"Hazrat" is an honorific; "Pir-o-Murshid" is an esoteric title, signifying the head of the Inner School of the Sufi Movement.
   On July 5th, 1882, in Baroda, India, a child named Inayat was born into one of the most musical families in the country. Inayat"s grandfather, Maula Bakhsh, known as the "Beethoven of India", had become a master of the music of both North and South India,…

Each time that one of us was born, our Father’s first tender approach to the new-born baby was to call it Pir-Zade or Murshid- Zade, meaning son of Pir or son of Murshid. The daughters were called Pir-Zadi or Murshid-Zadi, meaning daughter of Pir or daughter of Murshid.
Later, when we were older, our Father often asked us, «Have you really behaved today as a Pir-Zade or as a Murshid-Zade?…

If you are the master of a great factory, and all the machines work by your will, are you happy, restful and peaceful when you come home? You may be the master of a whole army or of a whole nation, or of many nations – when you are at home, are you peaceful and happy? The answer is «no», and this shows us that another mastery is needed. A man may be the master of a whole army, but if he has a stroke…

1 Just as for every illness there is a remedy, so for every disaster there is a reconstruction. Any effort, in whatever form and however small, made towards reconstruction or towards the betterment of conditions is worthwhile, but what we need most is the understanding of that religion of religions and that philosophy of philosophies which is self-knowledge. We shall not understand the outer life…


The word «initiation» could be understood in many ways, according to the disposition that one has when confronted by that experience, but among the many possible definitions of that term, one of them could be associated with the concept of «initiative». A first step taken is an initiative, whether it be taken consciously or unconsciously. For instance, birth is an initiative, and as the child grows,…

During the Zikar classes first given in London, then in Wiasous and also later at the Harras de la Tuilerie, before even becoming part of the Summer School program in Sureness, Murshid always insisted very much on the importance of creating a strictly respected rhythmic impulse as a fundamental principle to be adopted in a Zikar practice.
Murshid explained so often that the main object intended…

A person’s body usually goes quite out of control. If he wishes to hold up one foot, his foot will not obey him. For one moment it will go up, but after that it will not obey him any more. If he goes to the photographer who says, «steady,» he begins to move at once. The word «steady» alone makes him shake because it reminds him of his helplessness. Without the word «steady» he was all right, but his…

The legend of the dance of Krishna with a thousand gopis tells that he was beloved of all who knew him. In his village, high and low, young and old held him in their hearts with admiration and friendship.
And each peasant girl, each gopi who saw the divine youth hoped that it would be with her that he would dance. And so one asked him, and another, and another, and to each he gave his promise.…

Bowl of saki

The control of self means the control of everything.

Vadan

By disliking our dislikes, we begin to like all things.

Reflection

There are things that are worthwhile knowing and others that are not worth troubling about. In spending all one's energy to know what one need not know, one loses the opportunity to discover more about one's true self, and in discovering one's responsibilities as a human being resides the purpose of life.