Inayat Khan's Character Building /The Art of
Personality, lectures from 1923,
published in 1931, contain a blueprint of the soul's journey on earth and a
manual for cultivating one's character. Of these lectures, Inayat Khan said
that they - together with The
Soul, Whence and Whither? (his teachings about
the soul's arc of descent and ascent) - completed his Sufi teachings.
Khan's Indian training and background and his deep interest in Hindu
spirituality, the book compares his teachings with the teachings of the great nineteenth century Indian saint Sri Ramakrishna, the teacher of Swami
Vivekananda, and with the Upanishads, emphasizing on the Katha Upanishad, a dialogue
with Yama, the King of Death.
With chapters on the
awakening of the soul, attainment and the path of mastery (sadhana), one's personal
goal in life, the alchemy of personality, letting go and the question what
makes the personality and the feeling of ‘I', culminating in perfecting our
humanity, this book is a practical manual for perfecting one's inner being and
at the same time an introduction in both the Sufi path and the Hindu path of Advaita Vedanta and Bhakti according to
Hazrat Inayat Khan,
Ramakrishna & the Upanishads.