A Sufi-master's visit to Bergen in 1924
For a couple of nights in early November of 1924, Bergen was visited by a Sufi from India. Inayat Khan was known in his home country as a supremely gifted vocalist and vina player, patronized by royalty. He was also a highly inspired mystic initiated in the Chishtia lineage; he visited Bergen not as a musician but as a Sufi Pir. Sober, Lutheran Norway in the 1920’s seems an unlikely place to find such a figure. How did he come here? What was his purpose? And did his visit leave any lasting traces?
William Pasnak is a Canadian-born writer and long-time follower of the Sufi path. He studied for nearly forty years under the guidance of Murshid Hidayat Inayat Khan, the younger son of Pir-o-Murshid Inayat, and now travels extensively, giving lectures and leading retreats for the Inner School of the Sufi Movement.