Getting in the consciousness of highly attuned beings will trigger off a kind of resonance in us—just as two harps tuned to the same pitch will strike the same chord.
Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
In The Consciousness
Topic: Prayer, Meditation, & Contemplation
Especially today, it is often the case that trustworthy and experienced spiritual guides are difficult to find. Yet the Sufis have a longstanding practice that provides an antidote to this modern dilemma: turning to humankind’s great masters, saints, or prophets such as Moses, Krishna, Jesus, Kuan Yin, Zoroaster, Melchizedek, Muhammad, and others. They form a hierarchy of mystical transmission reaching into the very highest levels of realization announcing the spiritual dimension of our day and age and indeed future spirituality… Just like tuning the strings of a violin to a note struck on the piano, concentrating on an “ideal being” has the effect of harmonizing that within us which has fallen out of tune with the Divine perspective. While our own spiritual dimension may be latent within us, that of certain great souls is vibrantly awakened. Getting in the consciousness of highly attuned beings will trigger off a kind of resonance in us—just as two harps tuned to the same pitch will strike the same chord.
Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan was born in London in 1916. His father, Hazrat Inayat Khan, was a Sufi mystic who founded the Sufi Order International. Pir Vilayat was raised in France and received a Western education, studying psychology and philosophy at the Sorbonne University and Oxford University. He also studied music composition and cello at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris.
After World War II, Pir Vilayat traveled to India and the Middle East to study with different religious traditions. He was initiated into the Chishti Sufi Order of India and became a Pir, or spiritual teacher. Pir Vilayat returned to the West in the 1950s and began to teach a universal approach to spiritual development. He emphasized the importance of meditation and inner work, and he drew on the wisdom of different religious traditions to offer a path that was relevant to people of all backgrounds.
Pir Vilayat was also a prolific author. He wrote over 30 books on Sufism and spirituality, including The Essence of Sufism, The Way of Illumination, and The Heart of the Sufi Path. He was a popular speaker and lecturer, and he traveled the world to share his teachings. He was a strong advocate for interfaith dialogue, believing that all religions have something to offer, and he worked to bring people of different faiths together. He was also a pioneer in the field of transpersonal psychology, believing that psychology could be used to help people reach their full spiritual potential.
Pir Vilayat died in 2004, but his legacy continues to inspire people around the world. He was a bridge between Eastern and Western spiritual traditions, and he showed how the wisdom of the past can be applied to the challenges of the present. His teachings are still relevant today, offering a path to inner peace and spiritual transformation that is accessible to people of all backgrounds.
Ours Is a Way of Light
Khan, Pir Vilayat Inayat. Awakening: a Sufi Experience. J.P. Tarcher/Putnam, 2000. [Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Ours is a Way of Light].
Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
Theme: Meditation and Contemplation
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