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Sayings of Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan

Bowl of Saki


The pain of love is the dynamite that breaks up the heart, even if it be as hard as a rock.

Our virtues are made by love, and our sins caused by the lack of it.

Love is the essence of all religion, mysticism, and philosophy.

The fire of devotion purifies the heart of the devotee, and leads unto spiritual freedom.

Mysticism without devotion is like uncooked food; it can never be assimilated.

He who stores evil in his heart cannot see beauty.

The wise man, by studying nature, enters into unity through its variety, and realizes the personality of God by sacrificing his own.

Love manifests towards those whom we like as love; towards all those whom we do not like as forgiveness.

Love brought man from the world of unity to that of variety, and the same force can take him back again to the world of unity from the world of variety.

Whoever knows the mystery of vibrations indeed knows all things.

He who arrives at the state of indifference without experiencing interest in life is incomplete and apt to be tempted by interest at any moment; but he who arrives at the state of indifference by going through interest really attains the blessed state.

Wisdom is greater and more difficult to attain than intellect, piety, or spirituality.

Wisdom is intelligence in its pure essence, which is not necessarily dependent upon the knowledge of names and forms.

Man forms his future by his actions; his every good or bad action spreads its vibrations and becomes known throughout the universe.

The universe is like a dome; it vibrates to that which you say in it, and answers the same back to you; so also is the law of action; we reap what we sow.

We are always searching for God afar off, when all the while He is nearer to us than our own soul.

Concentration and contemplation are great things; but no contemplation is greater than the life we have about us every day.

He who expects to change the world will be disappointed; he must change his view. When this is done, then tolerance will come, forgiveness will come, and there will be nothing he cannot bear.

To renounce what we cannot gain is not true renunciation; it is weakness.

The religion of each one is the attainment of his soul's desire; when he is on the path of that attainment he is religious; when he is off that path then he is irreligious, impious.

The reformer comes to plow the ground; the prophet comes to sow the seed; and the priest comes to reap the harvest.

Life is an opportunity given to satisfy the hunger and thirst of the soul.

Truth alone can succeed; falsehood is a waste of time and loss of energy.

Do not fear God, but consciously regard His pleasure and displeasure.

He who has failed himself has failed all; he who has conquered himself has won all.

As man rises above passion, so he begins to know what is love.

Believe in God with childlike faith; for simplicity with intelligence is the sign of the Holy Ones.

He who can live up to his ideal is the king of life; he who cannot live up to it is life's slave.

Every moment of our life is an invaluable opportunity.