Inspiration is a higher form of intuition, for it comes
as an idea, as a complete theme with its improvisation,
as a phrase creative of a poem. Inspiration is a stream,
a stream of wonder and bewilderment. The really inspired
person – whether a writer, a poet, a composer, or whatever
may be his work – when once he has received an inspiration,
he has found satisfaction – not with himself, but with what
has come to him. It gives his soul such a relief, for the
soul was drawing from something and that object from which
it was drawing has yielded to the soul, has given it what
it was asking for. Therefore, inspiration may be called
the soul's reward.
It is not by being anxious to receive something that
one is able to receive it. It is not by straining the brain
that one can write poetry. It is not by worrying for days
that one can compose a piece of music. One who does so cannot
receive inspiration. The one who receives inspiration is
quite tranquil and unconcerned about what is coming. Certainly
he is desirous of receiving something, he is passionately
longing to conceive it. It is by focusing his mind to the
divine mind that, consciously or unconsciously, man receives
This phenomenon is so great and so wonderful that its
joy is unlike any other joy in the world. It is in this
joy that the inspirational genius experiences ecstasy. It
is a joy that is almost indescribable. It is an upliftment.
One feels that one is raised from the earth when one's mind
is focused on the divine mind – for inspiration comes from
the divine mind. What the great musicians, poets, thinkers,
philosophers, writers and prophets have left to the world
is always uplifting, although it is not every soul who comprehends
their work fully, and therefore not every soul can enjoy
it fully. But imagine their own enjoyment of what came to
them; there are no words to express it! It is in inspiration
that one begins to see the sign of God, and the most materialistic
genius begins to wonder about the divine Spirit when once
inspiration has begun to come to him.
One might ask, 'Does inspiration come as a finished picture?
Does it come as a written letter?' No, it comes to an artist
as if his hand were taken by someone else, as if his eyes
were closed and his heart were open. He has drawn something,
he has painted something, and he does not know who painted
it, who drew it. Inspiration comes to a musician as if someone
else were playing or singing and he were only taking it
down – a complete melody, a perfect air. After he has written
it down, then it enchants his soul. To a poet, inspiration
comes as if someone were dictating and he were only writing.
There is no strain on his brain, there is no anxiety in
It is therefore that many confuse inspiration with spirit
communication. Many inspirational people are glad to attribute
inspiration to a spirit, knowing that it does not come from
themselves – but it is not always spirit communication.
It is natural that inspiration should come from a being
living just now on earth or from someone who has passed;
yet the most profound inspiration comes always from the
divine mind, and to God alone the credit is due. Even if
an inspiration comes through the mind of a person living
on earth or through a soul who has passed on to the other
side, it still has come from God, for all knowledge and
wisdom belong to God.
It is a fault on the part of mankind to attribute inspiration
to some limited being who is nothing but a shadow covering
God. When a person believes that an old Egyptian comes from
the other side to inspire him or that an American Indian
comes to lead him on his way, he builds a wall between himself
and God. Instead of receiving directly from the source that
is perfect and all sufficient, he is picturing his limited
idea, making it a screen between himself and God.
The best way for the genius is to make himself an empty
cup, free from pride of learning or conceit of knowledge,
to become as innocent as a child who is ready to learn whatever
may be taught to him. It is the one who becomes as a child
before God, at the same time longing and yearning to express
music through his soul, who becomes a fountain of God. From
that fountain divine inspiration rises and brings beauty
before all those who see the fountain.
There is one step further, and that is when the person
no longer remains a poet or a musician or a philosopher
but becomes God's instrument, only. Then God begins to speak
to him through everything, not only in music or verse, in
color or line, but he begins to communicate with God in
all forms. Everything he sees, above or below, before or
behind, right or left, either heavenly or earthly, is communicative.
He then begins to speak with God, and it is this step that
is called revelation.
There is a story of Moses, relating that when he was
looking for fire to bake bread, he happened to see a light
on the top of a mountain. So, in order to take this fire,
he climbed to the top of the mountain, but there the fire
became lightning. Moses could no longer withstand that great
flashing and he fell to the ground. When he awoke, he began
to communicate with God.
This story is allegorical. The idea is that Moses was
looking for light to make it his life's sustenance, but
he had to climb onto the higher planes. It was not possible
to get it on earth where he stood; it was necessary that
he should climb to the top. And then there was not only
a light, but it was lightning. It was a light that was beyond
the power of Moses to withstand, and he fell down. What
is this falling down? To become nothing, to become empty.
When he reached that state of emptiness, then his heart
became sonorous and he found communication with God through
everything in the world – in the rock, tree or plant; in
the star, sun or moon – in whatever he saw he found communication
with his soul. So, everything revealed its nature and secret
to Moses. It is in connection with this revelation that
Sadi says that every leaf of the tree becomes a page of
the sacred scripture once the soul has learned to read.
Question: I quite understand that inspiration comes from
God, but would you kindly explain how one receives inspiration
from a person on earth whom one does not know?
Answer: Inspiration comes through the mediumship of a
living being in three forms: when you are in the presence
of someone who is inspiring; when you are in the thoughts
of someone who is inspiring; and when your heart is in a
state of perfect tranquility and inspiration that is flowing
through the heart of an inspirational genius comes into
your heart. It is just like the wireless. Sometimes you
connect it with a certain station from which you are to
receive the music, and sometimes you do not connect it,
but it remains a wireless machine. If anything passing through
is not received, it is not heard, but the sound is there
just the same. In the same way, one receives inspiration
from these three different sources.
Question: When inspiration comes originally from the
Divine Mind, must it always be vehicled by someone who has
passed on, or who is on earth?
Answer: There are different processes. It all depends
upon how the heart of the person is focused on the Divine
Spirit. There is a person whose heart is focused directly
on the Divine Spirit, and there is another to whom the Divine
Spirit is too remote. His heart is focused on a center,
and this center is focused on the Divine Spirit from where
it receives the message. So, it all comes from the Divine
Spirit just the same.