by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan

You to whom we belong
to whom we have always belonged
to whom we will always belong

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I was nothing

You made me what I am

What I am I cannot say

I only know I am nothing

Without you

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The Children Asking


By Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan

“If we meet Fairies, tell us what to do!”

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The Lamp of Joy

syrianmosquelampBy Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan

A mermaid once went in a ship
Upon the stormy sea,
And as she sailed along, the
Waves arose and sprung in glee,
For on the ship she hung a lamp
Which gave a light so sweet,
That anyone who saw its glow
With joy was sure to meet.

Fires of Truth

flameBy Hazrat Inayat Khan

Keep burning the fire I have lighted.

It may seem very small to you, but one tiny flame, if kept burning, can be the means of illuminating a whole city, and someday many lamps that shall be lighted at this small fire will give light to thousands.

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Seven Principles of Love

angels by Dore1. The Universe is a phenomenon of love, and its ripest fruit is the awakened heart.

2. The heart awakens in the act of rising up toward, attaining, and ultimately rising beyond, the beauty it holds as its highest ideal.

3. The pure essence of every world faith is an ennobling ideal. The sum of these ideals is the spiritual heritage of the contemporary human heart.

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A Higher Union

William Blake

William Blake

Often it is asked, if God is good and beautiful, why is there so much evil and ugliness in the world? The answer is that the Creator has endowed humanity with freedom. We are free to choose love, and the virtues and inspirations that love kindles, or to choose lovelessness, and the dark shadows that lovelessness casts.

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Persian and Indian Visions of the Living Earth

SchoolOfTabriz1From the Caspian Sea in the west to the Bay of Bengal in the east stretches a vast and undulating tract of the planetary crust marked by soaring peaks, scorched deserts, and fertile river valleys.

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Objects of the Order

Meditation Course1.    To realize and spread the knowledge of unity, the religion of love and wisdom, so that the bias of faiths and beliefs may of itself fall away, the human heart may overflow with love, and all hatred caused by distinctions and differences may be rooted out.

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Ten Sufi Thoughts

book cover imageTHERE ARE TEN PRINCIPAL SUFI THOUGHTS which comprise all the important subjects with which the inner life is concerned:

1. There is One God, the Eternal, the Only Being; none exists save God.

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Sufism, East and West

Pir Vilayat's DarghaExcerpted from pamphlets of the Sufi Order published in London in the late 1910s.

THE CENTRAL IDEA of Sufism is believed to have existed from the beginning of creation. Traces of Sufism are to be found in all periods of history, but mostly during the age of Hebrew prophets and ecstatics, who themselves were Sufis.

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What is Sufism?

Bektashi CalligraphySomehow—by a Power of surpassing might—we have been summoned from nonexistence into being, thrust into bodies of fine-woven stardust, and set loose on the face of a world of sky, ocean, and earth. What are we to make of this chance?

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