News of the Ruhaniat, Summer 2015: Upcoming Events & project updates
Read Murshid Wali Ali's recent report on the first year of progress on this new book
With a timeline of several years in the future, a dedicated team is supporting Murshid Wali Ali in creating a complete biography of this remarkable being. Read a message from Murshid Wali Ali and request for support and prayers. 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. (About Wali Ali)
Pir Shabda will be presenting at the Parliament of the World's Religions, October 15 - 19, in Salt Lake City, Utah. This will be the 7th such Parliament since 1893, seeking "to promote interreligious harmony". Several dozen DUP and Ruhaniat people plan to be there. (About Pir Shabda)
Sky Majida writes, we have received our official acceptance letter for our proposal, “A Multi-Day Symposium of Dances of Universal Peace”. The Parliament committee is working on a schedule. Watch this site or the Dancing Peace email list for more information. (About the Dances)
Report and photos from the 2015 Jamiat Aam, the open Gathering of the Ruhaniat:
Al Jami is to gather, to bring together, weaving the community into wholeness. The annual Jamiat Aam of the Sufi Ruhaniat International was held in April in Columbus, Ohio USA. See notes and photos from this gathering here.
For Jamiat Khas members, information and registration for next November's JK retreat may be found in the private JK section of this web site, or on the JK email list.
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
Here is a 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. Donations in the US are through the Children's Ashram Fund and are tax-deductible.
"We, as a group of spiritual friends, abide in unity because we are organized into what we call the Sufi Ruhaniat International. Whenever I hear this name my heart warms and the very sound reminds me of our connection. The word ‘organization’ has an impersonal feel, but when I realize that I am supporting my Sangha, then extending a hand is no different than feeding myself."
Two recently posted Sufi videos
- "LOVE'S CARAVAN: SUFISM IN THE WEST". In this excellent short film, Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee explores some of Sufism's central themes and among other Sufi teachers Pir Shabda leads dances and talks about this form.
- Another fascinating historic video has recently come our way, 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
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