- Author Hidayat Inayat-Khan
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 some schools, because as already mentioned, esotericism has none, and believes that wisdom does not fit into preformed conceptions.
What is looked for in the esoteric school of the Sufis? It is a gradual unfoldment of the soul. It is the light shining within oneself which gradually illuminates all around us. It is the joy that one feels in experiencing the beauty of a sublime horizon which spreads out more and more each day. It is the feeling of greater energy, courage, hope and inner security — all of which makes life become more worth living.