Influential Past Teachers

Trust In Life

by Henry Corbin: My dear Friend! If you had written a large opus about Sufism, its teachings, practices and history, and asked me to write an introduction, I would have shrunk back from such a task. But you intended to write a little book that should primarily be a testimony of your personal experience of […]

Toward The One

by Pir Vilayat Khan: YOU HAVE TO BUILD THE CENTERS OF PERCEPTION IN THE HIGHERBODIES. THEY’RE THERE BUT THEY’RE STILL ASLEEP. A BABY BORNON THE EARTH PLANE HAS TO START LEARNING TO USE HIS EYESAND EARS AND TRY TO RELATE WHAT HE EXPERIENCES TO THEPATTERN OF TIME AND SPACE. A BABY WILL REACH OUT TO […]

Fear, Courage & Awakening

by Mary Nurrie Sterns: Essential to our investigation of fear, courage, and the unknown is an exploration of spiritual awakening. The respected Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan agreed to discuss this topic for us. He is the eldest son and spiritual successor to Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan, who founded the Sufi Order in the West in 1910.

What Is True Friendship?

by Paramhansa Yogananda: What Is True Friendship? Friendship is a manifestation of God’s love for you, expressed through your friends. Friendship is the purest of all love. In filial love, in the love of parents for their children, and in the love of lovers there is compulsion. But in true friendship there is no compulsion.

The Philosopher’s Stone

by Paramhansa Yogananda: A proud prince and his large retinue galloped into a Hindustan jungle on a hunting expedition. After bagging many game birds and animals, the prince and his party lost their way in the jungle. They had food but no water, and though they searched frantically, they found no water.

The Sage Pantanjali

by B.K.S. Iyengar: Patanjali, undoubtedly the greatest expounder of Yoga, lived sometime between 500 and 200 B.C. The life of Patanjali is an enigma to modern historians, and almost nothing is known about this great Master who epitomizes Yoga.