The Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan      

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Social Gathekas

Religious Gathekas

The Message Papers

The Healing Papers

Vol. 1, The Way of Illumination

Vol. 1, The Inner Life

Vol. 1, The Soul, Whence And Whither?

Vol. 1, The Purpose of Life

Vol. 2, The Mysticism of Sound and Music

Vol. 2, The Mysticism of Sound

Vol. 2, Cosmic Language

Vol. 2, The Power of the Word

Vol. 3, Education

Vol. 3, Life's Creative Forces: Rasa Shastra

Vol. 3, Character and Personality

Vol. 4, Healing And The Mind World

Vol. 4, Mental Purification

Vol. 4, The Mind-World

Vol. 5, A Sufi Message Of Spiritual Liberty

Vol. 5, Aqibat, Life After Death

Vol. 5, The Phenomenon of the Soul

Vol. 5, Love, Human and Divine

Vol. 5, Pearls from the Ocean Unseen

Vol. 5, Metaphysics, The Experience of the Soul Through the Different Planes of Existence

Vol. 6, The Alchemy of Happiness

Vol. 7, In an Eastern Rose Garden

Vol. 8, Health and Order of Body and Mind

Vol. 8, The Privilege of Being Human

Vol. 8a, Sufi Teachings

Vol. 9, The Unity of Religious Ideals

Vol. 10, Sufi Mysticism

Vol. 10, The Path of Initiation and Discipleship

Vol. 10, Sufi Poetry

Vol. 10, Art: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Vol. 10, The Problem of the Day

Vol. 11, Philosophy

Vol. 11, Psychology

Vol. 11, Mysticism in Life

Vol. 12, The Vision of God and Man

Vol. 12, Confessions: Autobiographical Essays of Hazat Inayat Khan

Vol. 12, Four Plays

Vol. 13, Gathas

Vol. 14, The Smiling Forehead

By Date



Gayan: Song

Vadan: Playing on Musical Instruments

Nirtan: Dance

The Bowl of Saki
















The Bowl of Saki


1-1 As water in a fountain flows as one stream, but falls in many drops divided by time and space, so are the revelations of the one stream of truth.

1-2 All names and forms are the garbs and covers under which the one life is hidden.

1-3 Truth without a veil is always uninteresting to the human mind.

1-4 When you stand with your back to the sun, your shadow is before you; but when you turn and face the sun, then your shadow falls behind you.

1-5 No one has seen God and lived. To see God we must be non-existent.

1-6 The truth cannot be spoken; that which can be spoken is not the truth.

1-7 The only power for the mystic is the power of love.

1-8 If people but knew their own religion, how tolerant they would become, and how free from any grudge against the religion of others.

1-9 The real meaning of crucifixion is to crucify the false self, that the true self may rise. As long as the false self is not crucified, the true self is not realized.

1-10 An ideal is beyond explanation. To analyze God is to dethrone God.

1-11 Where the flame of love rises, the knowledge of God unfolds of itself.

1-12 Peace is perfected activity; that is perfect which is complete in all its aspects, balanced in each direction, and under complete control of the will.

1-13 Do not limit God to your virtue. He is beyond your virtues, O pious ones!

1-14 A man's inclination is the root of the tree of his life.

1-15 Yes, teach your principles of good, but do not think to limit God within them. The goodness of each man is peculiar to himself.

1-16 To learn to adopt the standard of God, and to cease to wish to make the world conform to one's own standard of good, is the chief lesson of religion.

1-17 Thought draws the line of fate.

1-18 Misbelief alone misleads; single-mindedness always leads to the goal.

1-19 A king is ever a king, be he crowned with a jeweled crown or clad in beggar's garb.

1-20 To treat every human being as a shrine of God is to fulfill all religion.

1-21 The wise man should keep the balance between love and power; he should keep the love in his nature ever increasing and expanding, and at the same time strengthen the will so that the heart may not easily be broken.

1-22 Failure comes when will surrenders to reason.

1-23 Success comes when reason, the store of experience, surrenders to will.

1-24 There is an answer to every call; those who call on God, to them God comes.

1-25 He who thinks against his own desire is his own enemy.

1-26 The brain speaks through words; the heart in the glance of the eyes; and the soul through a radiance that charges the atmosphere, magnetizing all.

1-27 Love is the merchandise which all the world demands; if you store it in your heart, every soul will become your customer.

1-28 Sincerity is the jewel that forms in the shell of the heart.

1-29 Self-pity is the worst poverty; it overwhelms man until he sees nothing but illness, trouble, and pain.

1-30 The heart is not living until it has experienced pain.

1-31 The pleasures of life are blinding; it is love alone that clears the rust from the heart, the mirror of the soul.