Spirituality is natural nobleness, and the unfolding
of this innate nobleness is spirituality. It is a divine
heritage which is hidden in every soul, and by the manifestation
of this divine heritage a soul shows its divine origin.
All striving in the spiritual path is to bring out that
nobleness – but one need not strive to bring it out; it
will come by itself, if one is conscious of one's divine
It is this consciousness which brings out the nobleness
of spirit. In the Sufi terminology this nobleness is called
akhlaq Allah, which means the manner of God, a manner
which is unlike any other manner known to the world. It
is the manner of the mother towards her child, the manner
of the father towards his son, the manner of a man towards
his friend, the manner of the maiden towards her beloved,
it is the manner of the lord towards his servant; it is
the manner of the child towards his mother, the manner of
a son towards his father, the manner of a slave towards
his king – and yet it is above and beyond all manners known
to mankind. It is humility, it is modesty, it is pride,
it is honor,
it is kindness, it is graciousness, it is indifference,
it is independence; a manner unconceivable to human mentality,
a manner which cannot be learned or taught, a manner which
springs up by itself and comes forth as a divine blossom.
It is in this manner that lies the fulfillment of the
purpose of man's life. This manner is the highest religion,
the true spirituality, real aristocracy, and perfect democracy.
All disputes and disagreements, all misunderstandings fall
away the moment the human spirit has become noble, for it
is the sign of the noble spirit to comprehend all things,
to assimilate all things and therefore to tolerate and forgive
all things. Of what use is a religion, a philosophy, a mysticism,
or whatever you call it, if it does not produce that spirit
in you, that inclination which is divine? And if that inclination
and that spirit manifest themselves in anything, they show
in divine manner. Neither in the graciousness of a king, nor
in the subservience of a slave one will find that dignity
and that humility which divine manner gives.
Is not man the seed of God? Is it then not his life's
purpose to bring forth divine blossoms? It is not by working
wonders that man shows his divine origin, nor is it by possessing
extraordinary powers. If in anything divine origin is seen
it is in the aristocracy of the human soul, it is in the
democracy of the human ego. In the world we see that there
is aristocracy and that there is democracy, but in spiritual
unfoldment these two become one, culminating in real perfection.
A flower proves to be genuine by its fragrance, a jewel
proves to be genuine by its radiance, a fruit proves to
be genuine by its sweetness, a soul proves to be genuine
by its manner. Therefore, manner is not to be disregarded.
This is something to take notice of first. All studies,
practices, silences and meditations aside, this is the main
thing: to express God in all one does, especially in the
manner one shows towards another.