Sohbet of the Week (50 -17)

Rabia Martin writes a letter to Hazrat Inayat Khan

Prof. Inayat Khan:                        San Francisco, April 17, 1911

Dear Sir,

I must express my great joy and appreciation of your beautiful and scientific explanation of music which I had the privilege of listening to yesterday at the Hindu Temple of the Vedanta Society, San Francisco, 2963 Webster Street.

I can think of nothing else for I have waited for years to hear someone express publicly the truth of all art, be it music, painting or poetry. I have always wondered at the lack of understanding which exists in the minds of the majority of people who profess to teach, not even hinting to students, that the first step in self-development along any line whatsoever, must have its basis in inner laws.

Oh! The beauty of your interpretation fills me with such gladness, courage and light. I am quite sure I will always from this time on ever acknowledge India as the true center of music, and America or any other country for that matter should at once take the principles of music as you taught them, and begin to apply them, as far at least as they can comprehend them.

When teachers and mankind in general awaken to the realities of life and how vain the approach to the ideal is, unless inner culture precedes it, humanity will acclaim the ‘Glory of God’ in all his wondrous manifestations, and not until then.

Yours is a wonderful message to humanity, for so many souls can be inspired through the avenue of music. I have never had any musical instruction whatsoever, but I am a musician in spirit, for when we come to a conscious realization of the real self, does not the music in the soul find expression in many ways?

I have always loved the spirit of the East, and its philosophy brings me much light, the ‘Gita’ always being at hand where I can find comfort and peace. Some day as I evolve more of this inner consciousness of life, may I not attain (Samadhi)? That super conscious state which is the goal?

I will work silently and patiently, and when such messages as you impart come to light, how much more swiftly will progress be made. If you have written any book on music, or if there is any published in India, would you kindly indicate which to select, as I would like my child to read and study them, as she is much interested also.

Knowing that your message will reach many teachers who are not conscious of this truth, I remain with all sincerity.

        Mrs. Ada Martin, 1054 O. Fanell Ave, San Francisco, Calif.

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