The Substance Of Matter

All that is constructed is subject to destruction; all that is composed must be decomposed; all that is formed must be destroyed; that which has birth has death. But all this belongs to matter: the spirit that is absorbed by this formation of matter or by its mechanism lives, for spirit cannot die. What we call life is an absorption of spirit by matter. As long as the matter is strong and energetic enough to absorb life or spirit from space, it continues to live and move and be in good condition, but when it has lost its grip on the spirit, when it cannot absorb the spirit as it ought to, then it cannot live, for the substance of matter is spirit.

–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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2 Comments on “The Substance Of Matter”

  1. Denny Says:

    The need for such answers is so very, very great.

  2. Kathryn Says:

    I particularly enjoy this passage because it helps me understand the concept of spirit. I grew up thinking of spirit from the perspective of my ego, and still do very often. But I see a glimmer of understanding that spirit is broader than “I”, and it makes me curious. If there is spirit, is there consciousness? If there is no ego, no I, then there may be no awareness of belonging. Because belonging, it seems, suggests that an “I” must exist in order for it to know it is joined. Maybe it’s all just energy. We are constantly moving energy.

    Anyhow, that’s what this quote brings up for me.