Preface

Esoteric practices are not done in view of obtaining positive results for personal purposes, but rather with the object of attuning one's consciousness to a chosen Ideal, which can eventually become a source of inspiration, for the benefit of others.
In the understanding of this principle one is confronted with an Ideal that one is eventually determined to follow altruistically, resulting thereby in the revelation of Divine energy, hidden behind the human «I» concept.
When following a «principle» one develops more and more will power, and when released from that «principle» one finds oneself standing alone with the acquisition of will power. It then becomes obvious that the «principle» only lived on the life of one's own will power, and one is thereby confronted with the temptation of becoming just as intoxicated with that newly discovered «will power», as one was previously with one's principle.
In other words, whatever one concentrates upon becomes sooner or later the source of a «power» by which one can become intoxicated, unless one is prepared to liberate oneself from the acquisition of that power, in the discovery, that it was not one's own, but was only lent for a time, and only was a «power» at all, while one entertained the illusion that it was one's own.
Hidayat Inayat-Khan Katwijk, July 2000



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