The Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan

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The point of religion, looking at the subject from the spiritual point of view, is illustrated by a story told in India of the magic lantern which Aladdin saw. What is this magic lantern? This magic lantern is hidden in the heart of every soul. For the time being its light becomes covered and the tragedy of life comes from this covering of light. Why does one seek for happiness? Because happiness is one's own being. It not because one loves happiness or would like to be happy, but one is happiness oneself. And why does one seek for it? One seeks for it because one is happiness, and yet when one finds the happiness closed one wants to look for it. The mistake one makes, and that perhaps every one makes, is that that happiness which could be found inside is sought outside.