Caravan of Souls is a guidebook to the Sufi path of Hazrat Inayat Khan, a spiritual philosophy of Love, Harmony and Beauty. Within these covers the reader will find the essential teachings and methods of the Order and Movement he founded, as well as an inspiring array of sayings, poems, songs, prayers, stories, and biographical portraits. Historical texts by Hazrat Inayat Khan, Nargis Dowland, Huzurnawaz baron van Pallandt, and Sophia Saintsbury-Green are presented, as well as new contributions by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Shrabani Basu, Dr. Sitara Jironet, and Murshid Wali Ali Meyer.“Hazrat Inayat Khan opened a new chapter in Sufi history when he brought Sufism from India to North America and Europe in the early twentieth century. Founded in London in 1918, Hazrat Inayat Khan’s Sufi Order represents both a faithful continuation of the fourfold lineage he inherited from his predecessors and a visionary renewal of Sufi thought and practice attuned to the needs of today’s world. Hazrat’s esoteric teachings provide a potent framework for the transformation of human consciousness, while his exoteric teachings trace a glowing template for the spiritual reconstruction of society.In Hazrat Inayat Khan’s lifetime his Order was active in the United States, Europe, and India. It has since spread further afield. Once contained in a single organization, several groups working along parallel tracks now maintain and transmit its traditions. While these groups vary in their emphasis on the original form of Hazrat’s teaching and practice, their common heritage remains a basis of shared spiritual culture. For all who light their candle from his lamp, Hazrat Inayat Khan is Murshid (the Guide." - from the Introduction by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan
About the Author
Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, is a scholar and teacher of Sufism in the lineage of his grandfather, Hazrat Inayat Khan. He received his B.A. (Hons) in Persian Literature from the London School of Oriental and African Studies, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion from Duke University. Pir Zia is president of the Sufi Order International and founder of Suluk Academy, a school of contemplative study with branches in the United States and Europe. His first publication, the anthology A Pearl in Wine: Essays in the Life, Music and Sufism of Hazrat Inayat Khan, was published by Omega Publications in 2001. Together with Shaikh al-Mashaik Mahmood Khan he leads the Knighthood of Purity of the Hazrati Order.