Light Upon Light Sufi Center
For the present time, our events will be online only.
For more information see Events and Workshops at this site.
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.
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.
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.
Events & Announcements
A Message From our recent newsletter:
Online Only. For the near future, all events at the Center will be online only. See below for how to attend zikrs or other events online. We can still be together–just in a different form!
Study and Practice
Karima will be offering two online classes, inshallah, “Mysticism and Practice in World Religions” (description below) and “A Taste of Arabic Qur’an with Related Practices,” which pretty much explains itself. Date and time TBA depending on when people can come. If you’re interested, let me know your availability and we’ll figure it out.
Our Message to You
Hakim says: The condition that we are under in a plague year is the usual condition of a human being, but it’s intensified by the increased chance of illness and death. Every morning when we wake up, we never know if we’re going to wake up tomorrow. The Sufi approach is to remember Allah in all times, places and conditions. I am going through states of anxiety, fear for myself and my loved ones, depression, and confusion. My approach when going through these states is to name the state to myself so it’s a conscious knowing and pause and remember Allah. We remember in the midst of life so we can remember in the midst of death. Our prayers for your happiness, comfort, safety, and health are daily. Stay in contact with the ones you love online and by phone, keep your practices together. Ya Kafee, ya Shafee. Oh Healer, Oh Remedy.
Karima says: As always, I respect what Hakim has to say, but since my approach to crisis situations is different, what I have for you is a little verse I re-read yesterday.
If I should die before I wake,
You can have the birthday cake.
— Joan Aiken
Remember that, no matter what happens, we are eternal beings and nothing and no one that we have loved is ever truly lost!
Online Attendance: the Process
There’s nothing to download. To attend one or more Tuesday Jerrahi and/or Wednesday Ruhaniat zikrs, let us know by calling or EMAIL US HERE, and we’ll send you either or both links. Each recurring event at the Center will have a different link, and each link is good for 25 meetings. Please save the link! At 6:45, fifteen minutes before zikr, click the link to get in. (If something goes wrong with this process, for instance if you lose the link, we can invite you directly as long as we have your email address and we know you want to come. But we won’t be able to do that after the zikr starts.)
Mysticism and Practice in World Religions. Indian saint Sri Ramakrishna said, “There are some who have heard of sugar, some who have tasted sugar, and some who can go and eat it whenever they like.” This “sugar” is spiritual reality, directly encountered and minutely described by mystics throughout the ages. Discover the surprisingly similar stories and road maps left by these pioneers of the unseen worlds.
In the Love and Light of Allah: Ya Wadood, ya Nur, ya Hafiz! Oh Love, oh Light, oh Protector,
Hakim and Karima
Community Events and Workshops are here: Visit: Events & Workshop page for details.
The Tavern of Ruin
[fka: The Heart of Love In the Tavern of Ruin]
Kirtan/Sufi Music & Words by Rumi
The Heart of Love in the Tavern of Ruin sings and plays the strongly ecstatic songs of the Sufi Ceremony of Remembrance (Zikr) and Kirtan.
This music is deeply rooted in the Kirtan of India, the Sufi Ceremony of Remembrance (Zikr) of India and of the Middle East, and the Western Sacred Dance music of the Dances of Universal Peace.
No experience necessary. Join us! Dates and location can be found on our Events Calendar and on the Workshops & Events page HERE.
Suggested donation $5-15
A Light Upon Light Sufi Center Production
Workshop & Class Information
We have several 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.
Please check out the various offerings found on the workshops and events page – once we have 5 that can meet at the same time, we can schedule a class. We look forward to hearing from you!
For details please click on the Workshops and Events button.