Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan


 Why was I born, God, if not to find Thee ?
Why do I die, God, if not to come to Thee ?

When the unreality of life pushes against my heart, its door opens to the   reality.

The past was my dream, the present is my play, and the future will be  my plan.

I reach Thee before my feet can reach Thy dwelling place,
and I see Thee before mine eyes can reach Thy spheres.

I was perfected by Heaven, but am limited by the earth.

Can anyone break me ? No. By doing so he may as well prepare to break  God. 
Neither can I be broken nor God.  But the one who would wish to   break me, he is broken.

I draw all my strength from my humility.

A tongue of flame rises  from  every wound of my heart,
illuminating  my  path through life and guiding my way to the goal.

The rapidity of my walk the imagination cannot follow.

People often ask me questions which I cannot very well answer in words,
and it makes me sad to think they are unable to hear the voice of my   silence.

By every hurt or harm one causes me, one only makes me know him better.

I came as I was made to come; I live as life allows me to live; but I will be  what I wish to be.

With every pinprick a drop of blood comes out of my heart,
and that drop  becomes the wine of the sacrament.

I have not come to teach those who consider themselves teachers.
I have come to learn from the teachers and to teach my pupils.

When my heart is perturbed, it upsets the whole universe.

When my heart is asleep, then both worlds fall into a deep slumber.

The whole creation wakes up with the wakening of my heart.

When the shell of my heart breaks, pearls become shattered around.

My heart attains self-sufficiency by eating its own flesh and drinking its  own blood.

I tremble at the sight of the task that hath been given to me,
and I feel  confounded when I weigh my ideal with my limitations.

What the world calls success is to me like a doll's wedding.

I am the wine of the holy sacrament, my very being is intoxication.
Those who will drink of my cup and yet keep sober, will certainly be  illuminated.
But those who will not assimilate it,
will be beside themselves  and be exposed to the ridicule of the world.

My heart drinks its own tears and puts them out as pearls.

I prefer failure to success gained by falsehood.

I am what I am; you make me what you will make me; but I become what I  wish to become.

The true exaltation comes to me from the insults I have to endure in life,  
rather than from the respectful attitude of my mureeds.

Many underestimate the greatness of the Cause,
seeing my limitation  through which I have to work my way out.

The Message is a call to those whose hour has come to awake,
and it is a  lullaby to those who are still meant to sleep.

How can a man claim to be a teacher and at the same time be sane ?
His  teaching must prove him a teacher, not his claim.

The essence of today's Message is balance.

You are my life, it is in You that I live.
From You I borrow life, and You do I give.
O, my soul and spirit, You I adore,
I live in You, so do I live ever more. 

You are in me, and in You do I live.
Still You are my King and my sins You forgive.
You are the present and future and past.
I lost myself, but I have found You a last.


Why, O my feeling heart
do you live and die ?
What makes my feeling hart
to laugh and to cry ? 

Death is my life indeed;
I live when I die.
Pain is my pleasure; when
I laugh then I cry. 


Some did say that I knew nothing,
some still held that I knew all.
Some did turn their back to me and
some quickly answered my call.

Some on hearing my words exclaimed:
"Nothing he said that was new".
Some said:"I have always thought this,
this is my own point of view".

Some asked:"What mystery he revealed,
what wonder did he perform ?"
Some answered:"We askno wonder
so long as his heart is warm".

Some said:"He's a man as we are
what difference in him do you see ?"
Some answered:"It is not to know.
What is needed is to be".


Before You judge my actions, Lord,
I pray, You will forgive.
Before my heart has broken,
Will You help my soul to live ?

Before my eyes are covered,
will You let me see Your face,
Before my feet are tired,
may I reach Your dwelling place ?

Before I wake from slumber,
You will watch me, Lord, I hold.
Before I throw my mantle,
will You take me in Your fold ?

Before my work is over,
You, my Lord, will right the wrong.
Before You play Your music,
will You let me sing my song ?


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