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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
♥ NEW BOOK FROM POET TAMAM KAHN FROM RUHANIAT PRESS, OUR NEW IMPRINT.
Fatima's Touch: Poems and Stories of the Prophet's Daughter. From the author of Untold: A History of the Wives of Prophet Muhammad comes Fatima's story in narrative and poetry, rarely told in the English language, revealing here her loving connection with her father, Prophet Muhammad, and bringing forward this important woman, known and loved in the Islamic world. To order a copy at a reduced rate, or to read launch notes from the author, please click here.
♥ LISTEN ONLINE TO MUSIC OF THE SUFI CHOIRSEver since Murshid SAM asked composer Allaudin Mathieu to form a choir among his mureeds, a new kind of east-west choral musical blend has been enriching and inspiring the various Sufi communities. Now available online, the recorded music of The New Sufi Choir, for all to listen and enjoy. Also you may want to visit the original Sufi Choir (and the photo archive from the 70's here), the international Inayati Quartet and also the Humboldt Sufi Choir, among others.
♥ 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.
On-site work in 2016 was more modest than the prior year, much of the work is being done elsewhere for assembly in 2017. But a stone bench and shelters were built at the Dance Circle, as well as construction of the rest room and storage building. Entry stairs and landing are now in place; and the stone order from India was delivered, ready to be installed in 2017. Pir Shabda writes (September 2016), "Our fundraising for the Dargah Project is going very well. We have raised nearly $700,000 and need another $200,000 to complete the project. We estimate completion in July 2017; just around the corner. The Campaign of finding 300 people to pledge $1000 over three years is still very much alive, and we're hoping many of you can jump in. 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.
♥ TAKE A FEW MINUTES, LISTEN TO THE VOICE AND WISDOM OF MURSHID SAM
Visit our growing collection of bite-sized audio excerpts from cassette recordings, of the unpredictable and profound teachings of Murshid Samuel L Lewis, Sufi Ahmed Chisti (1896-1971), original leader and founder of the Ruhaniat. Based on his lifetime of inclusive spiritual study and practice, these inspiring yet down-to-earth mini-lessons will challenge the mind and possibly make way for an opening of the heart.
♥ JUST OUT: PHYSICIANS OF THE HEART IN GERMAN
This ground-breaking book on Sufi spiritual practice, published in English in 2011 (visit web site), has inspired great interest among the world-wide Sufi community and others. It is a guide to the sacred practice of active remembrance of the divine qualities, the beautiful Names of the One — which can open the seeker's way to ever-greater freedom and peace. Our sisters and brothers in the German-speaking lands felt the call to arrange a translation into their language, and it will be available soon from Ruhaniat Publications.
To cover a part of the expenses for the translation, a special edition has been made, which is on the market since the 2016 Federation Gathering. You can buy one at a price of €101. For details please contact Rashid The standard edition will be released later.
Incidentally, we have a helpful online pronunciation guide for the Names, with female and male voices represented. (About Physicians of the Heart). Also,we understand that Spanish as well as Turkish translations of Physicians of the Heart are in preparation!
♥ WORLD-WIDE EVENTS UPCOMING:
You are invited to nourish your practice and connect with your Sufi community: new events for summer, autumn 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.
♥ 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
♥ OUR WORK IN NEW DELHI: THE HOPE PROJECT INDIA:
Read the inspiring June 2016 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.
During the past year, in addition to the existing medical and educational programs, a center for guidance and counseling has been created. Staffed by volunteers experienced in public sector programs and education, the center has inspired and guided young clients toward greater personal development and individual confidence.The Hope Project's medical and eye care services have expanded, and the vocational training curriculum has been upgraded. Emphasis is on making the school experience more joyful for the children.
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. The Hope Project executive director, Mr Samiur Rahman, visited the US during the summer and presented the program at several venues.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."