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heart & wings in color When love's fire produces its flame, it illuminates like a torch the devotee's path in life, and all darkness vanishes. -- Hazrat Inayat Khan


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Major local events this Autumn and Winter

Mevlevi Sema in Oakland -- the 'Whirling Dervish' ceremony with live Turkish sacred music -- in Oakland Sunday Dec 6th at 3:00 PM. With Postneshin Jelaleddin Loras: the Sema of the Path of Love.
Thanksgiving and Christmas Day walks in Golden Gate Park. 'Joe's Walks' have been a Bay Area Sufi tradition since the 70's, with music, Dances, teachings, haikus and good companionship.
2016 California Sufi Sesshin January 1st-8th
Annual Mexico camp with Asha, Atum and friends
     January 2nd-9th -- followed by Oaxaca pligrimage.

More Upcoming Sufi Events

  • See the listings on the right for Sufi Dances of Universal Peace, classes and zikrs in the coming weeks
  • Thursday evening Nov 19th: Pir Shabda's Zikr Circle. Dances of Universal Peace with live music, Sufi practices, remembrance of the One with the head of the Sufi Ruhaniat International. Convenient and elegant San Rafael location. Driving directions here; and here's a campus and parking map.
  • Annual Thanksgiving Day Walk in honor of Joe and Guin Miller at Golden Gate Park. Repeats on Christmas Day. (About Joe and Guin).
  • Physicans of the Heart Class with Murshid Wali Ali Tuesday evening Dec 1st in SF, at Khankah SAM
    Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi, our beloved 13th century mystical poet and Sufi Master was the original whirling dervish. This timeless ritual of the whirling dervishes has stirred the hearts of humanity with sacred beauty for over 700 years. This year on Sunday, December 6 2015, the Mevlevi Order of America, led by Spiritual Director, Makam Postneshin Jelaleddin Loras, will celebrate the Whirling Dervish Ceremony in Oakland! Dr. Timuçin Çevikoglu, Master Turkish Musician, will accompany the ceremony with authentic sacred music. Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California 1433 Madison St. Oakland, CA. Contact phone 510-832-7600 Purchase the advance tickets online or at 1-800-838-3006. 30 Front Row, $25 General. Tickets will be available at the Door (cash/checks only): $35 Front Row, $30 General, $20 with Student/Senior ID
  • Starburst Activation, An evening with Mariam Baker
    Thursday Dec. 10, 2015 8-10pm
    Open to All - Dance, Breath, Wazifa, Zikr, Silence, Open to the Blessing of the Moment
    Edgehill Mansion, 75 Magnolia Ave, San Rafael, CA
    Driving directions here; and here's a campus and parking map.
    Suggested Donation: $10-$20. For information, email Marlowe:
  • DISCONTINUED: Friday evening zikrs in SF with Iqbal and Devi. Cancelled for the foreseeable future while waiting for "the voice from within" as to what is next. They send deep appreciation and love to all past participants with a promise to keep everyone posted.

News from the Sufi Order: Nov 18th 2015: Read a letter from the Executive Director about newly announced plans for Pir Zia and the Abode of the Message and new outreach plans of The Sufi Order International.

Online 'Unfolding the Message' Class on selected teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan and Pir Vilayat, Saturday Dec 7th at 4 pm or later at your convenience, with Pir Zia Inayat Khan. By donation. Subject for Dec 7th class: "Love".

Online Practice Support with Taj and Gayan: NEW RAIN ONLINE

New Rain Online is an ongoing subscription that provides support to your spiritual practice via monthly classes, weekly tips, and more.
Come join the caravan of Self Discovery! Next New Rain retreat in San Rafael with Taj Inayat and Gayan Macher will be held April 19th - 24th. Being in this atmosphere together creates an intimate space for delving deeply into the Mysteries. Every veil that is lifted draws us closer to the One and to our authentic Self. For further information or to register visit Questions, contact Khushi Tanveer

Unfolding the Message Online Series with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan In the archives of the Sufi Order, a series of folders were recently rediscovered. In them were found a compilation of quotes and clippings of passages from the works of the Sufi master, Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927) collected through the years by his son, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan (1916-2004). Inspired by this discovery, his own son, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, has decided to offer a series of eight livestreamed classes exploring Pir Vilayat’s favorite passages on eight different themes: Body & Breath, Mind & Insight, Heart & Love, Soul & Light. Please join us for a fascinating three-generation process of unfolding the Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan. This series is open and designed for existing students of Hazrat Inayat Khan’s teachings as well as the general public.

Sufi Healing Circles (see the Calendar for details and any schedule changes)

♥ Afteroons the East Bay, monthly on the 3rd Wednesday (w/ occasional exceptions)
♥ Sebastopol, monthly on the 4th Tuesday
♥ Orinda, monthly on the first Saturday
♥ Ukiah, Friday mornings
♥ Berkeley, 2nd and 4th Monday evenings of each month
♥ San Francisco Sunday mornings at Khankah SAM
In Sufi practices, and particularly Sufi healing practices, our intention is to touch and manifest divine qualities which always are alive within us. Sufism is based on experience and not on premises; in our healing circles we use breath, sound, contemplation and prayer to open and experience our 'hidden treasures' such as purification, compassion and healing power which are our True Nature; and we perform the Absent Healing ritual of Hazrat Inayat Khan to send healing light to others. All are welcome, there is no charge. Bring the name of anyone who has asked for healing.

Subscribe 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.

'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. Details and descriptions are here.

Physicians Of 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.

Sufi links to visit online:

  • MURSHIDA VERA CORDA WEB SITE  is now online.
  • Hear brief and juicy recorded 'gem' excerpts from the teachings of Murshid SAM now online at
  • Keep in touch with the Ruhaniat family: Join the Sufi Ruhaniat International updates email list  (sent monthly, more or less).
  • 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 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 Barks release: "The Big Red Book".
  • 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: here.
  • The Sufi Remembrance Project, a website for sharing memories of Beloveds on the Path who have crossed over.
  • Baba Ram Dass, Bodhi and Leilah's Doorway Into Light, a project envisioned to reclaim the death of our bodies as a sacred and spiritual passage.
Free talks on the life, teachings 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.
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Photo of Hazrat Inayat Khan

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

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