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Message 1
Mijdrecht, January 5, 2013.

Dear Fellow Pilgrim,

At request of many of you I would like to share with you some facts about the five Elements.
Macro- and microcosmic similarities:
  1. The principle of the five Elements is science, received directly from the hand of God;
  2. Philosophers like Bonaventura and Aristotle mention four Elements as cold, warmth, wet and dry;
  3. There are atoms in the body which represent the mineral world, the world of plants, and the animal world;
  4. Not just the physical but also the intellect presents the reflection of the worlds through which passed the physical material;
  5. The intellect is the intermediary between heaven and earth;
  6. Another Element dominates in the intellect every hour, this happens by breathing;
  7. The principle of tone is founded on frequency;
  8. Hazrat Inayat Khan experiences the Universe as an immense symphony; sound is the deep essence of all things, the core of all that exists;
  9. In chemistry change and cohesion of the five Elements are easily reduced;
  10. The Mind is as the hand with five fingers. Each one of them represents a function: the will, reason, memory, the intellect, and the consciousness of me, the palm is the heart;
  11. In the inner sphere feelings have colours: emotions are changes in inner life;
  12. “As above, so below, as inside, so outside” is written on an emerald which is 3000 years old;
  13. A line by Schiller: “Vier Elemente, innig gesellt, bilden das Leben, bauen die Welt”;
  14. And Goethe said: “Alles Vergängliche ist nur ein Gleichnis”;
  15. A saying: The development of the species repeats itself in the individual;
  16. Did you know that in the science of Elements even recipes are to be found?
I hope to see you coming March 2nd, 2.00 p.m., at the afternoon of the five Elements, in the Ashrama, Meentweg 9, 1411 GR Naarden, guided by Ananda Priem and Züleyha Geelen.
Take care: training and ‘mystical experience’ are April 13, June 8 and July 20 at the Universel ‘Murad Hassil’ Katwijk.

Sitara.

Message 2
Mijdrecht, February 5, 2013.

Dear Pilgrim on the Sufi Path,

Words of Hazrat Inayat Khan:
If the intellect and feeling are in a normal quiet state, it is said: “Even if in life nothing else were given to me, then the benefaction of being under the sun would be my greatest privilege.”
Furthermore, it is said: “I work very hard and I earn my living, to whom else should I give my appreciation?” Money is not eatable. What we eat is not cultivated and harvested in a bank. The sun, the moon, the stars, the earth, water and air create food, in short Nature. Nature is like a living link. If we would not have air to breath, we would die soon. The gifts of Nature, which are all just there, are a reason for thankfulness.

As soon as a person begins to grow mentally, the insight will come, that not just the body needs food, but also the intellect, the heart and the soul. The material world cannot provide him with this food. Only God is able to give this food and that is why we call God the Sustainer. When we did not yet have the power and the understanding to feed ourselves, we were taken care of. If we realize, how any small creature like a microbe or a worm, for which nobody has any attention, receives all that it needs, one starts to understand, that there is a Sustainer. This Sustainer we know as God. Towards Him we have a duty and we carry a great responsibility. It is the responsibility to show our thankfulness and our reverence to His Nature in the whole Creation. The omnipresent Creation, in ourselves, and in our fellow men.

We are on a journey. Life is a journey and nobody has an eternal residence. To be thankful on the sacred path of Dharma and to realize that we are able to be Gods special instrument, gives freedom and it is His most precious gift. We show our gratefulness to the Creator for His everlasting gifts, by participating in the Element Ritual with true reverence to the Elements.

Dear Pilgrim please come to the Ashrama 9 Meentweg 9, 1411 GR Naarden) March 2nd, 2.00 p.m. to work with the five Elements in a creative way with Ananda Priem, the theme is ‘When are you in your Element?’
We shall train and share the ‘Mystical Experience’ on April 13, June 8 2.00 p.m. and July 20 7.30 p.m. in the Universel ‘Murad Hassil’ Katwijk.

Message 3
Mijdrecht, March 6, 2013.

Dear Pilgrim on the Sufi path,

The gathering for the ‘mystical experience’ of the Element Ritual will be April 13 and June 1st, (not June 8), 2.00 p.m. in the Universel ‘Murad Hassil’, Katwijk.
The ‘mystical experience’ during the summer school will be Saturday July 20, 7.30 p.m.
Moments to train will be fixed later.


Words of Hazrat Inayat Khan:
“There we come to the analysis of the four different clays of which the body of man is composed. The first clay comes from the mineral kingdom. Rocks and mountains were made first; trees and plants came afterwards; and the third process was that the same substance which first was rock and mountain and than became tree and plant, afterwards became still more living and manifested in the form of animals and birds; and it is from this same substance that the body of man was made. It is as if God had made a clay for man which was first dense in the form of a rock and in the form of a tree, than less dense in the form of an animal, until it was made still finer so that in the fourth stage it might become the substance for the body of man.
It is for this reason that man depends for his sustenance on all these substances. There is a mineral substance, which is good for his health, there is the vegetable kingdom on which he depends for his food, and there is the animal kingdom, which also serves for his sustenance. Because his body is made of these elements, it is also sustained by these elements; man is made of these four substances, the flesh, the blood, the skin, and the bone representing the four different clays.”

In the Gathas of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Taqwa Taharat (Gatha 1-7), we read:
“For instance, no ablution with water only is sufficient, earth is required also. In the East Brahmans used pure earth, some used ashes; in the East gram flour is still used in place of soap. The scientist can never deny the fact that there is no better disinfectant that earth itself. The use of water for every kind of ablution has been taught by all religions in some form or other. That shows that it is not only used for cleanliness, but it helps in spiritual development. The scientist today admits that there is no better tonic than pure water; that has always been considered to be so by the mystic, who called the rivers sacred rivers and gave water in healing.
As the use of earth and water cleanses and purifies the body externally, so it has a purifying influence on the internal part of the body. By eating wholesome food and drinking pure water, not only does one receive nourishment, but this cleanses and purifies every particle of the body. It is therefore that an adept must avoid eating and drinking anything unwholesome. This does not mean an absolute restriction to certain food and drink, but just that care in eating and drinking is necessary.”

I hope to see you.
Sitara.

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Message 4
Mijdrecht, April 5, 2013.

Dear Pilgrim on the Sufi Path,

The gatherings of the ‘Mystical Experience’ will be Saturday April 13 and June1st, (not June 8) 2.00 o’clock p.m. in the Universel ‘Murad Hassil’ Katwijk.
The ‘mystical experience’ during the summer school will be Saturday July 20, 7.30 p.m.
Moments to train will be fixed later.

In the Gatha’s, Taqwa Taharat, pages 215-216 Hazrat Inayat Khan says:
“As the use of earth and water cleanses and purifies the body externally, so it has a purifying influence on the internal part of the body. By eating wholesome food and drinking pure water not only does one receive nourishment, one also cleanses and purifies every particle of the body. It is therefore that an adept must avoid eating and drinking anything unwholesome. This does not mean an absolute restriction to certain food and drink but just that care in eating and drinking is necessary.Once a person has advanced in spirituality, nothing matters to him – neither what he eats and drinks, for he lives in the spirit the most part of his life; for him the body is a coat and he does not care if it is full of holes or if it is patched. But for a person who has yet to develop spiritually and who follows a process consideration is necessary; it is most necessary that the body should be kept pure, outwardly and inwardly, that it may become a suitable vehicle for the manifestation of the spirit.
Hazrat Inayat Khan continues:
“When we consider that the human body is an instrument, that God created for his own experience, than what a mistake must be to allow this body, through drugs and medicines, to become unfit for the use of the Divine Spirit. It is not meant by this, that medicine is never necessary. Medicine has its place: even drugs, when there is that necessity. But when a drug is used for little things that can be cured by some other means, in the end the health gets out of hand and even drug cannot give the person rest. The best medicine is a pure diet, nourishing food, fresh air, regularity in action and repose, clearness of thought, pureness of feeling, and confidence in the perfect Being, with whom we are linked and whose expression we are. That is the essence of health. The more we realize this, the more secure will be our health.”

I hope to see you April 13, 2.00 p.m. in the ‘Murad Hassil’.
Sitara.

Message 6
Mijdrecht, June 1, 2013.

Dear Pilgrim on the Sufipath!

Here are all the moments we shall train the Element Ritual during the Summer school:
July 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 1.30 p.m. in the tent
July 20, 1.30 p.m. in the hall
5.15 p.m. a cold meal for the participants of the Element Ritual
5.45 p.m. training in the hall
7.30 p.m. the ‘Mystical Experience’ of the Element Ritual.

In the Vadan, Alankaras, we read these words of Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan:
“Tree, you bless me by your outstretched hands.”
In churches to welcome people, when saying goodbye, at the beginning of a new year, a birthday, we wish each other blessings. It is meant as a courtesy, to show good thoughts, and well meaning. Furthermore, it may be a deep felt blessing, in which one human being calls upon the divine strength for another human being, forgetting himself in doing so. A blessing and also a curse often have a long effect.

Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan says: “God is Omniscient, All-pervading, the Only Being.”
The Only Being is the Absolute Being. No death or ending can exist. Every thing, every being has continuity, because life goes on. Ending and death are merely transformations. Notable transformations. Life is given to every thought, to every feeling in our intellect and to each word. The deeper the feeling, the longer the thoughts will have effect. The effect of feelings, thoughts, words and deeds are cared for in a natural way, they are cultivated and made to carry fruit: they exist forever.
It may be incorrect when a person looses himself in anger. Completely unconscious of the responsibility, thoughts of irritation, anger and aversion may develop, sometimes this happens completely without attention. Do we know the development of creative powers in ourselves? Feelings are in exceptional powers. They work as a battery behind the Elements. Winds, storms and volcanic eruptions will follow. In the same way feelings and thoughts full of blessings bring Gods mercy on the self and others.
It is a great blessing and an enormous responsibility to know about ones own power. The Kingdom of God is in each human being.

In the Bowl of Sâki, August 12, we read:
“It is God who, by the hand of man, designs and carries out His intended plans in nature.”
The great trust of God put on the shoulders of mankind, gives an enormous responsibility.

During the ‘Mystical Experience’ of the Element Ritual, we ask the blessing of God, in awe for His tremendous powers.
We shall see each other June 1st, 2.00 p.m. in the Universel ‘Murad Hassil’ Katwijk.
Sitara.

Message 7
Mijdrecht, July 1st, 2013.

Dear Pilgrim on the Sufi path!

Here are all the moments we shall train the Element Ritual during the Summer school:
July 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 1.30 p.m. in the tent
July 20, 1.30 p.m. in the hall
5.15 p.m. a cold meal for the participants of the Element Ritual
5.45 p.m. training in the hall
7.30 p.m. the ‘Mystical Experience’ of the Element Ritual.

Are we able to count all the blessings that come to us just like that? Blessings, received that we know of and that are unknown to us. Hazrat Inayat Khan teaches: God is love. What do we expect of love? Grace. The grace of God is the love of God, manifesting in innumerable blessings, blessings which are known and unknown to us.
Hazrat Inayat Khan warned: “Human beings live on earth in their shells, mostly unaware of all the privileges of life, and therefore ungrateful to the Giver of them. In order to see the grace of God one must open one's eyes, raising one's head from the little world that one makes around oneself, and thus see above and below, right and left, before and behind, the grace of God reaching one from everywhere in abundance. If one tries to thank, one might thank for thousands of years and it would never be enough. But if one looks in one's own little shell one does not find the grace of God; what one finds is miseries, troubles, difficulties, injustice, hard-heartedness, coldness of the world, all ugliness from everywhere.”

Muslihuddin Saädi, the Persian Sufi poet of the 13th century, says, in his book Karima:
“Oh God, most Merciful, I ask Thy forgiveness, for I am limited and in this life of limitation I am always apt to err.” He teaches in his fist lesson that man should recognize his limited condition and realize that this limitedness makes him subject to error. At the same time he suggests that the innermost desire of every soul is to rise above limitations, keep from error, to seek divine love and ask pardon and to appreciate all the blessings received in life in order to rise towards the ideal stage of the human man.”

In it the first lesson Saädi gives, is to learn how to be grateful, how to express gratitude, how to appreciate; and so he teaches the lesson of gratefulness and appreciation for all in the world, for the kindness and love of mother and father, of friend and companion, by teaching first gratefulness to God for all the blessings and benefits man receives.”

During the ‘Mystical Experience’ of the Element Ritual, we pray God, in awe for His tremendous Powers, that we may rise above our limits and that we may recognize His blessings.

We shall see each other July 20, in the Universel ‘Murad Hassil’ Katwijk.
Sitara.

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