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



The Message

Free Will and Destiny in the Message

What is the Message?

Lecture for Mureeds and Friends

Wakening to the Message

Aspects of the Sufi Message

The Message

Relationship Between Murshid and Mureed

Personalities of the Servants of God

Our Efforts in Constructing

Teaching Given by Murshid to his Mureeds

Ways of Receiving the Message

The Path of Attainment

Interest and Indifference

The Call from Above

The Message


Spiritual and Religious Movements

Peculiarity of the Great Masters

Abraham, Moses and Muhammad

Four Questions

The Spreading of the Message

Jelal-ud-din Rumi

Peculiarities of the Six Great Religions

Belief and Faith

"Superhuman" and Hierarchy

Faith and Doubt

Divine Guidance

The Prophetic Life

There are two Kinds Among the Souls

The Messenger

The Message Which has Come in all Ages

The Sufi Message

The Message

Questions Concerning the Message

The Inner School

The Duty of Happiness

Five Things Necessary for a Student



One's Conception of the Message

How the Work Is Done

The Message Papers

The Spreading of the Message

One's Conception of the Message

The idea of the Sufi Message in the conception of each mureed is different. Naturally it cannot be the same. For according to the point of view that each person has, he thinks about it.

  • Perhaps one thinks that it is a message for some individuals who are seeking after truth.
  • There is another one who thinks that this is the Message for humanity.
  • There is another person who thinks that it is the Message for the most deep and most intelligent and subtle mind.
  • And there is another person who thinks that this is the Message for the simple ones.
  • There is a person who thinks that this is the Message of wisdom.
  • And another person calls it the Message of God.
  • There is another person who says, "Murshid's Message."
  • There is one person who says, "This is the Message."
  • And another person who says, "This is a message."

But at the same time each has come to drink at this pool of water, whatever they call it; if they call it a lake, or the sea, or the ocean, or a river, or a tank, or a jug full of water, they have come to it looking for the water. The difference is that perhaps one calls it the sea, another the river, the other a well, the other a pool of water, the other calls it a stream.

And now if the one who said, "This is the sea," became cross and annoyed with the one who called it a pool of water, by his annoyance he would spoil the conception of this person still more. First he said, "It is a stream of water." Now he says, "It is a drop." Why? Because you say that it is the sea. The psychology of human nature is very strange. The susceptibility of mankind is so subtle.

Therefore I wish to say that every mureed -- whatever conception of the Message he has -- is a defender of the Cause, is our collaborator, and is eager to serve in a lesser degree or in a greater degree.

  • No doubt, one thinks that, "I can serve the Message best by working at home."
  • And another thinks that, "I can serve the Message better by doing my business better."
  • Another says, "I can serve the Message best if I do my profession better."
  • "I can serve the Message best by doing active work."
  • And another thinks, "I can serve the Message best by thinking about it."
  • And another one says, "By developing spiritually I can serve the Message."

And each of them has reason, and each one of them says the truth. It is so.

  • Maybe one person can help the Message better by not doing anything, while another person can help the Message better by acting in the Cause.
  • There is another person who can help us by thought, another person who can help us by word.
  • And there is another person whose sympathy can help us more than action. Perhaps his action would spoil the work more, because in order to act one must know how to act. That is another lesson. A person eager enough, who wishes to act before knowing how to act, may himself become disappointed and may disappoint others.

Nevertheless, there is a part in the Sufi Order for every mureed. No mureed must for one moment think that because he is not given a particular work, he has nothing to do for the Cause. Each one can do something in his own way, can render some little service to the Cause just the same.