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Hazrat Inayat Khan’s teachings come from the depth of an awakened heart. Despite the passage of time, his words maintain their potency. His eloquent expression of the most subtle and profound insights into the nature of life is relevant for every seeker at whatever stage, beginner or seasoned traveler.

Hazrat Inayat Khan left a large body of spiritual teachings. Since his death in 1927, his works have been published and republished in single volumes and multi-volume sets and are available in a variety of formats. Some of these are listed here:

The Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan: Centennial Edition, is the series that we most highly recommend. It is a superbly readable edition of the lectures given by Hazrat Inayat Khan. As stated in the introduction to the first volume of the Centennial Edition, “The aim of this series is to provide the full set of Hazrat’s best-known teachings in a form that balances fidelity to his original words, with sensitivity to the contemporary evolution of the English language.” New volumes in this series are published periodically. Individual volumes in this series can be purchased from Suluk Press.

The Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan, also known as the “Message Volumes” and affectionately known as the “orange volumes” by long-time students, was published in a multiple volume set in the 1960’s and is the most widely known version of Hazrat Inayat Khan’s teachings.

An online version of The Sufi Message, with a truly excellent search engine, can be found at Wahiduddin Online. We also urge you to sign up there to receive The Bowl of Saki, a daily email of sayings of Hazrat Inayat Khan with commentary. 

Print versions of The Sufi Message are available from India from Motilal Banarsidass Publishers as well as online through Amazon and Abe Books.

Some of the lectures in The Sufi Message volumes have been republished in various individual books listed below. They can be purchased from Suluk Press where you can read a lovely synopsis of the contents of each. There you will also find books on the Sufi teachings by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Pir Zia Inayat Khan, and other writers on Sufism.

  • The Complete Sayings of Hazrat Inayat Khan
  • Nature Meditations
  • Spiritual Dimensions of Psychology
  • The Art of Being and Becoming
  • Creating the Person: A Practical Guide to the Development of Self Mastery Through Accomplishment
  • Social Gathekas: Sufi Wisdom on Social Harmony & Service
  • The Music of Life: The Inner Nature and Effects of Sound
  • The Awakening of the Human Spirit
  • The Soul’s Journey
  • Song of the Prophets: The Unity of Religious Ideals


The Complete Works of Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan, published by the Nekbakht Foundation, are essential reading for serious students and those with a more scholarly bent. One of the avowed purposes of the Nekbakht Foundation is to provide “the oldest available version of Pir-o-Murshid’s words as the basic text.” Extensive footnotes include all variations from the basic text that are found in published and unpublished writings. For those in love with the words of Hazrat Inayat Khan, The Complete Works are unsurpassed.

The Complete Works can be purchased from Suluk Press and may also be downloaded electronically for free through the Nekbakht Foundation.

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