"The religious activity of the Sufi Movement is called the Universal Worship, or the Church of All. Why is it so named? Because it contains all different ways of worship and all churches.

"This Universal Worship which has been organized in the Sufi Movement was the hope of all prophets, the prayer and the desire of all great souls; that the light given in all the different forms such as the Buddhist scriptures, the Qur'an, the Bible, or the teachings of Krishna or Zarathustra, should be known by everyone. altar The work of the Sufi message is to spread the unity of religion. It is not a mission to promote a particular creed or any church or religion; it is a work to unite the followers of different religions and faiths in wisdom, so that without having to give up their own religion they may strengthen their own faith and focus the true light upon it. In this way a greater trust, a greater confidence will be established in mankind."

Hazrat Inayat Khan

"There is an element in our spiritual life that exceeds our understanding. However much we might long to understand, there is something else that is undefinable, ineffable, and that ultimately is the only thing that really makes sense in life, which is glorification. This notion seems to be somewhat lost in our time, but the fulfillment of oneís life is attained in glorification. It is the ultimate act in the heavens, and all aspects of nature participate in it.

"In order to be able to experience what we were born out of—which was an act of glorification, the High Mass celebration in the heavens—we celebrate down here, translating in our little terms something that is beyond our compass.

"We light candles because it is a reminiscence of the light in the heavens.

"We play music because part of the High Mass is the music of the spheres behind the universe.

"We burn incense because incense represents the transfiguration of the earth, matter being transmuted into Spirit.

"We have processions because thatís the way it is in the heavens; there is all that jubilation manifesting as motion."

Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan

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