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Sayings of Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan

Bowl of Saki


You can have all good things, wealth, friends, kindness, love to give and love to receive once you have learned not to be blinded by them; learned to escape from disappointment, and from repugnance at the idea that things are not as you want them to be.

The truth need not be veiled, for it veils itself from the eyes of the ignorant.

No man should allow his mind to be a vehicle for others to use; he who does not direct his own mind lacks mastery.

Rest of mind is as necessary as rest of body, and yet we always keep the former in action.

Those who have given deep thoughts to the world are those who have controlled the activity of their minds.

Unity in realization is far greater than unity in variety.

The afterlife is like a gramophone; man's mind brings the records; if they are harsh, the instrument produces harsh notes; if beautiful, then it will sing beautiful songs. It will produce the same records that man has experienced in this life.

He who depends upon his eyes for sight, his ears for hearing, and his mouth for speech, he is still dead.

We cover our spirit under our body, our light under a bushel; we never allow the spirit to become conscious of itself.

When we devote ourselves to the thought of God, all illumination and revelation is ours.

God-communication is the best communication that true spiritualism can teach us.

The mystic desires that which Omar Khayyam calls wine the wine of Christ, after drinking which no one will ever thirst.

Our limited self is a wall separating us from the self of God.

The wisdom and justice of God are within us, yet they are far away, hidden by the veil of the limited self.

He who looks for a reward is smaller than his reward; he who has renounced a thing has risen above it.

The poverty of one who has renounced is real riches compared with the riches of one who holds them fast.

Love for God is the expansion of the heart, and all actions that come from the lover of God are virtues; they cannot be otherwise.

God is the ideal that raises mankind to the utmost height of perfection.

He is wise who treats an acquaintance as a friend; and he is foolish who treats a friend as an acquaintance; and he is impossible who treats friends and acquaintances as strangers you cannot help him.

Insight into life is the real religion, which alone can help men to understand life.

The realization that the whole life must be give and take is the realization of the spiritual truth and fact of true democracy; not until this spirit is formed in the individual can the whole world be elevated to the higher grade.

The perfect life is following one's own ideal, not in checking those of others; leave everyone to follow his own ideal.

Every man's desire is according to his evolution; that which he is ready for is the desirable thing for him.

Discussion is for those who say, "What I say is right, and what you say is wrong". A sage never says such a thing; hence, there is no discussion.

Tolerance does not come by learning, but by insight; by understanding that each one should be allowed to travel along the path which is suited to his temperament.

So long as a man has a longing to obtain any particular object, he cannot go further than that object.

Every man's path is for himself; let him accomplish his own desires, that he may thus be able to rise above them to the eternal goal.

The control of self means the control of everything.

God is love; when love is awakened in the heart, God is awakened there.

All the disharmony of the world caused by religious differences is the result of man's failure to understand that religion is One, truth is One, God is One; how can there be two religions?

The use of friendship for a selfish motive is like mixing bitter poison with the sweet rose-syrup.