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.
Zikr The Sufi Ceremony of Divine Remembrance: Sitting, standing, and moving circles of music and prayer invite ecstasy as souls meet beyond personality. Our zikrs flow from the traditional practice of the mystics of Turkey, India, and the Middle East. People of all religions and traditions are welcome.
Dances of Universal Peace Drawing on the sacred phrases, scriptures, and poetry of the many spiritual traditions of the earth, the Dances blend chant, live music, and movement into a living experience of unity, joy, peace and integration. Easy and satisfying, all dances are taught for beginners each time.
One of the greatest treasures in Islam/Sufism is the presence of the Asma al-Husna, the 99 Beautiful Names of God, which are found in the Qur’an. Actually there are more than 99, but where 100 would symbolize and telegraph completeness, the use of 99 implies that there is always more, that Divine Names are infinite. These are far more than just names: they are the qualities and attributes of Allah, which also make up the universe and our own interior and exterior worlds. Various Sufi teachers and lineages have made slightly different collections of the Names over the centuries, some of which have been translated. Physicians of the Heart is surely the most complete, in-depth and detailed collection available in English.
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.
Aramaic Words of Jesus Based on the work of Dr. Neal Douglas-Klotz and his seminal book, Prayers of the Cosmos, these practices and Dances use the words of Jesus in Aramaic, the language in which Jesus spoke and taught.
Events & Announcements
New Community Events and Workshops coming this Fall! Please visit our Events & Workshop page for details.
WE’RE CLOSING FOR AUGUST!
The Light Upon Light Sufi Center is closed for August – we look forward to seeing you September.
Tales from Muhammad Jamal: Personal Encounters with Remarkable Teachers
Only one person was both a Representative of Pir Vilayat Khan and a Shaykh of Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi: Muhammad Jamal Gregory Blann, who thus unites the Indian and Turkish streams of Sufism represented by our center. He studied Kaballah with Jewish Renewal Movement co-founder Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and made zikr with our spiritual grandfather, Grand Shaykh Muzaffer Ashki of Istanbul. All these teachers reached inward to mystical heights and also outward in ecumenical peace-building across religions. Come hear the stories from this gifted storyteller in an atmosphere of intimate friendship. (He’s attending through the magic of the internet; if you’re far away, you can too!) Ya Jami’! O Gatherer, please gather your Friends!
Webinar scheduled for Friday, September 21, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. To learn more, click the button for Workshops below.