Welcome to the International Sufi Movement
Universal Sufism: The Sufi Message is a Message of Unity, of Spiritual Liberty, and of Love, Harmony and Beauty, destined for all humanity. Its purpose is not to draw seekers to a new path, but to awaken them to the path which they are destined to tread.
Truth is One; it cannot be otherwise. Therefore the Sufi finds the light and love of the Divine Spirit of Guidance hidden in all names and forms.
In the words of Hazrat Inayat Khan:
The effort of the Sufi Message is to give the opportunity to those serious seekers after truth that they may come in touch with the deeper side of life. No doubt truth is never taught, truth is discovered. It is not the wonderworking, it is not the life of phenomena that is the sign of the seeker. It is in the search for truth that God is found; it is in the finding of God that truth is realized. But where is God to be found? God is to be found in the heart of man.
Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan
"Hazrat" is an honorific; "Pir-o-Murshid" is an esoteric title,
signifying the head of the Inner School of the Sufi Movement.
On July 5th, 1882, in Baroda, India, a child named Inayat was born into one of the most musical families in the country. Inayat's grandfather, Maula Bakhsh, known as the 'Beethoven of India,' had become a master of the music of both North and South India, a feat hitherto considered impossible, and had then, at the invitation of the Maharaja Khanda Rao, settled in Baroda where he founded 'Gayanshala,' the first musical academy of its kind in India. Maula Bakhsh drew about him many people of culture and refinement. Among his students and associates was Rahmat Khan, who came from a family of musicians, poets and mystics. Rahmat married Khatidja, the second daughter of Maula Bakhsh, and their first child was Inayat.
Inayat quickly showed great musical talent, and before he was twenty he was singing and playing the vina in the courts of royalty all over the subcontinent. Indeed, from a set of recordings Inayat made at the age of 27, modern musicologists are able to say that his vocal skill and musical understanding remain unequalled to this day. Called to something beyond worldly success, however, he at last met his Murshid, Abu Haimages/shim Sayed Madani and entered the Sufi path.
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Invitation to the Summer School of 2014
Dear friend on the Sufi path,
With a smile of welcome, we cordially invite you to join us at the Summer School of the International Sufi Movement in the Universel Murad Hassil, Katwijk aan Zee. Hazrat Inayat Khan said, “The manner of friendliness is considered as the main part in the study of Sufism…” and our theme this year will be to meet with a smile all those with whom we come in contact, whether known or unknown to us, whether distant or close. The Summer School will emphasize personal work toward the friendly attitude and the freely offered smile. The program will include a wide range of activities, such as sacred readings, breathing practices, musical and element attunements, meditative exercises, the Element Ritual and the Singing Zikar.