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People are true human beings not in the mortal material aspect of their existence but rather in the attraction of their spirits to eternity and in their efforts to find it. For this reason those who disregard their innate spiritual aspect and concentrate only on their physical existence will never find true peace and contentment.
The happiest and most fortunate people are those who are always intoxicated with ardent desire for the worlds beyond. Those who confine themselves within the narrow and suffocating limits of their bodily existence are really in prison even though they may be living in palaces.
Our first and foremost duty is to discover ourselves and then turn toward our Lord through the illuminated prism of our nature. Those who remain unaware of their true nature and who therefore cannot establish any contact with their Most High Creator spend their lives like coolies who are ignorant of the treasure they are carrying on their backs.
All human beings are essentially helpless. However they discover an extraordinary competence by depending on the Infinitely Powerful One for this dependence transforms them from a drop into a waterfall a particle into a sun and a beggar into a king.
Our familiarity with the "book" of existence and events and our establishment of a unity between ourselves and that book causes sparks of wisdom to appear in our hearts. We begin to recognize our essential nature and obtain knowledge of God through the light of those sparks. Finally we reach God. To attain this goal however we must not set out this (mental) journeying with a mind conditioned by (biased and prejudiced toward) atheism and materialism.
Those who are truly human interact with other living beings in the consciousness of personal duty to them and within the limits of need. Those who abandon themselves to bodily desire and pleasure go beyond what is allowed and therefore cannot maintain the proper distance or balance between duty and desire.
Source: Pearls of Wisdom by Fethullah Gulen