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Variations on a Theme

Introduction 

Each volume in this series consists of a compilation of sayings that are related to a particular theme in the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan. While all volumes include sayings of Hazrat Inayat Khan, some will include sayings of other Sufis. With regards to this first volume, all sayings come from Hazrat Inayat Khan.  

This series is not a scholarly compendium intended for analysis, it is intended as a aid to contemplation for committed practitioners. Indeed, some of these sayings may make no sense except to one who is engaged in Sufi practice. A saying was included in this series because it found a home in my own personal practice.  

Some sayings may seem unrelated to the central theme; nonetheless, each saying plays its part. Moreover, although each volume can be read through at one time, its intended use is for you, the Sufi practitioner, to contemplate a particular saying, whichever one seems to have the most pull at the moment, and to feel the reality to which the saying points.  

This series is designed for easy reading during times of contemplation. Reading an entire volume might take less than five minutes; realizing the depth of one saying may be the work of many years of practice. 

Habibullah Rogers
Hurkalya Sufi Center, 2021

Petaluma, 2021

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