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Quotations from Hazrat Inayat Khan - Kinship


Our awakening clarity is needed to envision and enact a collective healing with enough vitality to bring the world into love, harmony, and beauty. Perhaps if we can remember our natural kinship and learn to live it, die into it, discover happiness in it, we may be able to contribute a more whole view of the glorious resonance and radiance of existence.
—Shams Kairys, Head of the Kinship Concentration

The message of the Sufi movement is a call to humanity in general to unite in a world kinship beyond the boundaries of caste, creed, race, nation, or religion. The Sufi movement has no particular creed, dogma, or doctrine. Its philosophy teaches tolerance to all, understanding above all things, thereby awakening sympathy with one another, and the realization that the well-being of each depends upon the well-being of all."
— Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

Coming to the religions which have been given to the world, for instance, when we read in the bible the words of Jesus Christ, what do we read? "Love your fellow man, love your neighbor," from the beginning to the end. If there is any moral that the master taught and repeated constantly, it was this moral, the moral of kinship. The different religions which exist in the world, the followers of which are perhaps millions and millions, if one studies what is the central theme of it all? It is one and the same: love one another, serve one another, be sincere one to the other.
—Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

That person is living whose heart is living, and that heart is living which has wakened to sympathy. There are many attributes found in the human heart which are called divine, but among them there is no greater and better attribute than sympathy, by which one shows in human form God manifested.
—Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

When we consider this question from a still deeper point of view, we shall find that in the spirit of brotherhood/sisterhood is hidden a way to illumination. One who may live by great principles, or who prays all day or meditates in the caves of the mountainside, if one does not show the spirit of brotherhood/sisterhood, is no good to oneself or to others, because brotherhood/sisterhood is the way to develop spirituality. It is not exclusiveness, it is not running away from the world, which is the way of the really spiritual ones. Their way is to consider one´s obligations, to keep one´s word, one´s honor, and to prove sincere in whatever minor capacity one may be working, faithful to friends and true to everyone. These are the merits which develop by themselves when the spirit of brotherhood/sisterhood has matured in one.
—Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

Spiritual realization is attained in practical life by observing the ideal of brotherhood/sisterhood. At this time when the world needs the ideal of brotherhood/sisterhood more than ever before in the history of the world, it is our privilege and destiny to do all we can to bring about this ideal in our own lives first, and thus to spread it in the world. Any problem or theory, or doctrine studied, is of no value unless it be practiced.
—Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

Please note that the quotations above have been altered slightly so as to be gender inclusive. The original phrasing may be found by searching www.wahiduddin.net.

Hazrat Inayat Khan

Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

From the Gayan

The discovering of error is the uncovering of the light.
— Sayings of Hazrat Inayat Khan: Gayan - Chalas