See the box at right for Quwwali Saturday 9/13, Healing Circles, dances and classes in
Walnut Creek, SF, Sebastopol, Vallejo, Berkeley and Harbin!
Community Tuesday at the Mentorgarden Sept 16th. Following the daily practices (5:30 pm) and
the weekly pot-luck, singing with Threshold Choir Conductor Jan Thomas leads
soulful singing practice with the khankah community.
Celebrating the astounding heroism of this young woman, the eldest child of the Sufi teacher
Hazrat Inayat Khan, who gave her life for the cause of liberty during WWII! A moving and important
Read about it here.
Dancing Hearts Retreat:
the community gathers for a weekend of Dances of Universal Peace
Northern CA Dances of Universal Peace
(formerly The Quarterly),
October 17-19, 2014 at
Isis Oasis Retreat Center, Geyserville, CA.
"Honoring the Past; Serving the Future"
Celebrating 30 years of dancing for
LOVE, HARMONY and BEAUTY. Tui Wilschinsky, Yarrow Nelson and weave
the weekend along with our own leaders and youth -- including all who would like to sign up to lead a dance!
View flyer and registration info here.
♥ Photos and recorded teaching talks From the just-concluded
Mendocino Sufi Camp are now available online at Mendosuficamp.org, as well as from the 2014
Sufi Order summer camp.
Also visit Ruhaniat.org
to view Pir Shabda's teachings at Lama this month, and a multimedia presentation about the
Murshid SAM Dargah project.
Members of Khankah S.A.M. in San Francisco, the original
residential community and teaching center of the Sufi Ruhaniat International, have just
launched a new web site as a member of the Ruhaniat.org family of sites. The Khankah is under
the spiritual direction of Murshid Wali Ali Meyer, head of the Esoteric School of the
Ruhaniat, who founded it in 1972. KSAM offers classes, Dances of Universal Peace, zikr and
other gatherings for mureeds and the community. It also provides guest lodging for wandering
Ruhaniat dervishes and others aligned with the Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan and Murshid
Samuel L Lewis.
Dances of Universal Peace Outreach in Colombia
Sheika Darvesha MacDonald writes, "... learn about an outreach project in Colombia that is
uplifting, inspiring, and demonstrates how the Dances and Walks can be extended into global
communities to affect social change, environmental justice and spiritual living." Visit
to Bhavani Judith Tucker's free Devotional Music Events email list, with dozens of
Kirtans, chanting, Gospel singing and much more.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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