The Inner Life


The essential introductory text to the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan, newly revised for a contemporary audience.

This first volume of the Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Centennial Edition Series, comprises four books on the theme of the inner life and is considered an essential introduction to the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan. This material is newly presented in a form that balances fidelity to his original words with sensitivity to the contemporary evolution of the English language.

The following works, along with an Introduction by Pir Zia Inayat Khan, are included: The Way of Illumination; The Inner Life; The Soul, Whence and Whither; The Purpose of Life.

Volume 1 in our Centennial Edition Sufi Message Volume series.

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The Inner Life
Volume I, The Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan Centennial Edition
by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Includes the following books:

  • The Way of Illumination
  • The Inner Life
  • The Soul, Whence and Whither
  • The Purpose of Life

“The Way of Illumination” introduces readers to the principles of Hazrat Inayat Khan’s school of Sufism. An important part of “The Way of Illumination” consists of commentary on the Ten Sufi Thoughts, which summarize the essential themes of the Pir-o-Murshid’s Sufi message.

  “The Inner Life” explores the ways of living in both the heart and the body, maintaining the spirit of inner freedom while fulfilling life’s duties, keeping the ideal always before one and achieving balance between and within the inner and outer life.

  “The Soul, Whence and Whither” contains Hazrat Inayat Khan’s account of the journey of the human soul from its earliest origins to its ultimate destination. While these teachings bear an undeniable relation to traditional Sufi descriptions of life before birth and after death, Hazrat’s articulation of the soul’s journey is remarkable for the freshness and precision of its vision.

The last of the books collected in this volume, “The Purpose of Life,” addresses the perennial question of the meaning of life. Inayat Khan explains that the whole of manifestation derives from God’s desire to be known and that all human endeavors must at last merge into the path that leads to God. He memorably observes, “The purpose of life is fulfilled in rising to the greatest heights and in diving to the deepest depths of life, in widening the sphere of one’s horizon, in penetrating life in all its spheres, in losing oneself, and in finding oneself in the end.”

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Weight 1.9 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 1.25 × 9 in
Number of Pages



6 x 9


Hazrat Inayat Khan


Pir Zia Inayat Khan


Hardcover, Paperback


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