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)


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)

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)


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)


You are not simply to blame for not “accomplishing” not even making a decent living. The social structure does not facilitate it. It could, if established by the few sensible ones. It isn’t.
And for one thing: That’s why we have and need change and hope it will be in the right direction and work for that.

Our most horrendous blunder nowadays is unemployment. Not only is this a curse to everybody seeking a job and everybody who has one and is afraid to speak his mind lest he be fired (into unemployment) but unemployment is also the cause of inflation ( while Greenspan and Ford believe we have to lick inflation first before solving employment).

(from correspondence)


Children choose their parents, not because they seem ideal to the coming child but because it seems the least harmful choice.  The child’s spirit often overshadows and leads the parent, for example to your school. ..what do the parents know?  By this child coming to your school, that child, not necessarily the parent, has taken a decision.  How do you dare to challenge that decision?
You say, very well, but is she really prepared to make a decision on behalf of the child in this fashion?  Whom does she think this child is?   Her property or the property of its Creator?  Her mind or the child’s own mind?  How much authority does she really think she ought to have and exercise over that messenger from Heaven?
Permit not the parent to interfere with the career of the child, if you possibly can avoid it.
(from correspondence)