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Question: How do we see the love of God in the book of nature? We see all around
us fruits and plants and animal life brought to fruition and then to destruction, and
among men cruelty, misery, tragedies and enmities everywhere.

Hazrat Inayat Khan: It is a difference of focus. If we focus our mind upon
all that is good and beautiful we shall see – in spite of all the ugliness that exists
in nature and is especially more pronounced in human nature – that the ugliness will
cover itself. We will spread a cover over it and see all that is beautiful, and to
whatever lacks beauty we will be able to add, taking from all that is beautiful
in our heart where beauty has sufficiently been collected. But if we focus our
mind on all the ugliness that exists in nature – and in human nature – there
will be much of it. It will take up all of our attention and there will come
a time when we shall not be able to see any good anywhere.
We shall see only cruelty, ugliness, wickedness and unkindness everywhere.

Question: In focusing our mind on beauty alone, is there not a danger
of shutting our eyes to the uglinessand suffering which we might alleviate?

Hazrat Inayat Khan: In order to help the poor we ought to be rich, and
in order to take away the badness of a person we ought to be so much more good.
This goodness must be earned, as money is earned. Goodness is earned by
collecting goodness wherever we find it, and if we do not focus on goodness
we will not be able to collect it sufficiently. What happens is that a man
becomes agitated by the absence of goodness he sees, being himself poor
he cannot add to it, and unconsciously he develops in his
own nature what he sees. He thinks, ‘Oh poor person! I should so much
like you to be good’, but that does not help that person. His looking
at badness, his agitation, only adds one more wicked person to the lot.
When one has focused one’s eyes on goodness one will add to beauty, but
when a man’s eyes are focused on what is bad he will collect
enough wickedness for he himself to be added to the number of the wicked
in the end, for he receives the same impression. Besides, by criticizing,
by judging, by looking at wickedness with contempt, one does not help
the wicked or the stupid person. The one who helps is he who is ready to
overlook, who is ready to forgive, to tolerate, to accept the disadvantages
he meets patiently. It is he who can help.

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