"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…


These Few remembrances which I am humbly venturing to put into words, are offered herewith in an earnest longing to communicate some aspects of the fairy-tale atmosphere that prevailed in those days, when our Beloved Father was with us.
But it is of course very difficult to evoke such remembrances without repeatedly experiencing an outburst of emotions, especially those which were awakened…

I would like to tell you something about the work of the Movement and about the two aspects of this work. One aspect is the school of inner culture represented by the Sufi Order, the school which originated in ancient Egypt. As God is one, as truth is one, so a school of inner culture is one, revealed at different times in different ways. Traces of this school can be found in all periods of history,…

Once a dervish came to Sikander, the great king, with the bowl of a beggar, and asked Sikander if he could fill the bowl.
Sikander looked at him and said, «What is he asking of an emperor like me? To fill this little bowl?» He said immediately, «Yes.»
But the bowl was a magic bowl. Hundreds and thousands and millions were poured into it, but it would not fill; it always remained…

When looking at the world with the eyes of the seer, we shall see that people who are called wise and people who are called foolish are much nearer to each other than they are ordinarily thought to be: because of their unbalanced state their different occupations are much nearer to each other than they usually appear. The person who sees the good in others will see more and more good. The person…

Bowl of saki

18 Dec The trees of the forest silently await God's blessing.

Vadan

Power is utilized to its best advantage when it is used for a good purpose.

Reflection

It is often preferable to express one's honest opinion to another rather than to accept the help of a third person as an intermediary. However, in all cases, tact is the only condition for a positive outcome.