dwells constantly. It is He who empowers our body to do all its work, including house-building.
Where then should be the greater emphasis? A true house is thus one that reminds us always of the indwelling Lord, the Presence within the body. The house should give you a constant reminder to live like the ancient Shabari who was living only to see Rama. The residence should inspire and inculcate the Shabari austerity and tradition.
Set up your house in such a style and sublimity that the thoughts and reflections on the Lord within the body will be encouraged, deepened and perpetuated. It is really an art and a subtle process. For all those who live there, as also for the new arrivals, the whole look and atmosphere must be such as to make their minds and intelligence soar high into Lordly reflections.
Have some routines for this purpose. Begin the day with some suitable sights, sounds and thoughts to remind you of the Lord. Consider cooking, eating, moving about, sleeping, as activities taking place in the Lord’s abode. Offer every action, small or big, to the Supreme. This process will bring greater and greater sublimation in your life and activities.
We miss God in His world. Think of the trees and plants – how unerringly, seasonally, and profusely they blossom and bear fruits. And none of these is for their own use. They are for the welfare of others.
If insentient, immobile creation can be so regular and grateful in their responses and functions, can we not be at least alike, if not more, in our reactions and gratitude to the Creator? – Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha (c) Narayanashrama Tapovanam, 2012
November 17, 2013 Comments Off on We are that which we possess
We are that which we possess. The man who possesses money is the money. The man who identifies himself with property is the property, or the house or the furniture. Similarly, with ideas or with people, and when there is possessiveness, there is no relationship. But most of us possess because we have nothing else if we do not possess. We are empty shells if we do not possess, if we do not fill our life with furniture, with music, with knowledge, with this or that. And that shell makes a lot of noise, and that noise we call living, and with that we are satisfied. And when there is a disruption, a breaking away of that, then there is sorrow because then you suddenly discover yourself as you are—an empty shell, without much meaning. – Krishnamurti, The Collected Works vol V, p 297
November 5, 2013 Comments Off on Does thought give security?
So does thought fundamentally, basically, give security, psychologically? Thought has its place; but when thought assumes that it can bring about psychological security then it is living in illusion. Thought wanting ultimate security has created a thing called god; and humanity clings to that idea. Thought can create every kind of romantic illusion. And when the mind, psychologically, seeks security in the dogma of the Church, or some other dogmatic assertion, or whatever it is, it is seeking security in the structure of thought.
Thought is the response of experience and knowledge, stored up in the brain as memory; that response is therefore always moving from the past. Now, is there security in the past? – Krishnamurti, The Wholeness of Life, p 160
November 1, 2013 Comments Off on Self stands as a wall between man and God.
Self stands as a wall between man and God.
Bowl of Saki, November 1, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:
God speaks to everyone, not only to the messengers and teachers. He speaks
to the ears of every heart, but it is not every heart which hears it. His
voice is louder than the thunder, and His light is clearer than the sun —
if one could only see it, if one could only hear it. In order to see it and
in order to hear it man should remove this wall, this barrier which he has
made of the self. Then he becomes the flute upon which the divine Player
may play the music of Orpheus which can charm even the hearts of stone;
then he rises from the cross into the life everlasting.
Our limited self is like a wall separating us from the Self of God. God is
as far away from us as that wall is thick. The wisdom and justice of God
are within us, and yet they are far away under the covering of the veil of
the limited self.
Humility is the principal thing that must be learnt in the path of training
the ego. It is the constant effort of effacing the ego that prepares man
for the greater journey. This principle of humility can be practiced by
forgetting one’s personality in every thought and action and in every
dealing with another. No doubt it is difficult and may not seem very
practicable in everyday life, though in the end it will prove to be the
successful way, not only in one’s spiritual life but in one’s everyday
affairs. The general tendency is to bring one’s personality forward, which
builds a wall between two souls whose destiny and happiness lies in unity.
In business, in profession, in all aspects of life it is necessary that one
should unite with the other in this unity, in which the purpose of life is
October 15, 2013 Comments Off on Ending conflict in all our relationships
So our first demand is whether it is possible to end conflict in all our relationships—at home, in the office, in every area of our life—to put an end to conflict. This does not mean that we retire in isolation, become a monk, or withdraw into some corner of our own imagination and fancy; it means living in this world to understand conflict. Because, as long as there is conflict of any kind, naturally our minds, hearts, brains, cannot function to their highest capacity. They can only function fully when there is no friction, when there is clarity. And there is clarity only when mind that is the totality—which is the physical organism, the brain cells, and the total thing which is called the mind—is in a state of non-conflict, when it functions without any friction; only then is it possible to have peace. – Krishnamurti, The Collected Works vol XVI, p 4
October 15, 2013 Comments Off on The knowledge of God
The knowledge of God is beyond man’s reason; the secret of God is hidden in
the knowledge of unity.
Bowl of Saki, October 11, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:
The knowledge of God is beyond man’s reason. Man only perceives things he
is capable of perceiving. He cannot raise his imagination above what he is
used to, and he cannot reach beyond his imagination to where the being of
God is. The secret of God is hidden in the knowledge of unity. Man thinks,
‘What can unity give me? Can it bring me happiness? What is there in it?’
He can get the answer by observing and studying life more closely. See what
an atmosphere the harmony of ten people can create; the power of love and
the influence created by ten people is much greater than that created by
one. Think then what would be the blessing for humanity if nations, races,
and communities were united!
The pairs of opposites keep us in an illusion and make us think, ‘This is
this, and that is that’. At the same time by throwing a greater light upon
things we shall find in the end that they are quite different from what we
had thought. Seeing the nature and character of life, the Sufi says that it
is not very important to distinguish between two opposites. What is most
important is to recognize that One which is hiding behind it all. Naturally
after realizing life the Sufi climbs the ladder which leads him to unity,
to the idea of unity which comes through the synthesis of life, by seeing
One in all things, in all beings.