True Followers?

You are right that specifically the Inayat Khan sufi effort is typically directed to the future, though this is not so for sufism in general, except that, like all traditions, it encompasses past-present-and-future. Inayat Khan’s “message” was the future, near and far.
When you come to his “followers”, no one really is a follower, however much they try to claim to be an “only” follower — well, the less spoken of the better. But the concept of “following” may be good for a “follower” on a certain stage, but that is all, or it may become bad, if vain and egotistical.
I saw Inayat Khan invest power and appointments in his son Vilayat, who, however, is the first to think and say that he is not his father but himself, trying his best to convey and continue the “Message”. Of course, everyone has a message and is worth listening to, sometimes with a laugh, or only a vague smile, and sometimes with interest. But let no one claim to be a “true follower”. That is one more reason why discipleship is not always to the best, particularly if the teacher is not supremely developed, and pure and wise.
(from correspondence)

Advice

Is it sad or funny how utterly incapable I am of expressing myself in words? That is why I have always hesitated when asked to meet you. For you are so perfect that I feel an urge to add a touch to make you even more perfect. For example, I always tell people who seek my advice, “why come to me? You have far better advice all around you, from the present and departed beings plus from the thousands of agents building and maintaining all your limbs and nerves and beings”. Just as you do. And you have within the myriad of spirits with which you are in touch such stalwarts as Rabindranath Tagore, who are beyond all faiths and rules yet inside them all, and also sufis and yogis — and also some less free and easy. It seemed to me that you took from all of them without discrimination, and that bothered me. But perhaps you are right even in that. For myself, I choose and reject. I try to bring order in my sources and keep only those I can wholly respect. I hear the others too but politely listen without so deep impression.

(from correspondence)

Immature Humanity

And you realize the tentative, experimental stage of the world. After a million years there may be — civilization. Today we have immature experimenting. And a lot of pretenders who live fictions. So what? Enjoy what you can, bear the rest. There is nothing, in today’s science or religion, that has anything but a lick and a promise. There are great individuals — a whole 1/1000 percent of humanity — the rest: Children, playmates. The Lord is in all of them of course, but he isn’t yet mature in all of them.

(from correspondence)

No Expectation

I may be weird, for I expect nothing of anybody, in fact, look calmly for the worst. If anybody shows any sense, constancy, even compassion, it bowls me over. I get so thankful I can hardly stand on my feet.

(from correspondence)

God Changes His Mind

I was told by some friendly sufis that since I had more experience with worldly hierarchies — in business, governments and even religious organisations in more than 65 countries — more than any sufi or anyone else, perhaps, in the big wide world since the creation of time, they liked to hear my views of this and they felt it was my duty to provide it. And my view is that God changes his mind, quickly, thoroughly, all along the line, up and down, as often as we change our shirts. And he changes it according to our own reactions. It is his privilege and nobody can take it away from him.
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In a sense hierarchies grow and change organically without any direct intervention or nomination.
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A blessed hierarchy does exist, of which Inayat Khan is to me a shining example. The titles and grades we give in the sufi order — even those he gave — are quite another matter. To quote him: “A privilege granted the mureed to see if she or he may become worthy some day to represent that attitude of respect, gratitude and utter humility — the attitude of a SUFI”. Many, as you know, never arrived.
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You seem often to be so concerned with the “higher Officials” and believe them to truly represent the so-called lower ranks, while I (and now I must confess with Inayat’s inspiration) see the “lower” as often actually higher.
(from correspondence)

Leaders?

Inayat Khan publicly dissociated himself from a “murshida” appointed, by himself, who had disturbed the sense of unity.  Inayat Khan repeatedly told stories of how even Prophets had failed, as for example in his story about Kidr and Moses.  So why do people look transfixed at “leaders” and forget to look at plain people like the ones from Edmonton?

(from correspondence)

Shifting Needs

Anyway, my own explanation is that she was valid at the time she was chosen but failed later.  And so I see for many if not all of the hierarchy visible to us.  As to the hierarchy not visible to us I have no opinion.  But a great ease will result from realising and saying that hierarchies are not stable but shifting, shifting, all the time, in accordance with God’s and ours changing trends and changing needs.  Do people demand constancy?  Less and less.  Besides, what they demand is not always important.  The truth may be more important.

(from correspondence)

Most Useful

My self-made millionare friend here phoned him and said he was unsophisticated and seemed rather ignorant about financial matters.  This does not in the least faze me.  An unsophisticated honest doer is infinitely more useful than a sophisticated charlatan.

(from correspondence)

Hierarchy

Today, at 81, I have seen how, not only philosophical-religious organizations but also whole nations, their “civil service”, their hierarchical working places, businesses, departments are destroyed by the hierarchial systems.

(from correspondence)