Counsellor September

The Voice - 2

from: Hazrat Inayat Khan:

'Mysticism of Sound and Music'

(continued from June 2013)

(see also Topic)

You can listen to all themes here

Beyond this, every person is an instrument in this orchestra which is the whole universe, and his voice is the music that comes from each instrument.

Each instrument is made distinct and particular and peculiar, so that no other voice can take the place of that particular voice. If then - with the instrument that God has made and the music that God has intended to be played in the world - we do not allow that music to be played and we develop a voice which is not our own, naturally that is a great cruelty to ourselves and to others.

For those on the Inner Path, thinkers, students and meditative souls, it is of the greatest importance to know the condition of their spirit from time to time by consulting their voice. That is their barometer. From morning till evening we can see the weather - the weather created by ourselves: whether it is warm or cold, or whether it is spring or winter. Our voice is that barometer that shows to us what is coming, because what will come is the reaction, the result of what is created, and the voice is indicative of it.

Those who think still more deeply on this subject will be able to see how, step by step, they are progressing in the Inner Path, if only they consult their voice. Every step in the Inner Path brings about a little change. By a distinct study of the voice you will find that it is so. When you go back, you will find by the change: ‘I had gone so much further, and I have gone back again.’ The voice will tell you.

There is another point which is most wonderful about the voice: that once you have worked with the voice and have cultivated it, deepened it, widened it, and it has become invigorated, and then you have left it, you may leave it for months and years, and the voice may take a different shape and a different appearance, but at the same time what you have once developed remains with you somewhere. It is just like a kind of deposit kept in a bank. You do not know of it, you have forgotten it perhaps, yet it is there. The day when you will touch it again, it will come back in the same way and it will take very little to complete it.

If the voice has developed an Inner quality and we find later that it has lost that Inner quality, we must not be discouraged or disappointed. We have not lost it. We must correct ourselves and want to go forward again, and be sorry for having gone backward, but never be discouraged, never be hopeless, because it is there; it only wants a little touch.

It is just like a little candle which has gone out, but once you strike a match it is lighted again; it is a candle just the same. The voice is light itself. If the light has become dim, it has not gone out, it is there. It is the same with the voice. If it does not shine, it only means that it has not been cultivated. You must cultivate it again, and it will begin to shine again.

Make your heart as soft as wax to sympathize with others;

but make it hard as rock to bear the blows

that fall upon it from without.

Gayan - Talas


(Maheboob Khan, Hazrat Inayat Khan‘s brother, has composed music to a row of aphorisms of Hazrat Inayat Khan in the middle of last century, as this ‚How Shall I Thank Thee‘. Mohammed Ali Khan, Hazrat Inayat Khan’s cousin, has sung this song around the year 1956 in a concert in Zürich – here you can listen to it)

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