Bowl of Saki, May 2, by Hazrat Inayat Khan.

The truth need not be veiled, for it veils itself from the eyes of the ignorant.

Commentary by Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan

The soul, absorbed in its child-like fancies in things that it values and to which it gives importance, and in the beings to which it attaches itself, blinds itself by the veils of its illusion. Thus it covers with a thousand veils its own truth from its own eyes.


Truth is vaster than any frame we can make to put it in. Besides, no matter what frame we make for truth to be presented in, an unawakened soul will never see it, but will only see the frame.


With still another step further there comes the realization which may be called revelation. When the soul is tuned to that state, then the eyes and the ears of the heart are open to see and hear the word that comes from all sides. In point of fact every atom of this world, either in heaven or earth, speaks and speaks aloud. It is the deaf ears of the heart and the closed eyes of the soul which prevent man from seeing and hearing it. There is a verse of a Hindustani poet which says:

0′ self, it is not the fault of the divine Beloved
that you do not see Him, that you do not hear Him.
He is continually before you and He is continually speaking to you.
If you do not hear it and if you do not see it, it is your own fault.

It is for this purpose that every soul has been created and it is in the fulfillment of this that man fulfills the object of God. When the spark that is to be found in every heart, the spark that may be called the divine spark in man, is blown upon and the flame arises, the whole life becomes illuminated and man hears and sees and knows, and he understands. A Sufi poet says that every leaf of the tree becomes like a page of the sacred book when the heart is open to read it and when the soul has opened its eyes.


We may ask ourselves, ’Who is another?’ Then we realize that in the true sense of being there is but One. When the veil of ignorance is raised there is no longer any ’I’ and ’you’, but only the One exists. This is the teaching of the Bible and of all scriptures.


Man is the most egoistic being in creation. He keeps himself veiled from God, the perfect Self within, by the veil of his imperfect self, which has formed his false ego. … and when the ego is absolutely crushed, then God remains within and without, in both planes, and none exists save He.


   ~~~ The truth need not be veiled, for it veils itself from the eyes of the ignorant.


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