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


3-1 Nature speaks louder than the call from the minaret.

3-2 The priest gives a benediction from the church; the branches of the tree in bending give blessing from God.

3-3 The soul brings its light from Heaven; the mind acquires its knowledge from earth. Therefore, when the soul believes readily, the mind may still doubt.

3-4 Those who throw dust at the sun, the dust falls in their own eyes.

3-5 Man creates his own disharmony.

3-6 The real abode of God is in the heart of man; when it is frozen with bitterness or hatred, the doors of the shrine are closed, the light is hidden.

3-7 It is a false love that does not uproot man's claim of 'I'; the first and last lesson of love is 'I am not.'

3-8 You cannot be both horse and rider at the same time.

3-9 It is more important to know the truth about one's self than to try to find out the truth of heaven and hell.

3-10 Every man's pursuit is according to his evolution.

3-11 Man sees what he sees; beyond it he cannot see.

3-12 The source of truth is within man; he himself is the object of his realization.

3-13 As life unfolds itself to man, the first lesson he learns is humility.

3-14 God is truth, and truth is God.

3-15 Until man loses himself in the vision of God, he cannot be said to live really.

3-16 At every step of evolution, man's realization of God changes.

3-17 Verily, he is victorious who has conquered himself.

3-18 Prayer is the greatest virtue, the only way of being free from all sin.

3-19 It is the sincere devotee who knows best how to humble himself before God.

3-20 It is wise to see all things, and yet to turn our eyes from all that should be overlooked.

3-21 Our soul is blessed with the impression of the glory of God whenever our lips praise Him.

3-22 There is one Teacher, God Himself; we are all His pupils.

3-23 All earthly knowledge is as a cloud covering the sun.

3-24 The first sign of the realization of truth is tolerance.

3-25 He who is filled with the knowledge of names and forms has no capacity for the knowledge of God.

3-26 Man is closer to God than the fishes are to the ocean.

3-27 We start our lives trying to be teachers; it is very hard to learn to be a pupil.

3-28 Until the heart is empty, it cannot receive the knowledge of God.

3-29 According to his evolution, man knows truth.

3-30 We can never sufficiently humble our limited self before limitless perfection.

3-31 Even to utter the name of God is a blessing that can fill the soul with light, joy, and happiness as nothing else can do.