The Teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan      

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Social Gathekas

Religious Gathekas

The Message Papers

The Healing Papers

Vol. 1, The Way of Illumination

Vol. 1, The Inner Life

Vol. 1, The Soul, Whence And Whither?

Vol. 1, The Purpose of Life

Vol. 2, The Mysticism of Sound and Music

Vol. 2, The Mysticism of Sound

Vol. 2, Cosmic Language

Vol. 2, The Power of the Word

Vol. 3, Education

Vol. 3, Life's Creative Forces: Rasa Shastra

Vol. 3, Character and Personality

Vol. 4, Healing And The Mind World

Vol. 4, Mental Purification

Vol. 4, The Mind-World

Vol. 5, A Sufi Message Of Spiritual Liberty

Vol. 5, Aqibat, Life After Death

Vol. 5, The Phenomenon of the Soul

Vol. 5, Love, Human and Divine

Vol. 5, Pearls from the Ocean Unseen

Vol. 5, Metaphysics, The Experience of the Soul Through the Different Planes of Existence

Vol. 6, The Alchemy of Happiness

Vol. 7, In an Eastern Rose Garden

Vol. 8, Health and Order of Body and Mind

Vol. 8, The Privilege of Being Human

Vol. 8a, Sufi Teachings

Vol. 9, The Unity of Religious Ideals

Vol. 10, Sufi Mysticism

Vol. 10, The Path of Initiation and Discipleship

Vol. 10, Sufi Poetry

Vol. 10, Art: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Vol. 10, The Problem of the Day

Vol. 11, Philosophy

Vol. 11, Psychology

Vol. 11, Mysticism in Life

Vol. 12, The Vision of God and Man

Vol. 12, Confessions: Autobiographical Essays of Hazat Inayat Khan

Vol. 12, Four Plays

Vol. 13, Gathas

Vol. 14, The Smiling Forehead

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The Message

Free Will and Destiny in the Message

What is the Message?

Lecture for Mureeds and Friends

Wakening to the Message

Aspects of the Sufi Message

The Message

Relationship Between Murshid and Mureed

Personalities of the Servants of God

Our Efforts in Constructing

Teaching Given by Murshid to his Mureeds

Ways of Receiving the Message

The Path of Attainment

Interest and Indifference

The Call from Above

The Message


Spiritual and Religious Movements

Peculiarity of the Great Masters

Abraham, Moses and Muhammad

Four Questions

The Spreading of the Message

Jelal-ud-din Rumi

Peculiarities of the Six Great Religions

Belief and Faith

"Superhuman" and Hierarchy

Faith and Doubt

Divine Guidance

The Prophetic Life

There are two Kinds Among the Souls

The Messenger

The Message Which has Come in all Ages

The Sufi Message

The Message

Questions Concerning the Message

The Inner School

The Duty of Happiness

Five Things Necessary for a Student



The Message Papers

The Messenger

The souls who believe in a Messenger in any age because of his miraculous powers or by seeing the belief of his adherents, are the followers; but the souls to whom the presence of the Messenger is the evidence and to whom his words are a proof, and whose own belief is their conviction, they are the foundation of the world's new Temple.

The disciples of the Teacher are as all objects of heaven and earth are to the sun. Some are respondent to the light of the sun, become hot and cold, some grow and thrive and bring out their color and fragrance. Some close their eyes and become blind in the light of the sun. In the heart of some arises cheerfulness with the rising of the sun. Some begin their life's activities as the sun rises, some await the rising of the sun during dark depressing night, in pain and suffering. Some look forward to the clearing of the clouds and to see the smiles of the sun.

But the stars and planets in heaven are still more respondent and are connected with the special current of the sun, their greatness is in their nearness to the sun. So are the disciples who are close to the Spirit of the Teacher; they are his special planets. They give out the light of the sun that is reflected in their heart.

The Messenger has five aspects to his being.

  1. The first the Divine,
  2. the second the Ideal,
  3. the third the Prophet,
  4. the fourth the Message-Bearer,
  5. the fifth the Teacher.

Four of these aspects have been terminated so that they may not be distinguished except one, the fifth, which is the Teacher. The absence of the ideal makes it easier for the idealistic devotee to make his ideal greater, but the presence of the ideal most often hinders the devotee in strengthening his ideal, for the ideal that grows and expands in the imagination of the devotee will always excel the ideal personality who is living on earth the life of limitations.

The Message is the answer to the cry of the individual and collective souls.