The Origins of Heart Rhythm Meditation

20th Century Mystic

Hazrat Inayat Khan was a musician and mystic born in India in 1882, who came to America in 1910. He lived thereafter in London, England during WWI, and then in Suresnes, a suburb of Paris, France. He traveled and taught throughout America and Europe and died in India in 1927.

He extended the ancient "Prayer of the Heart" to all religons and to no religion, and strengthened it by adding the full breath and the physical heartbeat.

"Peace comes when self is in harmony with the rhythm of the heart. This is accomplished in silent meditation when one enters into the life-stream in the heart so that it takes up the proper pulsation."

"If there is any form of concentration to be used in meditation, it consists in first getting into the rhythm of the heart, by watching the heartbeats, feeling them and harmonizing with them. Then one centers all feeling in the physical heart and out of feeling selects love, and out of love, Divine Love."

Hazrat Inayat Khan said, "A mystic is one who seeks Truth, in any tradition or outside of any tradition. Everyone wants to claim Truth for their own group, but it cannot be narrowed or contained for it is the essence of wisdom; it comes from pure experience and it abides by no dogma or rules."

Hazrat Inayat Khan had a daughter, Noor-un-Nisa, who became a key espionage agent in the Second World War, the last remaining radio operator on the continent, relaying her observations of troop and airplane movements back to England. Several books have been written about her, including "A Man Named Intrepid", "Madeleine", and Spy Princess. She was executed at Dachau in 1944, and received posthumously the highest honor of the "George Cross".

Hazrat Inayat Khan's eldest son, Vilayat, followed his father's study of metaphysics and became a renowned spiritual teacher. Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan was the teacher of Puran and Susanna Bair.

Puran and Susanna Bair continue the lineage of Hazrat Inayat Khan.


For a database of the writings of Hazrat Inayat Khan, click Database.

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