The Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan

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Therefore when a person has arrived at that pitch, he lives in virtue. For him virtue is not a thing which from time to time he expresses or experiences, but his life itself is virtue; what he says and does and what is done to him is all virtue; and that shows that virtue is not one little experience. Virtue is purity of life. Really I would not consider virtue a worthwhile thing if it came and went away. It is only worthwhile when it lives with us, when we can depend upon it and when we can live and move and have our being in it. That is worthwhile. If it only came for a moment, and if it visited us for one minute, it is not a virtue and we would rather not have it. We would rather prefer poverty to the wealth which came for a moment and went away. Therefore, this is the stage when man begins to understand what virtue means. He begins to see a glimpse of virtue. What he knew before he thought to be virtue, but now life in its entirety becomes virtue to him; he lives in it and life to him means virtue. Properly speaking, it is lack of life which is sin.