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by Hazrat Inayat Khan, Sufi Poet and Mystic.
Bowl of Saki for April 7
IT IS BEING DEAD TO SELF WHICH IS THE RECOGNITION OF GOD.
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This is so simple that its very simplicity has astounded those who have found God. We are always looking for complexities, but these come out of the self-thought. The light is simple, although from it very complex mixtures of colors have been made. Yet the essence of all these colors is light which is much more simple. To find light in the colors, one has to move from the complex to the simple.
This is not a mental process when one is considering the spiritual evolution of man. It is the living process which comes when one ceases to think in terms of "I". This does not extinguish thought, it purifies thought. Instead of the "I" trying to think thought, it is pure thought which thinks. And how does thought think?
On the physical plane there are natural movements of matter which have led some to believe there is no cause, that forces control everything. There is an element of truth in it, that every activity of matter may cause some other matter to move, as in the phenomenon of weather. There is an analogous condition in the mental world that every thought of anyone may affect many other thoughts and produce mental phenomena. At the same time, just as the physical sun, embodying physical light, is the most important factor, so the sun of intelligence, embodying pure thought, affects the mental world more than anything else.
There are all kinds of clouds in the mental world, but these are produced by the self in opposition to the sun of intelligence. So one cannot enter the higher heavens in bliss until these clouds are removed; yet this removal, this extinguishing of self, automatically brings one into the presence of God, regardless of time, space, plane or condition.
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