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The Only Power of the Mystic

--by Hazrat Inayat Khan (Apr 08, 2013)


The only power for the mystic is the power of love.

Every kind of power lies in this one thing which we call by the simple name: love. Charity, generosity, kindness, affection, endurance, tolerance, and patience--all these words are different aspects of one; they are different names of only one thing: love. Whether it is said, 'God is love,' or whatever name is given to it, all the names are the names of God; and yet every form of love, every name for love, has its own peculiar scope, has a peculiarity of its own. Love as kindness is one thing, love as tolerance is another, love as generosity is another, love as patience another; and yet, from beginning to end, it is just love.

Remember therefore that for higher attainment on the spiritual path, study is secondary; all knowledge of occult and psychic law, all magical powers, are secondary. The first and most important principle is the cultivation of the heart quality.

One may ask: How to cultivate the heart quality? There is only one way: to become selfless at each step one takes forward on this path, for what prevents one from cultivating the loving quality is the thought of self. The more we think of our self the less we think of others, and as we go further the self grows to become worse and worse. In the end the self meets us as a giant which we had always fought; and now at the end of the journey the giant is the stronger. But if from the first step we take on the path of perfection we struggled and fought and conquered this giant which is the self, it could be done only by the increasing power of love.

What do I mean by love? It is such a word that one cannot give one meaning. All attributes like kindness, gentleness, goodness, humbleness, mildness, fineness, are names of one and the same thing. Love therefore is that stream which when it rises, (it also) falls in the form of a fountain, and each stream coming down is a virtue. All virtues taught by books or by a religious person have no strength or life because they have been learned; a virtue that is learned has no power, no life. The virtue that naturally springs from the depth of the heart, the virtue that rises from the love-spring and then falls as many different attributes, that virtue is real. There is a Hindustani saying, 'No matter how much wealth you have, if you do not have the treasure of virtue, it is of no use'. The true riches is the ever increasing spring of love from which all virtues come.

--Hazrat Inayat Khan from "The Bowl of Saki"


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On Apr 11, 2013 Ganoba wrote:

 Words are like a finger that is pointing out something.
By focusing on the finger we completely miss that which it is pointing at.
That is the problem with intellectual discussion.
Love is like and ocean. It sustains life in all its forms.



On Apr 10, 2013 Roberto wrote:

Humility unbinds the love that we already are.  Humility is not thinking less of ourselves.  It is thinking of ourselves less.



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On Apr 9, 2013 someone wrote:

 It is beautiful to realize that love is not only expressed as love , goodness or kindness but also as tolerance, patience, humbleness etc. Loving enough can do wonders, hope we all increase our capacity to love day on day. Amen.



On Apr 9, 2013 Rekha wrote:

 à¤¯à¥‹à¤—ी à¤•à¥€ à¤à¤•à¤®à¤¾à¤¤à¥à¤° à¤¶à¤•à¥à¤¤à¤¿ - हजरत इनायत खान (७ अप्रैल, २०१३ )   योग&agra  See full.

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- हजरत इनायत खान (७ अप्रैल, २०१३ )

 

योगी के पास à¤•à¥‡à¤µà¤² एकमात्र à¤¶à¤•à¥à¤¤à¤¿ है - प्रेम शक्ति। 

उस एक चीज़ में à¤¹à¤° शक्ति à¤›à¥à¤ªà¥€ है जिसे हम प्रेम के नाम से जानते हैं। दान, à¤‰à¤¦à¤¾à¤°à¤¤à¤¾, दया, स्नेह, धैर्य, और à¤¸à¤¹à¤¨à¤¶à¤•à¥à¤¤à¤¿ - ये सब शब्द एक ही चीज़ के अलग अलग à¤ªà¤¹à¤²à¥‚ हैं; वे केवल एक ही चीज़ à¤•à¥‡ अलग अलग नाम हैं: वो चीज़ है प्रेम। चाहे यह कहा जाए कि 'भगवान प्रेम है", या इसे कोई और à¤¨à¤¾à¤® दिया जाए, सब नाम ईश्वर के ही नाम हैं; और फिर भी à¤ªà¥à¤¯à¤¾à¤° के à¤¹à¤° रूप की, à¤”र à¤ªà¥à¤¯à¤¾à¤° के लिए इस्तेमाल किये जाने वाले à¤¹à¤° नाम की, à¤…पनी ही खासियत है और अपना कुछ अलग ही कार्य-क्षेत्र भी। दयाभाव में प्रेम एक चीज़ है, सहनशीलता से किया à¤ªà¥à¤°à¥‡à¤® कुछ और है, उदारभाव से किया प्रेम अलग, धैर्यभाव से किया प्रेम कुछ और; लेकिन फिर भी, शुरू à¤¸à¥‡ आखिर तक है प्रेम ही। इसलिए à¤¯à¤¹ याद रहे कि आध्यात्मिक पथ की ऊँचाई तक पहुँचने के लिए, ज्ञान का उतना महत्त्व नहीं है; तंत्र-मन्त्र, योग या सिद्धियों को प्राप्त करने का ज्ञान भी उतना महत्त्वपूर्ण नहीं है। à¤ªà¤¹à¤²à¤¾ और सबसे महत्वपूर्ण सिद्धांत है - à¤¹à¥ƒà¤¦à¤¯ की à¤—ुणवत्ता को विकसित करना।  

कोई पूछ à¤¸à¤•à¤¤à¤¾ है: हृदय की गुणवत्ता को कैसे à¤µà¤¿à¤•à¤¸à¤¿à¤¤ à¤•à¤¿à¤¯à¤¾ जा सकता है? उसका à¤¸à¤¿à¤°à¥à¤« एक ही रास्ता है: इस राह à¤ªà¤° बढ़ता हर कदम à¤¨à¤¿:स्वार्थ उठाया जाए, क्योंकि स्वार्थ ही एक ऐसी चीज़ है जो à¤¹à¤®à¥‡à¤‚ à¤…पने हृदय में प्रेम शक्ति को à¤µà¤¿à¤•à¤¸à¤¿à¤¤ à¤¹à¥‹à¤¨à¥‡ देने में रुकावट डालता है। हम जैसे-जैसे à¤…पने बारे में अधिक à¤¸à¥‹à¤šà¤¤à¥‡ हैं, वैसे-वैसे à¤¦à¥‚सरों के बारे में कम सोचने लगते हैं, और इस राह पर चलते-चलते हम बद à¤¸à¥‡ बदतर होते जाते है। à¤…ंत में हमारा अहम् एक विशालकाय रूप लेकर à¤¹à¤®à¤¾à¤°à¥‡ सामने आता है जिससे हम हमेशा से लड़ते रहे है; और अब इस सफ़र के अंत में यह à¤µà¤¿à¤¶à¤¾à¤² अहम् बहुत बलवान हो जाता à¤¹à¥ˆà¥¤ à¤²à¥‡à¤•à¤¿à¤¨ अगर इस परिपूर्ण à¤°à¤¾à¤¹ पर बढ़ते पहले कदम से ही à¤¹à¤® इस विशाल अहम् से à¤¸à¤‚घर्ष और लड़ाई करना, उस à¤ªà¤° विजय प्राप्त करना चाहते हैं, तो à¤¯à¤¹ केवल प्रेम शक्ति को बढाने से ही मुमकिन हो सकता है। 

 

प्रेम से मेरा à¤•à¥à¤¯à¤¾ तात्पर्य है? यह एक ऐसा शब्द है जिसे एक अर्थ नहीं दिया जा सकता। à¤¦à¤¯à¤¾, नम्रता, अच्छाई, विनम्रता, दयालुता, सुंदरता, जैसे सब गुण उस à¤à¤• ही चीज़ के नाम हैं। à¤‡à¤¸à¤²à¤¿à¤ प्रेम वो à¤§à¤¾à¤°à¤¾ है जो जब उठती है, तो वो एक फव्वारे के रूप में गिरती भी है, और हर à¤¨à¥€à¤šà¥‡ गिरती धारा पुन्य है। किताबों à¤¯à¤¾ किसी à¤§à¤¾à¤°à¥à¤®à¤¿à¤• व्यक्ति द्वारा सिखाये à¤—ुणों में वो à¤¶à¤•à¥à¤¤à¤¿ या जान नहीं है à¤•à¥à¤¯à¥‹à¤‚कि उन्हें केवल सीखा गया à¤¹à¥ˆ; जिस à¤—ुण को सीखना पड़े उसमें à¤¶à¤•à¥à¤¤à¤¿ नहीं होती, न ही जान। जो गुण à¤¸à¥à¤µà¤¾à¤­à¤¾à¤µà¤¿à¤• रूप à¤¸à¥‡ à¤®à¤¨ की गहराईयों à¤¸à¥‡ फूट कर निकलते हैं, जो गुण एक प्रेम के झरने में से à¤‰à¤ à¤¤à¥‡ हैं, फिर कई अलग पहलुओं की तरह चारों ऒर à¤—िरते हैं, वही गुण असल हैं। एक à¤¹à¤¿à¤‚दुस्तानी  à¤•à¤¹à¤¾à¤µà¤¤ है, 'कि आप के à¤ªà¤¾à¤¸ à¤•à¤¿à¤¤à¤¨à¤¾ धन है, इससे à¤•à¥‹à¤ˆ फर्क नहीं पड़ता, क्योंकि अगर आपके पास  à¤—ुणों à¤•à¤¾ खजाना à¤¨à¤¹à¥€à¤‚ है, तो वह धन à¤•à¤¿à¤¸à¥€ काम का नहीं है।" सच्चा à¤§à¤¨ वो है जो हरदम बढ़ते हुए प्रेम के झरने की तरह है जिसमें से सब सद्गुण बहते हैं। 

 

- हजरत इनायत खान

"साकी का गिलास" से 

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On Apr 9, 2013 Sis Asha wrote:

True love (selfless love) is possible when there is recognition that we are souls. Originally, the soul has peaceful and loving qualities. This loving quality springs from our recognition of the Supreme Soul that is the ocean of divine love. This divine love allows us to accept all souls despite any defects or weaknesses. In reality, this divine love actually does not see the weaknesses in another soul . Divine love teaches us to appreciate only the specialties of each soul. Om shanti !   


On Apr 9, 2013 aj wrote:

 Amen to previous reflections!   It's all about Love!
 
Steven Curtis Chapman's, " When Love Takes You In" (just played on my Pandora station) so beautifully supports this theme.  
"When Love (God) takes you home,
Everything changes . . .
The beat of a heart,
Says you belong here . . .
Loneliness ends . . .
A new life begins . . .
When Love takes you in."

Love this . . . Love you!   



On Apr 9, 2013 Edit Lak wrote:

Yehh, I get it. Well I understand this more now than when I was younger. I understand it more, but the complexity of aging in life has made it more difficult to love, or so some people would believe and truly want to believe that, some think they need someone else, some, want something else, some require a stimulant to feel the love, but, some also know that love doesn’t need, want or require anything, because love flows in many colours and in many directions from one heart centre of self. I feared the word Mystic when I was young, Oh, If I only know then what I know now  :-)  Isn’t it the case!  If I only knew what love meant, If I only took the time to see and feel the love; I + love = You  When I look at you, I see ME, so love is the continuum, We are the love, and we are the ones that chose to open up to love and give love or even just revile in love, but ultimately, it is ‘US’ and that love is as individual as we are. This reading was e  See full.

Yehh, I get it. Well I understand this more now than when I was younger.
I understand it more, but the complexity of aging in life has made it more difficult to love, or so some people would believe and truly want to believe that, some think they need someone else, some, want something else, some require a stimulant to feel the love, but, some also know that love doesn’t need, want or require anything, because love flows in many colours and in many directions from one heart centre of self.
I feared the word Mystic when I was young, Oh, If I only know then what I know now  :-)  Isn’t it the case!  If I only knew what love meant, If I only took the time to see and feel the love;
I + love = You 
When I look at you, I see ME, so love is the continuum,
We are the love, and we are the ones that chose to open up to love and give love or even just revile in love, but ultimately, it is ‘US’ and that love is as individual as we are. This reading was enlightening, as I read, I realised that the virtue for me, or my virtue is to learn and make all the mistakes and have the lesson before me in my own experiences. That for me is life, learning, growing and true love. So now Imp sort of glad that I didn’t know this when I was younger, otherwise where would I have learned this part of my life love. Thank you, I am looking forward to learning more of life’s and self’s love.

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On Apr 7, 2013 a wrote:

 I am drawn again and again to the question, How to cultivate the heart quality?  In teaching math, we often use a box shaped illustration, with two openings carved out.  The "what goes in" opening is at the top of the box and the "what comes out" opening is at the bottom.  If I were to place one marble through the "in" port, what would come out?  The answer would depend on what happens inside the box.   In matters related to Love (God), I could use a "heart shape" with a similar space for input and output. For me to properly Love anyone (my God, husband, son, friend, enemy, anything, anyone) #1  the Spring from which my heart is fed, has to come from Heaven . . . #2  the "input valve" has to be patent for His Love to enter . . . #3  the first chamber has to openly receive it #4  the second chamber has to feed it to the "lungs"  Prayer, Study, Spiritual fitness, Eucharist, Relationship, Oxygen, Life, Getting rid of waste, Bec  See full.

 I am drawn again and again to the question, How to cultivate the heart quality?  In teaching math, we often use a box shaped illustration, with two openings carved out.  The "what goes in" opening is at the top of the box and the "what comes out" opening is at the bottom.  If I were to place one marble through the "in" port, what would come out?  The answer would depend on what happens inside the box.  
In matters related to Love (God), I could use a "heart shape" with a similar space for input and output.
For me to properly Love anyone (my God, husband, son, friend, enemy, anything, anyone)
#1  the Spring from which my heart is fed, has to come from Heaven . . .
#2  the "input valve" has to be patent for His Love to enter . . .
#3  the first chamber has to openly receive it
#4  the second chamber has to feed it to the "lungs" 
Prayer, Study, Spiritual fitness, Eucharist, Relationship, Oxygen, Life, Getting rid of waste, Becoming new
#5  the third chamber "catches" the, now bolstered/supported by earthly learnings/experience, Love 
#6  the fourth chamber would share it with the rest of "the body"/people! (The strength of this chamber determines the extent and effectiveness of it's output.)
Sometimes, love stops here because of fear or blockage.  
Cultivating a heart?  
In knowing my heart has the capacity to add, subtract, multiply and divide Love . . . 
more addition and multiplication happens when cultivation begins and ends with God.   
Very much appreciate the words written by others.  Thank you!
  

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On Apr 7, 2013 Thierry wrote:

I understand the author to say that, for as much as we have not experienced the full flow of the river, we all have some access to at least some of its tributaries. We are not completely deprived of patience, endurance, honesty, etc. We are not disconnected from the source as long as we don't give up effort. Not the selfish effort to improve ourselves but the effort to open up and live from the heart. This has to be the axis of our conscious effort. Just about what I needed to hear. Thank you.



On Apr 6, 2013 david doane wrote:

Being differentiates into a zillion forms, each of us being a unique expression of Being.  Being  is the source, the love-spring.  Virtue also rises from the love-spring and expresses through us.  Being is good, and each of us and virtue is good.  Virtue that rises from the love-spring flows naturally through us until it is hindered and misdirected by obstacles that we and society create.  Such virtue is allowed, not learned.  Learning can be important in helping us learn how to not create obstacles and eliminate obstacles, and it can be helpful in learning how to express virtue wisely, but the virtue itself is not learned, it 'rises from the love-spring."  In my understanding, selfless love and love for oneself don't need reconciling.  They are one.  Selfless love including of one's self is love that accepts and allows the self because it is.  It is being one's self, being who and what one is, and allowing the self to express.&nb  See full.

Being differentiates into a zillion forms, each of us being a unique expression of Being.  Being  is the source, the love-spring.  Virtue also rises from the love-spring and expresses through us.  Being is good, and each of us and virtue is good.  Virtue that rises from the love-spring flows naturally through us until it is hindered and misdirected by obstacles that we and society create.  Such virtue is allowed, not learned.  Learning can be important in helping us learn how to not create obstacles and eliminate obstacles, and it can be helpful in learning how to express virtue wisely, but the virtue itself is not learned, it 'rises from the love-spring."  In my understanding, selfless love and love for oneself don't need reconciling.  They are one.  Selfless love including of one's self is love that accepts and allows the self because it is.  It is being one's self, being who and what one is, and allowing the self to express.  Selfless love flows naturally, "rising from the love-spring," and not rising out of pride or self aggrandizement.

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On Apr 5, 2013 Conrad P Pritscher wrote:

 Paraphrasing Inayat Khan when asked what  is the virtue that rises from the love spring?, he might say something like he said when asked what is Zen,Khan  would tell the story of a young fish going to the Queen fish and saying something like: "I hear there is a sea.  What is it and where is it?  Love is everyone and everything. when one gets rid of his or her ego, one notices they are one with everyone and everything. That is the reconciliation of selfless love with love – – acceptance for oneself..   I must admit that it is easy to say difficult to do since I do not  approach that very often.  Thank you for the opportunity to respond.  Warm and kind regards to everyone and that is like love to and for you all with myself being included in  us all.



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