Counsellor May

Worldly Successful People

from: Hazrat Inayat Khan -

The Purpose of Life - Connected to the Earth

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Do we only see human beings of Inner Life among those who are sitting in the caves of the Himalayas? Do we not see wonderful personalities in the midst of the world? Very often people say that a person who has struggled along all through his life with business and industry and worldly things has become hardened. But I think that the one who has really gained victory over the earth, who really has made a success which can be called a success, has learned something from it.

Not everyone becomes successful in earthly affairs; it is one among many. And the one who comes to the top has had his difficulties, has had his problems; his endurance, his patience have been tested. He has gone through a sacrifice. He has understood human nature, standing in the midst of the crowd. Maybe he has not read one book of philosophy, not meditated one day, still he has arrived at a plane, at an understanding, where he knows something worth knowing.

I considered myself most privileged at times when I had conversations with business people, with human beings who were always busy with the affairs of the earth and who had really reached the top; and I have simply marvelled to think that instead of hardening them it has softened their nature to some extent, it has given them a sense which can come by Inner understanding, which is a religious sense; it has developed a fairness in them. By having gone through this world of injustice and having seen what one sees in the business world, they have come to a point of honesty where we begin to see life from a different point of view.

And besides that, if anyone ever comes forward and says, ‘For a philanthropic purpose, for the good of humanity, I give so many millions for education, for the hospitals’, it is they who do it. And I would very much wonder if a recluse who has always kept himself away from money, if he had the charge of many millions, would like to share with anyone. The point is, whether a person is earthly or heavenly, to be true to the purpose of life is the first moral we have to learn. For even an earthly purpose, however material it may seem, will prove in the end to be a stepping-stone even if we had nothing but that ideal before us.

No doubt all things pertaining to the earth have their influence upon a person. It hardens us, it makes our heart cold and takes away that tender sentiment that we have towards our dear ones, towards those whom we love and on whom we depend, towards our fellow-humans. It makes us more and more greedy, and greed makes us unjust. Human beings become covetous, and their cup of desire is never filled; they are never satisfied. The more that comes, the less there seems to be there.

Nevertheless, if we do not go through this experience, which is a human’s test, and we travel by another way, then we have given up a great experience, an experience which really makes the soul noble. A person whom you would otherwise not have understood for ten years, you can understand in one day as soon as there is a question of money. It at once brings out what is hidden in that person.

This shows that it is a great test, a test through which we should go, and we should experience a path which is a part of our destiny. There fore a religious human being, of the Inner Life, even if he looks with contempt at a person engaged in the things of the earth, should recognize that it is his path, and a path which is his religion.

If this human being proves to be honest in his business dealings, if he keeps his heart open to those dear and near to him, those to whom he has his obligations, if he keeps the flame of his love of mankind lit in his heart through it all, in the end he will arrive at a stage where he is greater than a saint, because he has kept alive the flame of saintliness through a continually blowing wind.

Inner Life is in no way a hindrance to worldly progress.

A worldly success when gained through the power of Inner Life

has a stronger foundation.



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