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by Hazrat Inayat Khan, Sufi Poet and Mystic.
Bowl of Saki for October 4
THERE ARE THOSE WHO ARE LIKE A LIGHTED CANDLE: THEY CAN LIGHT OTHER CANDLES BUT THE OTHER CANDLES MUST BE OF WAX -- IF THEY ARE OF STEEL, THEY CANNOT BE LIGHTED.
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Buzurg is one who can kindle the hearts of others even without speech; his or her personality alone may be able to accomplish this. Every one is a potential Buzurg, which is to say, Bodhisattva -- the essential nature of the Sufi Buzurg being the same as that of the Buddhist Bodhisattva. Such a one is an instrument of the Spirit of Guidance
, the incarnate spirit of the Divine Master.
Buzurg can affect most everybody, but in two ways. Some are like the wax candle, that once the heart is kindled it is always kindled. It may require some effort to light it, but once the flame appears the rest is sure. In these there is the fire of love. But others are like the piece of iron or steel which is magnetized in the presence of some force but does not retain its magnetism. Often these souls appear brilliant, even highly inspired in the presence of Buzurg, but elsewhere and otherwise they are no different from ordinary people.
The really hard-hearted ones have as much fire, as much energy, even as much love as others, but their direction in life is wrong; they become attached to this wrong direction and in the end lose all hope and all permanent success.
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