"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…


There are two distinct paths through which one attains the spiritual goal, and they are quite contrary to one another: one is the path of resignation, the other the path of struggle. No doubt in the path of struggle there is also resignation, and in the path of resignation there is also struggle. But the one who is treading the path of resignation has only one thought: to be resigned; as to the…

If anyone asks, «What is esotericism: what are its tenets; what are its principles; what are its dogmas and doctrines?» the answer is that if esotericism were to be tangible, then it would not be esotericism. Esotericism must be considered to be something which is beyond understanding, and therefore one would be at a loss to discuss comparative doctrines, dogmas and principles as they may be known…

In the life of Bullah Shah, the great saint of Punjab, one reads a most instructive account of his early training, when he was sent to school with boys of his own age. The teacher taught him alif, the first letter of the Arabic alphabet. The other boys in his class finished the whole alphabet while he was mastering the same letter. When weeks had passed, and the teacher saw that the child did not…

There is a story told of Hafiz Shirazi, who, together with ten others named Hafiz, was being trained under the same Murshid.
A certain time was set apart for their meditation and other practices, and a certain time for food and sleep. Hafiz Shirazi kept awake during the night in rapt contemplation of Allah.
After years of patient waiting, one evening the Murshid in ecstasy called…

Bowl of saki

23 Aug By our thoughts we have prepared for ourselves the happiness or unhappiness we experience.

Vadan

I accept no refusal from the heavens.

Reflection

There are some who feel obliged to either say or do something which has been asked of them, and in so doing overlook the importance of being able to evaluate for oneself what should really be said and done.