VOL 4, ISSUE 1
Khatum literally means, 'the final' or "a sealing", or a seal as in a wax seal on a letter used to close it, or, as meant among the prayers, a closing prayer.
O Thou, Who art the Perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty,
A person may follow a religion and yet not come to the realization of truth; but of what use is his religion to him if he is not happy? Religion does not mean depression and sadness. The spirit of religion should give happiness. God is happy. He is the perfection of love, harmony, and beauty. A religious person should be happier than one who is not religious. If a person who professes religion is always melancholy, his religion is disgraced; the form has been kept, but the spirit lost. If the study of religion and mysticism does not lead to real joy and happiness, it may just as well not exist, for then it does not help to fulfil the purpose of life. The world today is sad and suffering as the result of terrible wars; the religion which answers the demand of life today is one which invigorates and gives life to souls, which illuminates the heart of man with the divine light which is already there; not necessarily by any outer form, though for some a form may be helpful, but by showing that happiness which is the desire of every soul. The Alchemy of Happiness - The Alchemy of Happiness
...but the Sufi always recognizes God as the perfection of love, harmony, and beauty, as the perfection of all qualities, and as the perfection of perfections. If strength is needed, strength comes from God; if love is required, God is love; if one must perform justice, God is Judge and Forgiver. Githa 2 Meditation - Wazifa
The Lord of Heaven and Earth,
The question which arises in the mind of every thoughtful person is, what was the reason, what was the purpose of the creation of this world? The answer is, to break the monotony. Call it God, call it the only Being, call it the source and goal of all; being alone, He wished that there should be something for Him to know. The Hindus say that the creation is the dream of Brahma. One may call it a dream, but it is the main purpose. The Sufis explain it thus: that God, the Lover, wanted to know his own nature; and that therefore through manifestation the Beloved was created, in order that love might manifest. And when we look at it in this light, then all that we see is the Beloved. As Rumi, the greatest writer of Persia says, 'The Beloved is all in all, the lover only veils Him; the Beloved is all that lives, the lover a dead thing.'
Sufis have therefore called
God the Beloved. And they have seen the Beloved in all beings. They did
not think that God was in heaven, apart, away from all beings. In everything,
in all forms, they have seen the beauty of God. And in this realization
the main purpose and the ultimate purpose of life is fulfilled. As it is
said in the ancient scriptures, when God asked Adam, 'Who is thy Lord?'
he said, 'Thou art my Lord.' This means that the purpose of creation was
that every soul might recognize his source and goal, and surrender to it
and attribute to it all beauty and wisdom and power, so that by doing so
he might perfect himself. As the Bible says, 'Be ye perfect even as your
Father which is in Heaven is perfect.' The Alchemy
of Happiness - The Purpose of Life (1)
Open our hearts,
"...Every person seems to be disappointed with his experience of life. He may be most successful in the world, it does not matter. He may be a rich man, he may have a high position, but he is disappointed, he is longing for something which will satisfy him. What is it? It is not outside. It is within himself. He will find it on the day when he awakens to the reality of life. Once a soul is awakened to the reality of life, all other things matter little. What matters is that he understands clearly that what satisfies is within.
Besides, when once the heart begins to live, another world is open for experience. For generally what one experiences in one's everyday life is only what the senses can perceive and nothing beyond it. But when once a person begins to feel and experience the subtle feelings of the heart he lives in another world, walking on the same earth and living under the same sun. Healing and the Mind World - Mental Purification - Insight (1)
Question: Is there a system to take
It is difficult, but it is possible when we have the spirit never to be really grown-up, never to close our heart to learning, always to be ready, whatever be our age, to accept what is harmonious and beautiful. When one thinks, "What I think is right", and one finds arguments and reasons to make it right, and when one thinks, "What the other person thinks is wrong", and one finds reasons to make it wrong, one will always remain in the same place. But when one is ready to accept, even from a child, that something one says may be wrong, one thinks, "Even though it is a child who said it, it is a profit for me to accept it". God has not spoken only through His prophets, He speaks through every person, if we open our hearts to listen. The difficulty is that we become teachers. If throughout our whole life we remain pupils teaching will come all the time from within and without. As soon as we become teachers we close our hearts from Him who alone is our Teacher. Sufi Teachings - The Privilage of Being Human - Resist not Evil
that we may hear Thy Voice, which constantly cometh from within;
In the Qur'an it is said, 'He who taught with the pen, taught man that which he knew not.' And what does that mean? It means that to the man who lives the inner life, everything that he sees becomes a written character and this whole visible world a book. He reads it as plainly as a letter written by his friend. And besides this, he hears a voice within which becomes to him a language. It is an inner language; its words are not the same as the words of the external language. It is a divine language. It is a language without words, which can only be called a voice, and yet it serves as a language. It is like music, which is as clear as a language to the musician. Another person enjoys music, but only the musician knows exactly what it says, what every note is, how it is expressed and what it reveals. Every phrase of music to him has a meaning; every piece of music is a picture to him. But this is so only with a real musician. The Inner Life - The Law of the Inner Life
Disclose to us Thy Divine Light, which is hidden in our souls, That we may know and understand life better.
...in man there is a spark somewhere
hidden in his heart which alone can be called a source of free will. If
this spark is tended a person has greater vitality, greater energy, greater
power. All he thinks will come true, all he says will make an impression,
all he does will have effect. What does a mystic do? He blows this spark
in order to bring it to a flame till it comes to a blaze. This gives him
the inspiration, the power which enables him to live in this world the
life of free will. It is this spark which may be called the divine heritage
of man, in which he sees the divine power of God, the soul of man; and
to become spiritual means that by blowing upon this spark one produces
light from it and sees the whole of life in this light. And by bringing
the inner light to a blaze one is more able to think, to feel, and to act.
HEALING AND THE MIND WORLD - MENTAL PURIFICATION
- The Control of the Mind
Most Merciful and Compassionate God,
I have seen
in my life that it is not difficult to have occult or psychic powers; to
be virtuous, to keep our life pure, is not very difficult. To be merciful,
to be compassionate, is difficult: it is difficult to be human.
give us Thy Great Goodness,
the character is like fragrance in the flower. A person, however learned
and qualified in his life's work, in whom gratefulness is absent, is devoid
of that beauty of character which makes personality fragrant. If we answer
every little deed of kindness with appreciation, we develop in our nature
the spirit of gratefulness; and by learning this we rise to that state
where we begin to realize God's goodness towards us, and for this we can
never be grateful enough to His divine compassion.
Teach us Thy Loving Forgiveness,
If we could only know the joy of asking pardon even of our fellowman, when we realize we are in fault, however little it may be! When we ask the Father of all to forgive our fault, joy, beauty, and happiness, spring up in the heart in a way unknown until it is experienced. To think we can ask pardon of Him whose love is unlimited, while our errors are numberless and our ignorance limitless! Think of the joy of asking forgiveness from God! Every moment of our life, if we can see wisely, contains some fault or error, and asking pardon is just like purifying the heart and washing it clean. Think of the joy of humbling yourself before God! (from HUMILITY IN PRAYER Hazrat Inayat Khan the religious gathekas)
Raise us above the distinctions and differences which divide us,
religious bond shows a still higher ideal. But it has caused diverse sects,
which have opposed and despised each other for thousands of years, and
have caused endless splits and divisions among men. The germ of separation
exists even in such a wide scope for brotherhood, and however widespread
the brotherhood may be, it cannot be a perfect one as long as it separates
man from man.
Send us the Peace of Thy Divine Spirit,
[The] spirit of agitation shows itself as intolerance, as rivalry, as jealousy, as a dominating spirit, irritability, patronizing, all such qualities, show agitation of nature. When we study the lives of those who have served humanity, that was the first thing that they had to conquer. When it is said in the life of Krishna that Krishna had a battle with Kansa, the monster, that monster was not outside of Krishna, that monster was inside of Krishna that monster was that agitation spirit. Krishna had to fight it, and it is after conquering that spirit of agitation that Krishna became the Messenger of Love.
In the Bible we read that Jesus Christ went for forty days on the top of the mountain, at the side of that spirit. What is that spirit? The same spirit which is the greatest enemy of the human race, the spirit of agitation. And the master had to fast for forty days; then the spirit went among the creatures who were the receptacle of that spirit to whom it belongs. Halima gives the description of the Prophet, - symbolical artistic, picturesque. But what is it after all? She says that the breast of the Prophet was cut open and some undesirable stuff was taken off from there. Behind the symbology, there is only one thing, that spirit of agitation that was removed from there to make place for divine inspiration.
Does it not show that man inherits divine spirit, and yet this divine spirit is covered by the earthly characteristics. among those earthly characteristics, agitation is the principal characteristic. A child sometimes begins it against his parents a boy in the school begins it against his friends, a youth shows it with his companions, a person shows it to his neighbor, and yet everyone has a reason to give for his faults. Every right or wrong one does, there is a reason to justify false ego, and when this false ego is broken, when this very agitation has crushed itself, just as fire burns itself, then purification arises.
Every man notices how far
this spirit follows a person in the path of spiritual progress. A person
may arrive at the gate of the heavens, even to that length this spirit
will travel with him. It may become weaker, but it is there. Only, this
spirit has no entrance into the shrine of God, and the soul that carries
this spirit with him, therefore, has no entrance into that perfect goal.
He may advance as afar as the gate of that inner temple, but he is not
allowed, he is held back by the power of the same spirit of agitation.
For the shrine of God is called "Dar-as-Salaam"; the corrupted word is
"jerusalem". And what does it mean? It means the door to peace. Agitation,
therefore, is not allowed to enter the door of peace, it must stay outside.
Therefore, as, in the ancient times, they used to say, "You cannot follow
two masters, God and Satan." What is Satan? It is the spirit of agitation
which is to be found within ourselves, God is the spirit of peace in whom
is our happiness; and we cannot follow two masters. THE
PATH OF INITIATION - THE PROBLEM OF THE DAY - Brotherhood (2)
And unite us all in Thy Perfect Being. Amen
The Sufi Movement does not call a man away from his belief or Church: it calls him to live it. In short, it is a movement intended by God to unite humanity in brotherhood and in wisdom. THE UNITY OF RELIGIOUS IDEALS - THE MESSAGE AND THE MESSENGER - The Sufi's Aim in Life
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