Harmony, Part 3 from Gemma Erickson and Gayan Galik

Beloved Sisters and Brothers,

The work of the Sufi Message “is to waken the consciousness of humanity to the true nature of love, harmony, and beauty.” To cultivate love, harmony, and beauty, Hazrat Inayat Khan encourages us to not give our attention to the faults of others, reminding us to take notice and charge of the disharmonies that arise within our self.

May the seeds of Love, Harmony and Beauty be cultivated through our thought and action.

With Loving regard and prayers for an enlightened world,
KarimaGita and Gayan




Social Gatheka, No. 4, Harmony, Part 3
by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Now the question is what is it that causes disharmony within oneself? It is weakness. Physical weakness or mental weakness, but it is weakness. Very often, therefore, one finds that it is bodily illness that causes disharmony and disharmonious tendencies. Besides, there are many diseases of the mind which the scientist has not yet found. Today in the world there are two things. One thing is that a person, who is too ill perhaps, is considered as an insane person, and then there are all other illnesses which are not counted at all. These people are counted among the sane people and as notice is not taken of the defects which are of the diseases of the mind, man never has a chance to notice them within himself. He is constantly finding fault with others. If he is in an office, if he is in a good position, if he is at home, everywhere he causes disharmony. Nobody knows, for to be treated as insane he must first be called insane.

The health of the mind is a question so little talked about in these days. In fact, as there come more solicitors, more lawyers, more barristers, more courts and more judges, so there come more cases. Consequently, prisons increase, and what is the outcome? After a person has gone to prison and comes back, he has forgotten where he was. He goes again in the same path. For the disease is not found out. In court, a person is judged, but it is not found out psychologically what causes him to do this. One can find in these prisons thousands of people with whose minds there is something the matter. And if for a thousand years they were kept in prison, they would not improve. Nothing but injustice is awarded to them by putting them in prison. It is just like putting a person in prison because his body is ill.

The cause of every discomfort and of every failure is disharmony. And what would be the most useful thing at the present moment in education is to give the sense of harmony, to develop it in children. It will not be so difficult as it appears to bring harmony to their notice. What is necessary is to point out to the youths the different aspects of harmony, in different aspects of life's affairs.

The work of the Sufi Message, a message which is of love, harmony, and beauty, is to waken the consciousness of humanity to the true nature of love, harmony, and beauty. And the training...is to cultivate these three things, which are principle factors in human life.



Reflection

How do we begin to waken our consciousness to the true nature of love, harmony, and beauty? As a first step, Hazrat Inayat Khan taught in Harmony, Part 2:

...one must first practice to stand firm against all that comes from within,
from one's own self.

Noting mankind's tendency toward finding fault with others, Hazrat Inayat Khan presents us the opportunity to practice observing this tendency in our self. When we give attention to the fault of another, we might observe within our self, the disharmony that is in this thought. This returns us to practice standing firm against all disharmony that comes from within ones' self.

Overlook the greatest fault of another, but do not partake of it in the smallest degree.
Gayan, Hazrat Inayat Khan

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