Hazrat Inayat Khan
5. July 1882 - 5. February 1927
The Sufi Message of
Love, Harmony and Beauty
In the span of Hazrat Inayat Khan's lifetime substantial issues on life were formulated for the first time, the League of Nations, the Red Cross was founded, understanding of the individual towards the whole of humanity deepened and found verbal expression in declarations which still are most valid, but apparently long forgotten, swept away by the tidings of global greed which damages many fields which could flourish.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, president of the United States, formulated goals as a head of state, and his statement is today as valid as it had been then. He stated that all human life is based on four freedoms, each of them supporting and fulfilling the others - one can not be without the other - indispensable for all of humanity, to be achieved individually as much as on all structural concepts of firms, nations, races. He formulated them well:
- Freedom of speech and expression - everywhere in the world.
- Freedom of every person to worship the Source of existence in his own way - everywhere in the world.
- Freedom from want, which means: economic understandings which secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants - everywhere in the world.
- Freedom from fear, which means: worldwide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbour, anywhere in the world.
Hazrat Inayat Khan's teachings give form and substance to 'how to achieve these freedoms', how to form and shape our individual skills to meet such high demands, what to refrain from, how to become ready to pay the price which such developments demand. Teachings of security, trust, optimism, wisdom and understanding towards our human limitations.
"It is a matter of musicality - the challenge today for humanity", musicality in our relationship towards our thoughts, our feelings, our heart, our close friends, our foes, our neighbours, our country, our world, the whole of our existence as humanity.
'No part of the world, East or West, can deny the divinity of music. In the first place music is the language of the soul, and for two people of different nations or races to unite there is no better source than music. For music not only unites man to man, but man to God.'
From: Mysticism of Sound and Music
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