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)

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