Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan Archive

Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan Archive

In His Own Words — Pir Vilayat's Talks, Writings, and Videos

Pir Vilayat (1916-2004) was an internationally-known Sufi master who taught spirituality and meditation primarily in the West. He described the goal of the spiritual path as "Making God a reality by awakening the God within."

His mission was to spread the teachings that his father, Hazrat Inayat Khan, brought from India, as well as the timeless teachings of the ancient Sufi mystics. He incoporated rich mysticial traditions of other religious traditions, as well as the science and sacred music of the West. 

With great happiness, I celebrate the inauguration of this digital library of the teachings of my father, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan. I sincerely commend the team that has worked so hard to make this library a reality. May these teachings lift the wings of many seeking hearts.”

— Pir Zia Inayat Khan

Explore the Archive

This site contains recordings of Pir Vilayat's talks and guided meditations, transcripts of the recordings, photos, and videos. There are serveral ways you can use the site:

  1. Use the Search box at the top of the window to look for topics of interest. 
  2. Use the Explore button that follows to open a list of all items in the archive. You will be able to filter and sort the list to find what you’re looking for.
  3. Browse the Help page for more detailed information about using the archive.

About the Collections

A Collection is a set of archive items that we’ve grouped together based on a shared theme, such as a retreat, event, or timeframe. Currently there are seven collections for you to browse.

You can select one of the Featured Collections that follow, and browse it on the window that opens. You can also use the Collections button to open a list of all our current collections.

Leadership Statement

The North American Board of Trustees is very pleased to see the launch of the Pir Vilayat Digital Archive! Making Pir Vilayat’s teachings of awakening in life accessible has been a dream and a desire for decades. In 2022, we approved what we call an Adaptive Plan—similar to a Strategic Plan yet reviewed and adapted each year. The Pir Vilayat Archive Project clearly falls within the plan’s #1 priority called “Sharing our Teachings." 

One of the goals under this priority is to “provide a container for the preservation and distribution of Pir Vilayat’s teachings and work.” The Pir Vilayat Archive Project is this container.

Featured Collections

A photo collection from the first 21 years of Pir Vilayat's life, provided courtesy of the Nekbakht Foundation.
In January of 2000, Pir Vilayat created for Representatives of the Sufi Order (now the Inayatiyya) an in-depth study of Hazrat Inayat Khan’s teachings, including “parallels with earlier Sufis, com...
Pir Vilayat giving teachings on essential Inayatiyya practices, including the element breaths, Zikr, Wazifa, and concentrations on light.
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