"O mankind! Now hath a proof from your Lord come unto you, and We have sent down unto you a clear light."
— Holy Qur'an 4:175
Candle Posts :: Motivational Gems for Higher Spiritual Enlightenment
:: Candle Post #73 :: "To Be" or "To Have"? ::
Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim
In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Ya Ali Madad! This is the first post for 2010. First of all, I would like to wish all of you a Happy New Year! May NOOR Mowlana Hazar Imam bless you and your loved ones with joy, happiness, prosperity, inner peace and perfect balance!
Men may be divided almost any way we please, but I found the most useful distinction to be made between those who devote their lives to conjugating the verb "to be", and those who spend their lives conjugating the verb "to have."
—Sydney J. Harris (Readers' Digest Quotable Quotes: Wit and wisdom for all occasions, 1971. p.67)
"To achieve worldly prosperity is necessary but it more essential to excel in spiritual progress. To attend to worldly business is incumbent but the affairs of the next world are important than this. This should never be forgotten."
—Noor Mowlana Sultan Muhammad Shah, Nairobi, 30-3-1945
"I do not want my spiritual children to forget that life on earth is but a very short passage in eternity, and you must not believe that you are here for what is only one existence and thereafter you have to account for nothing."
—Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam, Lahore, 25-11-1964
"The tendency during your lifetime, during your children's lifetime, will be to ignore the spiritual side of their lives, this will be the tendency. None of you must ignore this, you will be unhappy and your children will be unhappy, because it is not possible to live and not practise one's faith, nor do Ibadat (bandagi) and yet be happy."
—Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam, Dacca, 5-12-1964
"As the material world around you becomes less meaningful, less significant, less important, let the spiritual world become more and more predominant in your lives, so that by the end of your lives you have made that Link very, very short."
—Noor Mowlana Hazar Imam, Dacca, 18-11-1977
"It is said in a Hadith-i qudsi: "O My servant! Obey me, I will make you like My Image (mithal = surat-i Rahman) everliving that you will never die, mighty that you will never be humiliated and rich that you will never be needy." (Arba rasa'il Isma'iliyyah, p.15). This is the teaching of the paradise of knowledge (obtained through bandagi, i.e., meditation of ism-i azam) and the greatest glad news."
-- A Thousand Wisdoms, Tawil number 77, p.53.