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The inner life by Inayat Khan
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This volume collects three classic essays by Sufi master Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927), along with a short lecture-previously unpublished-on "The Path of the Mystic" and a small collection of aphorisms. Readers unfamiliar with Sufism will find this an excellent, accessible introduction. Those who are familiar with Sufism will appreciate the collection of the material into one volume. Inayat Khan's insistence on the unity of mysticism and the oneness of God, along with his openness to all spiritual paths, are important correctives to sectarianism-and to Western misperception of Islam as sectarian. The collection is full of memorable images, among them a picture of learning as tying a knot in the mind and unlearning-essential to spiritual development-as the difficult task of untying it. For a Western audience as often as not tied up in knots, this is essential reading.
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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 It also includes a previously unpublished essay, "The Path of the Mystic," and selected aphorisms.… (more)

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