This volume throws a fresh light on Sufi Inayat Khan’s message. Maybe one of his central themes, the divinity of the human soul, is expressed best here and in a more varied from than in the other volumes.
Apart from teaching in the form of discourses and lectures this book contains autobiographical notes, both on his time in India and the early years of his mission in the West. There are some interesting analyses of life in the East and the West and on the role of mysticism in life, apart from unique renderings of Indian life at the turn of the century. Finally you will find some fine plays giving his subtle teachings on life within and without in yet another form.
Table of Contents:
- Preface to the Series
- Preface to Volume XII
- The Vision of God and Man and Other Lectures
- Four Plays .
About the Author:
Hazrat Inayat Khan (July 5, 1882 – February 5, 1927) was an exemplar of Universal Sufism and founder of the "Sufi Order in the West" in 1914 (London). Later, in 1923, the Sufi Order of the London period was dissolved into a new organization formed under Swiss law and called the "International Sufi Movement".
He initially came to the West as a representative of classical Indian music, having received the title Tansen from the Nizam of Hyderabad but soon turned to the introduction and transmission of Sufi thought and practice. His universal message of divine unity (Tawhid) focused on the themes of love, harmony and beauty. He taught that blind adherence to any book rendered any religion void of spirit.