As water in a fountain flows as one stream

January 6, 2014 Comments Off on As water in a fountain flows as one stream

As water in a fountain flows as one stream, but falls in many drops divided by time and space, so are the revelations of the one stream of truth.
Bowl of Saki, January 1, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:
In a fountain there is a big stream which flows up and then breaks into many drops. The stream is like the divine will, and the different drops like the wills in us. One drop goes higher, another lower, one falls to the left, another to the right, one goes north, another south. But the source of all this activity is one; it is one thing that turns into so many, scattering in all directions. Thus from unity there has come variety.


Different methods called religions and philosophies have been adopted by different nations at various periods. Though the form and teachings of the several religions appear so unlike, their source is one and the same. But from the very beginning the differences have created prejudice, envy, and antagonism between man. Such dissensions occupy a large portion of the histories of the world and have become the most important subject in life.

So many castes and so many creeds,
So many faiths, and so many beliefs,
All have arisen from ignorance of man,
Wise is he who only truth conceives.

A wise man realizes that the fundamental basis of all religions and beliefs is one: Haqq, or truth. … Those who see the truth uncovered abandon reason and logic, good and bad, high and low, new and old; differences and distinctions of names and forms fade away, and the whole universe is realized as nothing other than Haqq. Truth in its realization is one; in its representation it is many, since its revelations are made under varying conditions of time and space.

As water in a fountain flows in one stream but falls in many drops, divided by time and space, so are the revelations of the one stream of truth.


Prayer for New Year, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

O Thou who abidest in our hearts,
most Merciful and Compassionate God, Lord of Heaven and Earth,
we forgive others their trespasses and ask Thy forgiveness of our shortcomings.
We begin the New Year with pure heart and clear conscience, with courage and hope.
Help us to fulfill the purpose of our lives under Thy divine guidance.


Mastery lies not merely in stilling the mind

November 11, 2013 Comments Off on Mastery lies not merely in stilling the mind

Mastery lies not merely in stilling the mind, but in directing it towards
whatever point you desire.

Bowl of Saki, November 10, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:

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

~~~ “Githa Series II, Amaliyyat 1, Psychology “, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

He who does not direct his own mind lacks mastery. … If there is any self
of which one can say, ‘This is man’, it is the mind. The three Sanskrit
words Mana, Manu, Manusha show that man is his mind, is the product of his
mind, and is also the controller of the activity of mind. If he does not
control his mind, he is not a master but a slave. It lies with his own mind
whether he shall be master, or whether he shall be slave. He is slave when
he neglects to be master; he is master if he cares to be master.

Mastery lies not merely in stilling the mind, but in directing it towards
whatever point we desire, in allowing it to be active as far as we wish, in
using it to fulfill our purpose, in causing it to be still when we want to
still it. He who has come to this has created his heaven within himself; he
has no need to wait for a heaven in the hereafter, for he has produced it
within his own mind now.

When man is separated from God

November 10, 2013 Comments Off on When man is separated from God

When man is separated from God in his thought, his belief is of no use, his
worship is of little use.

Bowl of Saki, October 23, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:

God and man are like the two ends of one line. When a believer in God
conceives of God as a separate entity and of man as a being separate from
Him, he makes himself an exile, an exile from the kingdom of God. He holds
fast to the form of God created by himself, and he does not reach the
Spirit of God. However good and virtuous he has been in life, however
religious in his actions, he has not fulfilled the purpose of his life. …

Those who think that God is not outside but only within are as wrong as
those who believe that God is not within but only outside. In fact God is
both inside and outside, but it is very necessary to begin by believing in
that God outside. From our childhood we have learned everything outside. We
learn what the eye is by looking at the eyes of others; everything we see
in ourselves we have always learned from outside.

So even in order to learn to see God we must begin by seeing God outside:
as the Creator, the Judge, the Knower of all things, the forgiver; and when
we have understood Him better, the next step is that the God that we have
always seen outside we now also find within, and that completes our
worship. If we have only found Him outside then we are His worshippers, but
we remain separate from him and there is no communion, which is the purpose
of life.

By the power of prayer

November 5, 2013 Comments Off on By the power of prayer

By the power of prayer, man opens the door of the heart, in which God, the
ever-forgiving, the all-merciful, abides.

Bowl of Saki, November 4, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:

There are three kinds of people among those who offer prayer. One person in
praying feels he is fulfilling a certain duty, which he considers to be one
among the other duties of life. … The second kind of person who offers
prayers is the one who prays because he has been taught to do so, and yet
is uncertain as to whether there is any God and whether his prayers are
really heard. … Then there is a third person who has imagination which is
strengthened by faith. He not only prays to God, but he prays before God,
in the presence of God. Once imagination has helped a man to bring the
presence of God before him, God is awakened in his own heart.

The word of Christ is that God is love; and if God is love, then we, every
one of us, can prove God in us by expressing God in our life. According to
the external customs of the different religions, one goes to church, one to
the mosque, one to the synagogue, and another to the temple. The inner
church however, is none of these, but in the heart of man, where God abides
and which is the habitation of Christ.

In prayer one reaches that spirit of God which is all-powerful and which is
ever-forgiving, and it is by the power of prayer that man opens the doors
of the heart, in which God the Merciful abides.

What is real prayer? Praise to God. And the meaning of praise?
Appreciating; thus opening the heart more and more to the divine beauty one
sees in manifestation.

If one asks why God should create beings in order that they should sing His
own praise, the answer is that God does not wish to receive praise. The
praise of God is a prescription for man, in order that by this prescription
man can come to that understanding which brings him nearer to God. In other
words, by praising God man completes the action in which lies the
fulfillment of the soul’s purpose in coming on earth.

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.

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

Your work in life must be your religion

October 19, 2013 Comments Off on Your work in life must be your religion

Your work in life must be your religion, whatever your occupation may be.

Bowl of Saki, October 19, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:

The purpose of life is to become more living, to allow the soul to live
more, and that is the limit given by Christ when he says, ‘Raise your light
high’. This means allowing the soul to express itself. It does not matter
what your life is, what your pursuit is; in order to fulfill the purpose of
life you need not be in a temple or a church. Whatever your life’s pursuit
— art, poetry, sculpture, music, whatever your occupation may be — you
can be as spiritual as a priest or clergyman, always living a life of
praise. Your work in life must be your religion; let the soul express
itself in every aspect and it will surely fulfill the purpose of life. The
soul’s life comes naturally if we open ourselves for the spirit to rise.

The whole purpose of life is to make God a reality.

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.

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