The Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan

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Just as the picture of each aspect of life is clear in the imagination of the intelligent, so the poets have depicted the images of the Ragas. The ancient gods and goddesses were simply images of the different aspects of life, and in order to teach the worship of the immanence of God in nature these various images were placed in the temples, in order that God in His every aspect of manifestation might be worshipped. The same idea has been worked out in the images of Ragas, which create with delicate imagination the type, form, action, expression and effect of the idea.