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



1,1: Magnetism

1,4: Insight

1,5: Spirit

1,6: Purity

2,1: Breath

2,2: the Spirit In the Flesh



The Key to Health

Full Breath

Sending the Breath

Five Directions of Breath

5 An Electrical Current






11. Breath like a swing

12. Disorders

13. Capability and Efficiency




17 The Breath of a Cobra














The Healing Papers

2,1: Breath


Breath in reality is light, but when it shoots forth its rays, then according to the direction of the rays and the capacity that receives the light, colors manifest. Both form and color depend upon the direction that the light takes and upon the degree of light.

Nothing on earth is meaningless; every occurrence has its meaning and every event has its purpose. Even the colors that manifest in the light of breath have their meaning, which pertains to the moment and the conditions of the moment. Attempts are being made to photograph thoughts and feelings, and some people have even attempted to photograph spirits. It is difficult to say how far these attempts can be successful; no doubt, in this, great scope is given to falsehood.

If there is any means of seeing a spirit, a form from the inner world, it is only the breath. For in the light of the breath a form from the inner world can manifest as a picture from the magic lantern. The picture is actually in the lantern and it is the reflection of that picture which we see. Those who see the form of the dead see the reflection before them, manifested in the light of their own breath the real forms being in the inner world. For it is the breath which connects the inner world with the outer world, just as the light thrown from the magic lantern falls upon the curtain.

Many people believe that there is a color or note which belongs to a particular person, and this question offers a wide scope for confusion and puzzle. Many people are anxious to know what note belongs to them and what color is their special color. In fact this belief can be looked at from two different points of view, from the symbolical point of view and from the metaphysical.

From the symbolical point of view every person is, so to speak, tuned to a certain pitch in his individual evolution, and he stands with respect to another person just as C on the piano stands with respect to G, or E to F. This shows why a person can get on harmoniously with a certain person, but is inharmonious with another. It is not the fault of the F or G on the piano if they sound inharmonious together, it is the combination of the notes that causes the disharmony. It is not always the note that is inharmonious; it is a wrong combination that makes it inharmonious. Spiritual perfection makes man the keynote which is in harmony with all notes, and even that perfection shown to the world by Christ caused his crucifixion.

Metaphysically this question can be explained thus: There is a certain degree of life in a person, which can be distinguished by his breath, and that degree shows itself to the seer as a color and sound. Those who have not attained the power which perceives the tone and color of the breath can perceive it by a man's voice and expression.