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



History of the Sufis


The Sufi's Aim

The Different Stages of Spiritual Development

The Prophetic Tendency



Physical Control




Struggle and Resignation


The Difference Between Will, Wish, and Desire

The Law of Attraction

Pairs of Opposites

Resist Not Evil


The Privilege of Being Human

Our God Part and Our Man Part

Man, the Seed of God


Spiritual Circulation Through the Veins of Nature

Destiny and Free Will

Divine Impulse

The Law of Life

Manifestation, Gravitation, Assimilation, and Perfection

Karma And Reincarnation

Life in the Hereafter

The Mystical Meaning of the Resurrection

The Symbol of the Cross


The Mystery of Sleep



The Gift of Eloquence

The Power of Silence


The Ego

The Birth of the New Era

The Deeper Side of Life

Life's Mechanism

The Smiling Forehead

The Spell of Life


The Conservative Spirit


Respect and Consideration




Optimism and Pessimism


Vaccination and Inoculation



The Heart

The Heart Quality

The Tuning of the Heart (1)

The Tuning of the Heart (2)

The Soul, Its Origin and Unfoldment

The Unfoldment of the Soul

The Soul's Desire

The Awakening of the Soul (1)

The Awakening of the Soul (2)

The Awakening of the Soul (3)

The Maturity of the Soul

The Dance of the Soul



Vol. 8a, Sufi Teachings

The Ego

The Sufi term Nafsaniat expresses the blindness of the personal ego, which first began to eclipse the soul when man tasted the forbidden fruit, as is described in the story of Adam and Eve.

  • In the beginning man started his life on earth by obtaining his sustenance at the expense of the vegetable kingdom. He never for one moment paused to consider whether the plants, flowers, and fruits have life within them, and demand from him the love which he himself demands from every being around him.

  • His blindness increased when he robbed the calf of the food which nature had provided for it, enjoying the milk himself.

  • As his blindness became more intense the ego grew still more tyrannical, and he began to sacrifice the lives of birds and beasts to satisfy his fancy and appetite.

In this way he sustained his physical self, which was thus built up with such unjustly gathered properties, and this caused a thick veil of darkness to cover his eyes, making him selfish and sensual, so that he considered the satisfaction of his passions and appetites, the achievement of comfort and grandeur, as the sole purpose of life. Thus he descended from man to animal, and from the level of an animal to that of a devil.

When he reached this stage there remained for him neither God nor virtue. The command of Christ to love one's enemy could not be obeyed, for he was not even able to love his neighbor, his fellow man, when the question of self-interest arose.

It is this aspect of involution which has brought about floods, volcanic eruptions, and such disasters as the loss of the Titanic, and the recent upheaval of society.

Man has considered civilization to be that which the ancient Hindus termed Kali Yuga, or the Iron Age. What they called Krita Yuga, the Golden Age, man today calls barbarism, which shows how the heart of man has hardened.

  • At the present time a man's word is no longer his bond; a signed contract is needed.
  • A superficial politeness has taken the place of love,
  • and artificiality has taken the place of truth.
  • Machinery has usurped the place of personal bravery.
  • Religion and morality have been superseded by trade unions,
  • and material investigation has taken the place of life's realization.
  • Man can no longer distinguish the difference between a fleeting joy and an everlasting peace.
  • The objective world is so concrete before his eyes that he cannot see beyond it.
  • He wants to realize the material results of his efforts, even at the cost of his life, and the call of heaven itself fails to attract him to the Infinite.

There is a saying, 'The load of collected sin will sooner or later crush the bearer.'

Every criminal is haunted by the hideous specter of his crime. We need not be surprised that there is not a single nation or race which was not involved, directly or indirectly, to a greater or lesser degree, in the recent world-wide upheaval. No corner of the globe has entirely escaped this terrible visitation; it has taken its toll from every race and religion. So we know that the catastrophe of modern history was intended for humanity in general; it was a cleansing with the purpose of inaugurating an ideal period of peace which can only be possible when instead of the will of man the purpose of God is fulfilled.