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« on: Feb 09, 2018 06:17 am »

just bits and pieces from tonights read:
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The smiling forehead is the pleasant expression; it depends solely upon man's attitude to life. Life is the same for the saint and for Satan, and if men are different it is because of their outlook on life
...as there is duality in each thing so there is duality in every action: in everything that is just something unjust is hidden, in everything that is bad something good. Then one begins to see how the world takes all men's actions: one person sees only the good, another only the bad. In Sufi terms this particular attitude is called hairat, bewilderment. And just as to the average man moving pictures, theatres, bazaars are interesting, so to the Sufi the whole of life is interesting, a constant vision of bewilderment. He cannot explain this to the world because there are no words to explain it.

Can one compare any joy to that of taking things quietly, patiently and easily? All other joys come from outward sources, but this happiness is one's own property. When a person arrives at this feeling it expresses itself not in words, but in the 'smiling forehead'.

the use of love becomes wrong when that love is constantly developing for one only and not spreading. The water of a pond may turn bad, but the water of a river remains pure because it is progressing. By sincerely loving one person therefore one rears the plant of love and makes it grow and spread. Love has done its work when man has become all love his atmosphere, his expression, every movement he makes. And how can such a man love one and refuse another? Such a countenance, such a presence becomes a blessing.

In the East, when we speak of saints or sages, it is not because of their miracles, it is because of their presence and their countenance which radiate vibrations of love. How does this love express itself? In tolerance, in forgiveness, in respect, in overlooking the faults of others. Their sympathy covers the defects of others as if they were their own; they forget their own interest in the interest of others. They do not mind what conditions they are in; be they high or humble, their foreheads are smiling. To their eyes everyone is the expression of the Beloved, whose name they repeat. They see the divine in all forms and in all beings.
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« Reply #1 on: Feb 09, 2018 08:22 pm »

This is really a good definition of love Eric. I have seen it in
saints i have met. Glad to see you are staying in the vibration of the great spirit here. U could say i do not suffer as much anymore because;

'the use of love becomes wrong when that love is constantly developing for one only and not spreading. The water of a pond may turn bad, but the water of a river remains pure because it is progressing. By sincerely loving one person therefore one rears the plant of love and makes it grow and spread. Love has done its work when man has become all love his atmosphere, his expression, every movement he makes. And how can such a man love one and refuse another? Such a countenance, such a presence becomes a blessing.'

When love seems to be taken away it is only for a short time. We as humans get hung up on that 'short time'.
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« Reply #2 on: Feb 10, 2018 11:00 am »


Eric...i wonder what you think of my assessment of the Masters' words?

When a person reads a recognizes great wisdom inherent in what is presented to him he tries to assimilate it and absorb it. What he doesn't agree with or understand he questions and makes an effort to understand or dispense with. I was reading Hazrats quote again and found myself in difference with this quote.

"as there is duality in each thing so there is duality in every action: in everything that is just something unjust is hidden, in everything that is bad something good. Then one begins to see how the world takes all men's actions: one person sees only the good, another only the bad. In Sufi terms this particular attitude is called hairat, bewilderment. And just as to the average man moving pictures, theatres, bazaars are interesting, so to the Sufi the whole of life is interesting, a constant vision of bewilderment. He cannot explain this to the world because there are no words to explain it."

I say this because i think Hazrat explains it quite well and clears up the bewilderment in his statement. Actually when we see this duality constantly in our lives we begin to accept friction and harmony, joy and sorrow, separation and coming together as all coming from the same source. We are not so bewildered but realize these incongruous elements of life are part of the big picture with all its lights and shadows.


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« Reply #3 on: Feb 10, 2018 09:13 pm »

These words live with me...like a mantra. When everyone else seems to want to rush things, its best to let things work out according to divine plan instead of our personal desires, which ultimately snag us along the way...anyway.

'Can one compare any joy to that of taking things quietly, patiently and easily? All other joys come from outward sources, but this happiness is one's own property.'
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« Reply #4 on: Feb 11, 2018 05:29 pm »

hi steve, i think you are right. i think it is also quite perplexing when you try to envision how it is all connecting. while we can at least say, yes this is of god and it is all connected, it is still bewildering to even the great mystics who too are bound by mortal shells and limited understanding. at times we get a glimpse of this and even when our faith grows we are still in awe to the grandeur that can be felt in every moment.

to your second post,
sometimes it is quite difficult to maintain a path on the straight and narrow when our work and the errands of the day can pull us away from devotion. instead whispers of comforts and other pleasantries easily replace ones thoughts as we gauge how to entertain our ego say after a hard day on the job. many times i decline to go out with coworkers after being invited- i remember also turning away a pretty woman's advances and wondering- why would i not pursue? i think my peers are beginning to see me as a stick in the mud, where my life has kind of a set pattern with fixed time to devotion and contemplation. it is quite depressing to wonder if i am missing out on essential life experience. i know i need to change my routine yet i am still battling lingering symptoms of the flu(over a months time). in the end i have tread some if not most of my life in a reckless manner and can attest that much of what we chase does not bring the steady happiness we often seek.
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