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    -- Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan


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Nourish your practice and connect with your Sufi community in a beautiful natural setting this summer! Music, meditation, Dances of Universal Peace and much more. Perfect for newcomers and old hands alike, all are welcome.
East Bay Sufi Camp Labor Day Weekend Sept 4th - 7th
Humboldt Sufi Campout at Pamplin Grove
     Labor Day Weekend Sept 4th - 7th

Dancing Hearts retreat, Geyserville
     with Anahata Iradah, October 16th-18

Taj Inayat joins Pir Shabda for a weekend of Sufi teachings and practices; in Marin, October 24th & 25th

Caravan of the Soul -- gala benefit for the Soulwork Foundation in San Rafael, Nov 7th 4 - 9 pm.
2016 California Sufi Sesshin January 1st-8th
Annual Mexico camp with Asha, Atum and friends
     January 2nd-9th -- followed by Oaxaca pligrimage.

Upcoming Sufi Events

  • See the box at right for Sufi dance gatherings and zikrs and sufi Healing Circles around our area.
  • Bay Dervish Summer events with Kiran and Jeanne in Alameda.
  • Sufi Movement Cherag Training Classes at Sanctuary Sharda in Orinda will resume this September 5th at 11am -- followed by a pot-luck lunch at 12:30 and afternoon class session 1:30 - 4:00 pm. For those who are new to the class, these day long sessions begin a two year commitment with monthly meetings and study assignments in the World Religions and esoteric principles given to the Cherags by Hazrat Inayat Khan. For those who are interested to begin please have them contact me by email at for further instructions.
  • Sebastopol Zikr resumes Tuesday evening Sept 8th for zikr with Muiz and Gayatri.
  • September 12th in Petaluma, Hurkalya day: a morning time of meditation, prayer, zikr and readings from Hazrat Inayat Khan with Taj Inayat -- followed by BYO lunch with the Hurkalya community in the garden at the center. More information here.
  • Community Tuesday at Khankah SAM in SF Sept 15th - practices and pot luck followed by Physicians of the Heart class with Murshid Wali Ali -- our Murshid continues teachings of wazifa practice & providing an overview of Physicians of the Heart. 65 Norwich St, San Francisco
  • In San Rafael October 24th-25th:
    Pir Shabda writes, I am delighted that I get to lead a local Sufi Retreat with my dear friend and one of my favorite sufi teachers, Taj Inayat.
    She was one of Murshid Samís closest disciples. We have led several trips to Mother India together and many Sufi Sesshin retreats. She is so eloquent in both the big picture of the Sufi Message and speaking directly from her experience in a very personal way.
    And for myself, who is always traveling, leading a retreat in my own village has been long coming. Hope to share this with many of you. All details and registration here

The Mill Valley retreat in October with Murshida Mariam Baker has been postponed

NEW VIDEO online: "Love's Caravan: Sufism in the West" Taken in 2008 at the Sufi Conference in Monterey and featuring Sheikh Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Imam Bilal Hyde, Maata Lynn Barron, Pir Shabda Khan, and Pir Zia Inayat Khan, with musicians including Huzur Nawaz on Ney and K. Sridhar on Sarod.

This excellent short film explores some of Sufism's central themes: its relationship with Islam, the transformative nature of divine love, the practice of the dhikr (zikr), the intimacies of the heart and the tradition of the awliya. Pir Shabda leads dances and talks about this form.

View it on Vimeo or on YouTube (16 min.) Accompanying videos include several worthwhile interviews.

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 Godís Nature to forgive. What prevents humanity from receiving this forgiveness is that every sinóin 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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