Inayat Khan, aka Hazrat Inayat Khan, fully Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

Khan, aka Hazrat Inayat Khan, fully Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

Indian Teacher of Sufism, Musician, Teacher, Founder of The Sufi Order in the West (now called the Sufi Order International)

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As to what we call music in everyday language, to me architecture is music, gardening is music, farming is music, painting is music, poetry is music. In all the occupations of life where beauty has been the inspiration, where the divine wine has been poured out, there is music. But among all the different arts, the art of music has been specially considered divine, because it is the exact miniature of the law working through the whole universe. For instance, if we study ourselves we shall find that the beats of the pulse and the heart, the inhaling and exhaling of the breath are all the work of rhythm. Life depends upon the rhythmic working of the whole mechanism of the body. Breath manifests as voice, as word, as sound; and the sound is continually audible, the sound without and the sound within ourselves. That is music; it shows that there is music both outside and within ourselves.

Music, the word we use in our everyday language, is nothing less than the picture of our Beloved. It is because music is the picture of our Beloved that we love music. But the question is what is our Beloved and where is our Beloved? Our Beloved is that which is our source and our goal; and what we see of our Beloved before our physical eyes is the beauty which is before us; and that part of our Beloved not manifest to our eyes is that inner form of beauty of which our Beloved speaks to us. If only we would listen to the voice of all the beauty that attracts us in any form, we would find that in every aspect it tells us that behind all manifestation is the perfect Spirit, the spirit of wisdom.

Very often in everyday life one sees that by losing one's temper with someone who has already lost his, one does not gain anything but only sets out upon the path of stupidity. He who has enough self-control to stand firm at the moment when the other person is in a temper, wins in the end. It is not he who has spoken a hundred words aloud who has won; it is he who has perhaps spoken only one word.

The secret of seeking the will of God lies in cultivating the faculty of sensing harmony; for harmony is beauty and beauty is harmony, and the lover of beauty in his further progress becomes the seeker of harmony; and by trying always to maintain harmony, man will tune his heart to the will of God.

Love another and do not depend upon his love; do good to another and do not depend upon receiving good from him; serve another and do not look for service from him.

In the heart of man the whole universe is reflected; and as the whole universe is reflected in it, man may be called the heart of the universe.

When the human heart becomes conscious of God, it becomes like the sea: it extends its waves to friend and foe. Man's greatest privilege is to become a suitable instrument of God. The heart of the Holy One is the gate of God's shrine.

Love which manifests as tolerance, as forgiveness, that love it is which heals the wounds of the heart.

Be firm in faith through life's tests and trials.
Break not your word of honor whatever may befall.
Hold your ideal high in all circumstances.
Keep to your principles in prosperity as well as in adversity.
Uphold your honor at any cost.
Do not neglect those who depend upon you.
Observe constancy in love.
Blessed are the unselfish friends and they whose motto in life is constancy.
Meet the world with smiles in all conditions of life.
Bring out the Beloved in others.

Let not your spirit be humbled in adversity... Have regard for the feelings of every soul.

There is no good person who has not a bad side to his nature, nor is there a wicked person who has not a good side to his nature; but the good side of the former covers the bad side of his nature, and the bad side of the latter generally covers the good side of his nature. The right thing is to go forward in the path of goodness, although it is natural that as much goodness as someone possesses so much badness there is in him. Therefore the Sufi complains no more, has no grudge against anyone, has nothing to grumble about: "That person insulted me," or ". . .treated me badly," or ". . .behaved unjustly," or ". . .acted unkindly," -- no complaint whatever, for complaint comes to a person who thinks of himself most of the time. He is inclined to self-pity at every moment, self pity, which is the worst poverty. The one who is sensitive to all things that come from the people around him will have a thousand complaints, whatever be his life's position. In a palace or in a cottage, be he poor or rich, he is always full of complaints. Nothing is right to him, nothing is just, except himself, everybody is cruel to him; and for that poor person life is death. If this person thinks of his health, then he has many complaints to make about different pains and aches and disagreeable things he feels, and if he thinks of his friends and foes then he has many things to say about them.

Every blow in life pierces the heart and awakens our feeling to sympathize with others; and every swing of comfort lulls us to sleep, and we become unaware of all... If it were not for pain, life would be most uninteresting, for it is by pain that the heart is penetrated.

Happiness lies in thinking or doing that which one considers beautiful.

He who makes room in his heart for others, will himself find accommodation everywhere... Heart talks to heart.

Be polite to all.
Be prejudiced against no one.
Bear no malice against your worst enemy.
Blessed are they who make willing sacrifices in kindness.
Consider your responsibility sacred.
Do not look down upon the one who looks up to you.
Do nothing which will make your conscience feel guilty.
Extend your help willingly to those in need.
Guard the secrets of friends as your most sacred trust.
Influence no one to do wrong.
Judge not another by your own law.
Prove trustworthy in all your dealings.

There is no source of happiness other than the heart of man.

Sadness comes from limitation in different forms, from lack of perception, from lack of power over oneself and over conditions, and from lack of that substance which is happiness itself and which is love.

Do not boast of your good deeds.
Do not reproach others, making them firm in their faults.
Do not spare yourself in the work which you must accomplish.
Do not take advantage of a person's ignorance.
Harm no one for your own benefit.
Make no false claims.
Render your services faithfully to all who require them.
Seek not profit by putting someone in straits.
Speak not against others in their absence.

Consideration is born in the heart and developed in the head.

The heart when it is not living and making its life a life of love, feels out of place; and all the discomfort of life comes from this... The soul feels suffocated when the doors of the heart are closed.

Selfishness keeps man blind through life.

Jealousy is the refuse of the heart... Criticism, indifference, pessimism are the three things which close the door of the heart.

Happy is he who does good to others; miserable is he who expects good from others.

The bringers of joy have always been the children of sorrow.

The person, who is in tune with the universe, becomes like a radio receiver through which the Voice of the universe is transmitted.

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Indian Teacher of Sufism, Musician, Teacher, Founder of The Sufi Order in the West (now called the Sufi Order International)