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  • Writer's pictureRalph Dranow

The Eyes of Hazrat Inayat Khan

His dark, penetrating eyes

are gazing right at you, 

inviting you to connect,

to be your true self,

conscious and present.

And at the same time

they’re reaching into someplace

far beyond you

that only he can see.

The deep well of compassion

resting at the bottom of his eyes

means he’s grieving all the suffering and blindness,

the dense matter weighing down the world,

he wishes he could just make disappear.

But the warmth radiating from his pupils is saying,

“Come with me on a journey of transformation.

The peace you create inside yourself

can ripple out into the whole world.”


Ralph Dranow works as an editor and writing coach. His poems and articles have been widely published. He lives in Oakland, California with his family. His website is


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