Being the Truth

“Truth is simple. But for the very reason that it is simple, people will not take it; because our life on earth is such that for everything we value, we have to pay a great price and one wonders, if truth is the most precious of all things, then how can truth be attained simply? It is this illusion that makes everyone deny simple truth and seek for complexity. Tell people about something that makes their heads whirl round and round and round. Even if they do not understand it, they are most pleased to think, ‘It is something substantial. It is something solid. For, it is an idea we cannot understand, it must be something lofty.’ But something which every soul knows, proving what is divine in every soul, and which it cannot help but know, that appears to be too cheap, for the soul already knows it. There are two things: knowing and being. It is easy to know truth, but most difficult to be truth. It is not in knowing truth that life’s purpose is accomplished; life’s purpose is accomplished in being truth.”—Sufi Hazrat Inayat Khan

Hazrat Yahya Bin Muaaz (RA) said: “Your brother is he who alerts you to your faults, and your true friend is he who warns you of your sins.”
Hazrat Dawood Taai (RA) said: “Appoint an affectionate friend to constantly remind you of your faults.”

“People are of two kinds, either your brothers in faith or your equals in humanity.”
– Hazrat Ali (RA)

“Remain silent until you are requested to speak, for that is better than speaking until you are requested to become silent.”
– Imam Ali (RA)

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