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Being a Pupil First!

I went to pick up my mail a month ago and found Amazon had sent me a book that I hadn't ordered. It was called "The Heart Of Sufism". I checked to see if I had opened up someone else mail---nope, there was my name! So I looked through the enclosed air bill and saw that it was gift from one of my retreat clients! How wonderful! I remember her saying that my teaching reminded her of Sufism! I know nothing about that philosophy so I was curious. I opened to the page below and right away I thought--"Wow, someone else is talking about this idea of learning how to learn---or as I call it--deep-listening on retreat! Cool! Here you go:

"The difficulty in the spiritual path is always what comes from ourselves. Man does not like to be a pupil; he likes to be a teacher. If man only knew that the greatness and perfection of the great ones, who have come from time to time to this world, was in their pupil-ship, and not in teaching! The greater the teacher, the better the pupil he was. He learned from everyone, the great and the lowly, the wise and the foolish, the old and the young. He learned from their lives and studied human nature in all its aspects."

The one who learns to tread the spiritual path must become as an empty cup in order that the wine of music and harmony may be poured down into his heart. You may ask: "How can one become an empty cup?" I shall tell you how cups show themselves filled, instead of being empty. Often a person comes to me and says: "Here I am. Can you help me spiritually?" And I answer: "Yes." But then he says: "I want to know first of all what you think about life and death, or about the beginning and the end." And then I wonder what his attitude will be if his previously conceived opinion does not agree with mine. He wants to learn, yet he does not want to be empty. That means, going to the stream of water with one's cup covered up: wanting the water, and yet the cup is closed, filled with preconceived ideas. Where have the preconceived ideas come from? No idea can be called one's own! All ideas have been learned from one source or another, but in time one comes to think that they are one's own. For these ideas one will argue and dispute, although they do not satisfy fully. At the same time, they are one's battleground, and all the time they will keep the cup covered up."

Mystics therefore have adopted a different way. They have learned a different course, and that course is self-effacement, or, in other words, unlearning what one has learned. They say in the East that the first thing that is learned is to understand how to become a pupil. They do not first learn what God is, or what life is. The first thing to learn is how to become a pupil. One may think that in this way one loses one's individuality. But what is individuality? Is it not that which is collected? What are one's ideas and opinions? They are just collected knowledge. This should be unlearned. How can one unlearn? You would say that the character of the mind is such that what one learns is engraved upon it, and how then can one unlearn it? Unlearning is completing knowledge. To see a person and say: "That person is wicked"-that is learning. To see further, and recognize something good in that person-that is unlearning. When you see the goodness in someone whom you have called wicked, you have unlearned. You have unraveled that knot. You have once said: "I hate that person"-that is learning. And then you say: "Oh no, I can like him, or I can pity him." When you say that, you have seen with two eyes. First you learn by seeing with one eye; then you learn to see with two eyes. That makes sight complete."

All that we have learned in this world is partial knowledge, and when this is uprooted by another point of view, then we have knowledge in its completed form. That is called mysticism. Why is it called mysticism? Because it cannot be put into words. Words will show us one side of it, but the other side is beyond words. This does not mean that our learning is of no use. It is of great use. It -gives us the power of discrimination and of discerning differences. This makes the intelligence sharp and the sight keen, so that we understand the value of things and their use. It is all part of human evolution, and all useful. So we must learn first, and unlearn afterwards." - The Heart of Sufism by Hazrat Inayat Khan

A Ho,






This is the support video for the "Deep Listening " Assignment Group in Spiritual Warrior Online Program. Each week the members have a different group of assignments to help them create a breakthrough in that area.

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