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by Hazrat Inayat Khan, Sufi Poet and Mystic.
Bowl of Saki for July 19
THE SOUL'S TRUE HAPPINESS LIES IN EXPERIENCING THE INNER JOY, AND IT WILL NEVER BE FULLY SATISFIED WITH OUTER, SEEMING PLEASURES. ITS CONNECTION IS WITH GOD, AND NOTHING SHORT OF PERFECTION WILL EVER SATISFY IT.
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All the experiences of the outer world may be the greatest hindrances or the greatest help or they may neither hinder nor help. Pleasure stands in our way when we are so attracted toward pleasure that the heart is lulled to sleep; pleasure also stands in our way when we become ascetics and so shun pleasure. In this condition we have escaped the material aspects of pleasure but may be more than ever bound by the thought of pleasure. Whether this thought be of a negative nature or a positive nature, whether we seek or shun, we are bound.
The soul does not seek, the soul does not shun, the soul is not concerned with thought. The soul is concerned with the experience of God and can find it without regard to pleasure. Any experience can lead to God, any experience can increase the clouds over the mind and can harden the heart. It is only when all attachment to experience is abandoned -- including all thought connected with the idea of attachment -- that the soul can find its peace and rest in God, be concerned with God no matter what the material or mental circumstances.
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