Practical Sufism is respected Sufi representative Phillip Gowins’ gentle guide to finding and maintaining your spiritual path. Following Gowins’ own journey through meeting his spiritual teacher Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan and the lessons he learned along the way, Practical Sufism offers insights into the age-old spiritual concerns with attaining happiness, making commitments, and understanding love and death, poignant to any level of spiritual practitioner in language easily followed by the novice. An uplifting and interactive work, this book provides meditative exercises, utilized by Sufi initiates world wide that bring the reader to a state of positive introspection and life altering realization.
After quoting the Sufi teachings of Pir Vilayat and other renowned leaders, Gowins reveals their modern translations and practical applications for every day experience. Gowins then instructs the reader through a meditation, allowing he/she to apply his insights to his/her own spiritual journey. He guides the reader from simple breathing meditations to more advanced practices that will allow the reader to envision and then embody the advanced mystic. Written from a place of love for the spiritual journeyman, Practical Sufism is not a fluff piece promising relaxation and instant revelation. It is candid in its assertion that the spiritual journey takes time and practice, but can bring true healing and happiness founded in a greater understanding of the interconnectedness of the universe.
In Phillip Gowins’ new book, Practical Sufism, readers meet a real-life American guy who chose Sufism as his spiritual practice, why he did, and how things unfolded. Gowins is at heart a teacher...his commitment to teaching this path shines through. Gowins’ aptly named book fills the need for an accessible, practical, all-too-human peek behind the curtain at a mystic path directly transmitted from teacher to student for centuries.
I wish to heartily recommend Phillip Gowins' book on Sufism. Phillip gives a very compelling presentation to the teachings of his teacher (and mine) Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, based on the teachings of Pir Vilayat's father, Hazrat Inayat Khan, certainly one of the most important religious thinkers of the 20th century. Perhaps the greatest virture of this book is the simple, clear and charming style in which it is written. Phillip avoids entirely getting involved in historical questions and exotic terminology, and offers instead a direct entrance into the mystical training of which Sufis have been renowned masters for many centuries. This is indeed practical Sufism, practical mysticism, for all.
—Donald Graham, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Religion and the Editor-in-Chief of the Complete Works of Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan.
It's an amazing book on SUFISM that would assist the readers to develop the highest form of values.
—Helen Donguines, ABD , Dean of Academics La Carlota City College, Philippines.
"I wish my father could have seen this book. It resounds with the transformative power and uplifting grace of the work to which he dedicated his life."
—Pir Zia Inayat Khan