Community Tuesday at the Mentorgarden Oct 28th. Following the daily practices (5:30 pm) and
the weekly pot-luck, Mevlevi Music, poetry, singing and whirling inspired by Mevlana
Jelaluddin RumiLocation here.
Sacred Mystery, Sacred Mastery: A Retreat with Mariam Baker Oct 24-26 in SF at the
A weekend retreat and community gathering led by Murshida Mariam
Baker. Walks and Dances of Universal Peace, SoulWork, Silence, Poetry
and Storytelling. Culminating in a Sunday morning Cosmic Celebration.
Friday, October 24, 7-9 p.m.;
Saturday, October 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.;
Sunday, October 26, l0 a.m.-l2 noon
Swimming in the ocean of Wisdom, Love and Beauty, we dive deeply into the
hearts of Masters, Saints and Prophets, and cultivate the growth and depth of our
own heart. From this source we enhance our ability to share the pearls of our heart
with the world, moving through Mystery to Mastery.
We celebrate our unique Soul joumey within the richness of our universal Sufi lineage, incorporating experiential embodiment.
We culminate Sunday moming with a Cosmic Celebration, inviting all to
participate in the co-creation of this ritual. This is a time to honor and support all
local Cherags in this service of Universal Peace and all Ministry.
Information and registration:
Marlowe: email firstname.lastname@example.org
$175-$133 sliding scale for entire retreat
$101 for Saturday
OPEN TO ALL
Qawwali Workshop Oct 25th with Kiran and Jeanne Rana, Oakland
Saturday, October 25, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm with a break for (bring your bag) lunch
Suggested donation $25, all offerings welcome, no one turned away.
To register, contact Jeanne Brondino Rana at (510) 521-7383 or email@example.com.
Questions? Contact Kiran at 510-393-6963 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Qawwali is an ecstatic Sufi music, traditionally performed at shrines and mystical gatherings in India and
Pakistan. The deep, often revelatory meaning and emotional charge of the lyrics open hearts and minds and
connect us deeply to insight, truth, the One.
All are welcome: singers, musicians, non-musicians; even if you just want to listen, come. Starting with
simple voice activation, tuning exercises and group trust activities, we will learn to sing one -- possibly
two -- traditional qawwali songs, with some English interpolations.
Samhain Celebration w/Gayatree Friday, Oct 31st, 7 pm in Graton
Stir the cauldron of life, death & rebirth! This magical night of the Celtic calendar is a time for
honoring the dead and divining the future, when the veils between the worlds are thinnest. Enjoy Dances of
Universal Peace, singing, dancing, meditation, joyful praise with Gayatri and friends. Connect with the
earth through the elements. Dances of Universal Peace honor all traditions, the Goddess, Islam, Buddhism,
Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Native traditions and more.
View flyer and directions here.
Many local mureeds have studied with the wonderful Sufi teacher and guide Imam
Bilal Hyde. Information about classes and sessions with Imam Bilal is now available at the Nurani
Institute web site.
"Khwajah Abdallah Ansari's 100 Steps on the Mystical Path of Love" is an ongoing series
of classes on based upon Khwajah Abdallah Ansari's Mystical Commentary of the Quran. Check the Nurani
site or get on their email list for future opportunities. Recorded classes are also available.
to Bhavani Judith Tucker's free Devotional Music Events email list, with dozens of
Kirtans, chanting, Gospel singing and much more, from many traditions, all around the Bay Area and North Bay.
NEW RAIN RETREATS with TAJ INAYAT AND GAYAN MACHER
Awake! The bells are ringing! The caravan of lovers is forming!
Taj Inayat and Gayan Macher have started a new retreat series called "New Rain" which
is meeting twice a year at Santa Sabina Center in San Rafael, CA. The thrust of the retreats
is, 'a Sufi Process of Awakening in the 21st Century'.
The retreats, which are 5 days in length, are open to initiates in any of the Inayati Orders.
For further information, visit newrain.info
online or contact Khushi@sonic.net if you have questions.
'GOD IS BREATH' online series with Murshid Wali Ali Meyer:
Join an e-sangha, participate from anywhere !
Murshid Wali Ali and esoteric secretary Tawwaba Bloch are offering an opportunity to participate online in
the 11 month God is Breath class series and join a 'virtual sangha', working with a small group
to discuss and digest the rich material Wali Ali offers. Learn and experience basic to advanced Sufi practices!
The archived video recordings and associated materials
from the 2013 series will be used along with mentored online live meetings.
and descriptions are here.
Celebrating the life, passing and transmission of HAZRAT PIR-O-MURSHID INAYAT KHAN
Who was this great Indian teacher, who brought Sufism to the West, taught in California, across the
US and in Europe, and left the earth plane
to rejoin the Beloved in 1927?
Learn of his life and teachings from an
authoritative source, Professor Sharif Graham, keeper of the Hazrat Inayat Khan archives in France for 12
years. These lively talks from a weekend seminar may be heard gratis on this site, with
illustrative photos also available.
NEW: SUFIYOUTH.COM! The fabulous young
adult leaders in the
Sufi Ruhaniat International have created
an excellent youth website section, sharing who they
are, upcoming youth activities and much more. Check
RECORDINGS NOW ONLINE from the 2013 Federation of the Sufi Message gathering,"River of Guidance through
the Streams of the Message". Teachings and practices from the various Sufi groups in the global lineage and
transmission of Hazrat Inayat Khan.
Special Offerings of Devi Mathieu:
Through the Ear to the Heart: Sing the Music of Hildegard von Bingen as
Contemplative Practice. Monday evenings 7:00-8:45 pm at Episcopal Church of the
Incarnation, 550 Mendocino
Avenue, Santa Rosa CA, www.numinacenter.org.
Also offered once a month at
Santa Sabina in San Rafael and at the Dance Palace in Pt. Reyes Station. For
schedule updates and carpool details, contact Devi at email@example.com or
visit www.singhildegard.com. No experience needed, drop-ins
always welcome. $15-$20 suggested donation, no one turned away.
The Heart, a Sufi view of the 99 Names of Allah -- a unique and powerful contemporary guide to Sufi
spiritual practice -- is available now in hard-cover
(price reduced), in paperback, and also in a feature-rich iPad / iPhone version, as well as e-reader version
for Kindle, Nook, Kobo etc.
Description and online ordering info here.
Oregon's longtime Sufi Community newsletter, "The Caravansary", has moved
online, with a shared community calendar, directory, and posting site, co-edited by
multiple folk: www.OregonCaravan.org
A FEW SUFI VIDEO LINKS
The Sufi Ruhaniat International Channel
features some 20 videos, featuring teachings from Pir Shabda Kahn, Murshid Wali Ali and other
SRI senior teachers, as well as Murshid SAM himself, the unforgettable Joe Miller, and a Sufi youth video.
Khankah Sam is a Sufi spiritual community based around the former home of Murshid Samuel Lewis, now a residential and event center holding and spreading his wisdom, blessing and magnetism throughout the City and beyond.
Center info here
On MansurJohnson.com: Mansur's book
Murshid, letters from Pir
Moineddin, new photos for sale and much more.
News link: Rumi's Great Masterpiece Celebrating Mystical Love & Friendship, a new Coleman
"The Big Red Book".
Wahiduddin.net is an inexhaustible resource on
Sufi Teachings particularly Hazrat Inayat Khan, also the Dances and many other topics, maintained by the apparently tireless
Wahiduddin Richard Shelquist from Colorado.
New Sufi Order page for those interested in the Sufi practice of Retreat or Khilvat:
By the power of prayer one opens the door of the heart, in which God,
the ever-forgiving, the all-merciful, abides.
-- Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan
Prayer, no matter how selfish it may seem, begins with a petition to a higher power. It admits the limitation of self, and so the Sufi recognizes good in every form of prayer. One also sees the childishness of some forms but regards the devotee as a child rather than as a sinner. In this way God looks upon such prayer. Divine forgiveness is unfathomable for it is God’s Nature to forgive. What prevents humanity from receiving this forgiveness is that every sin—in fact every act - makes its mark upon mind. Until one repents, that mark remains on the mind. Repentance is the sign of the awakening of the heart; it is the blood of the penitent which is called the blood of the Lamb in Christian terminology, which removes the thought-mark from the mind.
Sufis call this process "unlearning" when applied to acts or
knowledge having no moral quality and "penitence" when applied to acts or
knowledge having some moral significance. It is the awakening of heart which removes sins and burdens. Consequently there is no forgiveness without repentance; even God cannot touch the unrepentant until given the opportunity. At least so the Universe operates. While the love of God is beyond analysis, it always produces a maximum of harmony and beauty in life.
-- Murshid Samuel L Lewis