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Reminders inspired by the life and teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan


Reminders inspired by the life and teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan

Hidayat Inayat-Khan


Colophon Published December 2012 A Sunray edition Editors: Nuria Stephanie Sabato, Hamida Verlinden and Herma Ardesch Cover design and layout: Herma Ardesch, Sunray art & design Amsterdam, The Netherlands Š 2012 Hidayat Inayat-Khan International Headquarters of the Sufi Movement The Hague, The Netherlands All rights reserved ISBN 978-94-91574-02-3


Table of Contents Preface 9 Part I Commentaries on the Teachings

11

Part II Reflections 19 Summer School 21 The Universal Worship 22 The Prayer called Saum 23 The Emblem of the Sufi Movement 23 Wisdom 24 Spiritual Healing 25 Spirituality 26 The Art of Personality 28 The Mysticism of Sound 32 Happiness 35 The Mind World 37 Concentration 38 Contemplation 41 Meditation 41 Will-Power, Human and Divine 42 Destiny and Free Will 44 Pranayama, the Science of Breath 45 The Five Elements and the Polarity of Breath 47 The All-Pervading Energy 49 Crystallization of the All-Pervading Energy 50 Seeking on the Path‌ 53


Part III Levels of Consciousness Levels of Consciousness, Seen from the Perspectives of Hindu Metaphysics

55 57

Part IV The Gentle Singing Zikar of Hazrat Inayat Khan The Gentle Singing Zikar Collective Interview (1925) The Gentle Singing Zikar Meditation A Gentle Singing Zikar Performance Guide Sheet Music to the Gentle Singing Zikar

63 65 66 67 73 76

Part V The Chromatic Zikar The Chromatic Zikar Practice Instructions Related to the Five Elements Meditations

79 81 82

Part VI The Untold Story

85 Part VII

Historical Pictures

101


Preface

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idayat Inayat-Khan has gifted us with this book, which is a powerful and potent distillation of the spiritual heritage handed down from his father, Hazrat Inayat Khan, founder of the Sufi Movement in 1923. The significance of the Reminders is that it represents the living stream of Hazrat Inayat Khan’s life and teachings as intimately recalled and shared by his son, who is so deeply dedicated to the conservation, restoration, maintenance, and continuation of the legacy of the Sufi Teachings of The Message of his Father. In a Collective Interview given by Hazrat Inayat Khan on September 10, 1926 - only a few days prior to his fateful last journey to India, from which he never returned, he gave a talk titled: ‘Things to Remember’ saying: “The last thing is that you will consider your Teacher with you when you are away. Murshid goes still more with you, for the very reason that you are away. And therefore you have no reason to think that you are separated or far away from Murshid. But you must feel confident that, for the very reason that you are away, and space has divided us, that Murshid is so much nearer.” For those who wish to ever realize these words of Hazrat Inayat Khan, this book is a treasure leading to the reality of the promise, “that Murshid is so much nearer.” For those who seek true inner peace and lasting happiness this book offers guidance in pursuit of the Path and Inner Realization so that you may drink deeply from this living stream called The Message in Our Time. Professor Nuria Stephanie Sabato

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