April 2013

Parvana Suluk Class Graduation

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On April 6th the Parvana class of the Suluk Academy celebrated its graduation at Fazal Manzil in Suresnes. The members of the class hail from France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Holland, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Lithuania, and Spain.

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Message from Chisht Sharif

huzar12Last September the Suluk Academy had the honor of hosting Huzur Sayyid Ahmad Shah Chishti Maududi, the root lineage-bearer of the Chishti Order, based in Herat and Chisht Sharif, Afghanistan. Huzur Sayyid Ahmad Shah recently sent the kind letter below, indicating that it should be publicly shared.

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Objects of the Order

Meditation Course1.    To realize and spread the knowledge of unity, the religion of love and wisdom, so that the bias of faiths and beliefs may of itself fall away, the human heart may overflow with love, and all hatred caused by distinctions and differences may be rooted out.

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Ten Sufi Thoughts

book cover imageTHERE ARE TEN PRINCIPAL SUFI THOUGHTS which comprise all the important subjects with which the inner life is concerned:

1. There is One God, the Eternal, the Only Being; none exists save God.

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Sufi Meditation and Contemplation

Sufi Meditation CoverIn India in the 1950s my father collected a large stack of old Sufi books in the form of lithographs and manuscripts. These books were mostly the works of saints of the lineage to which my father’s father belonged, and most of them have not been published since the nineteenth century. Among the authors represented were (by attribution) Khwaja Mu‘inuddin Chishti, the founder of the Chishti Order in India; Dara Shikuh, a Mughal crown prince and Qadiri Sufi; and Shah Kalimullah Jahanabadi, a major systematizer of Chishti teachings, and founder of the Kalimi line of the Chishti Order.

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Climate March

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Meeting Bill McKibben

In February my family and I traveled to Washington D.C., where we visited the local Sufi circle, the Baraka Center, and took part in a major rally for environmental awareness and action. The rally, called Forward on Climate, was the largest climate march in U.S. history. Nearly 50,000 people assembled at the National Mall and marched to the White House, calling for meaningful political action on climate change. A movement is afoot, and Earth’s future hangs in the balance. For more on how to get involved, see Bill McKibben’s website 350.org.

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Federation Retreat

In the century since Hazrat Inayat Khan brought the Sufi Message to the West, a number of lineages have developed and formed a variety of organizations.

Since the 1990s many of these groups have been coming together on an annual basis to overcome mutual misunderstandings, deepen friendships, and delve together into our common spiritual heritage. This gathering is known as the Retreat of the Federation of the Sufi Message.

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Noor Memorial

Noor-un-nisaWho would have thought that a peasant girl would lead the army of France in a heroic struggle and establish the rightful king on the throne? And yet Joan of Arc did just this. Six hundred years later, who would have thought that a demure young harpist and author of children’s stories would become the last link between the Allies and the Resistance in Nazi occupied Paris? And yet this is just what Noor-un-nisa Inayat Khan did. Like St. Joan, Noor-un-nisa paid the ultimate price and died a martyr’s death.

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Sufism, East and West

Pir Vilayat's DarghaExcerpted from pamphlets of the Sufi Order published in London in the late 1910s.

THE CENTRAL IDEA of Sufism is believed to have existed from the beginning of creation. Traces of Sufism are to be found in all periods of history, but mostly during the age of Hebrew prophets and ecstatics, who themselves were Sufis.

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What is Sufism?

Bektashi CalligraphySomehow—by a Power of surpassing might—we have been summoned from nonexistence into being, thrust into bodies of fine-woven stardust, and set loose on the face of a world of sky, ocean, and earth. What are we to make of this chance?

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Hazrat Inayat Khan, Dedication of the Universel, 1926

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Universel Cornerstone

In this rare video recording Hazrat Inayat Khan is seen walking in the garden in Suresnes, France and blessing his son Pirzade Vilayat in a ceremony on September 13th, 1926.

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Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan Reciting the Zikr

pirvilayatattuningIn this audio recording Pir Vilayat is heard reciting the zikr: la ilaha illa’Llah Hu (there is no god but God).

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