The Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan

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These two paths are illustrated in a symbolical way by the words of Christ, "Take your sword and sheathe it." The taking of the sword means struggle, the covering of it is resignation. The necessity of these two paths is so great that it is not possible that one of them is ignored and only one of them is accepted. People often think that Sufism means pacifism, but it is not "passivism", it is activity and "passivism" both. It is the knowledge of the secret of man's life on earth, of what he needs for his character, for his condition.