Inner Life: three classic essays on the spiritual life
"Three classic essays on the spiritual life by the beloved teacher who brought Sufism to the West"
The joy of this discovery of God everywhere and in all things infuses the writings of Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927), the Indian teacher who first brought Sufism - Islam's mystical tradition - to the Western world. Though Sufism's popularity has continued to grow in the time since he lived and taught, and many other wonderful teachers have come and gone, Inayat Khan's special ability to convey the essence of the Sufi path remains unsurpassed. This book contains three of Inayat Khan's essays, taken from among his voluminous collected works: "The Inner Life", "Sufi Mysticism", and "The Path of Initiation and Discipleship". It also includes a previously unpublished essay, "The Path of the Mystic", and selected aphorisms.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hazrat Inayat Khan was trained as a musician and a Sufi of the Chishti order and gave concert tours of Indian classical music in the United States and Europe.
"Few writers have been as important to the understanding of Islamic mysticism as Hazrat Inayat Khan . . . These writings are an eloquent introduction to a spiritual path that encourages seekers to discover their inner spirituality amidst the business of everyday life."
"Inayat Khan is masterful, patient, and exacting in teaching the way of 'getting to the center of life."
"Inayat Khan brought one of the strongest and sweetest lineages from India to the West: the music and open heart of Sufism as it blends with Persian poetry and Western intellect. He is a source and a great joy."
—Coleman Barks, author of Open Secret and The Essential Rumi