There are some 40 million following the path of Sufism at this time, most of whom are Moslem. The West has embraced what it can of the knowledge perhaps most notably in two persons - one, Ibn Arabi, the 12th century poet and writer whose influence is strong in today's Sufism wrote this:
"My heart has adopted every shape; it has become a pasture for a gazelles, and a convent for Christian monks, a temple for idols, and a pilgrim's Ka'ba, the tables of a Torah, and the pages of a Koran. I follow the religion of Love; wherever Love's camels turn, there Love is my religion and faith."
The other is Hazrat Inayat Khan.
A hundred years ago he came from India to bring his Sufi message of "The perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty". He has given birth to a very well supported movement that teaches of spiritual love and mysticism, which has representation in many European countries and further afield. He wrote:
“I have seen all souls as my soul, and realized my soul as the soul of all.”
Are You looking for me?
I am in the next seat.
My shoulder is against yours.
You will not find me in the stupas,
Not in shrines,
Nor in temples or mosques.
When You really look for me,
You will see me instantly
You will find me in the tiniest house of time.
Asks Kabir: tell me, what is God?
He is the breath inside the breath.