For our retreat at the Dargah, the theme is ‘Regarding the Pleasure and Displeasure of God.’ It is based on the saying from the Gayan, “Do not fear God, but regard carefully His pleasure and displeasure.” In the course of our work, one of the passages we have been studying is the following:
“In Him we live, and move, and have our being.” This teaching of the Bible describes the nature of God: that God is the ocean, the waves of which are all its activities, small or great. The Qur’an says in support of this that not a single atom moves, groups, or scatters without the command of God. Rumi explains it still more plainly: “Air, earth, water and fire are God’s servants; to us they seem lifeless, but to God living.” In those who are conscious of this knowledge, and to the extent of their realization of this truth, there arises the spirit of renunciation which may be called the spirit of God.
He who wants anything becomes smaller that the thing he wants; he who gives away anything is greater than the thing he gives. Therefore, to a mystic each act of renunciation becomes a step towards perfection.
—Hazrat Inayat Khan
You may want to ask yourself, how does Hazrat Inayat come from the truth of God as the entire ocean of life to the spirit of renunciation? And why does he call it the spirit of God? What IS the spirit of renunciation? And in what way is an act of renunciation a step toward perfection?