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)

No Hierarchies on Earth

You understand, when I call my thought on hierarchies “idiosyncracies” that is a play on words.  I believe I am more than right.  I may not know the exact degree to which this should be reduced or revised, but a awful lot has to be done.  In heaven there may be a sort of hierarchy but this is never expressed on earth, not even in the most holy “orders”.  You find a ditch-digger half hidden in his ditch.  I see his heart miles above the bishops and yogacharies.

(from correspondence)

Gold?

How lucky for all of us that the Edmonton group chose to talk rather than keep “silence” which is the advice of so many “mystics”.  Or should Inayat Khan, Sam Lewis, and Jesus have kept silent rather than talking?  Or, can you see gold where it appears?  Hierarchies are games, which, rightly understood and used, have a purpose, but which most often are not rightly understood or used.

(from correspondence)