Life is a Pilgrimage

Life is a Pilgrimage

by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan

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Overview

Life is a Pilgrimage is an inspiring and thought provoking selection of the discourses sent by Sufi teacher Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan to his students from 1983 to 2004. In these messages he offers spiritual guidance and insight on world affairs, meditation and everyday life, science and faith, psychology and addiction, freedom and creativity, mastery and service, leadership, death and resurrection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780930872816
Publisher: Omega Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Pages: 343
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan (19 June 1916 - 17 June 2004) was the eldest son of Sufi Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan and Ora Ray Baker. As his father's successor, Pir Vilayat served as head of the Sufi Order International for
50 years. While honoring the initiatic tradition of his Sufi predecessors,
Pir Vilayat continually adapted traditional Eastern spiritual practices in keeping with the evolution of Western consciousness, psychology and science. He initiated and participated in many international and interfaith conferences promoting understanding and world peace.

Table of Contents

Editorial Note ix

Foreword Mirza Inayat Khan xiii

Introduction: The Universel-The Spirituality of the Future 1

Chapter 1 The Call of the Heart

A Millenium Message December 2000 7

Global Thinking 8

I Have a Dream 13

A Christmas Message 21

Suffering 23

Suffering and Joy 26

Service 30

Reflections on Noor's Birthday 32

How to Find Peace in the Cosmic Drama 34

Chapter 2 Science and Spirituality

Stalking the Light: Transmuting Fire into Light, Anger into Compassion 43

Transformation, Mutation, Transmutation, Regeneration Transfiguration, Resurrection 47

Human Understanding-Divine Meaningfulness 53

The New Spirituality 59

Chapter 3 Religious Faith and Experience

The 1984 Sinai Gathering 75

Towards a New Approach 77

God as Archteype, the Human Being as Exemplar 79

Psychological and Transformational Stages of the Mass 83

Chapter 4 Meditation

The Other Side of Life 89

On Retreat 91

Awakening and Enlightenment 95

Astronaut of the Mind 96

Our Solar Initiation 101

The Dance of the Cells 105

Meditation After-Effect 109

Chapter 5 In Life

Spirituality in Real Life 113

The Human Drama 115

Bringing Spirituality Into Everyday Life 120

High Key versus Low Key 124

On the Champs-Elysees 130

Finding a Wider Perspective 134

What is Spirituality? 140

The Test of Authenticity 144

Awakening Beyond Life; Awakening in Life: What Does It Mean? 150

Heaven and Earth Interspersed-Part I 153

Heaven and Earth Interspersed-Part II 156

The Human Drama and the Cosmic Celebration 160

Chapter 6 Psychology

The Leading Edge 165

The Interface of Spirituality and Psychology 171

Reconciling Our Psychological Needs With Our Spiritual Needs 174

Therapy 179

Healing the Wounds of the Psyche 183

Are We Being Tested? 190

On Resentment 192

Love 199

Unconditional Love 201

Dreams 204

A Dream in a Dream 209

Attaining Peace 212

Chapter 7 Addiction and Freedom

Meditation as a Factor in Addiction Reduction 217

The Mother Archteype 220

The Father Archetype 222

The Archetype of the Child Within 225

The Archetype of the Alter Ego 228

Social Freedom 230

Freedom of the Individual 231

Escape? or Creativity? 233

Chapter 8 Creativity

Awakening and Creativity 241

Ecstasy in Action 244

Embodying States of Consciousness Reached in Meditation 246

Creativity 253

A Palette Full of Colors 256

Music as a Training in Harmony 260

Old Wine in New Bottles 268

The Dance of Joy 271

Chapter 9 Mastery, Service and Leadership

The Basics of Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan's Teachings Regarding the Ego 275

Mastery-The Effect of Retreats 281

Faith and Belief 284

Miracles Do Happen 287

The Hierarchy 291

Leadership 292

The Guru Syndrome 297

Chapter 10 Death and Life

Death and Resurrection 303

Preparing for Resurrection 309

Chapter 11 The Divine Banquet

The Banquet 313

A Final Message from Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan 317

Index 319

Biographical note 343

What People are Saying About This

Coleman Barks

Pir Vilayat's brilliant understanding and his embodiment of that lovely,
hilarious, grieving, courageous, magnificent mystery called Sufism, or the lineage of the Sufi masters, was and is a great gift to Western Civilization.--Coleman Barks, poet and translator of Rumi

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