The Gathas (Vol-XIII, The Sufi Message)

The Gathas (Vol-XIII, The Sufi Message)

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Item Code: NAD789
Author: Hazrat Inayat Khan
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Edition: 2006
ISBN: 9788120807594
Pages: 303
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 340 gm
About the Book

The Gathas represent teachings by Hazrat Inayat Khan to the mureeds, particularly for the early stages of the path.

They are ordered under seven headings: Superstitions, Customs and Beliefs; Insight; Symbology; Breath; Morals; Everyday life; Metaphysics. Each subject is treated in three stages, each consisting of 10 sections. They may be considered as a course, preferably to be followed under the guidance of an initiator.

However, apart from forming a philosophy in its own right, this book may serve as excellent guide even for study and practice by the reader on his or her own.

The present version was carefully compiled and prepared for publication by pupils and close associates of Inayat Khan. The original language and style of the lessons has been kept pure and unaltered throughout this text, even more so than in some of the earlier volumes.


Preface To The Series

THE present volume is the first of a series including all the works intended for publication of Hazrat Inayat Khan (Baroda 1882-New Delhi 1927), the great Sufi mystic who came to the Western world in 1910 and lectured and taught there until his passing away in 1927.

A new edition of this series, which was published for the International Headquarters of the Sufi Movement in the West in the '60s, is now made available in the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East. In this way Hazrat Inayat Khan's inspired and universal vision of the Sufi Message returns to his own beloved country, where it originated and where interest in it is growing.

This book and other volumes of this series have not been written down by the author. They contain his lectures, discourses and other teachings as taken down in shorthand and other handwriting. When preparing for publication great care was taken, not only to avoid distortion of their intent and meaning, but also to leave intact, as far as possible, the flow of mystical inspiration and poetical expression which add so much to their spell, and without which a significant part of his message would be lust. Al though speaking in a tongue foreign to him, he moulded it into a perfect vehicle for his thought, at times somewhat ungrammatical and unusual, but always as clear and precise as his often difficult and abstruse subjects would allow.

It goes without saying that neither in the present nor in the previous edition anything has been altered which would involve even the slightest deviation from the author's intention and no attempt has been made to transform his highly personal and colorful language into idiomatically unimpeachable English. Already so much is necessarily lost by the transfer of the spoken word to the printed page that every effort has been made, as it should, to preserve the Master's melodious phrasing, the radiance of his personality, and the subtle sense of humour which never left him.

Hazrat Inayat Khan's teaching was nearly all given during the years 1918-1926. It covers a great many subjects, several of which were grouped in series of lectures and taken up again some years later. Certain subjects may cover nearly the same ground as others; stories and examples which abound in most of his works are met again elsewhere; and much of what he taught one finds repeated in several places. This was intentional, as repetition belonged to Hazrat Inayat Khan's method of teaching: it is for the student to become aware of the subtle differences in each context. For these and other reasons it would be difficult to follow a rigid system in publishing Hazrat lnaya r Khan's works; a chronological grouping of his lectures would be very unsatisfactory, and a stringent classification according to subject-matter hardly feasible.

The complete series contains fourteen volumes. The last volume is the Index. This edition is the first one to present an index to the Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan.

Each volume is complete in it, and therefore may be read without any necessity to study following or previous ones. However, one may get a spiritual and mental appetite to continue reading. One will find that a meditative way of reading will convey not only the words but also the spiritual power emanating from them, tuning mind, heart and soul to the pitch which is one's own.



It was already announced earlier that as the world nowadays is more open for the understanding the mystical thought, many deeper lectures which Inayat Khan originally intended only for his disciples would be published in the near future. It is appropriate that this edition of The Gathas of Inayat Khan can now be brought out.

These Cathas are, with few exceptions, unpublished teachings given to his disciples in the early 1920's. In his understanding and consideration of the individual's needs and responses Hazrat Inayat Khan presented each of the seven subjects of The Cathas in three stages, each stage consisting of ten lessons. Whilst in the training courses of the Sufi Movement The Gathas have been offered in a slightly different order, the editors have chosen to publish them in accordance with the research made by Nekbakht Furnee and Sirdar van Tuyll van Serooskerken, whose records indicate Inayat Khan's own publication intentions, and who together with other pupils and close associates of Inayat Khan compiled and prepared this version.

Of particular interest is the inclusion of the questions of some of his mureeds and the answers by the master relating to some of the teachings. No attempt has been made to change the order of words or what might appear to be repetition for the purpose of producing conventionally acceptable syntax. No conjecture has been made as to the few missing words in Questions and Answers. In some cases alternative spelling has been used to conform to the first twelve volumes of the Sufi Message.




  Preface to the Series 6
  Preface to Volume XIII 8
  Etekad, Rasm U Ravaj (Superstitions, Customs and Beliefs) 9
  Gatha I  
1 Belief and Superstition 11
2 Belief 12
3 Customs (1) 14
4 Customs (2) 16
5 Hanuman 17
6 Bells and Gongs 18
7 The Custom of Drinking the Health of Friends 19
8 The Origin of the Custom of the Seclusion of Women 20
9 The Custom OJ the Seclusion of Women (1) 22
10 The Custom of the Seclusion of Women (2) 23
  Gatha II  
1 'Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood' 25
2 Customs of Courtesy 26
3 Customs of the Marriage Ceremony 27
4 The Horse 27
5 Oracles Among the Ancient Greeks 28
6 The Greek Mysteries (1) 29
7 The Greek Mysteries (2) 30
8 The Greek Mysteries (3) 31
9 The Banshee 32
10 The Psychology of the Shadow 33
  Gatha III  
1 Toasts 35
2 Wedding Customs 39
3 Funeral Customs 39
4 The Swansong 40
5 Customs at the Birth of a Child in India 41
6 The Superstition of the Days Existing in the East 42
7 Unlucky Numbers 43
8 The Mysteries of Omens 44
9 The Influence of Time 45
10 Planetary Influences 46
  Kashf (Insight) 49
  Gatha I  
1 Safa 51
2 Tat Tvam Asi 52
3 The Glance of the Seer 54
4 Divine Evidence 55
5 Openness 56
6 Movement (1) 57
7 Movement (2) 58
8 The Study of the Mole 58
9 The Mystery of Expression 59
10 Different Qualities of Mind 60
  Gatha II  
1 The Reproduction of the Mental Record 62
2 Impression 63
3 The Balance of Life 64
4 The Language of the Mind 66
5 The Influence of Experience 67
6 Intuition 68
7 Evidence of the Thought 69
8 The Activity of Mind 70
9 Likes and Dislikes 71
10 Viprit Kamal 72
  Gatha III  
1 Reason is Earth-born 74
2 The Word and the Idea 75
3 The Expression and the Idea: 76
4 The Power of Words 78
5 The Re-echo of the Past 79
6 Interest in All Things 80
7 Vairagya 81
8 A Silent Music 82
9 Three Ways to Develop Insight 83
10 Tranquillity 85
  NAKSHI BANDI (Symbology ) 89
1 An Ocean in a Drop 91
2 The Symbol of the Sun 92
3 The Symbol of the Cross 93
4 The Two Forces 95
5 The Symbol of the Dove 96
6 The Symbol of the Sufi Order 97
7 Symbology of the Dot and the Circle 99
8 Symbolism of Lines 100
9 Symbolism of the Triangle 101
10 Symbology of the Mushroom 102
1 'Die Before Death' 104
2 Frnitjulness 105
3 The Symbol of the Dragon 106
4 Water 107
5 Wine 107
6 The Curl of the Beloved 108
7 The Glance 109
8 The Myth of Balder 110
9 The Tree of Wishes 111
10 The Hindu Symbolical Form of Worship 113
1 Leili and Majnun 117
2 Leili and Majnun (Conclusion) 119
3 The Symbology of Religious Ideas: Christ Walking on the Water 120
4 The Symbology of Religious Ideas: Shaqqu's-Sadr. 120
5 The Symbology of Religious Ideas:Meraj, The Dream og the Prophet 121
6 The Symbology of Religious Ideas: The Flute of Krishna 122
7 The Symbology oj Religious Ideas: Tongues of Fire 124
8 The Symbology oj Religious Ideas: The Story of Lot's Wife 126
9 The Symbology of Religious Ideas 128
10 The Symbology oj Religious Ideas: The Ten Virgins 130
  PASI ANFAS (Breath) 133
1 The Power of the Breath 135
2 The Culture of the Breath 136
3 Prana 137
4 Five Aspects of Breath 138
5 The Channel of the Breath 140
6 The Rhythm of Breath 141
7 Kasif and Latif 142
8 Breath-The Vehicle of the Self 142
9 The Mysticism of Breath 143
10 Colour and Sound 144
1 Fikar 146
2 Regularity of Breath 147
3 The Life Power 147
4 Full Breath 149
5 The Rhythmic Breath 150
6 Be Conscious of Every Breath 151
7 Direction of Breath 152
8 Breath in the Development of Mind 153
9 Contraction and Expansion 154
10 Communication Through the Breath 155
1 The Length and Breadth if Breath 157
2 Inspiration 158
3 Thought Reading 158
4 Nafsi Gann 159
5 The Unknoum Dimension 160
6 Breathing and Meditation 161
7 Breath is Likened to Water 161
8 Breath and Magnetism 162
9 The Subtle Waves if Breath 163
10 The Mystery if Breath 164
  SALUK(Morals) 167
1 The Development oj Personality: The Sense oj Beauty and Sincerity 169
2 The Development of Personality: The Jarring Effect of the Ego of Another 171
3 The Development of Personality: What is the Ego? 172
4 The Training of the Ego: what the Ego Needs and What It Does Not Need 174
5 The Training of the Ego: Constant Battle with the Ego 175
6 The Training of the Ego: The Animal Side of Man's Ego 176
7 The Training of the Ego: Self-Consciousness 177
8 The Training of the Ego: Vanity 178
9 The Training of the Ego: The Three Parts of the Ego 179
10 The Training on the Ego: Three Stages Through V0tich the Ego Develops 180
1 The Training of the Ego: Necessity and Avidity 182
2 The Training of the Ego: Training by Abstinence 183
3 The Training of the Ego: The Two Sides of the Human Ego 184
4 The Training of the Ego: Training Is as Well a Science as an Art 185
5 The Training of the Ego: Training by Refraining from Free Impulses 186
6 The Training of the Ego: The Ego is Trained as a Horse 186
7 The Training of the Ego: Training by Not Gratifying Vanity 188
8 The Training of the Ego: Humility 189
9 The Training of the Ego: Forgiveness 190
10 The Training of the Ego: 'Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit' 191
1 The Manner of Friendliness 193
2 The Manner of Friendliness: Adab (Respect) (1) 194
3 The Manner of Friendliness: Adab (Respect) (2) 196
4 Respect 197
5 The Manner of Friendliness: Khatir (Consideration) 198
6 Tawazeh (Sharing with Others) 198
7 Haya (Modesty) 199
8 Modesty 200
9 Gheirat (Honour) 201
10 Enkessar (Selflessness) 203
  TAQWA TAHARAT (Everyday Life) 207
1 Everyday Life 209
2 The Instrument of Our Body 210
3 The Breath 211
4 Outer and Inner Ablutions 212
5 Inner Ablutions 212
6 Vegetarian Diet 213
7 The Five Elements of the Body 215
8 Purification 216
9 Sobriety 217
10 Fasting 218
1 The Purity of the Body 219
2 Purification 220
3 Purity of Mind (1) 221
4 Purity of Mind (2) 222
5 Purification of the Mind 223
6 The Power of Mind 225
7 Every Mind has its own Standard of Good and Bad 226
8 The Impression of Illness and Weakness on the Mind 227
9 Keeping the Mind in a Pure Condition 228
10 Keeping the Mind Free from All Undesirable Impressions 229
1 Purity of Heart 232
2 Keeping the Heart Pure 232
3 The Radiance of the Face 233
4 Innocence 234
5 Reject the Impression of Errors and Shortcomings 235
6 Purity of the Heart 236
7 Exaltation 236
8 Purify the Mind from Fear 237
9 Keep the Heart Free from Poison 238
10 The Real Purification of Mind 239
  TASAWWUF (Metaphysics) 241
1 Belief 243
2 Faith 245
3 Hope 246
4 Patience 247
5 Fear 249
6 Justice 250
7 Reason 251
8 Logic 252
9 Temptation 252
10 Tolerance 253
1 Forgiveness 255
2 Endurance (1) 256
3 Endurance (2) 257
4 Will-power 258
5 Keeping a Secret 260
6 Mind 261
7 Thought 262
8 Tawakul; Dependence upon God 264
9 Piety 265
10 Spirituality 266
1 Attitude 268
2 Sympathy 269
3 The Word 'Sin' 271
4 Kaza and Kadr: The Will, Human and Divine 273
5 Opinion 276
6 Conscience 278
7 Conventionality 280
8 Life 284
9 The Word 'Shame' 289
10 Tolerance 292

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