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There are two kinds of generosity; the real and the shadow; the former is prompted by love, the latter by vanity. -- Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan
Commentary from Hazrat Murshid Samuel L. Lewis (Sufi Ahmed Murad Chisti):
Often it is hard to draw a line between them for even among the vain there is often a spark of love. For instance, even those who give selfishly are not so bad as the misers who give not at all. The miser will have to learn to give as well as to find joy in giving, so for the miser there is a long road. But the other one who has practiced giving yet not found joy in it will have less difficulty.
But it is not true generosity which imparts things with the thought of self in them. What is known as “Indian giver” is one who recalls gifts, but the vain person is often a spiritual Indian giver who repeats, “Remember I gave you that thing.” In such giving there is no life and consequently no blessing.
For this reason, many who practice healing, who possess some psychic power, do not do real spiritual healing. They give out some magnetism, no doubt, but the real substance of life is seldom transmitted in that way. This often leads to but temporary relief as well as added danger to the one practicing the art. The true healing is healing from the nufs, the cause of all diseases.
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