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Sayings of Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan

(Feelings of a poet's heart, keyed to various musical notes)

I would rather have a lasting pain than a pleasure that passes away.

My mind never changes, but I change my mind whenever I wish.

My soul often has the feeling of being stretched, held fast by the heavens and pulled continually by the earth.

My errors do not lull me to sleep, but they open my eyes to a deeper vision of life.

My smallest work in the inner plane is worth more than all I do in the outer world.

No sooner is my heart struck than a switch is turned and the light appears.

All that I can manage in life, I take as my responsibility, but all that I cannot manage, I leave to God.

When I try to do some good to the others, I never think it is enough;
but when I receive the slightest good from others, I feel it is more than sufficient.

When I open my eyes to the outer world I feel myself as a drop in the sea;
but when I close my eyes and look within, I see the whole universe as a bubble raised in the ocean of my heart.

How did I rise above narrowness? The edges of my own walls began to hurt my elbows.
I would die proud rather than live a long life of humiliation.

All that is done and cannot be helped, I leave to fate; but I feel myself responsible for all that is to be done.

The scriptures have called Him the Creator; the Masons have called Him the Architect;
but I know Him as the Actor on this stage of life.

I respect all those of great names, but seek continually the nameless.

I am resigned to the past, attentive to the present, and hopeful for the future.

I accept no refusal from the heavens.

Christ: His image in the church, His spirit in my soul.

I have not come to teach what you know not;
I have come to deepen in you that wisdom which is yours already.

He who has lost me, is lost;
he who has found me, has found life eternal.

My presence stimulates in your heart that feeling which must always be kept alive.

Be not disappointed if I tell you about things which are already known to you.
Realize that they can never be repeated too many times.

There is nothing too good or too bad for me, since I am conscious of that reality which is hidden and yet covers all.

I am what I am; by trying to be something, I make that self limited who in reality is all.

I do not give you my ideas; what I give you is my personal knowledge.

My heart is the key to the hearts of men.

I need remove no one to place another in my heart; my heart is large enough to accommodate each and all.

I learn from my mureeds more than they learn from me.

I neither defend the wrongdoer nor do I condemn him.

I try to do the right which seems right to me at the moment;
at another moment the same may seem to me wrong.
Therefore, I do not attempt to impose my right upon the one who does not see the right of it.

Nothing new I say when I speak;
I only renew the memory of things which may not be forgotten.

I play my melody while everyone sings his own song.

My friends lull me to sleep, but my enemies keep me awake.

Praise fans the glow of my heart, and blame turns it into a blaze.

What has happened, has happened;
what I am going through, I shall rise above;
and what will come, I will meet with courage.

While I am working, I learn something;
while I am thinking, I discern something;
while I am speaking, I teach something;
while I am silent, I reach something.

Art is dear to my heart, but nature is near to my soul.

If I were not as I am, I would not have been what I am.

When I open my eyes and look at the wide world, I become great;
when I close my eyes and look within, I become greater still.