Words of Wisdom From Sufi Hazrat Inayat Khan

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*He who with sincerity seeks his real purpose in life is himself sought by
that purpose.*

*Commentary by Hazrat Inayat Khan:*

One may ask, ‘What is the best way for a person to understand his life’s
purpose?’ If one follows the bent of one’s own mind, if one follows the
track to which one is attracted, if one follows one’s own inclination,
which is not satisfied with anything else, one feels, ‘There is something
waiting for me (which one does not know at the time), which will bring me
satisfaction.’ Besides, if one is intuitive and mystical, it is easier
still, because then one is continually told what is the purpose of one’s
life. For nature has such a perfection of wisdom. One sees that the insects
are given the sense to make their little houses and to protect themselves
and make a store of their food. The bees, who have the gift of making
honey, are taught how to make honey. So nature has taught every soul to
seek its purpose. It has made every soul for that purpose, and it is
continually calling that soul to see that purpose. If the soul does not
hear the call and sleeps, it is not the fault of nature, which is
continually calling. Therefore, if I were to say in a few words, how to
find one’s purpose, I would say: by waking from sleep.

from http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/I/I_IV_1.htm

Every being has a definite vocation, and his vocation is the light which
illuminates his life. The man who disregards his vocation is a lamp unlit.
He who sincerely seeks his real purpose in life is himself sought by that
purpose. As he concentrates on that search a light begins to clear his
confusion, call it revelation, call it inspiration, call it what you will.
It is mistrust that misleads. Sincerity leads straight to the goal.

from http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/I/I_I_2.htm

That way is best which suits you best. The way of one person is not for
another person, although man is always inclined to accuse another person of
doing wrong, believing that he himself is doing right. … 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 toward the

When a person has arrived at this stage, he has risen above the limitations
of the world. Then he has become entitled to experience the joy of coming
near to the real purpose of life. It is then that in everything that he
says or does, he will be accomplishing that purpose. … We come to
understand by this that the further we go the more tolerant we become.
Outward things matter little. It is the inward realization which counts.
However sacred duty may be, however high may be the hope of paradise,
however great the happiness one may experience in the pleasures of the
earth, however much satisfaction one may find in earthly treasures, the
purpose of life is in rising above all these things. It is then that the
soul will have no discord, no disagreement with others. It is then that the
natural attitude of the soul will become tolerant and forgiving. The
purpose of life is fulfilled in rising to the greatest heights and in
diving to the deepest depths of life: in widening one’s horizon, in
penetrating life in all its spheres, in losing oneself, and in finding
oneself in the end. In the accomplishment of the purpose of life the
purpose of creation is fulfilled. Therefore, in this fulfillment it is not
that man attained, but that God Himself has fulfilled His purpose.

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