September 2015

Unfolding the Message Online Series with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan


Class Eight: Light
THURSDAY, November 19th, 2015, 7:00-8:15 pm EDT

Pir Zia’s eight-part online course concludes this Thursday, November 19th, 7:00-8:15 pm EST, on the theme Light. To access the live stream or recorded video, please visit the following link:

Pir Zia’s first seven classes on Body, Breath, Mind, Insight, Heart, Love and Soul have been moved to Vimeo for rental or purchase. Please see details below.

Also, video of last week’s class on Soul is available for free and by donation here:

A recommended donation of $10 or more per class is encouraged to help support the Sufi Order International — North America’s development of online programming. Over $10,000 has been raised so far — many thanks to all of you who have donated. If you have been enjoying the series, and have yet to give, please consider doing so today.

Donations can be made via a special donation webpage for this course.

Course Overview

In the archives of the Sufi Order, a series of folders were recently rediscovered. In them were found a compilation of quotes and clippings of passages from the works of the Sufi master, Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927) collected through the years by his son, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan (1916-2004). Inspired by this discovery, his own son, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, has decided to offer a series of eight livestreamed classes exploring Pir Vilayat’s favorite passages on eight different themes: Body & Breath, Mind & Insight, Heart & Love, Soul & Light. Please join us for a fascinating three-generation process of unfolding the Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan. This series is open and designed for existing students of Hazrat Inayat Khan’s teachings as well as the general public.

Series Schedule

Body – Thursday, October 1st, 2015 (7:00-8:15 PM EDT)
Breath – Thursday, October 8th, 2015 (7:00-8:15 PM EDT)
Mind – Thursday, October 15th, 2015 (7:00-8:15 PM EDT)
Insight – Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 (7:00-8:15 PM EDT) *
Heart – Thursday, October 29th, 2015 (7:00-8:15 PM EDT)
Love – Thursday, November 5th, 2015 (7:00-8:15 PM EST)
Soul – Thursday, November 12th, 2015 (7:00-8:15 PM EST)
Light – Thursday, November 19th, 2015 (7:00-8:15 PM EST)

* This class will be held on a Tuesday owing to a prior obligation.

Livestream Details

A link for livestreaming will be available before each class, distributed via e-mail and here on All classes will be available individually for a suggested donation of $10 per class on, immediately available for at least two weeks after the original livestream event. Thereafter, classes will be available to rent or purchase on

Vimeo Price Structure:
Single Class Rental – $5
Full Series Rental – $33
Single Class Purchase – $15
Full Series Purchase – $99

In-Person Attendees

Those who wish to attend the classes in-person at the Abode of the Message in New Lebanon, NY should be seated in the Meditation Hall by 6:45PM. Please arrive early to allow the livestream crew time to finish their preparations without distraction. No entry will be allowed after 6:55 pm. Recommended donation: $10.

Group Viewing

Sufi Center and other groups are encouraged to gather to watch the livestream/video. If viewed in a group, donations (suggested $10 per person) are still welcome, either via the donation link provided with the livestream/video or via check made payable to the Sufi Order International – North America, PO Box 480, New Lebanon, New York 12125.


Pir Zia Inayat-Khan is a scholar and teacher of Sufism in the lineage of his grandfather, Hazrat Inayat Khan. He received his B.A. (Hons) in Persian Literature from the London School of Oriental and African Studies, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion from Duke University. Pir Zia is president of the Sufi Order International and founder of Suluk Academy, a school of contemplative study with branches in the United States and Europe. He lives with his wife and two children in rural upstate New York.

The Unfolding the Message Online Series is sponsored in part by a generous donation from the Kalliopeia Foundation.


Caravan of Souls in Dutch

Caravan of Souls: An Introduction to the Sufi Path of Hazrat Inayat Khan is now available in a Dutch translation by Md. L.W. Ameen Carp. To order, please contact Sufi Publications, Den Hague: