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« Reply #105 on: Jan 13, 2017 02:16 am »

Peace is perfected activity; that is perfect which is complete in all its aspects, balanced in each direction and under complete control of the will.

  Bowl of Saki, January 12, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

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Peace is independently felt within oneself. It is not dependent upon the outer sensation. It is something that belongs to one, something that is one's own self.

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The secret of mysticism, the mystery of philosophy, all is to be attained after the attainment of peace. You cannot refuse to recognize the divine in a person who is a person of peace.

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And now the question is what makes one lack peace? The answer is, love of sensation. A person who is always seeking to experience life in movement, in activity, in whatever form, wants more and more of that experience. In the end he becomes dependent upon the life which is outside, and so he loses in the end his peace, the peace which is his real self. ... the first thing is to seek the kingdom of God within ourselves, in which there is our peace. As soon as we have found that, we have found our support, we have found our self. And in spite of all the activity and movement on the surface, we shall be able to keep that peace undisturbed if only we hold it fast by becoming conscious of it.
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« Reply #106 on: Jan 23, 2017 08:28 pm »

I am witnessing a confirmation of sorts. Steve there was a bit on relaxation that you had mentioned and the same day the bowl of saki had something to say on it as well. All of last night and this morning my thoughts have been on will power and liberty. Steve, your efforts in meditation and being a vegetarian to me means you're living, in part, according to your will. In this world of distraction, to many people do not live according to their own will. I regrettably, am one of these people.

Today the Saki confirms my thoughts... Just as you have unknowingly confirmed mine Steve. My mind is making connections with the world around me. Thoughts and desires to satisfy something on deeper level are being confirmed in a "coincidental way". I do not believe it is my mind alone when my mind can not control what others say or do. I also do not think it's a trick of the mind when I coincidentally pull behind a car with a bumper sticker that reassures these thoughts on two separate occasions, different times and place- instantaneously...
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« Reply #107 on: Jan 23, 2017 08:32 pm »


Success comes when reason, the store of experience, surrenders to will.
   Bowl of Saki, January 23, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan

A learned person without will power is like a head without a body.

   from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/say/gayan_boulas.htm


Common sense is necessary in the path of attainment, but not to such an extent that the reason should dominate and lead the will. The will, in action, must lead the reason, whereas if the reason is allowed to lead the will, the will many times becomes paralyzed. But when in cooperation the will leads the reason, then the path of attainment becomes illuminated.

   ~~~ "Githa I, Sadhana 5", by Hazrat Inayat Khan (unpublished)


Reason is learned from the ever changing world, but wisdom comes from the essence of life.

   from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/say/gayan_boulas.htm


Reason is the master of the unbeliever and the servant of the believer.

   from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/say/gayan_chalas.htm


In order to see this question more clearly one must picture oneself as two beings, one the king and the other the servant. When one of them expresses a wish, it is the king who wishes. And the part that says, 'I cannot,' is the servant. If the servant has his way, then the king is in the place of the servant. And the more the servant has his way, the more the servant rules and the king obeys. In this way naturally conflict arises and that reflects upon the outer life. One's whole life becomes unlucky. One may be pious or good or religious, it makes no difference. If man does not realize the kingdom of God within himself nor realize his spirit to be a king, he does not accomplish the purpose of life.

   from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/VI/VI_28.htm



   ~~~ Success comes when reason (the store of experience) surrenders to will.
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« Reply #108 on: Jan 23, 2017 08:33 pm »

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... if the reason is allowed to lead the will, the will many times becomes paralyzed.

This is what I am experiencing now...
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« Reply #109 on: Jan 28, 2017 11:13 pm »

Sincerity is the jewel that forms in the shell of the heart.

     Bowl of Saki, January 28, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan

Very few realize what power sincerity carries. A false man, however physically strong he is or however great is his willpower, is kept down by his falsehood; it never allows him to rise. It eats into him because it is rust. Those who have done great things in life, in whatever walk of life it be, have done them by the power of truth, the power of sincerity.

   from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/IV/IV_31.htm


Sincerity is the principal thing in life. Youth is the age which is most attracted to superficiality. That is the reason why many youths adopt an artificial manner of thought, speech and action, which is very undesirable and does not benefit their life. It is important to inculcate sincerity in the character of the youth. To give a youth a love of sincerity is extremely useful, for the power of sincerity can work miracles.

   from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/III/III_I_6.htm


The more sincerity is developed, the greater share of truth you will have. And however much sincerity a person may have, there is always a gap to fill, for we live in the midst of falsehood, and we are always apt to be carried away by this world of falsehood. Therefore we must never think we are sincere enough, and we must always be on our guard against influences which may carry us away from that sincerity which is the bridge between ourselves and our ideal. No study, no meditation is more helpful than sincerity itself.

   ~~~ "Supplementary Papers, Classes for Mureeds I", by Hazrat Inayat Khan (unpublished)



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« Reply #110 on: Jan 29, 2017 10:26 pm »

Self-pity is the worst poverty; it overwhelms man until he sees nothing but illness, trouble and pain.

     Bowl of Saki, January 29, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

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If one studies one's surroundings one finds that those who are happy are so because they have less thought of self. If they are unhappy it is because they think of themselves too much. A person is more bearable when he thinks less of himself. And a person is unbearable when he is always thinking of himself. There are many miseries in life, but the greatest misery is self-pity.

   from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/IV/IV_29.htm


Man is mostly selfish, and what interests him is that which concerns his own life. Not knowing the troubles of the lives of others he feels the burden of his own life even more than the burden of the whole world. If only man in his poverty could think that there are others who are poorer than he, in his illness that there are others whose sufferings are perhaps greater than his, in his troubles that there are others whose difficulties are perhaps greater than his! Self-pity is the worst poverty. It overwhelms man and he sees nothing but his own troubles and pains, and it seems to him that he is the most unhappy person in the world, more so than anyone else.

A great thinker of Persia, Sa'di, writes in an account of his life, 'Once I had no shoes, I had to walk barefoot in the hot sand, and how miserable I was. Then I met a man who was lame, for whom walking was very difficult. I bowed down to heaven at once and offered thanks that I was much better off than he who had not even feet to walk upon.' This shows that it is not a man's situation in life, but his attitude towards life that makes him happy or unhappy.  ...

When Jesus Christ said, 'Seek ye first the kingdom of God,' this teaching was an answer to the cry of humanity: some crying, 'I have no wealth,' others crying, 'I have no rest,' others crying, 'My situation in life is difficult,' My friends are troubling me,' or, 'I want a position, wealth.' The answer to them all is, 'Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you.'

   from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/VIII/VIII_2_40.htm



   ~~~ Self-pity is the worst poverty; it overwhelms man until he sees nothing but illness, trouble and pain.
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« Reply #111 on: Jan 30, 2017 02:20 am »

"If one studies one's surroundings one finds that those who are happy are so because they have less thought of self. If they are unhappy it is because they think of themselves too much. A person is more bearable when he thinks less of himself. And a person is unbearable when he is always thinking of himself. There are many miseries in life, but the greatest misery is self-pity."

There is so much wisdom here! Meditation helps us think less of ourselves and expands our awareness to think of others and higher realities then the body and mind which we attach ourselves too a fancy them as our identity.
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« Reply #112 on: Jan 30, 2017 08:45 pm »

If I am not my body or mind then what am I?
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« Reply #113 on: Jan 31, 2017 02:17 am »

The heart is not living until it has experienced pain.

     Bowl of Saki, January 30, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

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Those who have avoided love in life from fear of its pain have lost more than the lover, who by losing himself gains all. The loveless first lose all, until at last their self is also snatched away from their hands. The warmth of the lover's atmosphere, the piercing effect of his voice, the appeal of his words, all come from the pain of his heart. The heart is not living until it has experienced pain. Man has not lived if he has lived and worked with his body and mind without heart. The soul is all light, but all darkness is caused by the death of the heart. Pain makes it alive. The same heart that was once full of bitterness, when purified by love becomes the source of all goodness. All deeds of kindness spring from it.

A person who has never experienced pain cannot sympathize with those suffering pain. ... Sympathy is something more than love and affection, for it is the knowledge of a certain suffering which moves the living heart to sympathy.

   from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/XIII/XIII_21.htm


Suffering is always a blessing. If it is for higher ideas, for God, for an ideal, it takes a person at once to the highest heaven. If it is for lower ideas, for the ego, for pride, for possessions, it takes a person to the lowest depth of hell. But there, after much suffering, after a long, long time, he loses these ideas and is purified. That is why the Christian religion shows the symbol of the cross, of suffering. How high our ideal may be, how low our ideal may be, in the end each pain has its prize.

   from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/VIII/VIII_2_7.htm


If there were no pain, one would not have the experience of joy. It is pain which helps one to experience joy. Everything is distinguished by its opposite and the one who feels pain deeply is more capable of expressing joy. If there were no pain, life would be most uninteresting; for it is by pain that penetration takes place, and the sensation after pain is a deeper joy. Without pain the great musicians, athletes, discoverers, and thinkers would not have reached the stage they have arrived at in the world. If they had always experienced joy, they would not have touched the depths of life.

   from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/VI/VI_17.htm



   ~~~ The heart is not living until it has experienced pain.
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« Reply #114 on: Jan 31, 2017 03:18 pm »

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The heart of man, as the Sufis say, is a mirror. All that is reflected in this mirror is projected upon other mirrors. When man has doubt in his heart that doubt is reflected upon every heart with which he comes in contact. When he has faith that faith is reflected in every heart. Can there be a more interesting study and a greater wonder than to observe this keenly?

   from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/XIV/XIV_2_16.htm


There must be no feeling of revenge, of unkindness, of bitterness against anyone in the heart. When such a feeling comes, one must say: this is rust coming into my heart. When all such feelings are cleared off the heart, it becomes like a mirror. A mirror without rust reflects all that is before it; then everything divine is reflected in the heart.

   from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/VIII/VIII_1_14.htm


The heart aflame becomes the torch on the path of the lover, which lightens his way that leads him to his destination. The pleasures of life are blinding, it is love alone that clears the rust from the heart, the mirror of the soul.

   from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/V/V_22.htm



   ~~~ The pleasures of life are blinding; it is love alone that clears the rust from the heart, the mirror of the soul.
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« Reply #115 on: Feb 03, 2017 08:22 pm »

Just a small excerpt from todays Saki drink for your consideration! =) Namaste  Smiley

For the Sufi there is one principle which is most essential to be remembered and that is consideration for human feeling. If one practices in his life this one principle he need not learn much more; he need not trouble about philosophy, he need not follow an old or a new religion, for this principle in itself is the essence of all religions. God is love, but where does God dwell? He abides in the heart of man.

   ~~~ "Sangatha I, Khawas", by Hazrat Inayat Khan (unpublished)

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« Reply #116 on: Feb 04, 2017 09:54 pm »

Just a small excerpt from todays Saki drink for your consideration! =) Namaste  Smiley

For the Sufi there is one principle which is most essential to be remembered and that is consideration for human feeling. If one practices in his life this one principle he need not learn much more; he need not trouble about philosophy, he need not follow an old or a new religion, for this principle in itself is the essence of all religions. God is love, but where does God dwell? He abides in the heart of man.

   ~~~ "Sangatha I, Khawas", by Hazrat Inayat Khan (unpublished)

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While i do see the importance of this last quote i have found also that with some people it is like walking on egg shells when you are with them--you do not know how you may offend their ego.
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« Reply #117 on: Feb 09, 2017 12:48 am »

Love manifests towards those whom we like as love; towards those whom we do not like as forgiveness.

     Bowl of Saki, February 8, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

"...One cannot arrive at true nobility of spirit if one is not prepared to forgive the imperfections of human nature. For all men, whether worthy or unworthy, require forgiveness, and only in this way can one rise above the lack of harmony and beauty."
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« Reply #118 on: Feb 11, 2017 01:53 am »

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All planes of existence consist of vibrations, from the finest to the grossest kind; the vibrations of each plane have come from a higher one, and have become grosser. Whoever knows the mystery of vibrations, he indeed knows all things. ... From the scientific standpoint, spirit and matter are quite different from each other, but according to the philosophical point of view they are one. Spirit and matter are different, just as water is different from snow; yet again they are not different, for snow is nothing other than water. When spiritual vibrations become more dense they turn into matter, and when material vibrations become finer they develop into spirit.

   from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/V/V_1.htm


All existing things we see or hear, which we perceive, vibrate. If it were not for vibration, the precious stones would not show us their color and their brilliance; it is vibration which makes the tree grow, the fruit ripen, and the flowers bloom. Our existence is also according to the law of vibrations, not only the existence of our physical body but also our thoughts and feelings. ... When we begin to see life from this point of view it will appear that birth and death are only our conceptions of life, that there is no such thing as death and that all is living. It only changes from one form to the other, subject to the law of vibrations.

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« Reply #119 on: Feb 11, 2017 05:22 am »

There is a thought that plays with this idea of vbration that many of us have not entertained; That is the closer we get to others the more we mingle with their vibration. A sobering thought.
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