"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…


I would like to speak a few words on the subject of our attitude as members of the Sufi Movement towards others. Our attitude towards societies such as occult, mystical, or philosophical societies should be a Sufi attitude; otherwise we shall be the same, and act the same, as everybody else. If we look at them with a critical eye there are then many things that we will criticize, and by doing so…

«Now after six days Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John and led them alone up a high mountain privately. He was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiantly white. There also appeared before them Elijah and Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.
Then a cloud surrounded them, and a voice came from the cloud, » This is my one dear Son. Listen to him!" Suddenly when they…

It is harmony, which makes beauty; beauty in itself has no meaning. An object which is called beautiful at a certain place and time is not beautiful at another place or another time. And so it is with thought, speech and action: that which is called beautiful is only so at a certain time and under certain conditions which make it beautiful. So if one can give a true definition of beauty, it is harmony.…

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…

Bowl of saki

20 Feb The religion of each one is the attainment of his soul's desire; when he is on the path of that attainment he is religious; when he is off that path then he is irreligious, impious.

Vadan

In sympathizing with everyone, I offer my love to Thee, my Beloved.

Reflection

A thoughtful person tries to spare others the energy of having to listen to one's speech on a subject for which they have no interest and which offers them no beauty, as the lack of response would represent a loss of one's own magnetism.