Inayat Khan Quotes

Who was Inayat Khan?

Inayat Khan Rehmat Khan was an Indian professor of musicology, singer, poet and philosopher. Khan was a pioneer of the transmission of Sufism to the West.

Born July 5, 1882
Died February 5, 1927
Aged 44 years old

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Best 76 Quotes by Inayat Khan – Page 1 of 3

“A keen observation shows that the whole universe is a single mechanism working by the law of rhythm; the rise and fall of the waves, the ebb and flow of the tide, the waxing and waning of the moon, the sunrise and the sunset, the change of the seasons, the moving of the earth and of the planets, the whole cosmic system and the constitution of the entire universe are working under the law of rhythm. Cycles of rhythm, with major and minor cycles.”

“All that produces longing in the heart, deprives the heart of freedom.”

“All things we possess are taken from others, and others in their turn await with outstretched hands to seize them.”

“As soon as thought is restricted, it ceases to be Sufism.”

“Be contented with what you possess in life; be thankful for what does not belong to you, for it is so much care the less; but try to obtain what you need in life, and make the best of every moment of your life.”

“By our trust in the divine beauty in every person we develop that beauty in ourselves.”

“Divine sound is the cause of all manifestation. The knower of the mystery of sound knows the mystery of the whole universe.”

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“Don't be concerned about being disloyal to your pain by being joyous.”

“Every sacred scripture, holy picture or spoken word, produces the impression of its identity upon the mirror of the soul; but music stands before the soul without producing any impression of this objective world, in either name or form, thus preparing the soul to realize the Infinite.”

“Everything in life is speaking in spite of its apparent silence.”

“For the value of everything exists for man only so long as he does not understand it. When he has fully understood, the value is lost, be it the lowest thing or the highest thing. ”

“For those on the spiritual path, thinkers, students and meditative souls, it is of the greatest importance to know the condition of their spirit from time to time by consulting their voice. That is their barometer.”

“God breaks the heart again and again and again until it stays open.”

“He cannot act except with kindness, he cannot feel anything but forgiveness; every movement he makes, everything he does, speaks of his love, but not his lips.”

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“He who knows the secret of sound, knows the mystery of the whole universe.”

“He who sincerely seeks his real purpose in life is himself sought by that purpose. As he concentrates on that search a light begins to clear his confusion, call it revelation, call it inspiration, call it what you will. It is mistrust that misleads. Sincerity leads straight to the goal.”

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“The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering.”

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“Heaven and hell are the material manifestation of agreeable and disagreeable thoughts.”

“I have seen all souls as my soul, and realized my soul as the soul of all.”

“If a man through his life became like an angel he would accomplish very little; the accomplishment which is most desirable for man is to fulfill the obligations of human life.”

“If people but knew their own religion, how tolerant they would become, and how free from any grudge against the religion of others.”

“If the rays are the souls of living beings, then the light of that same divine Sun is the spirit of the whole of nature. It is the same light; but not divided, not distinct, as are the rays which we call souls.”

“Instead of lamenting your fate, create your world.”

“It is living in sensation that makes man material, and after some time he becomes ignorant of the spirit.”

“It is the empty pitcher that makes a noise when you knock upon it, but the pitcher which is full of water does not make any sound; it is silent, speechless.”

“It is the state of vibrations to which man is tuned that accounts for his soul's note. The different degrees of these notes form a variety of pitch divided by the mystics into three distinct grades. First the grade which produces power and intelligence, and may be pictured as a calm sea. Secondly, the grade of moderate activity which keeps all things in motion, and is a balance between power and weakness which may be pictured as the sea in motion. Thirdly, the grade of intense activity, which destroys everything and causes all weakness and blindness; it may be pictured as a stormy sea.”

“Language is made up of names of comparable objects, and that which cannot be compared has no name.”

“Moth: I gave you my life.

Flame: I allowed you to kiss me.”

“Movement is life; stillness is death.”

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“Nothing is as old as the truth, and nothing is as new as the truth.”

“One is never so strong as when one is broken.”

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“When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a religion.”

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