The Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan

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I would like to speak a few words on the subject of unlearning. It is always difficult for some mureeds who have once heard from me the necessity of unlearning in the spiritual path. Unlearning is a process by which one rises above what one has learned. It does not mean forgetting what one has learned, it only means rising above what one has learned. What one learns in life is most useful after having attained spiritual realization, in order to express it. But it can only be a hindrance in progression in the spiritual path if one does not know how to unlearn. What does learning mean? Learning means fixing ideas and making them material. When an idea is fixed in mind, it becomes tangible; that knowledge becomes a kind of veil for any other knowledge that can illuminate the path through life.