- "Within your own house dwells the treasure of joy; so why do you go begging from door to door?"
—Sufi saying in The Meaning of Tea by Scott Chamberlain Hoyt and Phil Cousineau
- "The Sufis have been educators of hearts for at least fourteen centuries. Their teaching and methods are based upon neither dogma nor conjecture, but upon a divine and objective foundation that is the primordial 'religion' of humanity.... This is an education that restores the unity between substance and form, between the spiritual and human dimensions. The goal of this education is the living realization of an intimate connection between ourselves and the Divine."
—Kabir Helminski in The Knowing Heart
- "There are, it is said, seventy thousand veils between ourselves and God. These are habits and ideas that prevent us from remembering and being aware of our direct connection with the Divine. Each time we pierce a veil, we come a little closer to our own spiritual center."
—James Fadimanand Robert Frager in Essential Sufism
- "If you speak well of another, the good will return to you. The good and praise you speak of another you will speak in reality of yourself. A parallel would be when someone plants a garden and herb garden around his house. Every time he looks out he sees flowers and herbs. If you accustom yourself to speak well of others, you are always in a 'paradise.'"
—Jelaluddin Rumi in Signs of the Unseen by W. M. Thackston, Jr.
- "There is a custom, both in Persia and in India that, when a younger person greets an older one, he bows his head bringing it closer to his breast, and the elder person, taking his arms, raises him up as if the younger person wanted from the elder person love, light and life; and the elder person gives it to him and raises him with it."
—Hazrat Inayat Khan in The Wisdom of Sufism
- "I am in love with every church and mosque and temple
And any kind of shrine
Because I know it is there
That people say the different names
Of the one God."
—Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan in In Search of the Hidden Treasure
- "The Voice of Truth calls to human beings throughout history to turn around completely toward their own True Source, to plunge wholeheartedly into prayer each day, and to offer constant tenderness and assistance to those in any kind of need. This is the single Religion of Truth, natural to the human soul, which transcends all religious factions with its perfect clarity and directness."
—Lex Hixon in The Heart of the Quran
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