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


4-1 When one praises the beauty of God, one's soul is filled with bliss.

4-2 Sympathy is the root of religion, and so long as the spirit of sympathy is living in your heart, you have the light of religion.

4-3 Life is a misery for the man absorbed in himself.

4-4 To give sympathy is sovereignty; to desire it from others is captivity.

4-5 God speaks to the ears of every heart, but it is not every heart that hears Him.

4-6 As one can see when the eyes are open, so one can understand when the heart is open.

4-7 It is being dead to self that is the recognition of God.

4-8 As the light of the sun helps the plant to grow, so the divine Spirit helps the soul towards its perfection.

4-9 Things are worthwhile when we seek them; only then do we know their value.

4-10 When a man looks at the ocean, he can only see that part of it which comes within his range of vision; so it is with the truth.

4-11 It does not matter in what way a person offers his respect and his reverence to the deity he worships; it matters only how sincere he is in his offering.

4-12 The ideal of God is a bridge connecting the limited life with the unlimited; whoever travels over this bridge passes safely from the limited to the unlimited life.

4-13 He who wants to understand, will understand.

4-14 Man is the picture of the reflection of his imagination; he is as large or as small as he thinks himself.

4-15 The great teachers of humanity become streams of love.

4-16 'God is Love' three words which open up an unending realm for the thinker who desires to probe the depths of the secret of life.

4-17 It is the surface of the sea that makes waves and roaring breakers; the depth is silent.

4-18 Our success or failure depends upon the harmony or disharmony of our individual will with the divine Will.

4-19 The wave realizes I am the sea, and by falling into the sea prostrates itself before its God.

4-20 The secret of happiness is hidden under the cover of spiritual knowledge.

4-21 The soul is first born into the false self, it is blind; in the true self the soul opens its eyes.

4-22 To learn the lesson of how to live is more important than any psychic or occult learning.

4-23 Knowledge without love is lifeless.

4-24 The aim of the mystic is to keep near to the idea of unity, and to find out where we unite.

4-25 Sleep is comfortable, but awakening is interesting.

4-26 Every moment has its special message.

4-27 To make God a reality is the real object of worship.

4-28 Every passion, every emotion has its effect upon the mind, and every change of mind, however slight, has its effect upon man's body.

4-29 When souls meet each other, what truth can they exchange? It is uttered in silence, yet always surely reaches its goal.

4-30 All gains, whether material, spiritual, moral or mystical, are in answer to one's own character.