In gratitude to Pir Vilayat

Pir Vilayat Inahat Khan, June 19, 1916, London, to June 17, 2004, Suresnes, France.

Pir Vilayat emanated light to Westerners as the son of an emissary of Sufism, Pir-o-Murshid Hasrat Inahat Khan, sent from India to Paris after WWI to found the Sufi Order of the West. He served aboard a British mine sweeper during WWII; his sister was in the Resistance and died of torture in a concentration camp. Pir Vilayat founded the Abode of the Message in New Lebanon, NY, in 1975, as well as the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. He continued teaching in Europe, convoking a Congress of religions each Spring in Paris, to transcend religious difference and find the underlying Unity of heart and mind in spiritual truth and love.

As our world creeps ever closer to the dangerous abyss of environmental destruction and human strife, our great teachers are being called to the other side to guide us away from the edge and toward the One, the Perfection of love, harmony, and beauty, the Only Being united with all the illuminated souls who form the embodiment of the Master, the Spirit of Guidance -- which Pir Vilayat so faithfully embodied while sojourning with us. Our prayers, thanks, and love are with you, dear Teacher.

Michelle Christides

Memorial Service for Pir Vilayat at the Abode of the Message.

This memorial was held Sunday, June 20, 2004.

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