Sufi Message of Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan
The Sufi Message of Inayat Khan is the same Divine Message which has always come and always will come to enlighten and guide humanity... It is the same message of Unity, of Brotherhood and Sisterhood which has been given to humanity again and again. The Sufi Message has inspired many people who belong to different religions, but it is not another religion. Rather, those who study the Message have learned to understand their own religion better. Their love is in life, as the love for God and humanity, instead of only for a particular religion or nationality.
The principle work that the Sufi Message has to accomplish is to bring about a better understanding between East and West and between the nations and races of this world. Now, over a century after Inayat Khan brought the Sufi Message from India to the West, technology has made communication and travel between East and West much easier. But the human tendency to perceive other people as different and dangerous continues to play out between religions, races, genders, and national identities. The Message seeks to bring about better understanding so that we can have tolerance for those who are different.
The note that the Sufi Message is striking at the present time is the note which sounds the divinity of the human soul – to help human beings recognize the divinity in the human soul. All human beings can realize the divinity of the soul.
The moral principle that the Sufi Message brings is that the whole humanity is as one body; and when any organ of that body is hurt or troubled, it can cause suffering to the whole body. As the health of the whole body depends on the health of each part, so the health of the whole humanity depends upon the health of every nation, race, religion, and gender.
Besides this, to those who are awakening and feel that now is the moment, when they feel inclined to know about the deeper side of life, of truth, to them the Inner School extends a helping hand. This help is available to the sincere soul, without asking what religion, sect, or dogma they belong to. The knowledge of the Sufi is helpful to every person in living his or her own life rightly. The Message does not call you away from your own belief or church – it calls you to live it more fully. In short, it is a movement intended by God to unite humanity in Brotherhood and Sisterhood, in Wisdom.
(Social Gatheka 28 “The Sufi’s Aim in Life”)
Hazrat Inayat Khan founded an initiatic Inner School for those wishing deeper realization. In this esoteric school the student (mureed) is offered a sacred welcome as well as spiritual guidance and practices. The mureed’s path in the Inner School is understood to be part of a sacred stream of blessing that runs through history.