51. Sufi Thoughts, Part 1

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Religious Gatheka
By Hazrat Inayat Khan

1. ‘There is but one God, the Eternal, the Only Being, none else exists save He.’

The God of the Sufi is the God of every creed and the God of all. Names make no difference to him. Allah, God, Dieu, Khuda or Bhagwan, all these names and more are the names of his God; and yet to him God is beyond the limitation of name.

He sees his God in the sun, in the fire, in the idol which diverse sects worship; and he recognizes Him in all forms of the universe, yet knowing Him to be beyond all form; God in all and God to the Sufi is not merely a religious belief forced upon him but the highest ideal the human mind can conceive. The Sufi, forgetting the self and aiming at the attainment of the divine ideal, walks constantly all through life in the path of love and light. In God the Sufi sees the perfection of all that is in the reach of man’s perception; and yet he knows Him to be above human reach. He looks to Him as the lover to his beloved, and takes all things in life as coming from Him, with perfect resignation. The Sacred Name of God is to him as medicine to the patient. The divine thought is the compass by which he steers his ship to the shores of immortality. The God-Ideal is to a Sufi as a lift by which he raises himself to the Eternal Goal, the attainment of which is the only purpose of life.

Daily reflections on the following points in Religious Gatheka 51

Point One: ‘There is but one God, the Eternal, the Only Being, none else exists save He.’
Contemplation: In whatever arises throughout this month remember that all is from God and returning to God, the Eternal, and the Only Being. None exists save God. By performing this practice notice a sense of serenity and comfort envelope your body, heart, and soul.

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