is a gift which binds your Soul, and
there is a gift which frees you.
<2>Do not accept those
gifts which bind you, but only the ones
which free your Soul.
else, gift-giving is of three kinds.
When a gift is given to the right
person, at the right time, at the right
place (with the right ideation), it is
good and is from knowledge.
<4>When a gift is given
for a return or favor (with the wrong
ideation), it is from passion.
<5>Gifts given to the
wrong person, at the wrong place, at the
wrong time, are gifts from
<6>All gifts given to
the Lord, or those who have overcome and
use gifts for glorifying the Lord, are
is a virtue. Be hospitable from knowledge. Keep the company of other
spiritually awakened beings and share together your material
blessings. <8>Help each other in the path and talk about
God, His wonders, and
glorify only Him. Do not glorify men.
<9>Even if you
have nothing to offer to those who come to your house, offer them a
glass of water. <10>Hospitality warms the heart and brings
out the best in others.
is nothing but vibration ().
<12>The reason for so many diverse manifestations is only
because each of them are in a different level of vibration.
<13>As when we
put a pendulum in motion, and if there is another pendulum with the
same frequency close to this one, it will start to move without even
a touch, so music also vibrates different
centers) in the body.
and songs that affect lower
chakras will bring the
consciousness down, and unspiritual thoughts and uncontrollable
emotions will arise in the person.
that is about
God, played with spiritual
instruments, or accompanying a
mantra, will raise the consciousness to higher levels (higher
consciousness) and make the person come closer to
only such music is recommended to be listened to so that the human
can also in this aspect keep his consciousness immersed in
general it is not recommended to forget the self and become
hypnotized by the music too often. To stay in this state often makes
the music a tool for escaping from reality, and the person becomes a
daydreamer instead of dealing with the real world.
instruments that create sounds by vibrating the air, such as drums,
flutes, the organ, etc., are more spiritual than instruments with
strings (of course there are exceptions). <19>However, the
harp, bells, cymbals, sitar, and such instruments also can be
considered to be in higher levels.
which are used in music also should glorify the Lord, spirit, and
universe, but not man, or stimulate unworthy earthly emotions.
<21>The highest music is the Music of Heaven (of the
<22>It is the
duty of each person to take up an occupation and become perfect in
that work. <23>It does not matter what it is a man does but
how perfectly he does it.
worship," so the work should be done without any attachment to the
result. Work in silence for the sake of the work and its usefulness
in perfection. <25>The reward will come a hundredfold when
the work is done in this beneficial way. Those who work for reward
will never understand the joy of work.
<26>Do the work
at hand each day. Solve each day's problems in that day. <27>Never
delay in solving daily problems, and do not put them off for later
<28>When you are
perfect in your occupation, no one can make you a slave, because you
will be in demand for your perfect work.
occupations are especially recommended for men who are married.
<30>But those who have accepted a renunciate (sannyasin) life
should have an occupation of guiding others to the path of
enlightenment and be full-time workers for the Lord.
<31>(This is an
example for prayer. Pray to become an instrument for His Will; other
things that you need will be given to you. Be surrendered to what
happens to you, they are all good.)
Praise be to Thee, O
Hidden and Manifested ONE. Praise be to Thy Glory, to Thy
Might, to Thy Power, and to Thy Great Skill.
O Lord, to Thee all
greatness, power, beauty, and perfection belongs. Thou
Give us, O Lord, a
steadfast heart, which no unworthy affection may drag
downwards; give us an unconquered will, which no
can wear out; give us an upright mind, which no unworthy
purpose may tempt aside. Unto Thee we surrender.
(Source: Partly taken
from a Sufi Invocation and a prayer of St.