Sunday, August 19, 2018
Phil Harris, the publisher of All Things That Matter Press—true to its name and mission, has published Quran and Wisdom of Hazrat Inayat Khan./He is amazing, honest and affable and generous with his time, lending good advice and support./ This book is a journey into the spiritual realms of Islam and Sufism. /Endowed with the gifts of music, spirituality and mysticism, Hazrat Inayat Khan guided by the poetry of the Quran and by the Grace of God came to America more than a century ago to unite East with the West in God Realization. /His message still resonates fresh in this century twenty-one. /The wealth of esoteric and exoteric knowledge in this book can serve as the contemporary books of Quran, Bible and Torah for the People of the Book. /Love, peace and harmony is the only message in this exquisite journey into the valleys of truth from sharing to caring, to living to the fullness of one’s own divine-self within. /May every reader discover the kernels of spirituality to the fulfilment of their own faith and fealty./ ‘Many seek protection from all hurting influences by building some wall around themselves./But the canopy over the earth is so high that a wall cannot be built enough. /The only thing one can do is to live in the midst of all inharmonious influences, to strengthen his willpower and to bear all things. /Yet keeping the fineness of character and a nobleness of manner with an ever-living heart. / The need of the world today is not learning, but how to become considerate toward one another. /To try and find out in what way happiness can be brought about. /And in this way to realize that peace which is the longing of every soul and to impart it to others, thereby attaining our life’s goal, the sublimity of life. / The soul is the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of God lives within the shrine of the heart; this shrine can be closed or it can be open. /There are some things in life that open it and some that close it. /The things that close the heart are those which are contrary to love, tolerance and forgiveness, such as coldness, bitterness and ill-will, and a strong element of duality. /The world is more upset today than ever before; in many ways man seems to go from bad to worse, and yet he thinks that he is progressing./It is not lack of organization or of civilization; both these things he has. /What he lacks is the expression of the soul. /He closes his door to his fellow man, he closes the shrine of the heart and by doing so he is keeping God away from himself and others./ Nation is set against nation, race against race, religion against religion. /Therefore today more than ever before there is a need for the realization of this philosophy. /What we need is not that all religions should become one nor all races; that can never be. /But what is needed is undivided progress, and making ourselves examples of love and tolerance./ By talking about it, by discussing and arguing it will not come, but by self-realization, by making ourselves the examples of what should be, by giving love, taking love, and showing in our action gentleness, consideration and the desire for service for the sake of God in whom we can all unite beyond the narrow barriers of race and creed.’ Hazrat Inayat Khan/ Hazrat Inayat Khan Bio:/ Hazrat Inayat Khan was born July 5, 1882 in Baroda, India./ He died February 5, 1927 in Tilak Lodge north of Delhi’s Red fort in India. /His ancestry can be traced back to King Tipu Sultan. /His family was both spiritual and musical, and growing up as a young man he was interested in studying and exploring all religions. /Mentored by great musicians and saints and sages of India, finally he met his Sufi teacher, to whose teaching his whole life was indebted. /The name of that Sufi teacher was Madani, who instructed him to leave his hometown and venture abroad./ ‘Fare forth into the world, my child, and harmonize the East and the West with the harmony of thy music. /Spread the wisdom of Sufism abroad, for to this end thou art gifted by Allah, the most Merciful and Compassionate.’/ In obedience to his teacher, Hazrat Inayat Khan came to America Year 1910 to promote the message of God realization. /While giving lectures and concerts, he fell in love with an American girl by the name of Ora Ray Baker. /They were married in London March 20, 1913. /Their first daughter Nurunnisa was born in Russia, 1914, and they returned to London at the inception of WW1. /They had three more children, two boys and another girl. /They settled in Suresness, Paris, but after his death and much later at the inception of WW11, the family moved to London. /Nurunnisa became a British spy against Nazi Germany invasion of Paris. /She was captured by Gestapo, then killed in Nazi concentration camps. /Hazrat Inayat Khan’s legacy still lives in Fazal Manzil in Suresness, Paris, where he lived with his family and where his wife Ora Ray Baker, titled as Pirani, died, but their daughter Nurunnisa embalmed as Spy Princess in a movie is alive on world stage.