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Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan (July 5, 1882 – February 5, 1927) “How can one explain spiritual progress? What is it? What is it like? Spiritual progress is the changing of the point of view.”

From “The Sufi Message, Volume X"

Hazrat Inayat Khan saw a new potential for mankind, and brought the Sufi message to the west in the early years of the 20th century. His message was of unity, self mastery, and rising above the differences and distinctions that divide us. Pir-o-Murshid said that the truth was in every heart, and no-one else can give it to another unless it rose up from the heart as a spring of water from the mountain.

Which is the most desirable thing in life, to seek for the goal or to dwell in this changing life? The answer is that every person's desire is according to his evolution. That for which he is ready is desirable for him. ...

The law of nature is that this external life develops gradually, stage by stage, through rock, through vegetable, through animals, through man. Its depth is intelligence, which is named 'ilm by the mystic. The joy of the whole life is the fullness of intelligence, and intelligence comes to its fullness in the human kingdom. It is there that life and the primitive intelligence have their eyes open to see and understand and think. ...

The question arises why all this was created. And the answer is that all this gradual development is towards one single development, that of human life; and in human life towards the development of mind. Throughout the whole universe, that which has really developed is the mind. 

From "Mastery"

Hazrat Inayat Khan inspired Samuel Lewis