Question: Is there need of explaining things in words
to one's Murshid, or is it sufficient to keep all one's
thoughts and feelings in silence?
Answer: The truth need not be spoken; the existence speaks
louder than words. Still the law of life in the world is
such that words give a fuller expression to one's thoughts
and feelings, resulting in a greater satisfaction. Therefore,
the best thing is to say what can be said, and not to try
to put into words what can never be expressed in words,
trusting in one's own sincere devotion and in the sympathy
of your Murshid that nothing will remain not understood.
I think that, by expressing a thought or a feeling in words,
one makes a clear picture of them which, in an abstract
form, can be perceived only by one who is greatly evolved.
But it must be remembered that there are certain sentiments,
unexpressed and yet solid and living. Such sentiments in
time become personalities, and they live as human beings,
filling their place in life. For instance, a thoroughly
sympathetic person not only has sympathy as his attribute,
but he has sympathy as a living spirit, moving and walking
about with him, and going with him wherever he goes.
Life is far more productive than man can think, productive
of good and evil, of right and wrong, of joy and sorrow.
It depends upon the person what he wishes to produce. Life
for me is a place where every person is given a piece of
ground – one person a larger piece, one person a smaller – and
he is told, 'Now you have the ground, and here are the seeds:
grass, weeds, corn and good fruit, flowers and poisonous
fruits. Sow what you like, sow all that interests you and
produce, or do not sow at all – but still the ground belongs
So is the life of an individual in this world: every
person has his farm. There are some who sow thorns, and
when the thorns have sprung up and become painful, they
say, 'Why did we do this,' or they say, 'I am so tired of
this farm, I wish I were not here.' They wish they could
be taken away from that farm and placed in a farm where
flowers and fruits are already growing, without having to
take the trouble of sowing. But that is against the law.
Man is intended to live on his farm, and all through life
he is sowing what will be his hereafter.
Heaven and hell are not made ready for a person after
his life on earth. The same farm that is given to man is
hereafter turned into his heaven or hell. So man must build
heaven now on the farm that is already his possession. He must put into it all that he likes and loves, and
remove from it all that is hurtful, harmful, disagreeable,
making now, while on earth, his farm of the nature of heaven
– which in the hereafter will culminate into a perfect heaven.