Sufi Hazrat Inayat Khan (Baroda 1882-Delhi 1927)
provides a beautiful guidebook for your inner path. It
contains neither prescriptions nor do's and don'ts. You
may be provided with an insight and understanding which
may be as a welcome in the circle of Sufi friends, or as a
silent companion on your further way.
"The soul is called Alman, which means happiness or
bliss itself. It is not that happiness belongs to the soul; it is
that the soul itself is happiness."
This inspiring book covers almost all aspects of the life
of someone who chooses to go the way of self-enfoldment
and self-realization. It refers to the struggle of life, its
intoxication and its deeper side. The aim, meaning and
purpose of life are discussed. What is wanted in life?
Essential for the answer to this question are concepts like
the art and development of personality, attitude, interest
and indifference, purity of life, and the ideal. All these are
discussed in separate chapters dealing with these items in
an inspiring and up-lifting manner, nevertheless remaining
realistic as to daily life's requirements, Life is presented as
an opportunity to gain experience both within and without,
stressing their mutual interdependence. The second half
of the book discusses, amongst others, inner life, the
kingly road from limitation to perfection, and the stages on his destiny, in the context of the continuity of life.
The present volume is the first of a series including all the works intended for
publication of Hazrat Inayat Khan (Baroda 1882-New Delhi 1927), the great Sufi
mystic who came to the Western world in 1910 and lectured and taught there
until his passing away in 1927.
A new edition of this series, which was published for the International
Headquarters of the Sufi Movement in the West in the '60s, is now made
available in the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East. In this way Hazrat
Inayat Khan's inspired and universal vision of the Sufi Message returns to his own
beloved country, where it originated and where interest in it is growing.
This book and other volumes of this series have not been written down by the
author. They contain his lectures, discourses and other teachings as taken down
in shorthand and other handwriting. When preparing for publication great care
was taken, not only to avoid distortion of their intent and meaning, but also to
leave intact, as far as possible, the flow of mystical inspiration and poetical
expression which add so much to their spell, and without which a significant part
of his message would be lost. Although speaking in a tongue foreign to him, he
moulded it into a perfect vehicle for his thought, at times somewhat
ungrammatical and unusual, but always as clear and precise as his often difficult
and abstruse subjects would allow.
It goes without saying that neither in the present nor in the previous edition
anything has been altered which would involve even the slightest deviation from
the author's intention and no attempt has been made to transform his highly
personal and colourful language into idiomatically unimpeachable English.
Already so much is necessarily lost by the transfer of the spoken word to the
printed page, that every effort has been made, as it should, to preserve the
Master's melodious phrasing, the radiance of his personality, and the subtle sense
of humour which never left him.
Hazrat Inayat Khan's teaching was nearly all given during the years 1918-
1926. It covers a great many subjects, several of which were grouped in series of
lectures and taken up again some years later. Certain subjects may cover nearly
the same ground as others; stories and examples which abound in most of his
works are met again elsewhere; and much of what he taught one finds repeated in
several places. This was intentional, as repetition belonged to Hazrat Inayat
Khan's method of teaching; it is for the student to become aware of the subtle
differences in each context. For these and other reasons it would be difficult to
follow a rigid system in publishing Hazrat Inayat Khan's works; a chronological
grouping of his lectures would be very unsatisfactory, and a stringent
classification according to subject-matter hardly feasible.
The complete series contains fourteen volumes. The last volume is the Index.
This edition is the first one to present an index to the Sufi Message of Hazrat
Each volume is complete in itself, and therefore may be read without any
necessity to study following or previous ones. However, one may get a spiritual
and mental appetite to continue reading. One will find that a meditative way of
reading will convey not only the words but also the spiritual power emanating
from them, tuning mind, heart and soul to the pitch which is one's own.
**Contents and Sample Pages**
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