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Sufi Ruhaniat International Zikr & Dervish Class
May 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating indefinitely
Zikr is the Sufi Ceremony of the Remembrance of God, a traditional ecstatic practice of the Sufis, as observed by the order of the Sufi Ruhaniat International. We will be singing very old sacred phrases in Arabic.
Bismillah – “We begin in the Name of Divine Unity”
La illaha illa‘llah – “All of Reality is contained within Divine Unity”
Hu – “Divine Unity is constantly vibrating into all forms, in all times and places.”
This practice is noted for producing strong expansion of consciousness. It was one of the central practices of the Persian poet Rumi, allowing him the divine expansion and insight from which he spoke his inspired poetry. Both beginners and those with experience can gain enormous benefit. The Sufis frequently refer to Divine Unity as the Friend, and seek an ongoing relationship of extreme intimacy with the Friend.
“What’s a Dervish Class?” someone asked John Hakim recently.
He said, “There are wide variety of techniques and practices in the ‘tool box’ of a Sufi, and which ones should be done is mostly decided by who shows up and what they need. Dervish Class is wider than zikr in that I feel free to use the Aramaic Lord’s Prayer, Pure Tone Practice, Silence of Mind Meditation, Progressive Relaxation, and Names of God and sacred phrases from the whole world, all used in the context of the need of the moment.”
This event is free and open.