The Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan      

        (How to create a bookmark)



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


11-1 Self stands as a wall between man and God.

11-2 It is a patient pursuit to bring water from the depth of the ground; one has to deal with much mud in digging before one reaches the water of life.

11-3 In man's search for truth, the first lesson and the last is love. There must be no separation, no I am, and Thou art not. Until man has arrived at that selfless consciousness, he cannot know life and truth.

11-4 By the power of prayer man opens the door of the heart, in which God, the ever-forgiving, the all-merciful, abides.

11-5 To be really sorry for one's errors is like opening the door of heaven.

11-6 Our soul is blessed with the impression of the glory of God whenever we praise Him.

11-7 As a child learning to walk falls a thousand times before he can stand, and after that falls again and again until at last he can walk, so are we as little children before God.

11-8 Self-denial is not renouncing things; it is denying the self; and the first lesson of self-denial is humility.

11-9 The more elevated the soul, the broader the outlook.

11-10 Mastery lies not merely in stilling the mind, but in directing it towards whatever point you desire.

11-11 Our thoughts have prepared us for the happiness or unhappiness we experience.

11-12 When the mind and body are restless, nothing in life can be accomplished. Success is the result of control.

11-13 When speech is controlled, the eyes speak; the glance says what words can never say.

11-14 Words are but the shells of thoughts and feelings.

11-15 Wisdom is not in words, it is in understanding.

11-16 The message of God is like a spring of water: it rises and falls, and makes its way by itself.

11-17 If the eyes and ears are open, the leaves of the trees become as pages of the Bible.

11-18 The soul of all is one soul, and the truth is one truth under whatever religion it is hidden.

11-19 Narrowness is not necessarily devotion, but often appears so.

11-20 It is the soul's light which is natural intelligence.

11-21 The wave is the sea itself; yet, when it rises in the form of a wave, it is the wave; and when you look at the whole of it, it is the sea.

11-22 It is not the solid wood that can become a flute; it is the empty reed.

11-23 Reason is learned from the ever changing world; but true knowledge comes from the essence of life.

11-24 God is within you; you are His instrument, and through you He expresses Himself to the external world.

11-25 It is according to the extent of our consciousness of prayer that our prayer reaches God.

11-26 The heart must be empty in order to receive the knowledge of God.

11-27 As long as in love there is ' you' and 'me,' love is not fully kindled.

11-28 Once you have given up your limited self willingly to the Unlimited, you will rejoice so much in that consciousness that you will not care to be small again.

11-29 The deeper your prayers echo in your own consciousness, the more audible they are to God.

11-30 It is the depth of thought that is powerful, and sincerity of feeling which creates atmosphere.