I once asked a very great Murshid which was best suited
for psychic and occult powers, strength or weakness of the
body. No doubt there are people who, when they are sick
and weak, found themselves able to see things which, being
well, they could not see. But this kind of psychic power
has no scope for development, because there is no strength.
We sometimes think that in order to have psychic powers
we should become ethereal, delicate and weak, but physical
strength is needed. If it were not so, God would not have
manifested Himself as man. If this physical world were not
needed it would never have been created. At whatever time
of life, a person, whatever his constitution, should spend
twenty minutes a day developing his bodily strength. How
to develop physical strength is a very extensive subject
and it would take a long time to study it.
Physical weakness produces many bad effects and prevents
a person, however great his spiritual progress may be, to
do what he wishes. There is weakness of the heart, of the
body and of the brain. Weakness of the heart makes a person
at one moment very happy, at another very sad. Small
things make him instantly very joyful or very sad. To make the
heart strong one should eat living food: that is fresh food.
By drinking alcohol, which is dead matter, the worst matter
is put into the heart, and its condition becomes very bad.
Weakness of the body makes a person unable to keep still,
to have repose. To make the body strong a balance of activity
and sleep is needed, a balance of work and repose, and physical
exercises should be done. When you work there must be activity
and no slowness, and when you rest there must be slowness
and no activity. How many useless words do we speak, how
much energy do we waste in useless actions. We should expend
our energy on what is worthwhile, and not waste it in useless
Good and righteous actions, good feelings – all the things
people teach their children – are necessary. In reality,
it does not matter to God whether you are good or bad, righteous
or unrighteous, but by a pious and good life man keeps himself,
his body and brain, in good condition.
Weakness of the brain produces heat. In such a
condition, however nice, however good a person may be,
he is at one moment very hot tempered, and then cold as
snow, then hot again. To worry very much, to repent very
much, to sorrow very much, to think that life is a great burden upon
us, to make a great thing out of every small event, of every
small responsibility – it all weakens the brain. Normal
deeds and actions and normal rest strengthen the brain.
Remember that all things pass. If worry comes – it is
a passing thing. Keep it away, and if it is already there,
help it to go. Do not hold on to it. If you are good, the
world will not understand you and the better you become,
the less the world will understand you. So you have a choice:
to be like the world, or to be good and let the world misunderstand
you. Let your joy and your satisfaction be within you.
The Sufis have ways of exciting the heart and making
it quiet. They excite it when there is benefit in exciting
it; they make it quiet when there is benefit in making it
quiet. They let the brain be active, and let it rest.