Below is a transcript of Pir Hidayat Inayat-Khan's message at the recent
Federation gathering. At age 99, he was full of fire, and his message conveyed
encouragement as well as several warnings to those of us offering service in the
spirit of his father.*
"Let those who have ears to hear...."
Love and blessings,
Beloved Sufi Brothers and Sisters,
Most hearty welcome offered for the Federation Retreat offered for the first
time in Berlin, following the kind invitation of Petra - Beate Schildbach.
We are looking forward to meeting each other, and each is respectfully expected
to patiently face each other's belief, in an atmosphere of Love, Harmony and
Beauty. There are diamonds in one belief, rubies in another, and other precious
jewels in all known or unknown beliefs.
Let us first relate to the historical words of our Master, who said:
"One of the words to which the term 'Sufi' is related, is the Greek term Sophia,
meaning wisdom. Sufism is not a Religion, with a distinct and definite doctrine.
There has never been a Founder of Sufism in any period of the world's history.
Wisdom has always be the central theme of Sufism. Several Sufi Schools still
exist, and numberless followers of different religions benefit from the wisdom
taught in these ancient schools. No doubt every school has its own method,
following the personality of the leader."
And further on, our Master said:
"The Sufi Movement consists of members of different beliefs, united together in
the ideal of wisdom. Wisdom does not only belong to a particular religion, nor
race. Wisdom is a divine property, which mankind has inherited; and it is this
realization that unites all Sufis of different nationalities, races, beliefs,
all working for that great Ideal."
Following these precious words of our Master, the main theme "Wisdom" is brought
forward today as being an ongoing process consisting in the purification of the
mind from fanatic concepts that do not correspond anymore to our time. When the
Truth is formulated at the level of individual understanding, it is then
diversified in various interpretations, just as water poured into colored
glasses gives the impression of being shaded in the color of the glasses.
Similarly, as far as the concept "Religion" is concerned, some declare having
found Truth in Hinduism, others in Buddhism, in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, or
in various other beliefs known or unknown to the world at large. When Truth, is
brought down to the level of Human understanding, it is obviously clad in
ancestral garbs, highlighting thereby arbitrary dogmas that have always been the
fundamental cause of world- wide religious conflicts.
Spiritual Liberty implies being responsible for the consequences of one's own
short–sighted understanding of Truth; and False Pretense obviously offers a
confusing example to those who expect to experience truthfulness at the level of
When practicing the precious teachings of our Master called the "Art of
Personality," one realizes that any role performed, either spiritual or
material, becomes sooner or later intoxicating, and under that spell, one
cherishes the illusions of the game. Each moment offers an opportunity to
reconsider the lessons of the past. In a fall, there is a hidden stepping-stone
upon which one might rise above one's shortcomings. Every effort made toward the
fulfillment of one's life's purpose brings one step-by-step closer to the
ultimate goal, seen as a humble contribution to the fulfillment of the Divine
During that journey, the present is the consequence of a hide-and-seek game,
played between past experiences and day-by-day reactions; whereas both past and
present are under Destiny's command. The future shall offer the fruit of the
seeds planted in the past, which shall prove sooner or later to be either sour
As known from fairy tales, there is a magic formula used to turn base metal into
gold. This mystical tale symbolizes the work done in remodeling one's self
consciousness at a humble level. Modesty is not necessarily weakness; it is a
feeling arising from the living heart, which is secretly conscious of its inner
beauty, while at the same time veiling itself even from its own sight.
Each of us could be seen as an individual lamp shining out in different shades
of light. The brightness of that light varies in accordance to the condition of
the inner heart, and all are blessed with the same current of Divine Guidance,
and in so doing, contributing to the Cause, assigned by providence, all along
When the doors of the heart are open, humility awakens, finding oneself face to
face with the Divine Guidance, revealed as Wisdom and Purity, the true Essence
of all that is understood by the term 'Sufi'.
* Pir Hidayat was the third child of Hazrat Inayat Khan - who brought the Sufi message from India
to the West in 1910. Pir Hidayat, ya salaam, passed into the unseen realms in September 2016