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The Way of Illumination Vol 1

The Way of Illumination Vol 1

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When we arise above faculty and
consider the spirit of guidance, we
shall find that it is consummated
in the Bodhisatva, the spiritual
teacher or divine messenger.
THE WAY OF
IL L UM IN A T ION
Written By
HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN
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SECTI ON I - THE WAY OF I LLUMI NATI ON
Preface- 1
Part I: Sufi Thoughts- 4
Part II: Some Aspects of Sufism - 11
Part III: The Sufi - 28
SECTI ON I I - THE I NNER LI FE

I. The preparation for the Journey - 40
II. The Object of the Journey - 43
III. Fulfillment of the Obligations of Human life - 45

IV. The Realization of the Inner Life - 48
V. Freedom of Action - 50
VI. The Law of the Inner Life - 52
VII. The Object of the Inner Life - 54
VIII. The Attainment of the Inner Life - 57
IX. The Angel- Man - 61
X. The Five Different Kinds of Spiritual Souls - 62
SECTION III - THE SOUL: Whence and Whither?
Introduction - 67
Part I: Towards Manifestation - 68
Part II: Manifestation - 82
Part III: Towards the Goal - 104
Conclusion - 118
The Purpose of Life - The Purpose of Life - 120
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PREFACE

The Way of Illumination is a beautiful introduction to some major aspects of the universal Sufism of Hazrat Inayat Khan. The four parts include three of his earlier publications, The Way of Illumination, The Inner Life, and The Purpose of Life. Besides it contains a crucial treatise on the being of man The Soul, whence and wither? Which was given in the early \u2018twenties.

The title essay, The Way of Illumination, is a succinct presentation of his earlier teachings of Sufism. Much of it you will find elaborated in the further volumes of this series. It very much serves as a first guide both to those who seek inner guidance and initiation in the inner school as to those who simply seek for inspiration and attunement, for finding deep in oneself the spirit of the Self which essentially is the everlasting Life.

The Inner Life sheds further light in this journey of seeking and finding, going on in and upward spiral, donning one\u2019s life with ever growing insights and overwhelming views. Inner life is not separate from outer life. Nor does it require leaving the world renouncing all pleasures and comforts. It is the enrichment of life with qualities that will last, with a source of energy and love which is truly your own, permanently available if we but know how to tap it.

The Purpose of Life presents a further elaboration of the relationship between inner an outer life. What are we seeking for? Life? Knowledge? Power? Happiness? Love? Yes, sure. But do we find it? Yes, we do. At least it appears so. But it slips out of our hold sooner or later. It is not our control. We depend upon things outside ourselves. Let us find our real being. All is to be found there, inside ourselves. And yet, if our purpose would only be for ourselves, where do we go? What is this all for? Who is that being which is ourselves? The purpose of life is in the ideal. It is in serving one\u2019s fellow man, inside and outside, everywhere, anywhere. To realize this deeply is the purpose of life.

This further presented in The Soul. A beautiful book describing the soul\u2019s journey from its divine origin to manifestation going through the worlds of heart and mind before being born on

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