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 Duty of Happiness

(From a transcript of his lecture in 1922 in Brighton) "Mureed" refers to a dedicated student, while "murshid" refers to a master teacher. Hazrat Inayat Khan uses the male pronoun exclusively, in keeping with the custom of his time, with the assumption that the male pronoun refers to all people.

I wish to bring to the notice of my mureeds two great duties which every one of them must consider it most important to perform. The first duty is towards himself, the second is towards God and humanity.

  1. The first and most important is towards himself. It must be known and understood that your murshid does not give particular principles, tenets, or doctrines; nor does he impose any particular belief. He keeps you free to make your lives really happy, that others may share your happiness. This happiness can be attained by thoroughly studying the nature of happiness, finding out what it is that gives true happiness, for so often in seeking happiness the soul is deceived and deluded and so remains without happiness.

    The mureeds must take care that their bodies are strong, healthy, vigorous, and ready to work, that their minds are balanced, sound and clear. Then they can have happiness and give it to those around them. If in this time of great distress every mureed would realize that he is a volunteer in an army, working for the peace of souls, a great work would be done.

  2. The second duty, towards God and humanity is to show their devotion to the Cause, to Murshid, and to God, by some service. You ask, what service can you do for the Cause? You can create an interest in the Message in those around you, in your friends. You may for instance bring your friends to this centre, where sometimes there are readings, and so you will help the movement, and by so doing, you may help humanity and the Cause of God.

    Remember, it is a world movement, the responsibility of which is too great for words to express. If anything can give you an idea of its greatness, you will show it by sympathy for Murshid and appreciation for the teachings which are given to you. Words say little. And the service must not be done in order to oblige Murshid; it must be done for God and for humanity. You must consider it as your most sacred task, given by God, therefore most important to fulfill, and the main purpose of your life.