|The Universal Worship is |
the religious service of the Church of All and of all churches.
It is so named because it aims to promote the unity of religious ideals, to give an opportunity to those belonging to different religions to worship together, and to discover that there is one source from which all Scriptures have come.
|The Universal Worship is |
to be included among the variety of existing churches.
It is a church which gives an opportunity to those belonging to
different religions to worship together, to pay respect to the great
ones who have come from time to time to help humanity. The different
scriptures of those who have taught wisdom are read at the altar
of the Church for All. Nevertheless, no man is compelled even to
attend this Church of All but a person to whatever church it goes,
is welcome. The idea of the unity of humanity is a point of view.
It means having a certain outlook on life, but not necessarily going
to a particular church. Religion is something which touches the
depths of the heart, and everyone has his own conceptions of religion
which he holds as sacred. (remark: a slightly
|The Universal Worship is|
religion of all great teachers of humanity.
This was the message of Jesus Christ and all other
great teachers of humanity. Therefore it is not a separate line;
it is the same line and the same message which is being given to
the world. It is the continuation of all the great religions which
have come from time to time, and a unification of all. It 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 Tenach, the Bible, or the teachings
of Krishna or Zarathushtra, should be known by everyone.
The work of the message in the Universal Worship is
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 (from another point of view) the light upon it. In this
way a greater trust, a greater confidence will be established in
Behind all wars there is a suggestion of religion. Whenever there has been a war, and even now in such wars as we have gone through, we always see the finger of religion. People think that the reason for war is mostly political, but religion is a greater warmonger than any political ideas. Those who give their lives for an idea always show some touch of religion.
The Universal Worship isinaugurated
for this purpose
that people of different faiths and religions
may come together and give their adoration in one form.
In the first place there is the greatest need that
East and West may be united together for the spiritual evolution
of the whole humanity and this can only be done if all different
religions, at least the followers of different religions, come and
worship together. Then it will spread so widely because this is
the pressing need of the whole world and of humanity. The need
of the Universal Worship is greater than one can imagine, for this
reason that it gives a facility to the people of all religions.
How is it designed, and how is it to be constructed?
It is designed by the hand of God, and it is to be constructed by
our thoughts of harmony, of love, of beauty. It is our thoughts
and our feelings which will serve in this temple as stones and bricks
and tiles, and it is our feelings which will hold this temple for
centuries to come.
If that is the only reason why must we have a temple;
will any little thing not do? Why must we dream of big things and
great things? But can you ever imagine such a thing, that there
could be something too good for... a symbol of the religious unity
When we stand in the physical world there is dignity
to be considered. Will your sense of dignity be content to imagine
the Universal Worship given in a garage? But at the same time we
(remark: all people which work for it) must
not spare to contribute, to add to it beauty in whatever form we
may be able to give it. For it will remain on the plane of the earth
a little souvenir: a souvenir of your devotion for the Cause, a
souvenir of that struggle and fight through which you have to go
and are going in this pioneer work, that people will see your devotion
after centuries, how you worked for it even on the physical plane,
proving your devotion by having constructed that building on the
spiritual plane also...
In conclusion I would like to say that we should
be content with the temple that one day will be build, and that
we shall never think that the temple intended to be built can be
too good or can be too beautiful for us.
Hazrat Inayat Khan is the first authentic Sufi master who brought the ideas and the wisdom of the Sufis to the West (1910-26), developing out of them a spirituality of the future, which reaches far beyond the narrow frame of just a 'mystic of Islam', which still restricts western media in their understanding of Sufism today. Inayat Khan was concerned about the realization of the unity of religions emerging altogether from the One Truth.