The Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan

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Yet, however unhappy a person may be in his life, if he were asked, "Would you prefer to be a rock rather than a human being?", his answer would be that he would rather suffer and be a human being than be a rock. Whatever be the condition of a man's life, if he were asked, "Would you rather be a tree than a man?", he would choose to be a human being. And although the life of the birds and beasts is so free from care and troubles, so free in the forest, yet if a man were asked whether he would prefer to be one of them and be in the forest, he would surely prefer to be a man.