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For technical reasons, the calendar on, outdated by years, no longer works -- and rather than try to fix it, I am going to rebuild this site on the WordPress platform (this will be optimized for phones as well as larger screens).

Temporarily I will keep this page online but without the calendar functions. I will have to key in some of the events by hand. Unfortunately the available information will be very limited for a month or two, until the new version goes live.

Some upcoming Sufi Events

  • In Sebastopol Sunday Morning Jan 10th: Dances of Universal Peace at the Youth Annex of the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, 425 Morris Street 11:00 AM. Led by Tui & friends.
  • In San Francisco Sunday Morning Jan 10th: Dances of Universal Peace at the Mentorgarden. Led by Windsong, Michael Jabbar & friends. 410 Precita St, 11:00 AM. Immediately following is a community pot-luck!
  • The 2016 Urs Celebration of Murshid SAM (see flyer) will be held in San Rafael on the Dominican campus, January 15th at 7:30 -- Hosted by Pir Shabda Kahn with Murshid Wali Ali Meyer sharing more about Murshid Sam’s legacy and the progress on Murshid’s biography.
  • Southern Calif. Dancing Hearts Winterly on Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, Jan 15-18, in Templeton (near Paso Robles), with Tasnim Fernandez leading with Yarrow Nelson and Vanessa Hafiza Ragan.
  • Thursday evening Jan 21st: 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.
  • The Bay Area Urs commemorating Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan will take place on Friday, February 5th, 7:30 - 9:30 at St. Albans Church in Albany. The ceremony, highlighting the theme of Harmony, will include offerings from all local kindred orders.
  • Hear or read a New Year's announcement from Pir Zia Inayat-Khan with new plans for the former Sufi Order International, henceforth to be known as The Inayati Order: A Sufi Path of Spiritual Liberty. See the excellent new web site here

One day Contemplative Inquiry Group on Sunday, February 7 in San Rafael, CA with Gayan Macher

The day will include meditation, teaching related to the practice of inquiry, and a full afternoon of the inquiry process.

For those unfamiliar with this work, inquiry is the subtle art of following the inner voice of guidance as it relates to the deepest questions of your heart and your life. These groups also cultivate authentic spiritual community.

Schedule and Cost: Sunday, February 7 2016, 10:00—5:00 $70. Registration and more Information: Contact Salima Rose at - you can also contact her for a more in-depth written description of the inquiry process. The size of this group is limited so if you wish to attend register soon.

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

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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