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by Hazrat Inayat Khan, Sufi Poet and Mystic.
Bowl of Saki for November 17
IF THE EYES AND EARS ARE OPEN, THE LEAVES OF THE TREES BECOME AS PAGES OF THE BIBLE.
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Average people consider their eyes and ears as being open, but really they are practically blind and deaf. For instance, neither can one's hearing be compared to that of the blind person nor one's sight to that of a deaf one. It is only when one is deprived of the use of the senses that one can realize the value of one of them.
The mystic does not have to be lacking in sense proclivity to learn the value of every part of the body, to see all the Grace with which God has endowed it; neither is one dependent upon the senses. To take full advantage of the capacity of a faculty, it is necessary to coordinate it with the breath and heart. Sufis have many practices by which magnetism can be increased in any part of the body, but the real difficulty is the shadow thrown across the part by the nufs
Most people do not realize that lack of interest falls as a shadow upon the mind and the sense. The mystic, being indifferent, neither increases the interests nor diminishes them but finds in all things a relation to the perfect whole. This prevents the nufs
from throwing any shadow upon any faculty. There is a mysticism in sound and in sight which the seer is cognizant of at all times. By keeping in Darood
and so letting the Divine Spirit through the breath touch every part of the being, and by concentration in the heart, one brings vitality to every vehicle and every portion of each body. Then one can receive knowledge even from name and form.
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