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Quotations from Hazrat Inayat Khan - Universal Worship



God is one, truth is one, and the religion is one. There cannot be two religions; that is the confusion, the illusion of the human mind. When people cannot understand each other, then they say, 'Your religion is different, my religion is different.' But the difference does not belong to God, it belongs to the earth. ... And in the realization of God, in the love of God, what are we expected to do? We are expected to unite with one another in the thought of God, in the love of God. ... All wisdom is from God; from whatever scripture, whatever religion, whatever form, it all comes from one source.
— "Religious Gathekas, #39, Universal Worship", by Hazrat Inayat Khan (unpublished))


Hazrat Inayat KhanThe one Spirit of life is given different names, the sacred names. We more easily recognize the [Spirit of life] by the particular name to which we are accustomed. So far we are right, but the mistake we make, and it is to our loss, is to ignore or deny the same truth because it is given to us in another form and under another name. We limit it. We say the truth existed only in that period when certain teachers came to the world, and that after that it stopped. But the spirit of illumination can never stop as long as life goes on. Illumination has continued from the beginning, and will always continue until the manifestation ends; so long will the spirit of illumination continue to spread out its rays.

We accept some forms and ignore others. It is the natural tendency of mankind. It is this that accounts for so many religions. Even if a person cannot see things in this light, s/he can at least be tolerant of other people's religions. S/he can respect the religion because s/he sees others respect it, even if s/he has no respect for its teacher. After all, spirituality means respect, advancement. Humanity shows its evolution according to its respect, its consideration, its thoughtfulness. If we could only develop that faculty in our mind, it would not matter not believing or recognizing the Spirit of Guidance shown in different human forms. If we held our own teacher or master in the greatest esteem it would do a great deal of spiritual good. The disharmony of the world is usually caused by religious differences, as were the wars of ancient times. The differences are caused by failing to understand that religion is one, truth is one, God is one. How can there be two religions?
— from http://wahiduddin.net/mv2/VII/VII_32.htm


What is missing in modern education, in art and science, in social, political, and commercial life, is the ideal, the ideal which is the secret of heaven and earth, the mystery hidden behind both humanity and God. With all they possess in the objective world, humans are poor in the absence of the ideal, and it is this poverty which creates irritation, conflicts, and disagreements, thereby causing wars and disasters of all kinds. Our greatest need today is for the exploration of the human personality, in order to find there the latent inspiration and power upon which to build the whole structure of life. For life means not only to live, but to ennoble oneself and reach that perfection which is the innate yearning of the soul. The solution to the problem of the day is the awakening of the consciousness of humanity to our divinity. The undertone of all religions is the realization of the one life which culminates in the thought of unity. It is towards raising humanity to this consciousness that the efforts of the Sufi Movement are directed.
— The Unity of Religious Ideals


Hazrat Inayat KhanOne may perhaps think that by spirituality it is meant that one must learn something, which one did not know before, that one must become extraordinarily good, that one must acquire some unusual powers or have experiences of a supernatural kind. None of these things does Sufism promise, although on the path of the Sufi nothing is too wonderful. All these things, and even more, are within reach; yet that is not the Sufi's aim. By the process of Sufism one realizes one's own nature, one's true nature, and thereby one realizes human nature. And by the study of human nature one realizes the nature of life in general. All failures, disappointments, and sorrows are caused by the lack of this realization; all success, happiness, and peace are acquired by the realization of one's own nature. In short, Sufism means to know one's true being, to know the purpose of one's life, and to know how to accomplish that purpose. Through disappointment many say, 'I shall probably never be successful in my life', not realizing the fact that we are born to do what we long to do, and that success is natural while failure is unnatural. When man is himself, the whole world is his own; when she is not herself, then even this self does not belong to her. Then he does not know what he is, where he is, nor why he is here on earth; then she is less useful to herself and to others than a rock.
— The Unity of Religious Ideals

 

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.

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From the Gayan

Every person inherits from his ancestors not only his body, but his mind also.
— Sayings of Hazrat Inayat Khan: Gayan - Chalas