Khan, Pir Vilayat Inayat AWAKENING: A SUFI EXPERIENCE
Jeremy P. Tarcher 2000 1585420387 / 9781585420384 Paperback Very Good+
Khan, the head of the Sufi Order since 1956, opens his beautiful little boo k with a parable. Imagine, he says, you are a visitor from the far reaches of the universe and you have just landed on Earth. Whatever your reasons fo r coming to this planet, you assume the physical appearance of Earth's crea tures and become adapted to its ways of life. Eventually, you suffer some k ind of major upheaval. Feeling restless and uneasy, you begin to ask questi ons about the nature of reality, the source of creation and the beauty and mystery of the world. Suddenly, after years of searching, you remember your previous existence and you are awakened to your cosmic self and your onene ss with the universe. Such a story, he notes, describes perfectly the essen ce of Sufism: "the story of every soul's descent into existence, its experi ences of suffering brought about by separation from its original state of b eing, and the subsequent journey of return and reawakening to its Divine na ture."