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. Welcome!
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.
Toning in the chakras (spiritual centers rising up the spine, sometimes pictured as flowers or wheels) opens the body, heart, mind and spirit toward an active, perceptive, meditative state. The hearing and recitation of the Asma al-Husna -- the 99 Beautiful Names of God from the Qur'an -- offers a cornucopia of Divine Attributes or Qualities, which are also present in ourselves. We find that the two practices work very well together.
Founder of the Nurani Institute, a profound scholar, powerful dhikr leader and co-author of Physicians of the Heart: Sufi Guidebook to the 99 Beautiful Names of Allah. Samples of his events include, "The Heart of Love's Secret Ecstasy," Reintroduction to the 100 Steps of Love on the Mystic Path of Sufism," "Arabic Grammar and Pronunciation and Quranic Tafsir" (insightful interpretation), and "Dhikr of the Two Niles". Let's see what he has for us this time!
Co-founder of the Center for the Dances of Universal Peace, she taps a lifetime's immersion in world religions to guide, teach, and train Dance leaders, sufi students, and Universal Worship ministers. A Representative, Center Leader, Healing Conductor and Siraj (senior minister) with the Inayati Order of sufism, she is also director of the Church of All and a trained semazan in the Mevlevi Whirling Dervish tradition.
We've added instrumental accompaniment with the bouzouki. Makes it more powerful! Come and see what Shaykh Nur called, "The joyful uproar of the lovers!"
"What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of a human being, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the wrong of the injured." "You will be with those you love." - the Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace. Handouts of hadith and Qur'an quotes of peace, love, justice and beauty available by request.
Lifting the Boundaries: Muzaffer Efendi and the Transmission of Sufism to the West
The revised edition is out! Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi says, "Muzaffer Efendi [is] a soul glowing with love for God and compassion for God's children. Embracing all seekers of light, he made them feel at home in the mystical center of their own tradition." Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi says, ". . . a wonderful account, and Muhammad Jamal weaves in Efendi's own mystic speaking throughout the text. Efendi also is a Mevlana of love and wisdom . . . . It was the power of his love that opened the gates of a new era, the era of love." Order from www.fourworldspub.com .