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Hazrat Inayat Khan
The purpose of life is to attain to mastery; this is the motive of the
spirit, and it is through this motive at the back of it that the whole
universe is created. The different stages from mineral to vegetable and from
vegetable to the animal kingdom, and from animal to man, are the awakening
of the spirit towards mastery. By using the mineral and the vegetable
kingdoms and controlling the animal kingdom for his service, man shows in
the first place that in him is awakened that spirit by which the whole
universe was created.
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His power of knowing, of understanding, of utilizing to the best advantage,
is the sign of mastery. But at the same time there is one enemy that man
has, and that enemy is limitation; and the spirit of limitation is always a
hindrance to realizing the spirit of mastery and practicing it. Those who at
some time or other in their lives have realized this principal object for
which man is born, have then tried to develop that spirit of mastery in
order to defend themselves.
The process of going from limitation to perfection is called mysticism.
Mysticism means developing from limitation to perfection. All pain and
failure belong to limitation; all pleasure and success belong to perfection.
In one's own surroundings, one will find that those who are unhappy and
dissatisfied with life and who make others unhappy, are those who are more
limited; those who can help themselves and help others, who are happy and
bring pleasure into the lives of others, are nearer to perfection.
What is meant by limitation and what by perfection? These are only
conditions of the consciousness. When one is conscious of limitation, one is
limited; when one is conscious of perfection, one is perfect. Because he who
is limited in the limited consciousness is the same as he who is perfect in
the perfect consciousness. To give an example: there was a son of a rich man
who had plenty of money put in his name in the bank. But he did not know
this; and when he wished to spend some money he found very little in his
pocket. This made him limited. In reality his father had put a large sum in
the bank, but he was not conscious of it. It is exactly the same with every
soul. Every soul is conscious of what it possesses and is unconscious of
what is put in its name. What is within one's reach, one feels to be one's
own, but what does not seem to be within one's reach one considers to be
outside. This is natural. But wisdom opens a door to look out and see if
that which seems outside is not meant to be known too...