A soul is as great as the circle of its influence.

December 30, 2013 Comments Off on A soul is as great as the circle of its influence.

A soul is as great as the circle of its influence.

Bowl of Saki, December 30, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

Even today we can see in everyday life how people argue and dispute without coming to a conclusion. Then perhaps another comes and sets the whole thing right. The discord of thousands of people could be resolved, and thousands of people could be united into one harmony by the presence of one who unites them all. … The influence of one soul may be felt in a village, of another in a country, of another in the whole country.

What is the sign of such souls? In the East it is believed that some people bring good luck, some child in the house, a guest, or a friend. The good luck may be brought to one person, or it may be brought to ten or fifty. This shows that there is some influence, and we can recognize it as something which is beneficial, good, harmonious, to five, ten, a hundred, or even more. The soul is as great as the circle of its influence.

from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/VII/VII_32.htm

The size of a man’s sphere corresponds with the extent of his sympathy, or we may say, with the size of his heart. His sympathy holds his sphere together. As his heart grows, his sphere grows; as his sympathy is withdrawn or lessened, so his sphere breaks up and scatters. If he harms those who live and move within his sphere, those dependent upon him or upon his affection, he of necessity harms himself. His house or his palace or his cottage, his satisfaction or his disgust in his environment is the creation of his own thought. … Each individual composes the music of his own life. If he injures another, he brings disharmony. When his sphere is disturbed, he is disturbed himself, and there is a discord in the melody of his life. If he can quicken the feeling of another to joy or to gratitude, by that much he adds to his own life; he becomes himself by that much more alive. Whether conscious of it or not, his thought is affected for the better by the joy or gratitude of another, and his power and vitality increase thereby, and the music of his life grows more in harmony.

from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/I/I_I_2.htm


Do not do anything with fear

December 13, 2013 Comments Off on Do not do anything with fear

Do not do anything with fear; and fear not whatever you do.

Bowl of Saki, December 12, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

According to metaphysics fear is caused by the lack of light. Therefore the more light there is in the heart the more fearless the heart becomes. … When a person is afraid of a dog, he gives the dog a tendency to bite him. This can be noticed so plainly in the lower creation, that every animal is afraid of another animal, and the expectation of harm makes it fear more than does the idea of the hugeness of the form or the bodily strength of another animal. Many things in life can be brought about, not only by wanting them and thinking about them, but also by fearing them, both objects and conditions. To clear one’s mind of fear is like bringing light into a dark room, and as light is needed to illuminate a dark room so the light of the soul is necessary to clear away the thought of fear. … When one fears, this world frightens one, but when one clears one’s heart of all fear, the whole world of illusion turns into one single vision of the sublime immanence of God.

from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/XIII/XIII_19.htm

One need not say that one should fear nothing, though one may say that fear is a bad thing. There is a story of a Brahmin, a young man who was very much impressed by what his guru told him: that the whole of manifestation is the immanence of God and that, therefore, there is nothing to fear, nothing to distrust. This thought made the young man feel quite at home in the world, quite comfortable. Then one day a mad elephant came along the road on which the young man was walking. The men running before the elephant yelled, ‘Away, away! The elephant is coming!’ But the young man would not get out of the way. With palms joined he stood as fearlessly before the elephant as one stands before God, as his guru had told him. The consequence was that the elephant gave him a shove and he fell down. He was brought to the guru who asked him what had happened. The young man said, ‘Guruji, you said that all is the immanence of God, and therefore, in all reverence, I stood before the elephant with joined hands.’ The guru said, ‘Did anyone tell you to get out of the way?’ He replied, ‘Yes.’ ‘Why then,’ said the guru, ‘did you not stand before that man with joined hands and listen to him?’ Not to be deeply impressed by distrust does not mean that we should be over-ready to bestow our trust upon anyone, nor does giving up fear mean that we can stand in front of a moving motorcar thinking, ‘I trust it will be all right.’

from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/XI/XI_II_15.htm

What closes the doors of the heart is fear, confusion, depression, spite, discouragement, disappointment, and a troubled conscience. When that is cleared away, the doors of the heart open. … It is the open heart which receives the reflection of all impressions coming from outside. It is the open heart, which can receive reflections from the divine Spirit within.

from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/IX/IX_28.htm

The best practice one can make is to speak with oneself, with one’s own fear; to dispute with it, and to root out the reasons on whose foundations it rests. What generally happens is that all things one fears, one fears even to think of them. But the solution of getting above fear lies in analyzing the cause of the fear and so making it non-existent. Man by nature possesses a tremendous power hidden in his heart, the power which waits constantly to become manifest. This power is hidden by fear. The day when fear disappears, this latent power will manifest to view.

from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/XIII/XIII_18.htm

Love itself is the healing power

October 19, 2013 Comments Off on Love itself is the healing power

Love itself is the healing power and the remedy for all pain.

Bowl of Saki, October 15, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:

There is no greater power than love. All strength comes with the awakening
of love in the heart. … If there is any protecting influence in the
world, it is no other than love. In all aspects of life, wherever we find
protection, its motive is always love, and no one can have trust in any
protection, however great, except the protection that love offers. If a
giant were to frighten a child, the child would say, ‘I will tell my
mother.’ The strength and power of any man is too small in comparison with
love’s protection which the mother affords her child. Love can heal better
than anything in the world.


Behind all this world of various names and forms there is one life, there
is one spirit. This spirit which is the soul of all beings is attracted
towards unity, and it is the absence of this spirit which keeps the world
unhappy. To a person who has just had some unpleasantness with his brother
or sister, his food is tasteless, the night without sleep, the heart
restless, the soul under a cloud. This shows that we do not necessarily
live on food; our soul lives on love, the love that we receive and the love
that we give. The absence of this is our unhappiness, and the presence of
it is all we need.


True life cannot be ours until unity is achieved. It is the work of
religion to promote the spirit of unity, in the knowledge and love of God
to whom all devotion belongs. Man often seeks for psychic, occult, and
magnetic powers. This is not the purpose of religion; these developments
come of themselves. Where there is life and love, there is magnetism; love
itself is the healing power and the remedy for all pain.


The dark clouds brought romance between Thee, my Beloved, and me.



Will power is the keynote of mastery

October 3, 2013 Comments Off on Will power is the keynote of mastery

Will power is the keynote of mastery, and asceticism is the development of
will power.

Bowl of Saki, September 21, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:

The first exercise to help the will power to develop would be to check
every act, word, and thought which we do not wish to occur; to avoid
unintentional actions, speech, and thoughts. The other exercise that is
necessary for the development of the will power is that of seeing that
neither our mind nor our body rules us, but that we rule our body and our
mind. Desires such as appetite, thirst, sleep, even the desire of moving or
standing or walking, all these desires should be under control. There
should be a time in every day when every desire of the body is checked. See
if you can do it; and then as long as you can let the body go without
listening to it, do so.


A person might ask, ‘Is, then, the secret of happiness in the way of the
ascetics, in tormenting and torturing oneself as they have done for ages?’
Even that does not give happiness. It is only a distraction from the
worldly pleasures which produce illusion. The ascetic shuts himself up in
order to have an opportunity of taking another direction. … For even
asceticism is not a happiness. It is only a means of self-discipline.


The nature of the mind is such that it creates a thought and throws it over
for another thought to take its place. This being the nature of the mind,
it makes it difficult for one to concentrate upon one object steadily. The
mind of an average person may be pictured as an unruly horse that jumps and
kicks and throws anyone that tries to ride it. Masters of the world are
those who have mastered themselves, and mastery lies in the control of the
mind. If the mind became your obedient servant, the whole world is at your
service. The king of mind is greater than the king of a nation.

~~~ “Githa II, ‘Amaliyyat 1”, by Hazrat Inayat Khan (unpublished)

The fasting and abstinence and all these things were taught in order to
develop the will power, which results in self-discipline and which is the
secret of all mastery; and it is by this power that the kingdom within is


The only way to live

September 16, 2013 Comments Off on The only way to live

The only way to live in the midst of inharmonious influences is to
strengthen the will power and endure all things, yet keeping fineness of
character and nobility of manner together with an everlasting heart full of

Bowl of Saki, September 13, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:

Many seek protection from all hurting influences by building some wall
around themselves. But the canopy over the earth is so high that a wall
cannot be built high enough, and the only thing one can do is to live in
the midst of all inharmonious influences, to strengthen his will power and
to bear all things, yet keeping the fineness of character and a nobleness
of manner together with an ever-living heart.


To say, ‘You are different and I am different, your religion is different
and my religion is different, your belief is different and my belief is
different,’ will not unite, it will only divide humanity. Those who, with
the excuse of their great faith in their own religion, hurt the feelings of
another and divide humanity which has the same source and goal, abuse
religion, whatever be their faith. The message, at whatever period it came
to the world, did not come just to a certain section of humanity; it did
not come to raise only some few people who perhaps accepted the faith, the
message, or a particular organized Church. No, all these things came
afterwards. The rain does not fall in a certain land only; the sun does not
shine only on a particular country. All that comes from God is for all
souls. If they are worthy, they deserve it; it is their reward; if they are
unworthy, they are the more entitled to it. Verily, blessing is for every
soul; for every soul, whatever be his faith or belief, belongs to God.


When a person begins to see all goodness as being the goodness of God, all
the beauty that surrounds him as the divine beauty, he begins by
worshipping a visible God, and as his heart constantly loves and admires
the divine beauty in all that he sees, he begins to see in all that is
visible one single vision; all becomes for him the vision of the beauty of
God. His love of beauty increases his capacity to such a degree that great
virtues such as tolerance and forgiveness spring naturally from his heart.
Even things that people mostly look upon with contempt, he views with


The only way to live in the midst of inharmonious influences is to
strengthen the will power and endure all things, yet keeping fineness of
character and nobility of manner together with an everlasting heart full of

~~~ Hijrat Day (Departure Day) — The day that Inayat Khan departed from
India, headed for America, September 13, 1910.


September 13, 2013 Comments Off on WHAT IS SATHYAM?

God is truth. He can be realised only by speaking truth and observing truth in thought, word and deed. Truthfulness, equal vision, self-control, absence of envious emulation, forgiveness, modesty, endurance, absence of jealousy, charity, thoughtfulness, disinterested philanthropy, self possession and unceasing and compassionate harmlessness are the thirteen forms of truth. Your thoughts should agree with your words and your words should agree with your actions. To think of one thing, say another and do a third is horrible – it is nothing but crookedness. By telling lies you pollute your conscience and infect your subconscious mind. The habit of telling lies will be carried on to your next birth and you will suffer in birth after birth. Have you ever thought of this?

If you are established in truth, all other virtues will cling to you. Penetrate more deeply into the kingdom of truth. Sacrifice your all for the truth. Die for the truth. Speak the truth. Truth is life and power. Truth is existence. Truth is knowledge. Truth is bliss. Truth is silence. Truth is peace. Truth is light. Truth is love. Live to realise the truth.

Truth is the law of life. Truth means the strength of will to abide by positive principles – a sense of justice, an unbiased mind and recognition of its subtle essence in all life. Truth is like a ladder leading to heaven, or a boat enabling one to cross the ocean of misery. Speak the truth, but let it not be unpleasant and speak not of any pleasing falsehood – this is eternal religion.

Fire burns everything; it is true to its nature. Water flows from a higher level; the seed sprouts and becomes a tree; the scorpion stings; these are all true to their nature. This is satyam. But man violates truth; he is ungrateful. He is not true to his essential nature. Wife poisons the husband; sons are not filial towards their fathers; sons murder their parents; this is not truth. To manifest one’s essential divine nature, to manifest divine virtues is satyam or truth. To be true to one’s own Self is satyam.

A truthful man is free from worry and anxiety, he has a calm mind. He is respected by society. If you speak the truth for twelve years you will get vak siddhi – then whatever you speak will come to pass. There will be great power in your speech – you will be able to influence thousands.  – Swami Sivananda


September 13, 2013 Comments Off on THE FRUITS OF CONCENTRATION

Now hear about the fruits that one gains from this practice. Supreme joy is for the yogi whose mind is peaceful, whose passionate nature is calmed, who is sinless and of the nature of the eternal.

When one advances in the practice of concentration, when one takes a real interest in it and when one has realised some benefits, then he cannot leave the practice. Concentration brings supreme joy, spiritual inner strength, unalloyed felicity and infinite, eternal peace. It brings profound knowledge and deep inner sight, intuition and communion with God.

The vital point in concentration is to bring the mind to the same point or object, again and again, by limiting its movements. Limit it to a small circle to begin with – that is the main aim. A time will come when the mind will stick to one point alone. This is the fruit of protracted sadhana (practice). Now your joy will be indescribable.

If you decide to meditate on the form of a chair, bring all thoughts connected with that chair together and dwell on these ideas. Do not allow thoughts of other objects to enter your mind. Thought should flow steadily, like oil flowing steadily from one vessel to another. Gradually reduce the number of ideas related to the object of concentration. When all these ideas die, you get the super-conscious state (samadhi).

When this last idea dies out and when there is not even a single idea, the mind becomes blank or void. There is mental vacuity. This is the stage of thoughtlessness referred to by Patanjali in his Raja Yoga philosophy. You must rise above this blank vrtti (thought-form) and identify yourself with the Supreme Purusha or Brahman, the silent witness of the mind who gives power and light to the mind. Then and then alone you will reach the highest goal of life. – Swami Sivananda

Prolonged meditation on the Absolute leads to perfection. One of the greatest needs in spiritual life is meditation. Meditate and listen to the voice of God. This will give you strength and power and peace. – Swami Sivananda

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