One person will do something and consider that there is great
wisdom in his sacrifice, while another who is not evolved
enough to understand it will say, 'How very foolish!' Remember
therefore that not only to the wise person the man of little
sense seems foolish, but even to the foolish person the wise
one seems foolish. The points of view of both are different:
one looks from the top of the tower, the other standing on
the ground. So there is a vast difference in the range of their
It is a man's outlook on life which makes him broad or narrow,
and it is the grade of his evolution which gives man the
illumination of sacrifice. What a man was not inclined to do
last year, he may be inclined to do this year; the sacrifice
one could not make yesterday, one can make today, for the
rate of speed of man's evolution cannot be limited to a
particular standard. A broad outlook enriches man and a high
point of view ennobles the soul.
Once you have linked yourself with love, a flood of inspiration
is revealed to you, whatever the subject, whatever the problem
in life may be. Whatever it be that your eye casts its glance
upon, it will disclose itself. Then you are on the real road, and
what a joy this is!
Breadth of heart is what is needed for all this. ... It is the
breadth of heart that makes a man great, whereas it is
narrowness of heart that makes him small. The great heart
does not think about how troublesome a person is, and why
he should be bothered like this. It is only the narrow of
heart that thinks, 'I will cause him some trouble.' It may
be justified, but still it is a narrow thought. The one with
a broad heart thinks,' This is a small thing, I can put up
with it; not much harm will come from it.'
The Nizam wrote this verse, 'The width of the land and the
water cannot be compared with the width of man's heart.
If man's heart is wide enough there is nothing greater than
that.' The heart becomes wide by forgetting the self, and
narrow by thinking of the self and by pitying one's self.
To gain a wide and broad heart you must have something
before you to look upon and to rest your intelligence upon,
and that something is the God ideal. This is the prescription
for killing the self, and to kill the self is the basis of every
Bowl of Saki, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan