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Creating the Person

A Practical Guide to the Development of Self
Paperback Book
Omega Publications
June, 2013
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It is an act of love, in our time, to take upon oneself the creation of a truly human personality. Hazrat Inayat Khan gives an introduction to a range of qualities which are necessary for the accomplishment of this work. Will power, gratitude, self-control, gentleness and self-respect are among the topics addressed, along with directions that may enable the reader to develop these qualities in everyday life.

"In the lectures that make up Creating the Person, Hazrat Inayat Khan has traced the essential lineaments of a wise demeanor. Ethically exacting but never doctrinaire, Hazrat’s teachings portray a manner of being that is within reach of all of us if we would only aspire to it and stay the course." from the foreword by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan

Hazrat Inayat Khan, founder of the Sufi Order International, came to the West as a representative of the highest musical traditions of his native India, and brought with him a message of love, harmony and beauty that was both the quintessence of Sufi teaching and a revolutionary approach to the harmonizing of Western and Eastern spirituality. He dedicated his early life to the mastery of subtle intricacies of classical Indian music, winning the high title of Tansen from the Nizam of Hyderabad, a powerful ruler and renowned patron of the musical arts.

In fulfillment of his quest for a spiritual teacher, Inayat Khan took initiation from Shaykh al-Mashaykh Sayed Muhammed Abu Hashim Madani. While he was an inititator of the four main Sufi lineages in India, Madani's primary connection was with the Chishti Order. At the end of his apprenticeship, Inayat Khan was enjoined by his teacher to travel to the West and harmonize the two cultures.

On September 13 of 1910 Inayat Khan began an odyssey which would encompass three continents, and transform the lives of thousands. He eventually settled in Suresnes, a suburb of Paris. During his sixteen years in the West, he created a school of spiritual training based upon the traditional teachings of the Chishti Sufis, and infused with a revolutionary vision of the unity of religious ideals and the awakening of humanity to the divinity within.

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