A gain or a loss which is momentary is not real

December 30, 2013 Comments Off on A gain or a loss which is momentary is not real

A gain or a loss which is momentary is not real; if we knew realities we should never grieve over the loss of anything that experience shows to be only transitory.

Bowl of Saki, December 29, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

In life we discriminate between two things: the real and the false. We think more of the real and less of the false. We discriminate between imitation gold and real gold; we pay more for the real gold because it is more lasting. The two samples of gold may be equally bright; hence it is evident that the value we attach to things is in proportion to their lasting power. Similarly, if we could see what things in life are lasting or passing, we should discriminate between real loss and false loss, real gain and false gain. The gain or loss which is momentary is not real. So, too, joy or sorrow is a momentary state; the joy over a gain today may tomorrow prove to be a sorrow. If we knew the realities, we should never grieve over the loss of things which experience shows to be only of a transient character. … For every gain, however, there is a need for sacrifice. To gain anything we have to sacrifice something; to pursue two gains is to lose both. Therefore it is necessary to decide once and for all what is false, and then to follow the real and leave the false.

If there is such a thing as saintly renunciation, it is renouncing small gains for better gains; not for no gains, but seeing with open eyes what is better and what is inferior. Even if the choice has to lie between two momentary gains, one of these would always be found to be more real and lasting; that is the one that should be followed for the time. When we take the torch of wisdom to show us our path through life, we will end by realizing what is really profitable in life and what is not.

from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/VII/VII_15.htm

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This ache for the other shore

November 12, 2013 Comments Off on This ache for the other shore

 
You are seeking, asking, longing, to walk on the other shore. The other shore implies that there is this shore, and from this shore to get to the other shore there is space and time. That is what is holding you and bringing about this ache for the other shore. That is the real problem – time that divides, space that separates, the time necessary to get there and the space that is the distance between this and that. – JKrishnamurti

Self stands as a wall between man and God.

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.

http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/XIV/XIV_2_22.htm

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.

http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/VII/VII_23.htm

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
fulfilled.

http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/XIII/XIII_14.htm

BENEFITS OF YOGA ASANAS

September 11, 2013 Comments Off on BENEFITS OF YOGA ASANAS

The practice of Asanas develops the body and the practitioner himself is kept agile and nimble. He has an elastic spine and a supple body. He has a keen and vigorous appetite. Any trouble is removed at its starting point by the practice of Asanas.

The three important organs, that is, the heart, the lungs, and the brain and cerebro-spinal system, are kept in a healthy condition. The vital forces are preserved and increased. The circulation of the blood in the arteries and veins is kept in proper order by the practice of Asanas. There is no stagnation of the blood in any part of the body.

The practitioner of asanas always laughs heartily and radiates joy, strength and vigour wherever he moves. He always gets success in all his attempts. He looks very young even at the age of sixty. He is endowed with a peculiar glow in his face and eyes. He possesses a peculiar charm in his smile.

By practising the asanas regularly, men and women will acquire a figure which will enhance their beauty, and a suppleness which gives charm and elegance to every movement.

Health is thy birthright – not disease. Strength is thy heritage but not weakness; efficiency but not inefficiency; courage but not fear; bliss but not sorrow; peace but not restlessness; knowledge but not ignorance; immortality but not mortality.

This body is the moving temple of God. It is an instrument for crossing the ocean of samsara or the round of birth and death. It is the instrument for attaining the supreme abode of immortality, eternal bliss and perennial joy. It is a horse that can take you to the destination, the goal of life. Therefore it must be kept healthy and strong.

Proper training and care of the body, on an intelligent basis, is necessary. There should be harmonious development of all the muscles of the body, organs, nerves and frame.  – Swami Sivananda

This ache for the other shore

September 8, 2013 Comments Off on This ache for the other shore

You are seeking, asking, longing, to walk on the other shore. The other shore implies that there is this shore, and from this shore to get to the other shore there is space and time. That is what is holding you and bringing about this ache for the other shore. That is the real problem – time that divides, space that separates, the time necessary to get there and the space that is the distance between this and that. – JKrishnamurti

The pain of life is the price

August 24, 2013 Comments Off on The pain of life is the price

The pain of life is the price paid for the quickening of the heart.

Bowl of Saki, August 15, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

There is a phrase in the Bible, “Knock, and it shall be opened unto you”. The Message of God is an answer to the cry of humanity. Now, as to the instrument of the message — in reality the whole universe is an instrument, and every object and every being in it is an instrument; through whichever instrument He chooses He gives His message. One sees in one’s life, and especially at times when one is deep down in depression and sorrow, some answer coming to the difficulty of that situation. It may come from a friend, from a brother, from parents, from a beloved; even from one’s enemy one may get what was necessary at the moment.

But you will say, “Why should a message come in the life of an individual in the time of pain, or after a great sorrow? Why should not a message come every day for one’s guidance?” And there are two reasons for it: One reason is that there is constantly a guidance from above, but man, so absorbed in his life’s activities, does not open his heart to listen to that message and to see where it comes from. And the other reason is that the deeper the sorrow the higher the voice of the heart rises, until it reaches the throne of God; and that is the time when the answer comes, when a person is drowned deep in the sorrow and grief. … Plainly speaking, man’s real being is his heart, and in pain the heart becomes living and without pain man seems to be living on the surface. You will often see in life that people with an intolerable nature and manner, after having gone through the agony of pain in life, develop in them a finer nature.

~~~ Religious Gatheka 45, The Message, by Hazrat Inayat Khan (unpublished)

Those who have avoided love in life from fear of its pain have lost more than the lover, who by losing himself gains all. The loveless first lose all, until at last their self is also snatched away from their hands. The warmth of the lover’s atmosphere, the piercing effect of his voice, the appeal of his words, all come from the pain of his heart. The heart is not living until it has experienced pain. Man has not lived if he has lived and worked with his body and mind without heart. The soul is all light, but all darkness is caused by the death of the heart. Pain makes it alive. The same heart that was once full of bitterness, when purified by love becomes the source of all goodness. All deeds of kindness spring from it.

from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/V/V_22.htm

There is not the slightest doubt that when man has had enough pain in his life he rises to this great consciousness. But it is not necessary that only pain should be the means. It is the readiness on the part of man to efface his part of consciousness and to efface his own personality, which lifts the veil that hides the spirit of God from the view of man.

from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/XIII/XIII_7.htm

There should be a balance in all our actions

July 28, 2013 Comments Off on There should be a balance in all our actions

There should be a balance in all our actions – to be either extreme or lukewarm is equally bad.

Bowl of Saki, July 24, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

There are two forces in us, love and reason. We must keep an even balance between the two. If we give too much expression to love we become unbalanced and fall into trouble. And if on the other hand we lean too much on the side of reason we become cold.

from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/V/V_40.htm

In balance lies the whole secret of life … All religions and philosophies have laid down certain principles such as kindness, truthfulness, forgiveness, but the mystic lays no stress on principles, he allows everyone to have his own principles, each according to his point of view and evolution. For example, there are two men, one is so merciful that he will not even harm an insect, and he could not draw a sword to kill another human being, while the other man for the sake of his people is content to fight and to die. These are two opposite points of view, and both are right in their way.

The Sufi therefore believes one should let each hold on to the principle suited to his evolution, but for himself he looks beyond the principle to that which is at the back of it, the balance. He realizes that what makes one lose balance is wrong, and what makes one keep it is right. The main point is not to act against one’s principles. If the whole world says a thing is wrong, and you yourself feel that it is right, it is so, perhaps, for you.

The question of balance explains the problem of sin and virtue, and he who understands it is the master of life. There should be a balance in all our actions. To be either extreme or lukewarm is equally bad. There is a saying, ‘Jack of all trades, and master of none.’ This is very true, as there has been too little effort given, so that no one thing has been done thoroughly.

from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/V/V_37.htm

Success, failure, progress, standstill, one’s state of being, it all comes from the condition that a person is experiencing within himself. … according to the Sufi idea the condition of life around one depends absolutely on the condition of one’s inner self. So what is needed to change the conditions in outer life, or to tune oneself, is to work with one’s inner self in order to bring about the necessary balance.

from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/VIII/VIII_1_5.htm

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