In Mystical Islam, it is said: The overshadowing desire for the world has deprived man of the object of his desire. Everything other than Wholeness is leading you astray, be it your throne, kingdom or crown.
Are the Sufis saying not to have happiness, health, prosperity, etc.? No, not according to the teachers I have been listening to. Living from our Core, our Heart, is living from our True Nature. We are not those things outside of us.
True Happiness comes from within. What truly satisfies us is knowing who we are; knowing that we are eternal spirits, part and parcel of God. Knowing this…I mean truly knowing this (and all that comes with it)…will keep you centered and coming from your heart.
We can work hard to attain the things we desire in life, that is our part. We can become a good husband or wife, mother or father, son or daughter, employee or employer, friend or partner. We can enjoy the fruits/results from the things we desire, if they come. If they don’t come, maybe there are some adjustments to be made. But after a while, it is important that we understand that we must not become overshadowed if we do not get the results we desire. Know that there is something else for you in the greater scheme of life. From everything we receive to everything we do not receive, life is teaching us something about ourselves.
What has life taught you today?
Next week: Living from the Core of Our Being: From the Perspective of Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity.
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