Light Upon Light Sufi Center
WHAT WE STAND FOR
We follow the principle that “there are as many ways to God as there are human souls.” We move in two directions: horizontally outward to embrace wider and wider visions of community among all beings, and vertically toward the heights of Divine Awareness and the depths of Inner Reality (which are one and the same). Friends within our community walk many paths: traditional and modern Sufism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, the Red Road of the Native Americans, and more. Our common thread is participation in Divine Reality, the living landscape of the soul and spirit, which includes this beautiful Earth and all authentic sacred paths. Everyone welcome – any culture, color, gender, orientation, nation, religion! We will embrace you.
REPRESENTING TWO ORDERS
SUFI RUHANIAT INTERNATIONAL and NUR ASHKI JERRAHI
Sufism is both the mystical inner tradition of Islam and the aquifer of spiritual depth that exists beneath the surface of life, taking different forms in different times, places and cultures.The dervish, or Sufi student, is a door between the worlds – the inner and the outer, the seen and the Unseen, the self and the Self. Inshallah (God willing), our Center is also such a doorway.
The Search for Meaning is a guided exploration with Hakim, sharing wisdom, stories and Sufi practices, sometimes in new ways. Though this time together will likely include some Zikr, and sometimes Dances of Universal Peace, there will also be room to welcome additional ways to “go deeper” in the quest to become full human beings.
This will be held on the 4th Sunday of each month, from 1:45 – 3:45 pm – please click the button below for more details.
The aspects of God found in other world religions are here also – and more. God can be encountered in any of these aspects: as the Guide, the Evolver, the Protecting Friend, the Beautiful, the Subduer, the Forgiver, the Light, the Subtle, the Responsive, the Alive, the Gatherer and many more. Like the Tree of Life in the Kabbalah, like the Buddhist picture of compassionate and wrathful deities — like other schematics of the multiverse seen from different points of view — the Names of Allah include the balancing of opposite Names. So, we find the First and the Last, the Manifest and the Hidden, the Constrictor and the Expander, the Delayer and the Expediter. Each Name can be encountered within the teaching and testing that is our life, our path, as we meet and melt into Divine Being, the Consciousness within every consciousness.
Would you like to see a table of the Names? For condensed explanations of each, boiled down from descriptions in Physicians of the Heart, as well as short translations and pronunciations, click here or on the image to the right.
Sources are given in a sidebar, as well as some information about pronunciation.
Events & Announcements
New Community Events and Workshops are here! Please visit our Events & Workshop page for details.
We have several new workshops and classes and would love to have you join us. Many of them are being offered both virtually (attend by computer or by phone) as well as in person: Communicating Across Cultures, Women as Divine Messenger; From the Spiritual Traditions of the Earth, and Mining the Jewels, Sewing the Quilt: A Deep Encounter with the Generous Qur’an, as well as the Aramaic Words of Jesus series.
For details please click on the Workshops and Events button.
Saturday, October 27th, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Communicating Across Cultures
How does culture shape reality? How do “polite” and “normal” behaviors vary between cultures? What happens when worldviews clash? How can we start turning “us” and “them” into “all of us”? Through mini-lecture and discussion, true stories, and lots of hands-on exercises, we’ll unveil mysteries at the borderland where cultures meet, and open the door to vital skills for cross-cultural understanding and communication. Culture is often compared to an iceberg. Understanding more about the nine-tenths you can’t see on the surface can help you in your life and work.
This class will be held in person at the Light Upon Light Sufi Center AND it will also be available to attend virtually via your computer or phone, via Zoom. (To register, please click on the Register button below whether you’d like to attend in person or virtually)
Saturday, October 27, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. To learn more, click the button for Workshops below.