The Ten Sufi Thoughts of Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan Hazrat Inayat Khan: Ten Sufi Thoughts

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(with his own commentary on each)

(*from The Sufi Message,Vol. I, edited for gender-inclusiveness for publication by the Sufi Ruhaniat International, 2017)

THERE are ten principal Sufi thoughts, which comprise all the important subjects with which the inner life is concerned:

1. There is One God, the Eternal, the Only Being; none else exists.

The God of the Sufi is the God of every creed, and the God of all. Names make no difference. Allah, God, Gott, Dieu, Khuda, Brahma, or Bhagwan, all these names and more are the names of God; and yet to the Sufi God is beyond the limitation of name. The Sufi sees God in the sun, in the fire,

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2. There is One Master, the Guiding Spirit of all Souls, Who constantly leads followers towards the light.

The Sufi understands that although God is the source of all knowledge, inspiration, and guidance, yet the human being is the medium through which God chooses to impart God’s knowledge to the world. God imparts it through one who is a human in the eyes of the world, but God in consciousness. It is the mature soul

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3. There is One Holy Book, the sacred manuscript of nature, the only scripture which can enlighten the reader.

Most people consider as sacred scriptures only certain books or scrolls written by the human hand, and carefully preserved as holy, to be handed down to posterity as divine revelation. People have fought and disputed over the authenticity of these books, have refused to accept any other book of similar character, and, clinging thus to the book

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4. There is One Religion, the unswerving progress in the right direction toward the ideal, which fulfills the life's purpose of every soul.

Religion in the Sanskrit language is termed Dharma, which means duty. The duty of every individual is religion. 'Every soul is born for a certain purpose, and the light of that purpose is kindled in his soul' says Sadi. This explains why the Sufi in tolerance allows everyone to have their own path, and does

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5. There is One Law, the law of reciprocity, which can be observed by a selfless conscience, together with a sense of awakened justice.

Humans spend their lives in the pursuit of all that seems to them to be profitable for themselves and, when so absorbed in self-interest, in time even lose touch with their own real interest. People have made laws to suit themselves, but they are laws by which one person can get the better of another. It is this that people call justice,

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6. There is One Family, the human family, which unites the children of earth indiscriminately in the heart of God.

The Sufi understands that the one life emanating from the inner Being is manifested on the surface as the life of variety; and in this world of variety humankind is the finest manifestation, who can realize in evolution the oneness of the inner being, even in the external existence of variety. But a person evolves

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7. There is One Moral, the love which springs forth from surrender of attachment to self, and blooms in deeds of beneficence.

There are moral principles taught to humankind by various teachers, by many traditions, one differing from the other, which are like separate drops coming out of the fountain. But when we look

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8. There is One Object of Praise, the beauty which uplifts the heart of its worshippers through all aspects from the seen to the unseen.

It is said in the Hadith, 'God is beautiful and loves beauty.'

This expresses the truth that the human, who inherits the Spirit of God,
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9. There is One Truth, the true knowledge of our being, within and without, which is the essence of all wisdom.

Hazrat ’Ali says, “Know thyself, and thou shalt know God.”

It is the knowledge of self which blooms into the knowledge of God. Self-knowledge answers such problems as: whence have I come? Did I exist before I became conscious of my present existence? If I existed, as what did I exist? As an individual such as I now am, or as a multitude, or as an insect, bird, animal, spirit, jinn, or angel? What happens at death,

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10. There is One Path, the dissolution of the false ego in the real, which raises the mortal to immortality, in which resides all perfection.

“I passed away into nothingness—I vanished; and lo! I was all living.” All who have realized the secret of life understand that life is one, but that it exists in two aspects. First as immortal, all-pervading and silent; and secondly as mortal, active, and manifest in variety. The soul, being of the first aspect,

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