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Inayat Khan

1882 – 1927 CE

Grandson of famous musician and “Beethoven of India,” Ustad Maula Bakhsh and married to the cousin of Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy; Inayat Khan joined together esoteric mysticism with the magic of music and brought Sufism to the West. He warned against any blind belief systems and inspired visions of beauty, harmony and love. He taught that nature is the only holy book, self-realization the only truth, “unswerving progress in the right direction” the only religion, and all the children of earth our only true family. He traveled widely spreading his vision of seeing through the identifications separating people and harmonizing the East and the West.

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Quotes by Inayat Khan (17 quotes)

“there is a purpose above each purpose, and there is again a purpose under each purpose; and yet beyond and beneath all purposes there is no purpose.”

Chapters: 6. The Source

Themes: Meaningfulness

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“Sufis have no set belief or disbelief. Divine light is the only sustenance… and what they see in this light they believe, and what they do not see they do not blindly believe.”

Chapters: 17. True Leaders

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“It is not he who has spoken a hundred words aloud who has won; it is he who has perhaps spoken only one word.”

Chapters: 36. The Small, Dark Light

Themes: Less is More

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“Everything in life is speaking in spite of its apparent silence.”

Chapters: 36. The Small, Dark Light

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“There can be no rebirth without a dark night of the soul, a total annihilation of all that you believed in and thought that you were.”

Chapters: 38. Fruit Over Flowers

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“I have seen all souls as my soul, and realized my soul as the soul of all.”

Chapters: 39. Oneness

Themes: Oneness

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“All things we possess are taken from others, and others in their turn await with outstretched hands to seize them.”

Chapters: 46. Enough

Themes: Materialism

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“Whether drifting through life on a boat or climbing toward old age leading a horse, each day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.— Matuso Basho (1644-1694)

Chapters: 47. Effortless Success

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“All that produces longing in the heart deprives the heart of freedom.”

Chapters: 48. Unlearning

Themes: Desire Hope

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“It is the empty pitcher that makes a noise when you knock upon it, but the pitcher which is full of water does not make any sound; it is silent, speechless.”

Chapters: 56. One with the Dust

Themes: Water

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“And yet the most valuable things are attained with the least effort. But one does not realize their importance. One would rather have something which is attained with a great effort.”

Chapters: 63. Easy as Hard

Themes: Less is More

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“There is not anything one should not be ready to tolerate,and there is nobody whom one should not forgive.”

Chapters: 63. Easy as Hard

Themes: Letting Go

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“Reason is the illusion of reality.”

Chapters: 65. Simplicity: the Hidden Power of Goodness

Themes: Reality

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“Therefore it is the law of the mystics to see all things, to experience all things, either of heaven or earth, and yet to say little.”

Chapters: 70. Inscrutable

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“To create happiness for oneself and others is the whole philosophy of religion.”

Chapters: 72. Helpful Fear

Themes: Philosophy

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“Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful.”

Chapters: 47. Effortless Success

Themes: Travel

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“The mission of Hafiz was to express to a fanatical religious world that the presence of God is not to be found only in heaven, but also here on earth.”

Themes: Fanaticism

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