Wednesday, May 16, 2007

how to be ready

Go sweep out the chamber of your heart,
make it ready to be the dwelling place of the Beloved,
when you depart, He will enter,
in you, void of yourself, will He display His beauties.

-- Mystic Rose Garden, Mahmud Shabistari, translated by E.H. Whinfield


Renounce the good of the world, renounce the good of heaven, renounce your highest ideal, and then renounce your renunciation.

Fariduddin Attar - a Persian poet

He who wants anything becomes smaller than the thing he wants; he who gives away anything is greater than the thing he gives. Therefore, to a mystic each act of renunciation becomes a step towards perfection.

Forced renunciation, whether forced by morality, religion, law, convention, or formality, is not necessarily renunciation. The real spirit of renunciation is willingness; and willing renunciation comes when one has risen above the thing one renounces. The value of each thing in life - wealth, power, position, possession - is according to the evolution of man. There is a time in his life when toys are his treasures, and there is a time when he puts them aside; there is a time in his life when copper coins are everything to him, and there is another time when he can give away gold coins; there is a time in his life when he values a cottage, and there is a time when he gives up a palace. ...

Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

free will

When man says, 'I have done this,' or 'I can do it,' or 'I will do it,' the One perfect in power and wisdom smiles as a grown-up person would smile at a child saying, 'I will remove mountains.' It does not mean there is no free will, but if one only knew what is behind one's free will he would never call it free will, he would call it His Will.