5. There is One Law, the law of reciprocity, which can be observed by a selfless conscience, together with a sense of awakened justice.

Humans spend their lives in the pursuit of all that seems to them to be profitable for themselves and, when so absorbed in self-interest, in time even lose touch with their own real interest. People have made laws to suit themselves, but they are laws by which one person can get the better of another. It is this that people call justice, and it is only that which is done to them by another that they call injustice. A peaceful and harmonious life with others cannot be led until the sense of justice has been awakened by a selfless conscience. As the judicial authorities of the world intervene between two persons who are at variance, knowing that they have a right to intervene when the two parties in dispute are blinded by personal interest, so the Almighty Power intervenes in all disputes however small or great. It is the law of reciprocity which saves a person from being exposed to the higher powers, as a considerate person has less chance of being brought before the court. The sense of justice is awakened in a perfectly sober mind; that is, one which is free from the intoxication of youth, strength, power, possession, command, birth, or rank. It seems a net profit when one does not give but takes, or when one gives less and takes more; but, in either case, there is really a greater loss than profit. For every such profit spreads a cover over the sense of justice within, and when many such covers have veiled the sight, one becomes blind even to one’s own profit. It is like standing in one's own light. “Blind here remains blind in the hereafter.”

Although the different religions, in teaching people how to act harmoniously and peacefully with others, have given out different laws, they all meet in this one truth: do unto others as thou wouldst they should do unto thee. The Sufi, in taking a favor from another, enhances its value; and in accepting what another does to her or him, the Sufi makes allowance.

Although the different religions, in teaching people how to act harmoniously and peacefully with others, have given out different laws, they all meet in this one truth: do unto others as thou wouldst they should do unto thee. The Sufi, in taking a favor from another, enhances its value, and in accepting what another does to her or him the Sufi makes allowance.

 

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