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by Hazrat Inayat Khan, Sufi Poet and Mystic.
Bowl of Saki for June 21
THE SOUL IS ALL LIGHT; DARKNESS IS CAUSED BY THE DEADNESS OF THE HEART; PAIN MAKES IT ALIVE.
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Soul is the "Nuri Mohammed", the Universal Love-Light-Life, which becomes individualized in the heart. The heart covers the soul as a globe and in a certain sense cannot hide the light. But the heart has a movement like the expansion and contraction of a sphere from a point to a universe. It can contract until is very tiny and expand until it is immeasurable. Contraction of heart may result from the outlook on life or the experience of life. When the consciousness is attracted to outer things and becomes intoxicated thereby, the heart ceases to expand in its natural manner and this interferes with the light of the soul which cannot then touch the surface.
But the heart cannot forever remain in that state, and if it is not moved naturally to expand, life's experiences through the law of karma
sooner or later awaken it. In the physical body it is true that when a muscle has not been used for a long time any attempt to move it is accompanied by pain; this is a thousand times more true for any area or portion of mind and also infinitely more true of the heart.
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