The human soul is continually seeking to realize its true being and
fulfill its purpose in life. This can be seen not only in each
individual's yearning to realize to the fullest the potentialities
inherent in his or her being, but also in the unfoldment of our
collective being towards the highest expression of human existence. The
consciousness of humanity is awakening to the interrelatedness of all
life, and this is reflected in the new holistic understanding of the
universe emerging in all spheres of human experience today. We can see
this trend in the growing concern for the ecological balance of our
planet, interest in holistic health, a deeper social conscience
concerned with the plight of suffering people all over the earth, and a
growing awareness of the one underlying truth brought forth through all
the religious traditions. At the same time, recent scientific
discoveries are disrupting established concepts and models of the
universe. In physics, biology, medicine, and psychology the very
foundation of our notions about life is being superseded by the
realization that we are both a fraction of the universe linked with all
other fractions by resonance, and also the totality, as every cell of
our body contains the code of the whole universe.
This view, in fact,
corroborates the vision of the mystics throughout history who have
peered beyond the frontiers of their separate and limited personal
perspective to encompass the vaster reality of the whole. This is the
way of the Sufi, which views life in the light of the one essence
behind the surface of life, that essence revealed by all the religions.
Sufism was brought to the West from India by Hazrat Pir-O-Murshid
Inayat Khan, who founded the Sufi Order in the West in 1910. Thus, the
ancient wisdom derived from the rich spiritual traditions of the East
is merged with the attitude of the West in its tradition of logic and
technology, in order to bring about the true union of the human family.
Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, eldest son and successor of Hazrat Inayat
Khan, is continuing this line of guidance for the evolving world. He is
bridging and integrating the different forms of knowledge in the light
of an awakened vision of the fulfillment of God's purpose for creation.
In our time the realization of the mystic incorporates the dimension of
a collective awakening. The total being that we are is experiencing a
new step in the evolution of life on the planet.
The good tidings that the Sufi
Message brings to the world is the recognition of the Divine in the
soul of the human being. Humanity is one body, the whole of life being
one in its source and in its goal, its beginning and its end.
If one could only see how
marvelously, in the diversity of the conception of the Divine Ideal,
wisdom has played its part, guiding the souls of all grades of
evolution towards the same goal, which in the end becomes spiritual
Through all channels, wisdom must flow.
The Message is to make humans
conscious of the words in the Bible, where it is said "We live and move
and have our being in God", to realize this and recognize the kinship
of humanity in the realization of God.
This is not the time to advance
any particular sect, church, or belief. We have too many sects. They
are only outer forms. The things that really matter are deeper.
— Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan
What Hazrat Inayat Khan calls
"the awakening of the soul of humanity to the consciousness of the
divinity of mankind" is something that is happening on a large scale
and we are part of it. Consequently our meditation can no longer be
confined within our person, even to liberate ourselves from our person,
because together we constitute a reality that is more than the sum of
the parts......This is God manifesting in our midst, in the convergence
of our souls.
The most meaningful thing in
life is that something is gained by existence, by the interfacing of
us. The heavens are enriched by the experience of the earth; in other
words, God is enriched by His/Her experience in becoming human. Thus,
the new orientation of the Sufi is emphasized in Hazrat Inayat Khan's
teaching on the art of personality and God's fulfillment in existence
in and through human beings.
The purpose of the person (man)
is like the horizon: the farther one (he) advances, the farther it
recedes. There comes a time when one discovers a cosmic purpose beyond
one's personal purpose. This realization was outlined by Hazrat Inayat
Khan as the motto of this age: "the awakening of humanity to the
divinity of humankind."
— Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
You, the Ultimate Reality, are All in All.
Atheism confesses the ineffability of Your Essence.
Polytheism personifies Your manifold Attributes.
Monotheism witnesses the unity of Your Being.
In every God-Ideal an emanation of You shines forth.
The heart receives of You as much as it can contain.
When the heart is supple it is capable of every form.
Then Your manifestations surpass the limitations of belief.
— Pir Zia Inayat Khan