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« Reply #30 on: Dec 10, 2018 05:16 pm »

Sometimes I find the saki indirectly speaking to things I am questioning or going through in that time.
I wonder what the sufis advice would be about harmonizing with others when there is little or no harmony existing around them or in the powers that be? I am referring to being led by dictatorial sociopaths like Hitler or Stalin. I suppose it would be right to reestablish harmony; a scenario that confronts us in the U.S. today. However even families experience periods of dischord or relationships in which it seem like it is unlikely to find harmony with those around us. Should we have to struggle with others to be in harmony with our own higher aspirations or perhaps leave if it possible to find more harmious options?

Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Ghazali has said in his Alchemy of Happiness that the spiritual path is like shooting an arrow into the dark. ... Whoever sets out on this path is therefore in constant warfare. He has to encounter opposition from his relatives, from his friends and acquaintances; he gets into trouble with those who misunderstand his aims; they misuse him; they misjudge him and blame him for doing things and thinking in a manner which they believe to be unjustified.

'Resist not evil', the scripture says. When there is resistance to evil of the other person, do not become angry with him. When you foster the same emotion, you add to his, and you increase the same fire in yourself. It is like infecting yourself with a contagious disease instead of curing it. Anger and bitterness will die out in time.

There was a small group of people in London who were working along spiritual lines. They felt a sort of rivalry against my little society, and they began to try to do us harm by telling stories against us and by setting others against us. My helpers came to tell me how we were being damaged in this way and asked if they should not do something to stop this. But I answered, 'the best way to treat this is with indifference. Take no notice.'

And when they insisted that these doings would do us great harm I said, 'Not at all. The only harm it could do would be if we allowed this harm to enter our circle. Let them do as they like and let us go on doing what we are doing!' As the years went by they never heard us say a word against them; on the contrary, we welcomed them, we helped them, we served them in whatever way we could. In time this resistance completely vanished. We have been going forward, and they still stand where they were. Just a little indifference was enough!

   from  https://wahiduddin.net/mv2/XII/XII_I_16.htm

As the rose blooms amidst thorns, so great souls shine out through all opposition.

Bowl of Saki, December 10, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
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« Reply #31 on: Dec 14, 2018 12:10 am »

Our virtues are made of love, and our sins are caused by lack of it. Love turns sins into virtues, and its lack makes virtues meaningless. Christ said when a woman was brought before Him accused of sin, 'Her sins are forgiven, for she loved much.' Heaven is made so beautiful with love, and life becomes a hell through the lack of it. Love in reality creates harmony in one's life on earth and peace in heaven.

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

Love produces harmony and harmony creates beauty. Therefore the chief motto in life is 'Love, harmony and beauty'. Love, in all things and beings, the beloved God, in harmony with all in the right understanding, and beautify your life by observing the beauty within and without. By love, harmony and beauty you must turn the whole of life into a single vision of divine glory.

   ~~~ "Vol II, Mysticism of Music, Sound and Word, Aphorisms ", by Hazrat Inayat Khan


How the words 'love,' 'harmony,' and 'beauty' delight the heart of everyone who hears them! One may wonder what it can be in these words that is able to exert such a natural power upon the human soul. The answer is that if there is anything in life which appeals to the human soul, it is love and beauty. If one asks, 'And what besides those?' then the answer is, 'There is nothing else.' Why is this? Because they are the very nature of life. Love is the nature of life, beauty is the outcome of life, harmony is the means by which life accomplishes its purpose, and the lack of it results in destruction.

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« Reply #32 on: Dec 16, 2018 03:58 pm »

We are told that the first expression of meditation is peace, following peace is bliss and even more sublime is love. i would say one of the most difficult challenges of this life is to express love when there are so many currents really running contrary to such expression all around us. Quite often we find people around us in our lives who talk about love and treating others fairly and kind or even engage in spiritual practices that make these qualities their ideal yet many of their reactions and responses to other world and close associates do not reflect love. As we see this taking place we are left with the resulting responsibility of enabling them in their unkind and often evil actions or finding ways to stop their evil actions or where possible to transform them with our own love. It is often difficult to know how to express love since the expression of love or responding  with love can be misinterpreted so easily. However, spineless inaction can also result in harm to others.

It is certainly helpful to introspect about our personal expression towards others and circumstances despite the current trends we find around us and in society as an whole. It is also seems important to me to extricate ourselves from unloving people and circumstances and people and circumstances when possible to feel our own loving space to offer to those around us and the world at large.
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« Reply #33 on: Dec 23, 2018 05:10 pm »

With Faith in God, in keeping God ever present- nothing is impossible.
This is the attitude required when facing opposition, where intentions of good will and Love are misinterpreted. Contradictions will always be, but a Love that shines so bright can transcend and endure the test of time.
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« Reply #34 on: Jan 02, 2019 04:36 am »

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As water in a fountain flows as one stream, but falls in many drops divided by time and space, so are the revelations of the one stream of truth.

Bowl of Saki, January 1, by Hazrat Inayat Khan


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In a fountain there is a big stream which flows up and then breaks into many drops. The stream is like the divine will, and the different drops like the wills in us. One drop goes higher, another lower, one falls to the left, another to the right, one goes north, another south. But the source of all this activity is one; it is one thing that turns into so many, scattering in all directions. Thus from unity there has come variety.

   from  https://wahiduddin.net/mv2/VII/VII_5.htm
i see these words and think of each of us, separate and intertwined-
when one is feeling low and the other high, when one is treading a different path, experiencing different emotions from another in any given moment, it's important to remember that this persons' thoughts and feelings are valid. we may be in complete contrast to our closest friend, that doesnt make their feelings or their actions greater or lesser, we are like these individual drops broken up from the one steady stream, wherever we fall, we should respect our relationships as best we can remembering the validity the various directions life pulls us... pray and have faith God is leading you to your fullest potential and blessing our social circles and familial ties. surrender the need for control, give it to god and steady your will to be centered on love.
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« Reply #35 on: Feb 10, 2019 05:41 am »

LOVE

The greatest principle of Sufism is: 'Ishq Allah Mabud Allah'. (God is love, lover, and beloved). [literally: God is Love, God is Beloved]

When Ahad, the only Being, became conscious of his Wahdat, only existence, through His own consciousness, then His predisposition of love made Him project Himself to establish His dual aspect, that He might be able to love someone. This made God the lover, and manifestation the beloved; the next inversion makes manifestation the lover, and God the beloved. This force of love has been working through several evolutions and involutions, which end in man who is the ultimate aim of God. The dual aspect of God is significant in Zat and Sifat, in spirit and matter, and in the mineral, vegetable, animal, and human kingdoms, wherein the two sexes, male and female, are clearly represented. The dual aspect of God is symbolized by each form of this wonderful world. This whole universe, internally and externally, is governed by the force of love, which is sometimes the cause and sometimes the effect. The producer and the product are one, and that One is nothing but love.

    A church, a temple or a Kaba stone,
    Quran or Bible or a martyr's bone,
    All these and more my heart can tolerate,
    Since my religion now is Love alone.

Abul Ala al-Maari

Sufis take the course of love and devotion to accomplish their highest aim, because it is love which has brought man from the world of unity to the world of variety, and the same force can take him back again to the world of unity from that of variety.

    Love is the reduction of the universe to the single being,
    and the expansion of a single being, even to God

Balzac

Love is that state of mind in which the consciousness of the lover is merged in that of the object of his love; it produces in the lover all the attributes of humanity, such as resignation, renunciation, humility, kindness, contentment, patience, virtue, calmness, gentleness, charity, faithfulness, bravery, by which the devotee becomes harmonized with the Absolute. As one of God's beloved, a path is opened for his heavenly journey: at the end he arrives at oneness with God, and his whole individuality is dissolved in the ocean of eternal bliss where even the conception of God and man disappears.

    Although love is a sweet madness,
    Yet all infirmities it heals.
    Saints and sages have passed through it,
    Love both to God and man appeals.

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https://wahiduddin.net/mv2/V/V_1.htm
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