Sacred Readings Archive
compiled by Cherag Suleiman Grosslight
FROM THE HINDU SCRIPTURES
From the Bhagavad Gita, #30
Offer to me all thy works and rest
thy mind on the Supreme. Be free from vain hopes and selfish thoughts,
and with inner peace fight thou thy fight.
FROM THE BUDDHIST SCRIPTURES
From the Dhammapada p 191
Be truthful Patient, and Generous.
One should utter the truth. One should
not be angry. One should give even from a scanty store to him who asks.
Along these three paths one may go to the presence of the gods.
FROM THE ZOROASTRIAN SCRIPTURES
From the Divine Songs of Zarathustra
p. 40 # LXVIII
In times of doubt, O Mazda kAhura!
In times of stress and strife, Thou
When the vengeful harm of the wicked
We shall recall all the best Thou
hast taught us,
In the wide bright glow of the Altar-flame!
FROM THE JEWISH SCRIPTURE
From Proverbs 25 #25
By long forbearing is a prince persuaded,
and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
FROM THE CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES
Romans 15, 1-5
We then that are strong ought to
bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
Let every one of us please his neighbor
for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself; but,
as it is written, the reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on lme.
For whatsoever things were written
aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort
of the scriptures might have hope. Now the God of patience and consolation
grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus.
FROM THE SCRIPTURES OF ISLAM
The Koran, Family of Imran
A recompense from God and the best
of rewards is with God......So you who believe have endurance in suffering,
be patient and persevere, strengthen eachother and be firm. Be pious and
fear God that you may find success.
FROM THE GAYAN of Hazrat Inayat
" Patience is the lesson I had given
to me from the moment I stepped on the earth; ever since I have tried to
practice it, but there is more to be learnt."
"Lack of patience starves virtue
"Riding on the horse of hope,
Holding in my hand the rein of courage,
Clad in the armor of patience,
And the helmet of endurance on my
head, I started on my journey to the land of love."
"Thou teachest me patience, sublime
nature, by thy patient waiting."
"We shall see who will endure to
the end, my persevering adversary or I with my long-cherished patience."
"Patience is a process through which
a soul goes in order to become precious."
"Forbearance, patience, and tolerance
are the only conditions which keep two individual hearts united."
Gathas, Tasawwuf p. 247 "Patience"
(compiled by Rev. Hamid Touchon)
'There are many moral principles,
just as many drops fall from one fountain; but there is one stream that
is at the source of all, and that is love. It is love that gives birth
to hope, patience, endurance, forgiveness, tolerance, and to all
moral principles. All deeds of kindness and beneficence take root in the
soil of the loving heart. Generosity, charity, adaptability, an accommodating
nature, even renunciation, are the offspring of love alone.'
from "Sufi Thoughts" Hazrat Inayat
'The Sufi avoids all unrhythmic actions;
he keeps the rhythm of his speech under the control of patience, not speaking
a word before the right time, not giving an answer until the question is
from, "Harmony" H.I.Khan
'But patience is never wasted; patience
is a process through which a soul passes and becomes precious. Souls who
have risen above the world's limitations and sorrows, the world's falseness
and deception, they are the souls who have passed through patience.'
from, "The Education of the Infant"
'And now coming to the subject of
patience, how can a child be taught patience? By teaching it to wait. Because
a child is very impatient by nature, and if this tendency remains, then
after that child is grown-up it will give it great unhappiness. When a
person has no patience life becomes death for him. Patience is like death,
but not to have patience is worse than death. Besides patience produces
wonderful fruits, and patience is a quality which is beyond comparison
with any other qualities in the world. If there is anything that gives
kingliness to the soul, it is patience. What was the secret of the masters
who have accomplished great things, who have inspired many and who have
helped many souls? Their secret was patience. This is the time to sow the
seed of patience in the child. In little things you can give the child
the habit of patience. In asking for food, in wanting to go out to play,
and in many other things a child shows lack of patience; yet if at that
time, without hurting it, one gives it the habit of patience, the child
will begin to show nobleness of spirit.'
from, "The education of the Child"
The third aspect of magnetism is
perhaps a higher kind than the two which have been described above, for
this magnetism is more profound and it affects another person more deeply.
This is the magnetism of love, of sympathy, of friendliness. A person who
by nature is sympathetic; a person who tolerates, who forgets, who forgives;
a person who does not keep bitterness nor malice in his mind against anyone;
a person who admires and appreciates beauty, who loves it in art, in nature,
in all its forms, and who goes out to friend and foe, to the acquaintance,
the stranger, to all; the person who can endure and who can suffer, and
who has the power to have patience through all conditions of life, who
feels the pain of another in his heart and who is always willing to become
a friend, it is that person whose magnetism is greater than all the other
magnetisms that we know of.' from "Magnitism" H.I.Khan
Patience, the word itself, is the heaviest
thing that is. To one who is in difficulties and troubles, to one who is
in sorrow, to one who lives in the wish of obtaining his desire, the word
patience has a dreadful sound. The sound is dreadful, the thought is terrible,
the idea is frightful to us. Yet all our difficulties in life, all our
failures come from lack of patience. All the results of life often are
lost through impatience. A person may have patience for forty years, and
then lose patience, and so lose the result of all his endeavors during
so many years.
The impatient person will show his
impatience in his speech. When you ask him something, he will not let you
finish your sentence; he answers before you have finished because he thinks,
"Why should you still say that half sentence?" The impatient person eats
very fast, and all the veins and tubes of his body cannot drink so fast
as he drinks. If he walks across the room he will stumble ten times; he
walks into chairs, into the table, into the door and does not look into
whom he walks. If he intends to take some action, he starts, and three
times before he reaches the door he will say, "I am going, I am not going,
I am going", because he does not give time to his decision.
All our errors and faults come from
impatience. It is not that the soul wants something which is wrong, but
we do not stop to weigh our acts. We seize upon the first thought that
comes to us without weighing or considering it. Nowadays the wish for variety
has grown so strong that we always wish for new surroundings, new friends,
new faces, and our thoughts change every moment. If we could hold our thought,
we should increase its power. We think, "It is only a thought, it will
pass". In reality, by our thought we create a spirit, a jinn, a genius,
that acts and works and achieves. The more patiently we think a thought,
the stronger the thought becomes.
The lesson of patience is much less
taught nowadays as the influence of religion has become much less, and
education is mostly given for commercial purposes. So we must look upon
the lesson of patience as a lesson we give to ourselves; we must think
of all the beautiful results we gain by patience, and be sure that, if
we have conquered patience, we have conquered the whole world.
To have patience, to have confidence,
we must see an object before us. We can have confidence in obtaining any
material object. It is much more difficult to have patience where there
is nothing to show - only the satisfaction of the soul; to have patience
enough to acquire virtue, to merge in the illumination, to gain the light.
It is the same with fire: at first there is smoke mixed with it and, if
it had no patience until it would become a flame, there would only be smoke
and then it would go out. If it has patience it will become a flame that
illumines the whole room so that everything can be seen and known. More
than all else this patience is the greatest gift and blessing.
from, "Confidence" H.I.Khan
Those who love their enemies and
yet lack patience are like a burning lantern with little oil. It cannot
keep alight, and in the end the flame fades away. The oil in the path of
love is patience, and besides this it is unselfishness and self-sacrifice
from beginning to end.
Some say, 'I have loved dearly once,
but I was disappointed.' It is as if a man were to say, 'I dug in the earth,
but when the mud came I was disappointed.' It is true that mud came, but
with patience he would have reached the water one day. Only patience can
endure. Only endurance produces greatness. from, "The Mystical Heart" H.I.Khan
'The nature that is too enthusiastic
may, instead of benefiting, perhaps harm itself in whatever line it may
have taken up, worldly or spiritual. For everything there is a time, and
patience is necessary in all striving. A cook may burn food by applying
more heat in order to cook more quickly, and this rule applies to all things.
With little children the parents are often anxious and enthusiastic; they
think their children should learn and understand every good and interesting
thing on earth. Too much enthusiasm is not right. We must give time to
all things; the first and most important lesson in life is patience; we
must begin all things with patience.'
from, "The Meaning of Initiation'
Patience is very necessary on the
path. After my initiation into the Order of the Sufis I was for six months
continually in the presence of my murshid before he said a word on the
subject of Sufism; and as soon as I took out my notebook he went on to
another subject; it was finished! One sentence after six months! A person
would think that it is a long time, six months sitting before one's teacher
without being taught anything; but it is not words, it is something else.
If words were sufficient, there are libraries full of occult and mystical
books. It is life itself, it is living that is important. The one who lives
the life of initiation not only lives himself, but also makes others who
come in contact with him alive. Therefore one is initiated into the Sufi
Order not especially for study, but to understand and follow what real
discipleship means. With regard to the subject of discipline; anybody without
a sense of discipline is without the power of self-control. It is discipline
which teaches the ideal, and the ideal is self-discipline. It is the disciplined
soldier who can become a good captain. In ancient times the kings used
to send the princes out as soldiers, to learn what discipline means. The
path of initiation is the training of the ego, and it is self-discipline
which is learned on the path of discipleship.
from, "What is needed on the Path"
Life in the world, and especially
as we live it amidst the crowd, will test and try our patience every moment
of the day, and it will be most difficult to preserve that harmony and
peace which is all happiness. For what is the definition of life? Life
means struggle with friends and battle with foes. It is continual giving
from"World Reconstruction" H.I.Khan
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