(The United States State Department, under President George Bush, Jr. sent Coleman Barks over to Iraq to participate in a cultural exchange regarding the Sufi poet Rumi. The Bush Administration acknowledged the power of Sufism to help fight the violent extremist sects of Islam.)
Quotes by Hazrat Inayat Khan
"The truth cannot be spoken; that which can be spoken is not the truth."
"The real meaning of crucifixion is to crucify the false self, that the true self may rise. As long as the false self is not crucified, the true self is not realized."
"An ideal is beyond explanation. To analyze God is to dethrone God."
"Where the flame of love rises, the knowledge of God unfolds of itself."
"Peace is perfected activity; that is perfect which is complete in all its aspects, balanced in each direction and under complete control of the will."
"A man's inclination is the root of the tree of his life."
"Yes, teach your principles of good, but do not think to limit God within them. The goodness of each man is peculiar to himself."
"To learn to adopt the standard of God, and to cease to wish to make the world conform to one's own standard of good, is the chief lesson of religion."
"Thought draws the line of fate."
"Misbelief alone misleads; singlemindedness always leads to the goal."