Forum June

Tolerance (1)

from: Hazrat Inayat Khan -

The Purpose of Life

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A person who is conscientious in his duty, who attaches great importance to his ideal, is apt to say to the person who is engaged in money-making: ‘You are striving for earth's treasures, I am performing what I consider my duty.’

The person who is making his way towards heaven, who is holding paradise in his expectations, is inclined to say to the pleasure-seeker: ‘You are absorbed in life's momentary pleasures, I am working for the life to come.’

But the person who is busy money-making can also say to the one who is conscientious of duty and the one possessing a high ideal: ‘If you had to go through the experience which I have to, you would see in this too something worthwhile.’

And the seeker after paradise may also be answered by the pleasure-seeking soul, as Omar Khayyam said: ‘Oh my Beloved, fill the cup that clears today of past regrets and future fears. Tomorrow? Why, tomorrow I may be myself with yesterday's seventy-thousand years!’

This shows that all these seekers after different things, seekers after wealth, seekers after ideal, seekers after pleasure, and seekers after paradise, must have their own ways; they will at the same time have their own reasons. One may contradict another, although they are all making their way to the goal. Sooner or later, with more or less difficulty, they must arrive at the purpose of life.

We may ask, ‘Which of these four ways is the best way of arriving at the purpose of life?’ That way is best which suits you best. The way of one person is not for another person, although human beings are always inclined to accuse another person of doing wrong, believing that he himself is doing right.

In reality, the purpose is beyond all these four things. Neither in paradise nor in the ideal, neither in pleasures nor in the wealth of this earth is that purpose accomplished. That purpose is accomplished when a person has risen above all these things. It is that person then who will tolerate all, who will understand all, who will assimilate all things, who will not feel disturbed by things which are not in accordance with his own nature or the way which is not his way. He will not look at them with contempt, but he will see that in the depth of every being there is a divine spark, which is trying to raise its flame towards its purpose.


Love which manifests as tolerance, as forgiveness,

 that love it is which heals the wounds of the heart.

 

Hazrat Inayat Khan: Gayan - Boulas


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