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by Hazrat Inayat Khan, Sufi Poet and Mystic.
Bowl of Saki for May 26
SO LONG AS ONE HAS A LONGING TO OBTAIN ANY PARTICULAR OBJECT, ONE CANNOT GO FURTHER THAN THAT OBJECT.
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This is not wrong of itself. For instance, that longing leads to concentration—or rather when it does lead to concentration, when it is strong enough to keep one from flitting hither and thither, that longing cannot be called evil. From this point of view not even passion is wrong if it keeps one concentrating on the same point of passion. It becomes wrong when it leads to unsteadiness, to satisfaction of self and to lack of consideration toward the object desired.
If all objects are considered as living, whether they are the work of man's hands or of God's, already the seed of unity is sown. It is only after one has come to the realization that any particular object will not bring happiness or satisfaction that one is ready for the next step. Therefore the sage may not oppose that which seems to lead toward vice; it is not vice in itself which is vicious, it is the constant tendency toward diversity, the lack of constancy, the absence of any motive or concentration in life which is wrong.
Therefore Sufis always help others to select some ideal, but the other person must choose something he desires or loves, so as to form a bond of attachment. Then that one can learn concentration, collection of powers, gaining a purpose or motive in life. The highest morality without thisconcentration may lead nowhere, but the simplest undeveloped soul, once gaining a purpose and concentration, will advance far on the journey toward the goal, often unaware of traveling.
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