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« on: Dec 24, 2017 08:03 am »

A lovely email this morning reads,
“ There is no source of happiness other than the heart of man.
Gayan, Hazrat Inayat Khan


Very Dear Friends,
During this season when Light and Life are joyfully celebrated in many religious traditions and cultures, we share this Brotherhood/Sisterhood message in which Hazrat Inayat Khan teaches, if we are happy, our happiness radiates all around, and by that atmosphere we make others happy.

As the Light of the Christmas holy day is celebrated, may happiness be kindled in our hearts and radiate all around to the hearts of our human family.
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« Reply #1 on: Dec 24, 2017 02:49 pm »

A lovely email this morning reads,
“ There is no source of happiness other than the heart of man.
Gayan, Hazrat Inayat Khan


Very Dear Friends,
During this season when Light and Life are joyfully celebrated in many religious traditions and cultures, we share this Brotherhood/Sisterhood message in which Hazrat Inayat Khan teaches, if we are happy, our happiness radiates all around, and by that atmosphere we make others happy.

As the Light of the Christmas holy day is celebrated, may happiness be kindled in our hearts and radiate all around to the hearts of our human family.


Merry Christmas eric...u have given me much continued happiness over the years. Many people give happiness for a while but then are unable to maintain their happiness in a relationship and leave. I certainly cannot say that about u or other friends who have made their happiness withstand the test of time.
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« Reply #2 on: Sep 20, 2018 05:19 pm »

Yes I often have to remind myself that agitation is a choice we make in our mind. Happiness is another choice. The people around us who give happiness are yet another choice! I suppose the original thought of I was a choice as (.....) has been seemingly saying yet there is that thought of I. It is difficult to deny its existence! Even then there is the thought of denial. Only briefly have I experienced that which is beyond I. It may be important to recognize the thoughts that we entertain to create the idea and reality of ‘I’. Quite often the questions we ask are just as important or more important then the answers we appear to have.

How beautiful are the timing of these messages which seem to touch on our recent conversation's here,

MAN'S attitude is the secret of life, for it is upon man's attitude that success and failure depend. Both man's rise and fall depend upon his attitude. By attitude I mean that impulse which is like a battery behind the mechanism of thought. It is not man's thought which is man's attitude; it is something behind man's thought pushing it to the fore; and according to the strength of that impulse the thought becomes realized. Behind every word one speaks, the attitude is the most important factor in bringing what one says to its successful accomplishment.

As Sadi says, 'My cleverness, very often thou provest to be my worst enemy.' Worldly cleverness without faith and strength and trust is usually nothing but a delusion. It is the development of trust in the heart, the development of faith, that first gives a man a friendly attitude to himself. And he becomes his own friend by bringing his external being into harmony with his inner being. For it is when the inner being seeks one thing, and the external being does something else, that there is disharmony in the self. When the higher self desires to go one way, and the lower self another way, then there is disharmony, the result of which is like a volcanic eruption. The two parts of his own being which should unite together in love, clash together and the result is fire. What causes people to commit suicide? What brings illness and depression and despair? Very often the conflict which exists within oneself, and therefore the attitude towards oneself must first be friendly, kindly, and harmonious. Even in spiritual matters one should not go against oneself. I remember that when beginning to get interested in spiritual matters I once asked my teacher, 'Murshid, do you approve of my staying up most of the night for my vigils?' 'Whom do you torture?' said my murshid, 'Yourself? Is God pleased with it?' I had not another word to say.

The attitude should first be to seek God within. And, after seeking God within, then to see God outside. In the story of Aladdin in the Thousand and One Nights we read that Aladdin went to look for a lantern. That lantern is the divine light within, and it is very difficult to find. Once a person has found that lantern the next thing is to throw that light on the outer life, in order to find God both within and without. Prayer, night vigil, any form of worship, all these things are helpful. But if a man is not inclined to make peace with his brother, to harmonize with his fellow men, to seek to please those around him, then he has not performed his religious duties. For what can a man give to God who is perfect? His goodness? His goodness is very little. His prayers? How many times will he pray? The whole day he spends for himself. If he prays two or three times, it is not much. If a man can do anything to please God, it is only to please His creatures, to seek their pleasure. There cannot be a better prayer and a greater religion than being conscientious in regard to the feelings of other men, being ready to serve them, to please them in every way, to forgive them, to tolerate them. And if when doing wrong he would realize that he was doing wrong to God, and in doing right that he was doing right to God, then his attitude would be right.

Taken from,
Volume VI - The Alchemy of Happiness
THE SECRET OF LIFE
https://wahiduddin.net/mv2/VI/VI_8.htm
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