News of the Ruhaniat, December 2014 / January 2015
Got five minutes? Hear two new Murshid SAM Gems online
New content has arrived for our collection of bite-sized recorded teachings by Murshid Samuel L. Lewis from the late 60's. Titles include "Cold Feet, Empty Stomachs and the Breath / We are all part of God," "The Monkey Method and the Cat Method of Spiritual Teaching", "Spiritual Dancing", and "The Divine Transmission in the Heart". Click here to hear them.
Much gratitude to Murshid Abraham Sussman and to Ayesha Candace Cruz for 'mining' for Gems for us.
Read a new message from Murshid Wali Ali and request for support and prayers. With a timeline of several years in the future, a dedicated team is supporting the author in creating a complete biography of this remarkable being. "I wholeheartedly invite you to generously donate to the funding of the Murshid SAM Biography Project. Any size donation is appreciated, and if it is $200 or more we will send you, as a gift, a personally signed book when the first hardcover edition comes out. Thank you for your inner and outer support. Love and Blessings, Wali Ali Meyer"
Open Gathering of the Ruhaniat in Ohio this coming April. Come all!
The annual Jamiat Aam of the Sufi Ruhaniat Internationa will be held in April. Al Jami is to gather, to bring together, weaving the community into wholeness. This gathering is open to anyone who feels drawn to discover what Sufism is, and to those who want to deepen in the practices with fellow mureeds and teachers of the Ruhaniat: April 9-12 2015 at the Martin de Porres Center in Columbus, Ohio USA. Flyer and registration form.
New Ruhaniat-UK web site: events in England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland
Murshid Saadi writes, we now have a UK Ruhaniat website with a schedule of events and recordings from past retreats to listen online or download. It can be found at: www.ruhaniat.org.uk. The new site is lovingly curated by Sufi brother and webmaster Chris Granger -- alhamdulillah!
The Hope Project, India: a new report
Here is the current report from Richard Cuadra, a long-time Ruhaniat member and currently the Hope Project Board President. This project, which we join with other Sufis in supporting, provides community health services, child care, educational programs, a thrift and credit program, and a women’s micro-enterprise unit in India, where it was inspired as a response to the poverty and other hardships in the community surrounding the shrine of Hazrat Inayat Khan. The generous support from our Sufi family is much appreciated. Donations in the US are through the Children's Ashram Fund and are tax-deductible. Please pray for this work, and consider being a Friend of Hope.
The Parliament of World Religions, October 2015
In Salt Lake City next October, the Parliament of the World's Religions will gather together thousands of participants from dozens of faiths -- "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." The first such Parliament meeting in the U.S was held in 1893 and has been called 'the birth of formal interreligious dialogue worldwide'. Pir Shabda will be there as well as dozens of other Sufis. His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Dr. Karen Armstrong will present, and probably Amma. There is a pending proposal to have the Dances of Universal Peace included as an activity! Narayan, Jen and Sky Majida have worked very hard on it and are hopeful of its acceptance. Please add any positive thoughts you can to its journey through their review process! As Sky Majida writes, "may we begin to weave a web of love, harmony and beauty now, to share at this world event in ten months." To connect with those attending, follow the DancingPeace email group (how to join).
'God is Breath' online series with Murshid Wali Ali Meyer
Join an e-sangha, participate from anywhere. Here is a precious opportunity to participate online in the two-year '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 excellent archived video recordings and associated materials from the 2013 series will be used along with mentored online live meetings. Details and descriptions are here.
Web site improvements coming soon
This winter will be the time for Ruhaniat.org to be updated, as we will be switching over to a new and improved version of our software platform. We think you will like the changes, particularly including better usability on tablets and phones and improved menu navigation. If you have feedback or suggestions for the web team, your ideas are welcome. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Report of the Murshid S.A.M. Dargah Ptoject
- 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
- New edition available: The Bowl of Saki Commentary
- Sufi Youth online
- 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.