Religion Without a Name

By Admin on 17-03-2010

Hazrat Inayat Khan,
was brought up as a Muslim by religion but grew up promoting the Sufi notion
that all religions have their value and place in human evolution. He later
became the founder of Sufi Order International. He was born in 1882, into a
family of popular musicians. May be because of their interactions with
different artists belonging to various religions that Inayat developed a strong
passion for a oneness of all faiths and creeds. In his spiritual quest, he grew
beyond religious issues and strongly yearned for a direct link with God.

As he very much
desired, a Guru stepped into his life. He was Mohammed Abu Hasana, whose family
had originated from the holy city of Medina. Mohammed was the member of the Chishti
Sufi order that flourished in India during 12th cent. AD. It was Abu
Hasana, who helped Inayat to rise up to a realization level of experiencing God
reality in life. As instructed by his Guru, Inayat sailed to America and widely
discussed his world view of oneness. Many people asked him what to call this
new School of Thought. He insisted on the Indian vision of being beyond a name
and told them that none of the spiritual masters have ever named a religious living
style. Later when he felt the strong need of a unifying umbrella, he revealed
to his followers that it was Sufism that he talks about.

Early in 20th
centuary, he travelled extensively in the West and taught about the science of
soul and the importance of prayer and meditation, which are necessary to develop
the consciousness within. This attitude of Universalism might have come to
Inayat khan from the 13th cent. Sufi teacher Ibn Arabi. This scholar
and mystic had wrritten in ‘Journey to the Lord of Power’, “Beware of confining yourself to a particular
belief and denying all else, for much good would elude you – indeed, the
knowledge of reality would elude you. Be in yourself for all forms of belief,
for God is too vast and tremendous to be restricted to one belief rather than
another.”

Inayat’s ‘Universal
Worship’ stands unique. The ritual consists of an invocation, a reading from
one of the holy books of the world religions, and lighting of a candle each for
different thought schools that have inspired mankind. The ritual continues with
a discourse and ends with a blessing. India needed one more great man like
Inayat, just to explain the substance of the much acclaimed Holy Scriptures of
ancient India. 

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