William Hassan Suhrawardi Gebel received a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Wisconsin and was a member of the faculty at State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received his training in the Sufi path from Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan and Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, served as Secretary General of the Sufi Order International (now The Inayati Order) for 8 years, and is currently a senior teacher and retreat guide. He is the author of Root Speaks to Bud: Fulfilling the Purpose of Life.