The Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan

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This all shows us that this ideal has only culminated in man. Call it religion, wisdom, learning, whatever one wishes, the only really human thing is idealism. As soon as a man begins to think, "These are my parents, and I would like to take care of them, so that they may not have the cares and struggles of life", he shows idealism. Then the ideal extends to his neighbors: "When I was young I could not help them; now I can help them, and I will look after my neighbor home and protect him from robbery." Then comes consideration for his life's partner, the queen of the home. As man then sees the beauty of life, he begins to develop his thoughts and imagination, making beautiful forms which shape themselves into beautiful ideals.