SOI Video Intro


Here is a set of video clips that we hope may provide you with an introduction to the spirit of the Sufi Order International.

There are four clips, and the playlist runs for 20 minutes total. If you hover your mouse pointer over the video window while it's playing, you'll be shown a set of five images along the bottom that represent the five clips, and can click on one if you want to skip ahead to that clip. Or you use the gray forward and back arrows on the right and left side of the video window. Enjoy!

 

 

About these Video Clips

These video clips were not created by us. We are deeply grateful to the people who created and have shared them with us. Please visit the individual clips' YouTube pages for more about the people who uploaded them and other information.

Clip One: Way of the Heart. This is the trailer for a movie to be released on DVD in early 2011. It provides historical background on Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan and explores how his Sufi Message has developed in the Sufi orders that trace their roots to him and his teachings. YouTube icon

Clip One: Pir Zia Interview. In this interview Pir Zia talks about the origins of Sufism. Pir Zia is the current spiritual leader of the Sufi Order International, and the grandson of Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan. This interview was made during the annual Sufi Conference in October 2008. Shown here is the first part of the 35 minute long interview, placed online thanks to the generosity of the Golden Sufi Center (watch the full interview). YouTube icon

Clip Two: Midnight Zikr at the Dargah of Hazrat Inayat Khan. Zikr (also spelled dhikr) is a Sufi ceremony of the remembrance of God. The zikr usually features meditative chanting practices, commonly called mantra from the word used in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Meditative chanting and phrase repetition is widely used in many spiritual traditions, including Christian and Jewish prayer, as an aid to reaching deep reflective states. This video was taken at a very special zikr, held at the dargha (mausoleum) of Hazrat Inayat Khan on his Urs day, February 5th, 2007, in New Delhi, India. YouTube icon

Clip Three: Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan: The Rapture of Being. This is an excerpt from an interview with Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan. Pir Vilayat was the son of Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan, father of Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, and founded the Sufi Order International to spread the Sufi Message. The full interview is available from Thinking Allowed ProductionsYouTube icon

Clip Four: Zikr of Love - Saki Lee and Friends. Saki Lee is a Sufi Order teacher and founder of the Lightsong Sufi Center in the Netherlands. The song is "Zikr of Love" from the album, "O Cupbearer! Sufi Songs and Prayers to the Beloved" by Saki and friends. The refrain "Ishk Allah, Ma'bood Allah" is from the Sufi spiritual practice called the Zikr of Love, and is usually interpreted from the Arabic as, "God is Love, Lover, and Beloved." Please note that the turning dance is not a traditional practice of our Sufi order (although some SOI folks do it), but is practiced by orders who trace their roots to Jelaluddin Rumi. YouTube icon

Hazrat Inayat Khan

Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

From the Gayan

Thou hast won my heart a thousand times over; Thou comest veiled under many and varied guises, and in every guise Thou art unique. Who is not attracted by the splendor Thou hast so skillfully produced on the face of the earth? In this beauty fair Thou shinest, adorned in myriad garbs. Thine own is all the beauty, and Thou shinest and yet are not Thyself attracted by it. Thou in this stage of life actest as friend and foe, and Thou alone seest the play performed so wonderfully. I sought Thee so long, my Beloved, and now I have found Thee at last, O Winner of my heart, and in finding Thee I have lost myself.
— Sayings of Hazrat Inayat Khan: Gayan - Ragas