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by Hazrat Inayat Khan, Sufi Poet and Mystic.
Bowl of Saki for September 28
TO FALL BENEATH ONE'S IDEAL IS TO LOSE ONE'S SHARE OF LIFE.
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That is to say, since the ideal is the highest of concepts, the whole of the vital force for which one has capacity cannot be expressed or felt unless act, speech and thought are in harmony with it. The practice of "tassawuri Murshid" as well as Darood
by Sufis make it possible to retain some relationship, even identity, with the ideal at all times. The average person, not knowing these principles, often has no means by which he can maintain his state, so he or she rises and falls and is subject to both joy and sorrow.
Actually life is expressed through the ideal, the ideal in this event being higher than the idea. Idea is a thought which is connected with nufs
; ideal, while not always free from nufs
, is in the direction of independence from nufs
. To attain to any ideal, no matter what its characteristics, one must remove the nufs
from one's path. Therefore, selfishness is a bar even to passion, crime and aggrandizement. Fortunately the wicked people do not generally know this so they are caught by their own misdeeds.
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