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He who can live up to his ideal is the king of life; he who cannot live up to it is life's slave.

     Bowl of Saki, February 28, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan

The ideal life is at least to try to live up to one's ideal. But in order to have an ideal one must first awaken to an ideal. Not everyone possesses an ideal; many people do not know of it. It is no exaggeration to say that the wars and disasters we have gone through, the unrest that all feel, and the disagreement among the people which is sometimes seen and sometimes not seen, are all caused by one thing and that is the lack of an ideal.

   from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/VI/VI_15.htm


Is it power which is the object of the spiritual person, or is it inspiration after which he seeks? It is in fact neither of these things which he pursues, but all such things as power and inspiration follow him as he proceeds on his path towards the spiritual goal. The goal of the spiritual person is self-realization, and his journey is towards the depth of his own being, his God, his ideal.

   from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/I/I_II_7.htm


God is the ideal that raises mankind to the utmost reach of perfection. ... There is no ideal that can raise the moral standard higher than the God-ideal, although love is the root of all and God is the fruit of this. Love's expansion and love's culmination and love's progress all depend upon the God-ideal.

   from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/III/III_III_4.htm


That which makes us esteem those whom we esteem is their ideal. That which raises man from earth to heaven is his ideal. And that which pulls man down from the heavens to the earth is also his ideal. When he does not live up to his ideal, he falls to earth. And when he raises his ideal he goes from earth to heaven. He can rise to any height, according to the stature of his ideal.

   from  http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/VII/VII_29.htm



   ~~~ He who can live up to his ideal is the king of life; he who cannot live up to it is life's slave.



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