Topic November

Awakening our Inner Senses - 2

from: Hazrat Inayat Khan -

Social Gathekas

(see also counsellor)

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Intellectual study may last the whole life, there is no end to it. This is why the teacher does not encourage speculation. A doctrine means a separation from other doctrines. The Sufi belongs to every religion. The Sufi has no special beliefs or speculations. There can, for instance, be one Sufi who believes in reincar-nation and another who realizes Heaven and Hell. The work of the Sufi is personal development. It is what you practice that is important rather than what the teacher says. A teacher can give you protection; a teacher can say, ‘Yes, it is so, it is my experience also.’

Initiation contains several degrees. It is the trust that the teacher gives you, but the real initiation is the work of God. No teacher can nor will judge. The pupil is one whom the teacher likes to trust; all are welcome to the teacher. The teacher is inwardly Father and Mother to the pupil. The life of the teacher is often a sacrifice; he or she is persecuted and has many sufferings. What little help a teacher can give, he or she will give.

There is no special qualification needed to become a pupil. The teacher gives, and the pupil can take it. The teaching is like a precious jewel hidden in a stone. It is for the pupil to break the stone and find the jewel.

In the East this inner teaching is part of religion. In the West it is often looked upon merely as an education. It ought to be a sacred education. In the East the Murshid gives the lesson and the pupil practices it for a month or a year. We cannot have a different practice every week. My grandfather practiced one meditation forty years: then a miracle happened to him. We must not be ambitious for other exercises before having had a result from the first one. And we must promise not to reveal these practices.

There is also the study of Sufi school, one part of which is for initiates, the other for noninitiates. Only the Murshid can give initiation. But study classes can be given by someone else who knows how to conduct them, for a time. Notes cannot be taken, for that which is heard and seen is twice as profitable. Sometimes the depth of a teaching, not seen at once, is understood later. I sang a mantram fifteen years without understanding it, and then suddenly it was revealed within me. There is a teacher in every one of us, who teaches when the time comes.

We have a tendency to discuss things but it should never become a hobby. No one attains peace by fighting. In the lessons we must not discuss; the spirit in us must ponder over it. If there are mistakes, they come from the Murshid, not from the One who speaks through Murshid. The credit of all good and wisdom belongs to God, not to a human being. Do not dispute, take it or leave it. Make use of that which you are at one with and forget what does not appeal to you. My Message has been destined to humanity in general and not to particular people only. What I give to you, you must give to others.

He who makes room in his heart for others,

will himself find accommodation everywhere.


Gayan - Boulas

(Maheboob Khan, Hazrat Inayat Khan‘s brother, has composed music to a row of aphorisms of Hazrat Inayat Khan in the middle of last century, as this ‚Every Step in Thy Path‘. Mohammed Ali Khan, Hazrat Inayat Khan’s cousin, has sung this song around the year 1956 in a concert in Zürich – here you can listen to it)

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