News of the Ruhaniat, Autumn 2015: Events & project updates
SOUTHWEST SUFI COMMUNITY, NEW MEXICO:
Read the November 2015 SSC Report with news of the community, the Protect the Land project, the annual Visioning Meeting, the donkeys, a photo of Pir Moineddin's burial mound, and much more!
LAMA MOUNTAIN, NEW MEXICO:
Work has begun on the beautiful dargah which is being raised over the burial place of Murshid Samuel L. Lewis at Lama Foundation. Designed according to principles of Sacred Geometry, and built of long-lasting, largely natural materials with a view toward sustainability and harmony with the environment, the dargah is planned to accommodate pilgrims who will come to pray, meditate, and receive the ever-present inspiration and guidance of this great teacher. You can support this vision by sending prayer and by contributing financially. Read more here.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
With a timeline of several years in the future, a dedicated team is supporting Murshid Wali Ali in creating a complete biography of Murshid Samuel Lewis, his spiritual guide and teacher. Murshid SAM, born in the West, was recognized in the East as a representative of the ancient Sufi lineages, and was the beloved teacher of many seekers and initiates in the late 60's. His influence can be felt today in the work of the Ruhaniat and the Dances of Universal Peace, and a comprehensive biography is eagerly awaited. Read a September 2015 blog entry and progress report -- describing Murshid SAM's healing retreat in 1925, his connection with the Maypole, and the origin of the Dances. (About Wali Ali)
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH:
Pir Shabda writes, "So happy to be back home after nearly a week at the Parliament of World Religions. Since I was made a "Major Speaker" my entire event was live-streamed and now is available for viewing and download!
"Originally I intended to dance for half an hour and then speak for an hour, but I was given a room where we were not allowed to move the chairs, so instead we formed a little Sufi band and sang our Dances. The sound in the room was excellent ...
"We also had many sessions of the Dances of Universal Peace, all very wonderful and well attended. Every day at the Parliament the Sikh community served Langar ~ free food ~ for any of the nearly 10,000 attendees, with so much love and generosity that it always brought tears of gratitude."
The Parliament of the World's Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world. This was the 7th such Parliament since 1893. (About the Dances)
Al Jami is to gather, to bring together, weaving the community into wholeness. This year's gathering was held in April and was open to anyone who felt drawn to discover what Sufism is, and to deepen in the practices with fellow mureeds and teachers of the Sufi Ruhaniat International. Notes and photos from this gathering are here. (Note for Jamiat Khas members: information and registration for this November's JK retreat may be found in the private JK section of this web site, or on the JK email list.)
This year marks the birth of the new Ruhaniat-UK web site, with a schedule of SRI events in England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland; and recordings from past retreats, to listen online or download.
Haus Ananda, a center for retreat, seminars and Dances of Universal Peace near Berlin, celebrated its anniversary: October 24, 2015: The Ananda Autumn week: Moments of Abundance - Holiday and Harvest Days, Read about it in German / Auf Deutche hier. (Open the link in Google Chrome browser for automatic translation)
WORLD-WIDE EVENTS UPCOMING:
You are invited to nourish your practice and connect with your Sufi community: new events for autumn, winter, spring and beyond have been added to the Ruhaniat Calendar -- in California, Germany, New Mexico, Maui, North Carolina, Oregon, Florida, the Netherlands and more. Just announced, in New Delhi, in February after the Urs, Pir Shabda and Mevelvi Shaykh Kabir Helminsky will co-lead a 6-day International Sufi Festival. See the wide spectrum of beautiful opportunities in the Ruhaniat Calendar.
DID YOU KNOW?
Our Pir and the director of our Esoteric School are among the authors of Physicians of the Heart, the recently-published guidebook to the practice of Wazifah, the prayerful recitation of the 99 Beautiful Names of God as practiced by Sufi devotees everywhere. But you may not know that we have a helpful online pronunciation guide for the Names, with female and male voices represented. (About Physicians of the Heart)
Why support the Ruhaniat with your financial generosity? Read this inspiring message from Diana Lyon, member of the SRI Board of Trustees and co-chair of our Youth Council.
"In the spirit and in the footsteps of Hazrat Khwaja Moineddin Chishti, Hazrat Inayat Khan, Murshid SAM, and all the mothers, masters, saints, prophets, and wise ones, may our collective expression be one of flowing abundance, deep gratitude, and radiant, piercing clarity. Ya Hu! "
Two recently posted Sufi videos"LOVE'S CARAVAN: SUFISM IN THE WEST", an excellent short film with Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee exploring some of Sufism's central themes -- and among other Sufi teachers Pir Shabda leading dances and talking about this form. Another fascinating historic video taken at the 1972 Chamonix Sufi camp led by Pir Vilayat: "DERVISHES OF THE NEW AGE".
- Recorded talks from Pir Shabda
- Music by the women of the Sufi Choir
- "Sacrament: Food as Spiritual Gift", a talk by Murshida Darvesha
- Dances of Universal Peace in Colombia
- Online Sufi classes
- Why donate to SRI?
- Writings of Swami Papa Ramdass
- The Complete Works of Hazrat Inayat Khan
SRI Electronic & Online Resources Update
Find out here about the e-book versions of Physicians of the Heart, the Ruhaniat Video Channel, and receiving email updates from ruhaniat.org.