Gayatri thanks you all for the wildly successful fund-raiser last Sunday.
She is on track, Allah willing, be able stay in the US! (Donations can still be accepted
More Upcoming Sufi Events
See the box at right for Sufi dance gatherings and zikrs and sufi Healing Circles around our area.
Special Event: Sufi Practice & Dances of Universal
Peace 6:00pm-7:30pm, Saturday October 3 Integral Yoga Institute, 770 Delores St, SF, CA 94114 Focused by Magdalena Zubin
Goldman & Muiz Brinkerhoff with music by Bhavani Judith Tucker
Thursday evening Oct 8th: Pir Shabda's
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.
Community Tuesday and Wazifah class at Khankah SAM in SF Oct 20th - 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
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
Sufis Hawaii (800-385-9626) is offering a special invitation to our
YOUNG ADULTS 18 - 30 in the Sufi Community.
Our Fall MAUI SUFI CAMP is fast
approaching, October 16th - 23rd, and we want to make sure that you know about our
Young Adult Scholarship Program.
(Here's a link to a beautiful video of this year's spring camp:
DREAMS AND ORACLES: Azima Lila Forest writes, I'll be coming to Khankah SAM in San Francisco to offer a workshop
entitled "Dreaming Our Way Through Times Of Great Change", working with dreams and oracles, Nov 6-8. For those of you
looking forward to attending the Mystical Masquerade on Saturday, we will be stopping at 5, so you'll still
be able to do that.
Limit is 12 people, so register early! For more information:
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
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
(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.
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.
and descriptions are here.
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.
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 special 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:
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.
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