The Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan

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If one says, "Shall we renounce and become as they are in the East, living in a dream, and rather lazily? Shall we allow whatever nation to walk into our country?" - I shall answer that there cannot be one principle for everyone, because everyone is not in the same stage of evolution. Therefore the Sufi prescribes no common principle for all. He does not say, "Renounce. Do not be cruel." The Sufi has been blamed for this many times, because to have no principles in ordinary language means to be very bad. We recognize that what is a right principle for one is not always right for another. To a lord who has so many millions of pounds we shall not say, "Do not give a great dinner or a ball in your house." He would say, "All the other lords do it." He cannot have the same principles that a Murshid prescribes for himself. My Murshid once refused initiation to the Nizam of Hyderabad because the Nizam could not follow the principles that the Murshid would prescribe.