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Thread: Wisdom of Hazrat Inayat Khan — a Sufi Master

  1. #1 Wisdom of Hazrat Inayat Khan — a Sufi Master 
    In the last year HappyRain introduced me to the wisdom of Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan. Just to be clear, "Hazrat" is an honorific title meaning, roughly, "honorable." Pir-o-Murshid is an esoteric title, signifying the head of some Sufi Schools. Also it is a title of respect given to spiritual leaders. His full name was Inayat Khan Rehmat Khan Pathan.

    Part of the allure of his wisdom is the focus on the heart while still using the intellect for illumination. That seems to be the essence of Sufism or at least the school that Inayat Khan founded in London in the early 1900's. That school persists to this day.

    Each morning I receive an email offering of his thoughts linked to larger writing and have found so many of them enlightening that I'm beginning a thread to share them. These emails are entitled "Bowl of Saki". You can subscribe to them here...

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    So on with the show...

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  2. #2 The more you evolve spiritually... — by Hazrat Inayat Khan 
    The more you evolve spiritually, the further you pass from the understanding of every man.

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  3. #3 One word has weight and power... — by Hazrat Inayat Khan 
    There may perhaps be someone among our friends or acquaintances whose one word has weight and power; whereas another person says a thousand words that go in at one ear and out at the other. And this is because in one person his mouth speaks, in another person his heart speaks, and in another his soul speaks. There is a great difference.

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  4. #4 Narrowness is primitiveness; it is the breadth of heart that proves evolution. 
    Once you have linked yourself with love, a flood of inspiration is revealed to you, whatever the subject, whatever the problem in life may be. Whatever it be that your eye casts its glance upon, it will disclose itself. Then you are on the real road, and what a joy this is!

    Breadth of heart is what is needed for all this. ... It is the breadth of heart that makes a man great, whereas it is narrowness of heart that makes him small. The great heart does not think about how troublesome a person is, and why he should be bothered like this. It is only the narrow of heart that thinks, 'I will cause him some trouble.' It may be justified, but still it is a narrow thought. The one with a broad heart thinks,' This is a small thing, I can put up with it; not much harm will come from it.'

    The Nizam wrote this verse, 'The width of the land and the water cannot be compared with the width of man's heart. If man's heart is wide enough there is nothing greater than that.' The heart becomes wide by forgetting the self, and narrow by thinking of the self and by pitying one's self. To gain a wide and broad heart you must have something before you to look upon and to rest your intelligence upon, and that something is the God ideal. This is the prescription for killing the self, and to kill the self is the basis of every religion.

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  5. #5 It is simpler to find a way to heaven than to find a way on earth. 
    It is simpler to find a way to heaven than to find a way on earth.

    A person whose soul has awakened becomes awake to everything he sees and hears. ... It is this awakening of the soul which is mentioned in the Bible, 'Unless the soul is born again it will not enter the kingdom of heaven'. Being born again means that the soul is awakened after having come on earth, and entering the kingdom of heaven means that this world, the same kingdom in which we are standing just now, turns into heaven as soon as the point of view has changed. Is it not interesting and most wonderful to think that the same earth we walk on is earth to one person and heaven to another? And it is still more interesting to notice that it is we who change it; we change it from earth into heaven, or we change it otherwise. This change comes not by study, nor by anything else, but only by the changing of our point of view.

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  6. #6 In the country... in the city... — by Hazrat Inayat Khan 
    In the country you see the glory of God; in the city you glorify His name.

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  7. #7 The pain of life is the price paid for the quickening of the heart. 
    The pain of life is the price paid for the quickening of the heart.

    There is a phrase in the Bible, "Knock, and it shall be opened unto you". The Message of God is an answer to the cry of humanity. Now, as to the instrument of the message -- in reality the whole universe is an instrument, and every object and every being in it is an instrument; through whichever instrument He chooses He gives His message. One sees in one's life, and especially at times when one is deep down in depression and sorrow, some answer coming to the difficulty of that situation. It may come from a friend, from a brother, from parents, from a beloved; even from one's enemy one may get what was necessary at the moment.

    But you will say, "Why should a message come in the life of an individual in the time of pain, or after a great sorrow? Why should not a message come every day for one's guidance?" And there are two reasons for it: One reason is that there is constantly a guidance from above, but man, so absorbed in his life's activities, does not open his heart to listen to that message and to see where it comes from. And the other reason is that the deeper the sorrow the higher the voice of the heart rises, until it reaches the throne of God; and that is the time when the answer comes, when a person is drowned deep in the sorrow and grief. ... Plainly speaking, man's real being is his heart, and in pain the heart becomes living and without pain man seems to be living on the surface. You will often see in life that people with an intolerable nature and manner, after having gone through the agony of pain in life, develop in them a finer nature.

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    It makes me happy you're also inspired by Hazrat Inayat Khan and have added little golden nuggets of wisdom on your forum.
    Thank you
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    Quote Originally Posted by happyrain View Post
    It makes me happy you're also inspired by Hazrat Inayat Khan and have added little golden nuggets of wisdom on your forum.
    Inayat Khan's wisdom rings my truth chimes loudly and often at the current stage of my spiritual progression. Thank you for the introduction, Eric.

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  10. #10 Words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels. — by Hazrat Inayat Khan 
    Words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.

    Among all the valuable things of this world, the word is the most precious. For in the word, one can find a light which gems and jewels do not possess; a word may contain so much life that it can heal the wounds of the heart. Therefore, poetry in which the soul is expressed is as living as a human being. The greatest reward that God bestows on man is eloquence and poetry. ... There is a Hindu idea that explains this very well: that the vehicle of the goddess of learning is eloquence. Many live, but few think; and among the few who think there are fewer still who can express themselves. Then their soul's impulse is repressed, for in the expression of the soul the divine purpose is fulfilled.

    There are some whose thoughts are like jewels. They are collected and treasured and valued more than diamonds. Sometimes a thought brings us a peace, a joy, in whatever difficulties or sorrows we may be. ... Have you known what it is to give your meal to another and to go without yourself? It gives a happiness that no dinner eaten by yourself can give. Have you known what it is to give your coat to another and do without it yourself? It gives a joy that the satisfaction of your own wants cannot give you. Even that perfect peace and calm which is the eternal life is in man and can be attained by man.

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