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by Hazrat Inayat Khan, Sufi Poet and Mystic.
Bowl of Saki for September 29
THE WISE OF ALL AGES HAVE TAUGHT THAT IT IS KNOWLEDGE OF THE DIVINE BEING THAT IS LIFE AND THE ONLY REALITY.
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That is to say, Ilm
is knowledge and knowledge is nothing but Ilm
. Worldly knowledge is symbolical -- the application of names to processes -- but understanding of the process requires a subtle union with it. Naming a thing does not bring knowledge of it. One can distinguish electricity from magnetism and light, but what is electricity? What is magnetism? What is light? We know only so far as our senses tell us or as our limited mind has opportunity to convey some idea.
Yet from a certain point of view, there is a great reality in electricity, in magnetism and in light beyond their phenomenal appearance and even beyond noumenal conception. There is a reality which can be experienced in Zikar
, in which state the three are one; one will then know, without always being able to explain, that they are certain aspects of life which appear more clearly when seen in the mineral (or chemical) world. They are present in vital processes, though more hidden, and when we come to humanity we observe other forms of magnetic behavior closely interwoven with the personality. This shows that true magnetism is connected with life. Above and beyond the sphere of mind is Ishk
, the Universal Subtle Energy which is what we call love. Comprehension of Ishk
, but neither Ishk
is possible without union with the Supreme Being, at least in the form included in Darood
. That union is still possible in name and form, for "Baka" is the goal of all. That is to say, the expression of the Divine Light and Love through our personalities. This brings all knowledge and all gifts.
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