It is simpler to find a way to heaven
11/20/2011 § Leave a comment
It is simpler to find a way to heaven than to find a way on earth.
Bowl of Saki, August 11, by Hazrat Inayat Khan
Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan:
A person whose soul has awakened becomes awake to everything he sees and hears. … It is this awakening of the soul which is mentioned in the Bible, ‘Unless the soul is born again it will not enter the kingdom of heaven’. Being born again means that the soul is awakened after having come on earth, and entering the kingdom of heaven means that this world, the same kingdom in which we are standing just now, turns into heaven as soon as the point of view has changed. Is it not interesting and most wonderful to think that the same earth we walk on is earth to one person and heaven to another? And it is still more interesting to notice that it is we who change it; we change it from earth into heaven, or we change it otherwise. This change comes not by study, nor by anything else, but only by the changing of our point of view.
The higher life is so much simpler than life on the surface of the earth, but man does not know what he is. He does not know that he is a drop on the surface of the ocean, and yet an ocean himself in his innermost part; that there is nothing that is not within him. A person who says to himself, ‘I do not possess this faculty’, ‘I cannot put up with this’, ‘I am sorry but I could not think of such a thing’, and so forth, well, all these ideas are his imagination, part of the confusion of his thought and lack of understanding of what he is. If a person understood what he is he would never say, ‘I cannot do this.’ Instead he would become a real man, that which a man ought to be. The mystic only says, ‘I cannot’ or ‘I have not’ very seldom, and he believes these words still less often.
When God is with you everything is with you; when God is in you everything is in you. Inspiration, knowledge, light, all are then within you. But if you find joy in confusion, if you confuse yourself and keep yourself in darkness, you may do so. However, you have inherited from the heavenly Father His inspiration, His Light, His power. You have inherited might from the Almighty God; you have inherited light from the Light of the universe. Therefore you are blessed with all these things, if you can only open your eyes and see the blessing.