Khan, Hazrat Inayat – The Art of Being and Becoming - The eradication of suffering
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Hazrat Inayat Khan – The Art of Being and Becoming
[Man] is like a child who holds a rattle in his hand, hits his head with the rattle and cries at the pain, and yet does not throw the rattle away.
There are many who keep in their minds thoughts of illness or thoughts of unkindness done to them by another, and who suffer from it, yet not knowing what it is that makes them suffer so or understanding the reason of their suffering. They go on suffering, and yet hold on in memory the very source of suffering.
Memory must be one’s obedient servant; when it is master, life becomes difficult. Someone who cannot throw away from his memory what he does not desire to keep in mind is like a person who has a safe but has lost the key to that safe. He can put money in, but he cannot take it out. All faculties in man become invaluable when a person is able to use them at will, but when the faculties use the person, then he is no longer master of himself