1000 petals by axinia

the only truth I know is my own experience

A writer with the most unexpected impact on the reader March 14, 2009

Why do we read books? Mostly because we want to learn something, to get some new ideas, to jump into the new reality and all of that can be summed up as to get the “food for thought“.

Recently I discovered an author whose impact on the reader is just the opposite: his books, although full of wisdom and deep thoughts, do not make you think things over but actually relax your mind and enrich your consioussness without you noticing it much.

 (image by me)

That feels so special!… It feels somehow like drinking water in a great thirst. Apart from his wonderfully simple language, the author has a certain melody, a rhythm in his writing (probably due to his strong musical background).

I wish many of you could discover this very special author whose books will not make your head glue but will enrich you with wisdom and deep understanding of life in the most unexpected way. Discover for yourself the books of Hazrat Inayat Khan! – links here.

A short notice on the author:

The Indian mystic and musician Hazrat Inayat Khan, born 1882, was the first teacher to bring Sufism, Islamic mysticism, to the West. He put the accent on the inner life and the annihilation of the false self. In his teachings, Khan emphasized the importance of developing what he called “the art of personality,” which includes the following character qualities: respect, consideration, hospitality, humility, graciousness, tenderness of feeling, sympathy, moderation of speech, and modesty. The yearning for God, he taught, produces a way of life that is courteous and loving and thoughtful of others.

LOVE, axinia

 

16 Responses to “A writer with the most unexpected impact on the reader”

  1. Sahaja Says:

    first of all awesome pic!

    and second…I agree that books give us a lot of relaxing!! i started reading books because of my dad, since I was 7, every week he used to get me comics in my language and english ….I used to read while going to sleep [ which used be 7.30 or 8 😉 ] and finish off by weekend…

    to me they are sources of knowing places where we never visited….of knowing things and understanding diff views…and I do feel relaxed when I read books….till date I read something before I go to bed…and after reading ur post i realised that I sleep peacefully every night and my mom always says…girl u r lucky, u sleep as soon as u close ur eyes!
    Guess this is because of the books?
    But I didnt read his works…I shall soon add them onto my books!

    • axinia Says:

      Sahaja, I am looking forward to your review on this author – I am curious if you will find his impact different that of the other books you normally read…

  2. Raman Says:

    You should hear song by the Band Indian Ocean called Bhor: http://www.indianoceanmusic.com/mp3/bhor.mp3. A fantastic mix of Hindu Philosophy with rustic music. I haven’t been able to find the lyrics or explanations of the song on the web. If you listen to it & like it, you can tell me – I’ll then work on the lyrics / explanation.

  3. swaps Says:

    “The yearning for God”
    I love those words.

  4. Rashmi Says:

    hey thanks for sharing link..sounds by your review that it must be interesting read

  5. Valusha Says:

    I bought one book of Hazrat Inayat Khan some years ago (THE MYSTICISM OF SOUND) and expected something special from it, I felt great vibrations and power in every word. But should say it’s written to difficult for me. Maybe the russian translation was not good? Anyway I can read only some parts of it… After some parts I feel, it’s to much, and close the book…

  6. axinia Says:

    Valusha, it is interesting…
    I am sure it is not the matter of language, I am also reading him in Russian 🙂 It is the matter of virations, I guess – they are so strong, that we simply can not read much. I had the same effect with the books of Gregoire de Klabermatthen…

    • Valusha Says:

      Yes, yes, yes! It’s like Gregoire’s books!;) I wanted also to compare Inayat Khan with him, but didn’t know how to spell Gregoire’s name in English and desided not to mantion him :)))))

  7. Valusha Says:

    Sorry for mistakes in my English :-[

  8. Huihua Says:

    I have been reading his works on that website after u introduced it previously (not this post). just cant get enough of it, was too absorbed by reading it! it’s just pure knowledge given in so simple way. and i can really feel the Love that he encompasses. just too great. i love the advice he gave too, like how to educate children and youth. coz there is one doubt that i always had, whether i can give birth to a a child and also to bring it up properly in such crazy times. im happy to know that there are these guidelines which i can consult and follow, given by a great saint. thanks Axinia for introducing his works to us.

    • axinia Says:

      so glad to hear that! – you know, his wrigings on children education (even of toddlers!!) I foudn the most amazing, for it is not the topic one expects to find in the books of a male saint. And such wise recommendations!
      🙂

  9. Dave Says:

    Hello 🙂

    THis is a really nice blog post. Another petal of a beautiful flower. Sufism has always been a dear topic to me for discussion. I look forward to hearing your thoughts about it, and the rest of your blog which is awesome.

    Dave

    ———————

    Behold how this drop of seawater
    has taken so many forms and names;
    it has existed as mist, cloud, rain, dew, and mud,
    then plant, animal, and Perfect man;
    and yet it was a drop of water
    from which these things appeared.
    Even so this universe of reason, soul, heavens, and bodies,
    was but a drop of water in its beginning and ending.

    …When a wave strikes it, the world vanishes;
    and when the appointed time comes to heaven and stars,
    their being is lost in not being.

    – Shabistari


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