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Toward the One, the Perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty, the only Being
United with all the illuminated souls, who form the embodiment of the Master, the Spirit of Guidance
♥ RUHANIAT MEMBERS & FRIENDS STEP UP TO SUPPORT COMPLETION OF THE MURSHID SAM DARGAH PROJECT
We continue to be inspired and energized by the life and legacy of Murshid Samuel L. Lewis (1896 - 1971), the Zen master and Sufi Murshid who founded the Ruhaniat and the Dances of Universal Peace. Though a San Franciscan, he was guided to be buried in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico; and visitors to his burial site continue to connect with his living presence there. We are currently building a proper structure for pilgrimages and retreats, in Sufi terms a Dargah. For completion of this inspired project, major fundraising campaign '300 for $1,000' was initiated this spring, with a mailing sent to Ruhaniat mureeds and friends. The concept is that 300 People Pledge $1,000 Each Over a Three-Year Period. Larger gifts also welcome. Multi-year pledges are accepted. Follow-up by telephone and email will continue until the end of December. Each gift of $1,000 qualifies the donor for entry in the 300 for $1,000 Raffle Drawing on January 15, 2017, Murshid SAM’s Urs. Click here to participate - and enter the raffle.
♥ WORLD-WIDE EVENTS UPCOMING:
You are invited to nourish your practice and connect with your Sufi community: new events for spring, summer and beyond have been added to the Ruhaniat Calendar -- in California, Germany, New Mexico, Maui, North Carolina, Oregon, Florida, the Netherlands and more. See the wide spectrum of beautiful opportunities in the Ruhaniat Calendar.
♥ SOME ONLINE CLASSES FROM THE RUHANIAT
For individuals who wish to pursue the Sufi path of spiritual growth, the esoteric school of the Sufi Ruhaniat International, directed by Murshid Wali Ali Meyer, offers many online classes (some for all and some limited to initiated Mureeds) at little or no cost. Among these are recorded sessions of teachings from the Dharma traditions, Githa papers of Hazrat Pir-O-Murshid Inayat Khan with commentary by Murshid Samuel Lewis, and two series of classes to teach and enrich Wazifah practice — coordinated with the important book Physicians of the Heart. Also from the Esoteric School, the 2013 'God is Breath' series in high-quality video recordings, with the option of real-time study group participation.
Visit this link and scroll down to view a comprehensive listing. In addition, Pir Shabda Kahn offers an abundance of recorded teachng talks. For video recordings of numerous Sufi talks as well as Dances of Universal Peace, check out the SRI video channel. And check out the 'Locations' tab (above) to look for opportunities to experience Sufi teachings from this lineage in your local area.
♥ PIR SHABDA LEADS ZIKR AT HUGE PUBLIC EVENT IN INDIA FOR THE WALK OF HOPE
On February 16th in Delhi, the capital of India, Pir Shabda Kahn led a very large audience in rousing Zikr and song in an outdoor amphitheater, writes Rabbi Pamela Frydman. The songs included Drink with the Beloved and Ho Ike Mai, based on a Hawaiian proverb. Participants included Indian dignitaries and members of the Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Christian and Jewish communities. The purpose of the gathering was to welcome the Walk of Hope to Delhi.
The Walk of Hope is a 17 month pilgrimage from the southern tip of India to Kashmir in the north for the purpose of rejuvenating the spirit of hope, love, peace, harmony and oneness in India, and the erasing of disparities arising from misunderstandings of India’s diverse cultures and religions. The Walk is led by Sri Maheshwarnath, known as Sri M, a universal spiritual teacher who invited Shabda and Tai Situ Rinpoche to share the evening program with him.
Pir Shabda was joined by the Indian devotee and singer Lakshmi Bhatia. His musicians were the local band called Zoya. In addition to backing up Pir Shabda, the Zoya band sang Blowin’ in the Wind, Imagine and Amazing Grace. Before leading Zikr, Pir Shabda spoke about universal path of Sufism brought to the West by Hazrat Inayat Khan and the Dances of Universal Peace brought by Murshid Samuel L. Lewis.
♥ OUR SENIOR TEACHERS AND GUIDESKnown as murshids and murshidas, these dedicated women and men work with and support the Pir in overseeing the substantive inner work of our lineage. In addition, together with Pir Shabda and local SRI leaders, they offer many public Sufi events such as retreats and camps during the year, bringing the transmission of our lineage to seekers and devotees far and wide. Visit our Murshids' Circle page to view their bios and online schedules and much more.
♥ NEW BLOG ENTRY AND BIOGRAPHY PROJECT REPORT FROM MURSHID WALI ALI
♥ NOVEMBER 2015: NEW VIDEO REPORT ON THE DARGAH PROJECT
♥ 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). Also coming soon, a German translation of Physicians of the Heart.
♥ OUR WORK IN NEW DELHI: THE HOPE PROJECT INDIA:
Read recent report here! The Hope Project, inspired and largely supported by members of Sufi orders, is located adjacent to the shrine of Hazrat Inayat Khan. After four decades of work among the poorest of the poor in New Delhi, the Hope Project is making headway — older girls are returning to school and fathers are engaging in parenting classes around the concepts of good health and education. The Girls’ Non-Formal School attendance has risen to 75 students, and female graduates will be attending college. Young women from the Basti going to college has been a rare occurrence; now it is happening, and over the years, the success of so many in dividuals has changed the perception of the community concerning the importance and relevance of education. The Thrift and Credit microlending program has grown as well, and the Income Generation program is now a profit-making enterprise and has expanded to more people in the Basti who want to learn self-sufficiency. Please donate to the Hope Project at childrensashramfund.org and keep this heartbeat thriving.
Why support the Ruhaniat with your financial generosity? Read this inspiring message from Sheikh Yaqin Sandleben, member of the Ruhaniat Board of Trustees.
"... I remembered a time when I was in India with Pir Shabda. He was offering bayat [Sufi initiation] to a native person of India at the Dargah of Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan. There were rays of the afternoon sun angling through the Dargah, birds were singing along with laughter and cries of children playing in the background. There was a touch of perfection in that moment. To see the Message that Pir-o-Murshid was guided to plant in the West come full circle, back to Mother India, with such potency -- this was to me a proof of our path, that daily wish we all carry for happiness and awakening of ourselves and all beings."