The Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan

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Question: When should we be active and when passive?
Answer: Suppose a person goes on a bicycle in the streets of Paris and says, "I shall go straight on, because my object is just to keep the line I have taken. If a motor-car comes my way, I shall not mind it, I shall just go on." This person will come against something which is more powerful than he and he will destroy himself. The wise cyclist, therefore, will see that there is a vehicle before him, or that the road is blocked: he will take another way. At the time it is just a little hindrance, yet that resignation makes him safe from disaster and gives him a chance to strike another line by which he will come to the same destination.