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 this Winter & Spring! Please visit our Events & Workshop page for details.
Planning for a Five Hour Zikr – coming soon!
“Any zikr less than five hours is just fooling around.” We don’t remember which Shaykh said this but it has inspired us to present:
The No Fooling Around Zikr! Which will take, you guessed it, five hours. More Details on the Events & Workshops page.
On May 4 – 6th, 2018, we welcome back Muhammad Jamal, author of The Garden of Mystic Love: Sufism and the Turkish Tradition and Lifting the Boundaries: Muzaffer Efendi and the Transmission of Sufism to the West, whose forthcoming book, Open Spirituality, which focuses on the universal approach of three of his spiritual teachers, Pir Vilayat Khan, Lex Hixon and Reb Zalman Schatcher-Shalomi.
A lovely, deep and experiential workshop is planned, so please Save the Dates! The retreat will be held at the Sufi Center – Friday evening, most of the day Saturday, and part of Sunday (Cost, details and registration will be added soon).
We’re also planning to host a zikr on Saturday evening, free of charge; all are welcome!