Searching on this Web Site
A Few Search Engine Examples:
heart (Searches for articles
containing the individual words mind, surface and heart, appearing in any order)
Search Engine 1 - for the Spiritual Topics portion of this web site (primarily, but not exclusively, Inayat Khan books and papers):
Search for the words or phrases which you want to see in your results. You may search for phrases by enclosing the phrase with quote marks, such as "love, harmony and beauty". (Note, however, that a quoted search phrase must not contain any apostrophe, single quote or double quote.)
The usefulness of your search will primarily depend upon your choice of search words. In general, searching works best for words which are uncommon, and/or when using a known phrase (enclosed in quote marks). The search is not case sensitive, so you can ignore capitalization.
Note that some words, such as love, heart or beauty occur hundreds of times in these volumes. Therefore, in such cases you may receive a very large quantity of search results if you only search for one common word. You will have better results if you search for several words which you want to see near each other, such as: love harmony beauty.
Try it a few times... it takes some practice to get
Additional Search Syntax:
The characters ", *, +, and - are powerful search modifiers which may be used to fine-tune a search.
This search engine automatically includes alternate spellings and common synonyms. If you want to search for a word exactly as you spelled it (with no synonyms or alternate spellings), put a tilde ~ in front of the word (with no space)
To search for a phrase, or words that must appear immediately next to each other, put the words inside of quote marks. For example, type in the phrase "doors of the heart", click on Search and you will see the context in which Inayat Khan used that exact phrase. When quote marks " " are used to specify a phrase which you want to search for, the search phrase must not contain apostrophe, single quote or double quote marks.
You may use an asterisk as a wildcard to match any number of letters. For example, wh* will match why, where, when, whether, or any other word starting with the letters wh. This feature is often useful when the exact spelling is not known.
You may use a + sign immediately in front of any term to indicate that it must be included in your results, and you may use a - sign immediately in front of any term that must be excluded from your results.
Searches are not case sensitive, so you may ignore capitalization of all the words.
For additional options, perform a normal search, and then
click on the "Advanced" button on the search results page.
Standardization of Spelling:
The printed volumes of the Sufi Message were prepared
by a variety of editors over the years, and contained some inconsistent
spelling. For example, some editions used the British spelling colour
while some used color, some used Koran while others used Qur'an, and
so on. Since searching the text is very difficult with multiple
spellings of various words, such inconsistencies have been generally
standardized using contemporary American English in this on-line edition,
except in scripture and poetry. Specific references to the book called "The Bowl of Saki" remain as
"saki", while all other uses of the word have been changed to saqi.
For more details about the standardization of spelling, please see
the end of the Glossary page.