Contents: Preface. 1. Answers and audience. 2. What is sufism?. 3. Concepts of God and belief. 4. Concepts of mysticism and initiation. 5. Mysticism, methods and means. 6. Mysticism, first results. 7. Mysticism, the great ones and the great attainments. 7. Life after death and life before life. 9. Sufism in daily life, an art of living. 10. Sufism in daily life, service of humanity. A chronological survey of Hazrat Inayat Khan's works. Appendix. Index.
"This book is a fine companion to the series of Hazrat Inayat Khan's The Sufi Message. The author, Dr. Elisabeth Keesing, is a lifelong devotee of the master, and a well-known and laureated writer, in the Dutch language field, as a historian and as a writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Also she is the author of the well-known biography of Hazrat Inayat Khan, titled Hazrat Inayat Khan: A Biography, Delhi, 1981.
"This work is as a dialogue between the reader and Hazrat Inayat Khan. The author suggests the reader some questions regarding an issue, some observations on a text, some critical notes. Then she brings answers in the words of the master himself, quoted from his works, followed by new observations and questions, and very often a summary of the teachings by Hazrat Inayat on the issue.
"The book is a stimulus to further consideration of his Message, to indepth reading and contemplation of the teachings. It is as meeting the master yourself." (jacket)