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Books, Papers, Music and Photos of Hazrat Inayat Khan
Available on this Website:

Published Books:

Volumes I through XIV are the teachings of Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan as transcribed by his students from his lectures and talks given between 1914 and 1926. These are the books which have been most widely circulated.

The book called "Sayings" is largely derived from Inayat Khan's own personal notebooks.

The portion of the book called "Biography" was written following interviews with Inayat Khan, while the "Autobiography" portion was written by Inayat Khan himself.

Click on any title in the following on-line table of contents to go to that volume.... or use the search engine (see below) to locate specific text in any of these volumes:

Volume I The Way of Illumination
Volume II The Mysticism of Music, Sound and Word
Volume III The Art of Personality
Volume IV Mental Purification and Healing
Volume V Spiritual Liberty
Volume VI The Alchemy of Happiness
Volume VII In An Eastern Rose Garden
Volume VIII Sufi Teachings: The Art of Being (revised edition)
Volume VIIIa Sufi Teachings (older edition)
Volume IX The Unity of Religious Ideals
Volume X Sufi Mysticism
Volume XI Philosophy, Psychology and Mysticism
Volume XII The Divinity of the Human Soul
Volume XIII The Gathas
Volume XIV The Smiling Forehead
       --- Sayings: Gayan, Vadan, Nirtan and Bowl of Saki
       --- Biography and Autobiography of Hazrat Inayat Khan

A Collection of Unpublished Papers:

The following papers have not been published in book form, but most have previously been privately circulated, from teacher to student.

In general, these papers express the same message as given in the more widely available books listed above, yet these may help to clarify certain concepts by expressing the topics in somewhat different words.

Note: Since most of these papers have traditionally been privately circulated, there may be multiple versions in existence. Consequently, I make no claim that these versions of the documents are authoritative or "the best", but merely that these are the versions which I have received from various sources over the years.

Unfortunately, I have no information regarding the provenance or accuracy of these papers, yet I have personally found these papers very useful and offer them here in that spirit.

      Supplementary Papers (aka The Dutch Papers)
      Social Gathekas
      Religious Gathekas
      Additional Papers - 1923
      A few transcripts from the Nekbakht Foundation archives

Additional Resources, by or about Inayat Khan:

      Glossary of Non-English words used in the Sufi Message texts
      Prayer for Peace
      My Mystical Life: Inayat Khan's own recollections
      Sufi Message as viewed by Inayat's brother Musharaff Khan
      Rare photos and film footage of Hazrat Inayat Khan
      Sufi Order poster - London circa 1916 - pdf
      Original 1914 text entitled A Sufi Message of Spiritual Liberty - pdf
      The Singing Zikr of Hazrat Inayat Khan
      Winged-Heart Calligraphy (Tughra)
      Inayat Khan singing Allahu Akbar
      Inayat Khan singing Surat Mullar
      Inayat Khan talking about the Sufi Message (New York, 1926)
      Photos of Inayat Khan
      Meeting of Nyogen Senzaki and Inayat Khan
      Shajara (spiritual lineage) of Hazrat Inayat Khan
      Hindustani Poetry -  by Inayat Khan and Jesse Westbrook
      Songs of India -  by Inayat Khan and Jesse Westbrook
      Brief biography of Hazrat Inayat Khan
      Origins and meaning of "The Bowl of Saki"
      Rising Above gender-related wording in the Sufi Message texts


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Hazrat Inayat Khan - circa 1926

Availability of Published Books:

The original volumes of The Sufi Message of Inayat Khan (the "orange books") are out of print and are now very hard to find. However, there are paperback versions of the original set of "Sufi Message" volumes readily available from India (see the following Amazon, IndiaClub and Motilal Banarsidass links).

Complete listings of all available Inayat Khan books (in English):

         Inayat Khan books from Amazon.Com (complete Inayat Khan index)

         Inayat Khan books from Suluk Press  (complete Inayat Khan Index)

         Set of Sufi Message books from Amazon (set of 13 Message volumes plus an index)

Inayat Khan Biography:

Biographical information (freely available on this website):

        Biography of Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan ... complete on-line text

        Brief Biography of Hazrat Inayat Khan ... brief bio

        Volume XII - Confessions ... biography by R.M.Bloch, published in 1915

        The Music and Life of Inayat Khan ... excerpts from a text by Susheela Mishra

Biographical Books (available from Amazon):

        Biography of Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan, East-West Publications, 1979

        A Pearl in Wine, Omega, 2001



A number of the Inayat Khan texts have been translated into other languages including Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Italian and Chinese, and are freely available in PDF format on the web site at:

          Reach Far and Wide


Additional Web Sites related to the Sufi Message of Inayat Khan:

Web sites of some Sufi Orders in the lineage of Hazrat Inayat Khan:

   The Inayati Order (formerly called Sufi Order International)

   The International Sufi Movement

   The Noorunnissa Centre

   Sufi Ruhaniat International

   The Sufi Way

http://www.nekbakhtfoundation.org ... has produced a series entitled Complete Works of Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan, Original Texts.

Please note that the Complete Works series are scholarly texts intended to record as accurately as possible, in a rather tedious and herky-jerky manner, the actual words which were most likely spoken by Hazrat Inayat Khan in each of his lectures. Due to the disjointed style of presentation, these are best considered to be scholarly tomes, not really well suited for causual reading. In general, the Sufi Message volumes and the other papers available on this web site will be more pleasant to read, and easier to understand without sacrificing the essence of the Message.

To see if the Complete Works volumes are suitable for you, you may download for free any of the volumes of the Complete Works series in PDF format using the following link:  PDF files from the Nekbakht Foundation website

http://www.petama.ch/pagese/E-index.html ... many excellent Inayat Khan resources, created by Puran in Dutch, German and English.

Although the Centrum Universal website created by Kaivan Plesken is no longer online, most of the pages of his website have been preserved on the Internet Archive.


Photos of Inayat Khan:

    On-line photos of Inayat Khan ... free, on this web site

    On-line photos of Inayat Khan ... free, at the Nekbakht Foundation web site

Music of Inayat Khan:

Available on this web site:

    A brief biography of Inayat Khan's musical background

    Sheet music for the Sung Zikr of Hazrat Inayat Khan

    Inayat Khan singing Allahu Akbar

    Inayat Khan singing Surat Mullar

      A translation of Surat Mullar by Harunnisa Khanim Maula Bakhsh:

Without the name of Rama no comfort can come. Without a guru, no wisdom can be attained. Whoever pays full attention to the guru, is always blessed with the darshan of God, Who draws all unto Himself.

That one who opens the door of his heart, he is the one who attains the darshan of Rama. Never leave the repetition of Rama's name. Without mentioning the name, remembrance is not kept up. The need for remembrance lies upon everybody; therefore, hold on to this attention every day.

In 1909, Hazrat Inayat Khan made a series of musical recordings in India. In 1994, a CD version of the recordings was produced by EMI. (EMI CD NF 1 50129/30 Inayat Khan, The Complete Recordings of 1909).

The recordings may be available at:

  http://www.petama.ch... Switzerland

  http://www.sufimovement.org ... Netherlands


(Note: The HTML versions of first 13 volumes were initially released on the internet as a Christmas gift to Murshid Isa Kadre by his friends and loved ones, who did a great service for us all, and to whom I say thank you.)

updated 10-May-2023