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by Hazrat Inayat Khan, Sufi Poet and Mystic.
Bowl of Saki for July 3
THE KNOWLEDGE OF SELF IS THE ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, IT GIVES THE KNOWLEDGE OF HUMANITY; IN THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE HUMAN BEING LIES THAT UNDERSTANDING OF NATURE WHICH REVEALS THE LAW OF CREATION.
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All human beings were made with essentially similar bodies, essentially similar mind-capacities and essentially similar hearts. To understand one is to understand all.
It is not necessary to dissect everybody's stomach to understand nutrition--either with the knife or with the analytical faculty of mind. At best these give but a partial knowledge. The human body is a miniature cosmos and the human mind is a miniature super-cosmos if man only knew it, but until he understands his own body and own mind he cannot understand the laws of relations.
Yet these are not the self, these are but the outcroppings of self which lies hidden deep beneath the vehicles with which it is clothed. All creation tends towards humanity, both the creation of the seen worlds including rock, plant and animal and the creation of the unseen worlds--the elementals, jinns and angels. All tend toward man in the highest expression of God.
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