Topic August

The Secret of a Friend - Magnetism (2)

from: Hazrat Inayat Khan -

Healing Papers - Mental Purification

(see also counsellor)

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Heart Magnetism

The third aspect of magnetism is perhaps a higher kind than the two which have been described above, for this magnetism is more profound and affects human beings more deeply. This is the magnetism of love, of sympathy, of friendliness.

- A person who by nature is sympathetic;

- a person who tolerates, who forgets, who forgives;

- a person who does not keep bitterness nor malice in his mind against anyone;

- a person who admires and appreciates beauty, who loves it in art, in nature, in all its forms, and who goes out to friend and foe, to the acquaintance, the stranger, to all;

- a person who can endure and who can suffer, and who has the power to have patience through all conditions of life, who feels the pain of another in his heart and who is always willing to become a friend.

It is that person whose magnetism is greater than all the other magnetisms that we know of. We do not need to go far to see this; if only we look for good things in people we shall find this. Among our surroundings we can find many in whom we can appreciate this quality.

One day a man who had travelled very much saw an Indian mystic, and he said, ‘We have heard so much and we have read so much about the saints and sages and mahatmas and masters who live in India, but when I went there I found not one.’ And the mystic told him, ‘You need not have gone so far. The souls who are worthwhile, the souls who love one another, the saints and sages, are to be found everywhere.’

If we can appreciate them, we can find them; but if we cannot appreciate them, even if an angel came we would not be able to find these qualities in him. Nevertheless, call him a saint or a sage, call him a prophet or a mahatma, if there is anything that draws human being towards human being, it is the love element that he pours out.

Now the question is, how can we develop this quality? And the answer will be: by one thing only. By studying, by knowing, by practicing, and by living the life of a friend. By contemplation on this thought from morning till evening:

‘Towards everyone I meet, towards those who love me and those who hate me, will I practice in my life that thought of friendliness, that outgoing, that pouring out of sympathy and love.’

Apart from the magnetism that we acquire from this, when we consider life as it is, with all its limitations, with all the pain and troubles and responsibilities that it gives us, if there seems to be anything worthwhile it is one thing only, and that is the thought and impression that we have done our best to be gentle, to be tender to those whom we meet in our everyday life. If there is any prayer, if there is any worship, if there is any religion, it is this.

For in the life hereafter there is no one to please; if there is anyone to be pleased and whose pleasure it is worthwhile to earn, it is here, it is a human being; and it is in the pleasure of a human being, if we understand it, that the pleasure of God resides.

Soul Magnetism

The fourth aspect of magnetism is magnetism itself. Lack of magnetism means that this aspect is hidden; this magnetism is the soul of a human being. To define what the soul is, it may be said that the soul is the self of a human being. But which self? That self of which he does not know.

There is a humorous Indian story about some peasants who were traveling, but it was the first time in their life that they had done so. Therefore, being worried about each other, they decided the next morning to count if all the peasants were still there. They were very upset about having counted, for they counted nineteen, and it was understood that twenty peasants had left home. And so, each peasant counted and each said, ‘There are nineteen’; and they could not find who was missing, for everyone was there. In the end, they found that all those who had counted had forgotten to count themselves.

That is the condition of the soul. It sees all selves, but it does not see itself. And the day when the soul realizes itself, that day a new life begins, a new birth. It is the self-realized soul which grows, which expands. So long as the soul has not realized itself, it does not develop, it does not grow. Therefore, it is at the moment when the soul begins to realize itself that a human being really begins to live in the world.

But it must be understood that the magnetism of the self-realized soul is greater than any magnetism we could ever imagine. It is power, it is wisdom, it is peace, it is intelligence, it is all.

It is this magnetism that heals, heals bodies and heals minds;

it is this magnetism that raises those fallen into difficulties, in pain and sorrows.

It is this magnetism that brings others out of their confusion, their darkness.

It is by this magnetism that the illuminated souls spread out their love, thereby attracting all beings.

It is of this magnetism that Christ said to the fishermen, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of human beings.’

It is with this magnetism that the great ones, such as Buddha, such as Moses, Christ, Muhammad, came and attracted humanity. And humanity during the ages has not forgotten.

It is their magnetism which, after their having left this earth, has held millions and millions of people in one bond of brotherhood, of sympathy, of friendship.

The immense power that the soul-magnetism gives shows that it is divine magnetism. It is a proof of something behind the seen world.


 I looked and looked, to find someone

to whom I might give my trust;

but I found no one,

until I saw Thee at last in my heart,

holding in Thy hand the record of my life's secret.

 

Hazrat Inayat Khan: Vadan - Ragas


(Maheboob Khan, Hazrat Inayat Khan‘s brother, has composed music to a row of aphorisms of Hazrat Inayat Khan in the middle of last century, as this ‚Every Step in Thy Path‘. Mohammed Ali Khan, Hazrat Inayat Khan’s cousin, has sung this song around the year 1956 in a concert in Zürich – here you can listen to it)


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