In all the different forms that exist in the world one sees more or less the
sign of heavenly light: in the colour and fragrance of the flowers, in the
brightness and radiance of the precious stones. At the same time we see that,
although every form expresses divine light, some forms have greater light than
others. Not only the human being is attracted to the light, but also the birds
and animals of the forest are attracted to the light. That shows that the sign
of Heaven on earth is light, and that light can be seen in all forms. The
clearest form that reflects this light is taken by the human being, as the ideal
of beauty. No doubt, the beauty in the form is the limited perception of beauty,
but the beauty of the spirit expresses the heavenly light more. We see it even
in the animal kingdom, in the dog and the cat who have the tendency to love
their master. It shows us that the almighty light is expressed even in a small
insignificant creature like the hen which, when with its young ones, is ready to
fight even a horse. So the divine quality, in whatever form it is expressed,
shows that it is no human quality, it is heavenly.
Light expresses itself in different forms, but there is one form or expression
of light that is greater than all other forms, and that form is called guidance.
Do not think that this quality does not exist in the lower creatures. There is a
well-known story how an elephant leads the flock of elephants. Again the leader
of a herd shows to us that their courage is far greater, when there is a spirit
to guide its fellows. Of course, in man God has finished His creation. We read
in the Scriptures that God made man in His own image, and so the Spirit of
Guidance is more expressed in the human being than in any other creature.
Man has always neglected to realize the meaning of this phrase in the Scriptures
"We have created man on Our own image". If he would understand the deep meaning
of this phrase, volumes of Scripture would become opened to his heart. Man has
always given importance to the external personality instead of recognizing that
spiritual part, which is the Spirit of Guidance. For instance, if one would only
think of the words that Christ has said: "I am Alpha and Omega", which means "I
am the first and the last". The one who has been the first and who can be the
last cannot be absent in-between. By saying "I am the first and the last" Christ
pointed to that Spirit of Guidance with which Jesus Christ was inspired to speak
to humanity. He did not point to his external self, he pointed to his inner
person. He did not point to the person who comes and goes in different forms,
but he pointed to that Spirit of Guidance which is always there.
The Father in Heaven, whose children are on earth, cannot neglect them
throughout thousand years and just look after them for a little period. If one
could only think of what is working in the love of a kind mother, in the
kindness of a father, in the innocence of a child, in the goodness of a kind
friend! Through this human love works the divine light, the Spirit of Guidance,
which is first and which is last.
Of course, as human beauty is limited, as we are limited, so we limit Christ,
and so we limit God. It is not the fault of man, because from childhood all he
has learned was limited and all through his life he has been limited . When that
Alpha and Omega appeared in the form of Jesus, do you think that the whole world
ran to him and believed in him? On the contrary, nobody would listen. After how
many hundred years the word began to shine and the world began to wonder if he
were Alpha and Omega! I once heard a person say, "If the same Jesus Christ
appeared today and claimed to be so, I would be the first to refuse to believe
Man is proud, man is confused. Man would rather worship the sun or an idol than
recognize the Spirit in his fellowman. There is nothing in the world that
expresses the divine Spirit, the Spirit of Guidance, so much as man himself -
although the plants and flowers also are constantly expressing it. When Moses
came, the people of his time did not recognize him. It was the same with Krishna
and the same again with Buddha who had to leave his country.
A Hindustani poet has said, "Mankind has always ignored its true well-wisher".
There have been reasons for this. They have given importance to the personality
mentioned in traditions instead of recognizing the inner voice of Christ, which
comes from all sides, and the heart that has ever been ready to give itself to
the service of humanity to warn and to awaken it. A great light has been
inspired by that Spirit of Guidance which is the very Christ-Spirit. But when
man should listen to that call toward Heaven, he wishes that call to come from
Man's doubt is partly due to the fact that he is not sure of himself. He begins
to doubt and to suspect and so he no more hears the voice of God. The Spirit of
Guidance, Alpha and Omega, is vouchsafed to you, coming from within and from
without, from your friends and through your neighbours. The divine Spirit cannot
be so small as the human body and, looking at the man, one sees the human being,
not the Spirit behind him, the Spirit of Guidance.
Then there is another habit that man has: he judges everyone. Whether the other
person is more or less evolved, he wants to judge him from his own point of
view. To avoid this error and to correct man Christ says, "Judge ye not, that ye
may not be judged", but man does not stop judging his fellowman. He judges
saints and sages, the Messengers of God, and goes still further. After this war
and disaster so many souls have given up their religion for the reason that they
have judged, thinking "so many things have happened that my conscience cannot
justify". There is no comparison between the justice of man and that of God. Man
cannot even be compared to God as one compares a child to a grown-up person. He
does not even know when it will be the time for him to grow up and to
understand. In order to understand, man ought to be Jesus Christ, so evolved as
to see things from that point of view. The fool cannot judge the point of view
of the wise man. How can man understand God or His Messengers sent on the earth?
We see that Christ, the seer, from the earth can see the light of God; and that
light of God illumes every heart of the East or of the West. It does not matter
to what nation or race he belongs, every soul is illuminated by the divine
light. Some hearts are covered and some have their doors open, that is the
There is a stream of the Spirit of God and that stream is called the Message. A
Hindustani poet says, "There are many mountains, but the Himalayas are the most
known; there are many springs and many streams, but the stream that comes from
the Himalayas is the most beautiful". The stream of that divine light shines in
every heart, but the stream of the Message is called the Message.
The Message of God is no man's property, it can be no human enterprise. A human
courage and human power cannot sustain the burden of mankind. The Message stands
in God's strength and He alone has power enough to bear it. Any prophet, saint
or sage, if he brought this Message to the world, it was not by his human
strength. It was in the strength of God Himself. God Himself can bear this
burden, no man has the strength.
Man has been awakened by the sound of a thousand trumpets in his ears, but he
continued to sleep. Someone perhaps opened his eyes, but most have continued to
dream. The world is no different than it was in the past.
The Sufi Message is destined to bring to he world the call to reawaken the
Christ-Spirit, which is hidden in every heart. Every human being may find within
him the Spirit of Guidance. The conflicts, that exist today between nations and
races and people of different religions, may cease to exist, if man may but see
the true Spirit hidden in his fellowman. Sufism is not a new sect, it is the
religion of every soul, which has always existed and will always exist. Sufis
preached forever that man should live his own religion to find the Spirit of
Guidance in his own heart.