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« on: Dec 14, 2016 05:51 pm »

Eric mamy of the sayings of Hazrat Khan are scattered throughout  Spiritual Portal. My hope by starting this heading was to bring some of his wisdom together so that we could find it more easily. This is one of my favorites. It was in the section about 'Living and Expereincing Love'. The link below is no longer valid so i wanted to be sure we could find this subject easily.

As the sunshine lights up the darkened sky, the light within lightens one’s view of others in
spite of all wrongs and limitations.
This is the key to happiness.
Reflections I, Hidayat Inayat-Khan
The key which opens the heart (Gatha’s)
Every atom of man's body expresses his past, present and future. The
reason is that, in the first place, every impulse creates its vibrations and takes a
particular direction of activity. This influences the heart, whence the blood is
circulated through the whole body. In this way the thought is, so to speak, written on
man's face. Man's continual agitation in regard to others, his satisfaction or
dissatisfaction, his love or hatred, all show in his appearance. Everyone can know it
more or less, but the seer can read more correctly. It is difficult to tell definitely the
marks of a person's thoughts and feelings that are shown in his appearance;
nevertheless, partly by intuition and partly by experience, man reads them. There
are some in whom self-control is developed, who are capable of hiding their thoughts
and emotions, and yet it is impossible to feel deeply and to hide one's feelings from
the eyes of others.
No doubt form and movement speak aloud of one's condition, but the
expression of man's face speaks louder still. There come distinct changes at every
impulse, at every change of emotion, making distinct marks which are an open book
to a seer. The word Kashf means "opening," and it is used by the Sufis with the
meaning that the human heart is as a rule a closed book and the one to whom it
becomes open can read it like an open book. No doubt reading man's condition of
mind from his appearance is not such a difficult thing. Even dogs and cats can know
this and sometimes they know better than man. What gives one insight into another
is, in the first place, his sympathy. The seer first develops the quality of love. He
whose heart is kindled with the love of God is capable of the love of humanity. The
heart thus kindled with love becomes a lighted lantern, which throws its light on every
person the seer meets, and, as this light falls upon the person he meets, all things
about that person, his body, heart and soul, become clear to him. Love is a torch that
illuminates all that comes within its light, but it is the knowledge of God which is the
key which opens the hearts of men.

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« Reply #1 on: Feb 06, 2018 04:00 am »

Following a bout with pneumonia, Inayat Khan departed from this world on February 5, 1927, at the Tilak Lodge, located along the river Yamuna near Delhi, India. His burial tomb is in the Basti Nizamuddin neighborhood of Delhi. Inayat Khan described the essence of his spiritual message with the following words, which are offered here to commemorate his life and teachings:

Our sacred task is to awaken among those around us and among those whom we can reach in the first place the spirit of tolerance for the religion, scripture, and the ideal of devotion of one another; our next task is to make man understand people of different nations, races and communities, also of different classes.

By this we do not mean to say that all races and nations must become one, nor that all classes must become one; only what we have to say is that whatever be our religion, nation, race or class, our most sacred duty is to work for one another, in one another's interest, and to consider that as the service of God. ...

The central theme of the Sufi Message is one simple thing, and yet most difficult, and that is to bring about in the world the realization of the divinity of the human soul, which hitherto has been overlooked, for the reason that the time had not come.

The principal thing that the Message has to accomplish in this era is to create the realization of the divine spark in every soul, that every soul according to its progress may begin to realize for itself the spark of divinity within. This is the task that is before us.

Now you may ask, what is the Message? The Message is this: that the whole humanity is as one single body, and all nations and communities and races as the different organs, and the happiness and well-being of each of them is the happiness and well-being of the whole body. If there is one organ of the body in pain, the whole body has to sustain a share of the strain of it. That by this Message mankind may begin to think that his welfare and his well-being is not in looking after himself, but it is in looking after others, and when in all there will be reciprocity, love and goodness towards another, the better time will come.

~~~ "Addresses to Cherags", "Our Sacred Task", Hazrat Inayat Khan (unpublished)

The need of the world today is not learning, but how to become considerate towards one another. To try and find out in what way happiness can be brought about, and in this way to realize that peace which is the longing of every soul; and to impart it to others, thereby attaining our life's goal, the sublimity of life.
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« Reply #2 on: Aug 01, 2018 07:53 pm »

What a great thing is understanding! It is priceless. No man can give greater pleasure to his fellow man than by understanding him. The closest friend in life is the one who understands most. It is not your wife, brother or sister, it is the one who understands you most who is your greatest friend in the world. You can be the greatest friend of God if you can understand God. Imagine how man lives in the world -- with closed eyes and closed ears! Every name and every form speaks constantly, constantly makes signs for you to hear, for you to respond to, for you to interpret, that you may become a friend of God. The whole purpose of your life is to make yourself ready to understand what God is, what your fellow man is, what the nature of man is, what life is.

Now coming to a still greater secret of life I want to answer the question: how can we grow to read and understand the message that life speaks through all its names and forms? The answer is that, as by the opening of the eyes you can see things, so by the opening of the heart you can understand things. As long as the heart is closed you cannot understand things. The secret is that when the ears and eyes of the heart are open, all planes of the world are open, all names are open, all secrets, all mysteries are unfolded.

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