Sunday, August 13, 2006

The lover of nature is the true worshipper of God.

Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:

A true worshipper of God sees His presence in all
forms, and thus in
respecting others he respects God.
It may even develop to such an
extent that the true
worshipper of God, the Omnipresent, walks gently

on the earth, bowing in his heart even to every tree
and plant, and
it is then that the worshipper forms
a communion with the Divine
Beloved at all times,
when he is awake and when he is asleep.

Anyone who has some knowledge of mysticism and
of the lives of the
mystics knows that what always
attracts the mystic most is nature.
Nature is his bread
and wine. Nature is his soul's nourishment.

Nature inspires him, uplifts him and gives him the
solitude for which
his soul continually longs. Every
soul born with a mystical tendency
is constantly
drawn towards nature; in nature that soul finds its

life's demand, as it is said in the Vadan, 'Art is dear
to my heart,
but nature is near to my soul'. ... Nature
does not teach the glory
of God; it need not teach
this as nature itself is the glory of God.
People wish
to study astrology and other subjects in order to

understand better, but if we study astrology then we
are sure to
arrive at an interpretation which is given
by a man, whereas what we
should read from nature
is what nature gives us and not what any book

There comes a time with the maturity of the soul when
every thing and
every being begins to reveal its nature
to us. We do not need to read
their lives. We do not
need to read their theories. We know then that
this wide
nature in its four aspects is ever-revealing and that one

can always communicate with it, but that in spite of this
it is not
the privilege of every soul to read it. Many souls
remain blind with
open eyes. They are in heaven, but not
allowed to look at heaven;
they are in paradise, but not
allowed to enjoy the beauties of
paradise. It is just like
a person sleeping on a pile of gems and
jewels. From the
moment man's eyes open and he begins to read the

book of nature he begins to live; and he continues to live

'There is One Holy Book, the sacred manuscript of nature,
the only
scripture which can enlighten the reader.' Most
people consider as
sacred scriptures only certain books
or scrolls written by the hand
of man, and carefully
preserved as holy, to be handed down to
posterity as
divinerevelation. Men have fought and disputed over the

authenticity of these books, have refused to accept any
other book of
similar character, and, clinging thus to the
book and losing the
sense of it have formed diverse sects.
The Sufi has in all ages
respected all such books, and has
traced in the Vedanta, Zend-Avesta,
Kabbala, Bible, Quran,
and all other sacred scriptures, the same
truth which he
reads in the incorruptible manuscript of nature, the
Holy Book, the perfect and living model that teaches the
law of life: all scriptures before nature's manuscript
are as little
pools of water before the ocean.

To the eye of the seer every leaf of the tree is a page of
the holy
book that contains divine revelation, and he is
inspired every moment
of his life by constantly reading
and understanding the holy script
of nature

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