The Body Is Eternal

When the soul comes into the physical world it receives an offering from the whole universe, and that offering is the body in which to function. It is not offered to the soul only by the parents, but by the ancestors, by the nation and race into which the soul is born, and by the whole human race. This body is not only an offering of the human race, but is an outcome of something that the whole world has produced for ages, a clay that has been kneaded a thousand times over, a clay that has been prepared so that in its very development it has become more intelligent, more radiant, and more living; a clay that appeared first in the mineral kingdom, that developed in the vegetable kingdom, that then appeared as the animal, and that was finished in the making of that body that is offered to the new-coming human soul.

–Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan
From: A Meditation Theme for Each Day
Selected and arranged by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan

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4 Comments on “The Body Is Eternal”

  1. mahala Says:

    Such a beautiful quote. My work right now is so much about coming, being, IN the body. And sometimes that feels crushing.

    Touching the ancestry, that long kneaded clay gives me the expansion I need.

    Thank you. This is a treasure.

  2. Denny Says:

    …and so is a sacred thing. A great perspective.

  3. Dave H. Says:

    Nice bit: who is this guy? A Sikh?

    Be well,

    Dave H.

  4. Kathryn Says:

    Hey, Dave. He’s a Sufi. I’m on an email list that sends along excerpts of his writing. When they resonate, I post ’em. 🙂