That is the essence of what we do in our daily life. Contentment in wealth creation is important,” said Chishtyji, quoting an Urdu couplet: Tera dayar hai dar-us-salam ya zhwaja/Tajjaliya hai nayi subh-o-shaam ya khwaja/na fikr main na game- jam tere maston ko/Teri ek nigah se chalta hai kaam khwaja – ‘those who are intoxicated with divine love, they have no sorrow and no fear, for they have nothing to lose.’
He asked the audience, when we don’t know for sure if we are in control of our own breath, what is there to lose or gain? Who in the world with all the power and wealth, can claim for sure that they are in control of their own breath? Chishtyji said that in Sufism, there is a maqam, station, of Ishq-e-haqiqi, divine love. To get closer to divine love, it is essential to go through Ishq-e-majazi, worldly love. “Often people think that worldly love is bad, but it is not. Ishq-e-majazi is a way towards Ishq-e-haqiqi.Worldly love is the love that you have for your mother and father, the love we have for our loved ones, the love we have for a good house and a good lifestyle; it is all right to have it,” said Chishtyji, explaining that there is seclusion on the spiritual path and when you go for meditation for 10-40 days, acquire spiritual awareness and understanding, then you have to come back and serve society.
“Our prayers, meditation, roja, beads and haj are important, but they are not for the Creator. These are gifts of the Creator to creation so that it can be closer to the Creator. Be in service of makhluq, creation, to reach Khaliq, the Creator,” said Chishtyji, recalling that a Sufi Sheikh in Bosnia once said to him that “we have to be careful of ishqe- hamara, the lower self and nafs, egoistic pursuits.” Responding to a question on ways through which an individual can cultivate kindness, Om Swami said, “There is always subjectivity that comes into play. If I am not kind to myself, I will find it hard to be kind to others, because kindness requires strength. It’s like travelling in a plane where they tell you to put the oxygen mask on yourself first before you put it on your co-passenger. Only then can you help others.” Swamiji said that he meets a lot of people who are extremely self-critical and he is yet to meet a parent who doesn’t feel that he could have done something more for his child.
“We live in a world where we constantly compare ourselves with other people and we start to feel that ‘I am not enough.’ Such a person cannot be kind,” said Swamiji.
The Rabbi added that in Judaism, they believe God created all in his own image and likeness. God is abundant in love; he is kind, forgiving and tolerant and we should cultivate these virtues in our daily lives.
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