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Confraternity Prayers


Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

The Sufi Invocation

Toward the One,
The Perfection of Love, Harmony, and Beauty,
The Only Being,
United with All the Illuminated Souls,
Who form the Embodiment of the Master,
The Spirit of Guidance.


Praise be to Thee, Most Supreme God,
Omnipotent, Omnipresent, All-Pervading, The Only Being.

Take us in Thy Parental Arms,
Raise us from the denseness of the earth.

Thy Beauty do we worship,
To Thee do we give willing surrender.

Most Merciful and Compassionate God,
The Idealized Lord of the whole humanity,
Thee only do we worship, and towards Thee alone do we aspire.

Open our hearts towards Thy Beauty,
Illuminate our souls with Divine Light.

0 Thou, the Perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty!
All-Powerful Creator, Sustainer,
Judge and Forgiver of our shortcomings,
Lord God of the East and of the West,
Of the worlds above and below,
and of the seen and unseen beings,
Pour upon us Thy Love and Thy Light,
Give sustenance to our bodies, hearts and souls.
Use us for the purpose that Thy Wisdom chooses,
And guide us on the path of Thine Own Goodness.

Draw us closer to Thee every moment of our life,
Until in us be reflected:
Thy Grace,
Thy Glory,
Thy Wisdom,
Thy Joy, and
Thy Peace.




Inspirer of my mind, consoler of my heart, healer of my spirit,
Thy presence lifteth me from earth to heaven,
Thy words flow as the sacred river,
Thy thought riseth as a divine spring,
Thy tender feelings awaken sympathy in my heart.

Beloved Teacher, thy very being is forgiveness.
The clouds of doubt and fear
are scattered by thy piercing glance.
All ignorance vanishes in thy illuminating presence.
A new hope is born in my heart
by breathing thy peaceful atmosphere.

O inspiring Guide through life's puzzling ways,
In thee I feel abundance of blessing.


 Most Gracious Lord, Master, Messiah, and Saviour of humanity,
We greet Thee with all humility.

Thou art the First Cause and the Last Effect,
the Divine Light and the Spirit of Guidance,
Alpha and Omega.

Thy Light is in all forms, Thy Love in all beings:
In a loving mother, in a kind father, in an innocent child,
In a helpful friend, in an inspiring teacher.

Allow us to recognize Thee in all Thy holy names and forms:
As Rama, as Krishna, as Shiva, as Buddha.
Let us know Thee as Abraham, as Solomon, as Zarathushtra,
As Moses, as Jesus, as Mohammed,
And in many other names and forms,
known and unknown to the world.

We adore Thy past,
Thy Presence deeply enlightens our being
And we look for Thy blessing in the future.

O Messenger, Christ, Nabi, the Rasul of God,
Thou Whose heart constantly reaches upward,
Thou comest on earth with a message,
As a dove from above when Dharma decays,
And speakest the Word that is put into Thy mouth,
As the light filleth the crescent moon.

Let the star of the Divine Light, shining in Thy heart,
Be reflected in the hearts of Thy devotees.

May the Message of God reach far and wide,
Illuminating and making the whole humanity
as one single family in the parenthood of God.




A torch in the darkness, a staff during my weakness,
A rock in the weariness of life.

Thou, my Master, makest earth a paradise.
Thy thought giveth me unearthly joy,
Thy light illuminated my life's path,
Thy words inspire me with divine wisdom,
I follow in thy footsteps, which lead me to the eternal goal.

Comforter of the broken-hearted,
Support of those in need,
Friend of the lovers of truth,
Blessed Master, thou art the Prophet of God.


O Thou, Who art the Perfection of Love, Harmony, and Beauty,
Lord of heaven and earth,
Open our hearts, that we may hear Thy Voice,
Which constantly comes from within.

Disclose to us Thy Divine Light, which is hidden in our souls,
That we may know and understand life better.

Most Merciful and Compassionate God,
Give us Thy great Goodness,
Teach us Thy loving Forgiveness,
Raise us above the distinctions and differences which divide.

Send us the Peace of Thy Divine Spirit,
And unite us all in Thy Perfect Being.




Warner of coming dangers, awakener of the world from sleep,
Deliverer of the Message of God,
Thou art our Savior,
The sun at the dawn of Creation, the light of the whole Universe,
The fulfillment of God's purpose.

Thou the life eternal,
we seek refuge in Thy loving enfoldment.

Spirit of Guidance, Source of all Beauty,
and Creator of Harmony,
Love, Lover, and Beloved Lord,
Thou art our divine ideal.

Prayer of the Universal

O Thou, who art the maker, molder
and builder of the universe,
build with Thine own hands
the Universal,
our temple for Thy divine message
of love, harmony and beauty.



Other Prayers



Beloved Lord, Almighty God,
Through the rays of the Sun,
Through the waves of the Air,
Through the All-Pervading Life in Space,
Purify and revivify us, and we pray,
Heal our bodies, hearts, and souls.



(for the blessing of food)

0 Thou, Sustainer of our bodies, hearts, and souls,
Bless all that we receive, in Thankfulness.



A Prayer for the New Year

O Thou, who abidest in our hearts,
most merciful and compassionate God,
Lord of heaven and earth
We forgive others their trespasses
and ask Thy forgiveness of our shortcomings.
We begin this New Year
with pure heart and with clear conscience,
with courage and hope.
Help us to fulfill the purpose of our lives
under Thy divine guidance.


Prayer for the Dead

O Thou, the Cause and Effect of the whole Universe,
the Source from whence we have come
and the Goal toward which all are bound:
receive this soul who is coming to Thee into Thy parental arms.
May Thy forgiving Glance heal his (her) heart.
Lift him (her) from the denseness of the earth,
surround him (her} with the light of Thine own Spirit.
Raise him (her) up to Heaven, which is his (her) true dwelling place.
We pray Thee grant him (her) the blessing of Thy most exalted Presence.
May his (her) life upon earth become as a dream to his (her) waking soul,
and let his (her) thirsting eyes behold the glorious vision of Thy Sunshine.



Heal his (her) spirit, Lord, from all the wounds
that his/her heart has suffered through this life of limitation upon the earth.
Purify his (her) heart with Thy divine light
and send upon his (her) spirit Thy Mercy, Thy Compassion and Thy Love.



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