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

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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

How the Work Is Done

And now, how this work must be done. This work must be done by harmonious cooperation, with appreciation for those who are doing something and with eagerness on one's own part to do one's best. The person who is focused only on the work he is doing, without appreciating the work that others are doing, does not cooperate, although he serves the Cause. Cooperation is very necessary, and that comes by the appreciation of the work of the others in the Cause.

No matter what particular work has been given to certain mureeds, those who have not any work, even they in their turn have a certain duty, have a certain work to do for the Cause, if they only knew it, if they only thought about it. A service that is a world service, a work that is to be done for the whole humanity, has a very vast scope; and it is so vast that if we were one thousand times greater in number, still the scope of our work would be too large for each of us to manage. The wider we look at the work of the Sufi Movement, the more we shall see that for each one of us there is a scope of working. There is no reason for us to think, "Another has got the work; we need not do the work." No, for each there is much to be done for the Cause if he only realized it, if he only knew it. But then one has to make this clear, what one must do.

The first work of the Sufi Message can be done by thinking within oneself and finding in what way one can make oneself a better instrument every day and every hour of the day. And if the work makes one forget that, then no doubt in the end one will find greater and greater difficulty as one goes further. But if one finds within oneself the capability, the scope, the desire of working, and ever-growing enthusiasm and sympathy, then intuitively he will begin. But if he sees inwardly he will see it is a very large scope of work, he will begin to see a wide horizon of work before his eyes, and he will say that, "It is too large a horizon for me to work. " He will never say that it is a small scope of work to do. Even the smallest scope of work--which from outer understanding seems to be small--as soon as we have the inner understanding of the same it will be the largest work.

The work of the Cause must be looked at as a magic work. It is a load. If you don't know what it is and you carry it, it is small, but as soon as you become conscious of it, it is very large. Because then you know your responsibility, your duty in what you say and in what you do and how you act toward it.

It is always the case when you work in this world, whether you work rightly or wrongly, there is always criticism for you and praise at the same time. There will be some who will praise and there will be others who will criticize. Know therefore that those who will criticize your capability probably only have seen the part that is to be criticized, and those who praise have seen the part that is to be praised. You need not be too confident about yourself, nor should you be too discouraged because another one criticizes you. Besides, horseback riders fall many times before they become good riders. And those who work in the world in a great Cause, as they go they make errors, they make mistakes.

It is natural. One should not feel discouraged because one has made a mistake; one should not feel discouraged that one did wrong. One should only think, "There is the whole life for us to learn. If today we do wrong, tomorrow it will be better." There will always be a hope. One must never think, "No, no, I don't know how to do the work. I shall always be doing wrong." Never think about it. Life is a school where one learns a lesson; every day we do wrong, and every day we improve if we care to learn from it. If we only study, we can go forward by doing wrong. But if we lose our hope and enthusiasm and say, "I made a mistake yesterday; I am not fit for the work," that is not right.

And suppose we have done right, we have done the work to our satisfaction, and others don't show appreciation? We have criticism all the same, with wrong--and right--doing. Then also never be discouraged, because the best judge is God Himself. Since you are working in the path of God and you are devoting your time and energy to the Cause of God, God is the Judge. So long as you are sincere in your work and you are doing your best, what does it matter if the whole world says you are doing wrong? You are in the right just the same.

The most needed thing in working for the Movement is not only the work, but good will: a sympathetic attitude toward one another. One must always know that work, no matter what kind of work it is, is intoxicating. It makes one forget many things -- it makes one forget oneself, it makes one forget the principle, it makes one forget many different things because life itself intoxicates. And to keep oneself wide awake through it and accomplish one's work and help another with good will -- appreciating what each one does in his own way and trying to do one's best and allow another to do his best -- is the right attitude to take in the Sufi work.

In my opinion, although it is many years since the Sufi Message began its activity, yet when you look at it from a mystical point of view, in the time that it has to cover in the world's life, it is only an infant. It is in its cradle, it is not known to the world. And if it is known to some few of us, I can't dare say that it is known to all of us; I can only say, to some few of us. And as it is infant work, then those of us who know more or less about the Message must know that we are in the most critical time, for the very reason that it is just beginning. An infant which cannot stand on its feet is in a helpless condition. It is just born, it requires great care.

And who ought to take care? God from above. And we, some few who are brought by Providence closer together to work hand in hand, it is we who are the guardians of this infant on earth. Then imagine how great is our responsibility. Something which should have been guarded by numberless swords, something which should have been guarded by machine gun, by forces, by fortification of rocks, something so important in the life of the world is in our care. And it is our work now to take care of it. Each of us is responsible for it for the coming generation, for humanity, for the world. It will reach as breath into the nations, it will run as electric current through the hearts. But let it stand, it is just born.

And this we can only do to our best by extending our sympathy first to one another, those who are working hand in hand in the Cause. Our sympathy to others is the next step. Our first step is to one another here among ourselves. Some of us have faults, some of us have errors, some of us will make mistakes; but still we are together. If we make mistakes, if we make errors, then we expect the other one to forgive us, to take care of us. For the reason that we make a mistake, the others must help us. It is by this unity that we shall keep strong and will supply the numberless swords and machine guns and forces made of rock: by our sympathy with one another, by our enthusiasm, and by our rock-like faith.

I do not wish to say this to mureeds who have not yet conceived the idea of the Sufi Message; but those who have a little spark in their heart somewhere hidden, they cannot say it in words, they cannot speak about it, and yet they cannot help feeling for it. To them there is my appeal that this is the most critical time for us because we are beginning. It is the same as with a little seedling which has not yet grown into a plant. Birds can come, animals can come, insects can eat it up, or anyone can walk over it and spoil it. But when it turns into a tree, then it supports itself, then its own strength will support it. Our responsibility therefore is to keep this little seedling with such care, to rear it, to water it, to let it have the sun and the air, and to consider it our sacred responsibility to let it grow and spread and bring the fruits and flowers that it has to bring to humanity.

Those who have a little time and those who are blessed by Providence, who can leave their country and go to another country, must consider this: that at this time we need workers of the Cause more than we have ever needed them before. There are so many cities and so many countries where interest is growing, where there is great demand and where there is such a great need for someone to further the Cause. And what is lacking? The person is lacking, the person who should go there and stay and do the work. In the United States there is such a great need of workers. If we had two hundred workers just now to begin in the United States, they could easily have a wide scope of work, each of them. In Germany it has just begun; it requires so much help and so much work to be done. And it is without workers that the work in Munich is suffering. If one of the old workers had stayed in Munich for some time there could have been great progress made. There are places in Switzerland and in Scandinavia where it has just begun. It greatly needs the help of mureeds who can go there and work and further the Cause.

We must therefore become conscious of our need. Our greatly felt need is the workers. Never think for one moment that I have ever had anxiety about the means. When we began there was nothing. At that time I had no anxiety; neither today have I any anxiety about it. If my heart has any anxiety, it is for the workers. All else will come. If we had a business, an industry, it would be different; then I would be thinking about something else. Our work is the service of humanity. If we have no roof to begin with, we shall do it outside the roof; the roof will come next.

If we have no money to advertise, we shall call our friends first. If there are five or ten or twenty gathered together, we shall begin doing it in the park. What is necessary is that enthusiasm, that consciousness of our need in furthering the Cause. And in what way will my friends, my mureeds show their sympathy, their devotion to their teacher? I will always appreciate most their sympathy, their devotion, their love, their friendship in helping me further the Cause, because this is the greatest burden. And if in this burden the mureeds will help in every way they can, that is the help that will be valued and most appreciated. God Bless You.