There was a wall of laughter and of smiles.
This wall existed for ages and many tried to climb it, but few succeeded.
Those who had climbed upon it saw something beyond,
and so interested were they that they smiled,
climbed over the wall and never returned.
The people of the town began to wonder what magic could there be and what attraction,
that whoever climbed over the wall never returned.
So they called it the wall of mystery.
Then they said,
'We must make an enquiry and send someone who can reach the top,
but we must tie him with a rope to hold him back.'
When the man they had thus sent reached the top of the wall,
he smiled and tried to jump over it,
but they pulled him back.
Still he smiled, and when the people eagerly asked, 'what did you see there?'
he did not answer, he only smiled.
This is the condition of the seer. The man who in the shrine of his heart has seen the vision of God, the one who has the realization of truth, can only smile, for words can never really explain what truth means.
HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN
At every step of man's evolution his realization changes,
but there is a stage where man arrives at the true realization,
a realization which is a firm conviction that no reason or logic can change or alter.
Nothing in the world can change it any more, and that conviction is called by the Sufis Iman.
The realization which is attained is that there is nothing to realize any more.
The process of this attainment is a sincere research into truth and life,
and the understanding of 'what I am the other is',
together with the contemplation of God,
a selfless consciousness,
and a continual pursuit
after the receiving of the knowledge of God.
Question: Is suffering beneficial?
Answer: 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.
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.
HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN
Consumed by its Fire
Left as an ash upon the ground
I am now
only the wind
in and of
the Breathless One
All yearning/ longing of my soul
Sated & Devoured in
the Great Silence.
This is Love
beyond all words & perception.
How Can I Drown in What I Am?
The Revelations, V. IX
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