The Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan

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Hearts can be of different kinds; there is the golden heart, the silver heart, the copper heart, the iron heart.

  • The golden heart shows its color and its beauty; it is precious and at the same time it is soft.
  • The silver heart shows inferior qualities compared with the golden heart; yet coins are made of silver; it is useful.
  • Of the copper heart pennies are made, and pennies too are useful in everyday life; they are even more used than gold and silver coins. Copper is strong and hard, and it needs many hammerings to shape it and make something out of it.
  • And then there is the iron heart, which must be put into the fire before anything can be done with it. When the iron becomes hot in the glowing fire, then we can make something out of it; but the blacksmith must be always ready; as soon as the fire begins to glow, he must start at once. If he lets it go, it will turn cold in a moment.