Thursday, August 10, 2006

Narrowness is primitiveness; it is the breadth of heart that proves

One person will do something and consider that there is great
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
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

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
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
before you to look upon and to rest your intelligence upon,

and that something is the God ideal. This is the prescription
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

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