"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…


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…

The many various types of Sufi activities in which Murshid was involved, differed very much, according to the diversity of circumstances experienced within the frame-work of the great number of centers, which were visited all throughout the year.
During the summer months, however, Murshid was practically always at home; and he could therefore arrange his daily schedule more conveniently than…

In ancient times there used to exist communities of robbers, who considered themselves entitled to rob the caravans passing through their territory.
Their morals and principles were such that if one of their victims said, «All I possess I will give you, if you will only let me go,» they would say, «No, I wish to see the blood of your hand.» They did not let him go without hurting him.

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

18 Jan Misbelief alone misleads; singlemindedness always leads to the goal.

Vadan

O rosebud, thy blooming gives me the impression of my Beloved’s countenance.

Reflection

In life, the one is absorbed in pleasures and obsessed by ever-changing moods, whereas the other regards with consideration the pains and pleasures of others.