The living heart has the same quality as the primal being
of God, and it is because of this that the heart of man
is the greatest magnet there is. The primal aspect of the
divine Being, as it is said in the Bible, is love. The manifestation
of the same principle in its fullness is to be found in
the heart of man, and thus the awakening of the heart is
in fact the awakening of God. In the person whose heart
is not awakened, God is not yet awakened.
There is nothing in the world that draws people closer
together than sympathy. A simple answer to the question
as to what attracts and what repulses, will be that sympathy
attracts and that antipathy gives a feeling of repulsion.
Some people have sympathy for one person and antipathy for
another, but when they feel antipathy for somebody this
eats up the magnetism which is created in their hearts by
sympathy, and therefore they will always lack magnetism.
What is created on one side is used up on the other side.
Heart quality is that which attracts not only mankind
but even animals and birds When traveling abroad we very
often meet a person who does not know one word of our language,
and yet we feel a silent friendship with him. He may not
speak, but his heart speaks and our heart hears it. The
living heart is such a phenomenon that it needs no pleading.
A sympathetic person need not say, 'I like you very much.'
Sympathy speaks for itself. The voice of the heart reaches
us before a word is uttered. The voice of the heart is louder,
the words that the heart speaks are clearer than the words
of any language. No barrier remains when the heart draws
a person, neither land nor water, for the heart is a phenomenon
in itself. If there is anything in man that can be called
living it is the heart, not heart in the physical sense
but in the mystical sense.
There are three reasons why a person may be attracted
to another: in one case the heart quality of the one is
the same as that of the other with only very little difference;
then they are attracted. The second reason is that the heart
quality of the one is quite opposite to that of the other.
And the third reason is that in the one there is a heart
and in the other there is a stone.
The explanation of the first of these three rules is
that like attracts like. A sympathetic person is naturally
drawn towards a loving person. The explanation of the second
rule is that the one has certain heart qualities and the
other has other heart qualities. The qualities of the one
supplement those of the other. Together, therefore, they
make a complete heart; that is why they are drawn together.
One will often see two people of quite different qualities
who are yet great friends. And the explanation of the third
rule is that what is most fine seeks for what is most dense
in order to express itself. Are not souls attracted to the
dense earth in order to be born as mortal beings? Are not
souls living in the angelic world attracted to a human body,
donning it in order to be walking under the sun? If heaven
can be attracted to the earth, then a most spiritual person
can be attracted to a most material one. What is fine cannot
exist without what is dense, and what is dense cannot exist
without what is fine. Therefore, two opposite poles, meeting
together, form a perfect whole.
The other law is the law of repulsion. It is possible
for a sympathetic person to become friends with a quite
unsympathetic one, but there is often repulsion between
a sympathetic person and one who is half-sympathetic, as
there is between the wise and the half-wise. They cannot
get along together. The wise can get along better with the
foolish than with someone who is half-wise. The latter makes
life very difficult for the wise man.
Another reason for repulsion is the inharmonious grouping
of the qualities of two people. In other words, the qualities
of the one do not blend with those of the other. Both may
have lovable qualities, but they may be so different that
they cannot blend, and then there comes repulsion.
The third reason for repulsion is that there is no echo
of sympathy to be found in the other. Even in what we call
a heartless person one expects to find an echo of one's
own sympathy, but when one does not find that echo, then
it is like standing before an iron wall. It is then that
We read in ancient legends that the saints, the illuminated
souls, spoke with birds and animals. What language did they
speak? It was the language of the heart. We read in the
Bible of the Twelve Apostles understanding all languages.
What was it? It was the awakening of the heart. Once the
heart is awakened we begin to understand another's language
before a word is spoken. Birds and beasts apart, sympathy
has an influence even on trees and plants. A sympathetic
person creates an atmosphere which naturally attracts another.
Worthy or unworthy, both are drawn by sympathy.
There are some who are capable of sympathy, and there
are others who are not capable of it. Nevertheless, everyone
possesses a heart. Either it is living or it is dead, and
if it is living it has magnetism. The more living it is,
the more magnetism it has. Without magnetism the heart is
dead, or one should rather say that it is not yet awakened,
that it is asleep.
It is the greatest pity when the heart awakens and then
goes to sleep again. This is worse than not awakening. If
it is awakened and keeps awake its magnetism becomes stronger
and stronger because the power of the heart becomes greater
and greater, and what it can attract is beyond words to
explain. Souls who have the power of wonder-working, of
performing miracles, do this through the power of the heart.
And the power of the heart is the power of God. In Sufi
terms an awakened heart is called Sahib-i Dil, which
means master-mind. If anyone has ever heard the word within,
it is he whose heart is awakened; for the Speaker speaks
all the time while the heart is mostly asleep. If the heart
is awakened it can hear the whisper which comes from within.
When disagreement arises between friends, when sympathy
turns into antipathy, when sweet turns into bitter, and
when one asks them why it is so, what do they say? 'The
other one does not understand.' Probably they will both
say the same. Very few will say, 'I did not understand the
other.' Most people will say, 'The other does not understand
me.' But why must there be this lack of understanding? What
causes it? It is lack of sympathy. No words can ever make
a person understand. It is the heart alone which can convey
its full meaning to the other heart, for there are subtle
waves of sympathy, there are delicate perceptions of feelings
such as gratefulness, admiration, kindness, which cannot
be put into words. Words are too inadequate to explain the
finer feelings. It is the heart quality which can express
itself fully, and again it is the heart quality which can
understand fully. Would it therefore be an exaggeration
to say that as long as the heart is not awakened a man is
as though dead? It is after the awakening of the heart that
a man begins to live.
Then there is the question of how to develop this magnetism
which is more powerful than all the other influences and
qualities of man. The answer is that one should not try
to develop the power of magnetism. This in itself would
be an error. To develop a quality in order to draw others?
For that reason? It is a selfish reason, and selfishness
stands in the way of magnetism. Magnetism comes from having
no desire for any such powers, but allowing this quality
of the heart to develop naturally; for love is the plant
of God, and it needs no water to grow. It is life itself,
it has power in itself to grow and to expand, if only we
do not close our heart. What is necessary on the part of
man is not to keep it from developing. And in cases where
we find lack of sympathy in people, it is not that their
heart did not have sympathy, but only that it is closed,
either intentionally or unintentionally. To say that someone
is loveless is like saying that there is no water beneath
a certain piece of land. There is no land which has no water
in its depths, and if one has the patience to dig deep enough
there is no heart that will seem to be without sympathy.
All the beauty of life manifests to the view of him whose
heart is awakened. To the extent to which a heart is opened,
to that extent the horizon of beauty manifests to his view.
It is not only that the awakened heart draws man nearer,
but a living heart also draws God closer. It is as in the
story of a Persian king, to whom his Grand Vizir said, 'All
day long you give your time to the work of the state and
at night you are occupied in devotion to God. Why is this?'
The king answered, 'At night I pursue God, so that during
the day God will follow me!' People talk about magic. Can
there be greater magic than the quality of heart? The most
melodious song, the most beautiful poetry, is the fine feeling
of a living heart.