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    -- Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan


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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.

Upcoming Sufi Events

  • See the box at right for Sufi dance gatherings and zikrs around our area -- also sufi Healing Circles in Ukiah, SF, Berkely and the East Bay, and much more!
  • THIS WEEKEND: Sacred Voices, Sacred Bodies: a 1-day women's retreat with Murshida Mariam Baker, this Saturday in Mill Valley. info and registration here
  • Community Tuesday at Khankah SAM March 31st: Following the daily practices (5:30 pm) and the weekly pot-luck, Mentorgarten Music Circle. And NEXT WEEK, on May 5 - Physicians of the Heart classe with Wali Ali -- our Murshid continues wazifa practice & providing an overview of Physicians of the Heart. 65 Norwich St, San Francisco
  • Upcoming Classes and Events with Imam Bilal
  • Come join the caravan of Self Discovery! Next New Rain retreat in San Rafael with Taj Inayat and Gayan Macher will be held April 21-26th. 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
  • DANCING HEARTS WEEKEND in Geyserville, Apr 17-19
    "Forget yourself, get into the spirit of song, rise and fall on the waves of ecstasy, and express [your] pure being. Then you escape all differences, all divisions, all duality, all pain, all sorrow." -- Murshid Samuel L. Lewis
    . We invite you to join us for our annual springtime retreat of spiritual renewal, and the rejuvenation of our Dancing Hearts community at Isis Oasis. Join us in sacred circle as we honor the manifest multiplicity of creation as the Dance of the Divine. The stream of blessing of the Dances of Universal Peace invites us to praise this Mystery through the many devotional paths of humankind's evolution. ... We will journey on the path of remembering the Beloved who dwells within the altar of our own hearts with dancing, meditation, silence, poetry, zikr, and the companionship of dear hearts. VIEW FLYER & REGISTRATION
  • Mureeds and Friends Retreat with Murshida Mariam May 1st - 3rd. Explore the new burst of energy on our planet at this time, which we call the Divine Feminine or Anima. Residential, with meals included, on top of a beautiful hillside at the Garden of Nur, in Mendocino County north of Ukiah CA. Indoor accommodations or camping, on a first come first serve basis. Read more or register here
  • Pir Zia Inayat Khan will present a weekend in Berkeley May 22-24. The Mystical Awakening of Body, Heart, and Soul -- Sufi teachings, meditations, and practices. Pir Zia serves as the head of the Sufi Order International. Entire weekend: $185 if you register now. At the door, 5/22 Friday evening talk: $25; 5/23 Sat evening Zikr: $20. Single day attendance 5/23 or 5/24 – $100. Event contact: Hadi Reinhertz, Sufi Order International teachings recognize the sacredness of all faiths. All are welcome.
  • Yasmin Haut writes, it is an honor to invite our LGBTQ+ community to the First RAINBOW SUFI RETREAT at Khankah SAM this June 4-7. We gather recognizing the historic nature of this event. We revel under the great arc of time, where forgiveness, persistence and harmony flourish. And we humbly serve the Message, open to all the diverse ways love has and will continue to manifests in our sufi family. Muiz Brinkerhoff and I have agreed to hold the post as Spiritual Directors.
    Please spread the word. Registration is limited to 35. We believe it will fill fast.

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.

Sufi Movement International events with Murshida Rabia Ana Perez Chisti, Orinda CA

Rabia writes, "Anyone who wishes to attend the Universal Worship is welcomed to join us every first Saturday of the month at 11am to 12:30. We have a Vegan pot-luck lunch following the service. From 4-5:30 we have the Healing Ritual and Class which is open to all folks.
We meet at Sanctuary Sharda Sufi Movement International 11 Los Amigos Court Orinda, CA. 94563 For info: Call 925-254-2250."
Website: Center brochure here

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.

Hildegard of Bingen

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, 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 or visit No experience needed, drop-ins and newcomers always welcome. $15-$20 suggested donation, no one turned away.

'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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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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