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A Sufi Went To War
Shamcher Bryn Beorse
Episode: P035
Broadcast dates: May 30 to June 12, 2022
Length: 36'' mins
Host: Carole Harmon
Carol Sill in conversation with Carole Harmon

Airdate: May 30 - June 12, 2022 - at the top of each hour, every hour

Join host Carole Harmon in conversation with Carol Sill, publisher of the previously unpublished memoir of Shamcher Bryn Beorse, A SUFI WENT TO WAR.

Shamcher (his Sufi name) was a Norwegian engineer, economist, author, and Sufi who distinguished himself in WW2 as spy, strategist and soldier often working with MI 5 and resistance fighters.

Carol Sill became Shamcher's close friend and student in his later years when he lived in Bremerton, Washington on the west coast of the USA. Since Shamcher's death in 1980 Carol has worked as archivist and publisher to bring his published and unpublished manuscripts of philosophy, essays, fiction, and memoir to the public.

Carol hesitated to publish A Sufi Went to War, which Shamcher completed in 1979, in a time of relative world peace. The war in Ukraine has revealed a need for fresh perspectives and a more nuanced understanding of history.

Shamcher Bryn Beorse was the student and friend of sufi mystic Inayat Khan. A celebrated musician in his native India, Inayat Khan spread the spiritual and practical message of love, harmony and beauty through his music and teachings in Europe and America between 1910 and 1926.

Shamcher recalled:
After one of Sufi Inayat’s talks, a listener asked, “Should a Sufi be a pacifist?”

Said Inayat, “If people of goodwill lay down their arms today, they will be forced into war, forced to fight—not FOR their ideals but AGAINST them.”

Three of Inayat’s children shortly afterwards distinguished themselves in World War II. I went over the hill to serve, though pacifists screamed at me.

In this episode Carol reads the chapter, To Kidnap a Head of State.

This was an actual plot to kidnap Hitler in the midst of World War 2 which, had it succeeded, would have ended the war. It is by no means the only incident of espionage, daring and mysterious occurrences in A Sufi Went to War which may be ordered on Amazon.

Carol Sill edits and publishes The Shamcher Bulletin, a newsletter on Substack. She also publishes a newsletter of her own writing on Substack, Personal Papers: Writing from the intersection of imagination and reality.

A Sufi Went to War, and other titles by Shamcher Bryn Beorse are published by Alpha Glyph Publications on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada.