The Indian Sufi mystic and musician Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927) was the very first teacher to bring Sufism - the mystical heart of Islam - to the Western world. Sufism is the religion of the heart and the Gathas are the teachings Inayat Khan gave to his students in America and Europe. They contain guidance on seven subjects: superstition, customs and beliefs, insights, symbology, breath, cultivation of the heart, everyday life and metaphysics. Clearly presented and easily accessible for the modern reader. The Gathas give a multi-faceted insight into the all-encompassing wisdom of Sufism which is perhaps more relevant today than ever before.
Hazrat Inayat Kahn, founder of the Sufi order in the West, was born in India in 1882. A master of classical Indian music by the age of twenty, he relinquished a brilliant career to devote himself to the spiritual path. In 1920, acting upon the guidance of his teacher, he became one of the first teachers of the Sufi tradition in the West. For a decade and a half he travelled throughout Europe and the US giving lectures and guiding an ever-growing group of seekers. In 1926, he returned to India where he died the following year.