Glimpses : Hazrat Inayat Drives in the Kingly Way

The following memoir is taken from “Once Upon a Time…” by Murshid Hidayat Inayat Khan.

Murshid Hidayat’s memoir specifies the year 1925, and this permis is dated 1926, in fact just a few days before the end of the Summer School and Hazrat Inayat Khan’s departure for India. This could perhaps be a renewed licence.

Later, in 1925, Murshid went to Paris alone, several times, without telling us children where he was going. He only said that it was a secret, and that we would know that secret soon.

One day, our Father returned from a short trip to Paris, more joyously than ever before, with smiles and sunshine in the eyes, and of course, we all hurried around him, hoping at last to know the secret; when, to our great surprise, our Father took a pink card out of his wallet and placed it very solemnly on the table. It was his driving license, just obtained successfully that same day, at the Versigny Driving School at Porte Maillot in Paris.

Naturally, it is needless to say how tremendously happy we all were about this most unexpected event, besides of course, our considerable enthusiasm at the thought of going on car drives with our Father in his own car.

Murshid had received a car, as a special gift offered to him by Henry Ford, who had it shipped all the way to Paris from the factories in Detroit. That present was sent as a token of gratitude for the spiritual help received, as well for the historical lectures which Murshid had given to the enthusiastic workers of the Ford Factories, and which had contributed so much to the well known success of Henry Ford’s humanitarian motivations in the industrial activities of his gigantic enterprises.

Some mureeds were extremely astonished about Murshid’s achievement, in such a non-mystical experience; whereas others were deeply struck by the lesson thereby revealed, in the most wonderful example of a complete, balanced condition in all types of activities, whether spiritual or material.

Nevertheless, whatever were the different opinions of the mureeds, it certainly was for all a most fascinating picture to see Murshid driving his own car in the ‘Kingly Way’, as they used to say, while he drove at a majestic tempo through the streets of Suresnes.

6 Replies to “Glimpses : Hazrat Inayat Drives in the Kingly Way”

    • Nawab Pasnak Post author

      Thank you, dear Johara. Perhaps we can share some more of Murshid Hidayat’s recollections, for they are loving and very intimate.

  1. Khalil José Fernando Moreno

    Muchas gracias, es lindo conocer de lo humano y lo divino de nuestro maestro Hazrat Inayat Khan

    • Nawab Pasnak Post author

      Muchas gracias, querido Khalil – si, un ser humano como nosotros, y un ser infinito como el cielo….

  2. huma

    What a gift , what a moving post !What an incredible being!And yet he dwelled here, like us , not only in our prayers, thoughts and immagination…How lucky to have met him now, our beloved Murshid, despite time and space, in this strange dream…
    Thank you Nawab

    • Nawab Pasnak Post author

      Yes, dear Huma, he lived in the world. He also knew how to ride a horse – something he learned in India, and that I think he enjoyed!


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