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The Zephyr January 2021

The Zephyr

14 December 2020

20 January 2021

Dear Companions,

As travelers on the Sufi path, many affinities unite us. We are stirred by the spiraling melodies of spirit-rousing music. We find renewal in daily plunges into silence. We bow to the current of luminous guidance that moves through all of the world’s great wisdom traditions. But perhaps most fundamentally, we share an intuition of interconnectedness: the discernment that we, and all beings, are intimately interrelated in a mysterious oneness that is beyond all fathoming and yet evidenced at every level of creation.

From this perception comes a desire to be of service, in whatever little way one can, to the life of the whole. And in this magical and broken world in which we find ourselves, there is at every turn an opportunity to shake ourselves awake, to bear witness to all that is visibly and invisibly present, and to give our hands over to the work entrusted to us by our sacred ancestors, the friends of God.

As I write these lines, you are in my thoughts. I am mindful of the ways in which we are joined in inner space even while apart in physical space. I am attentive to the friendship that intertwines our lives, and the common allegiance that mingles our spirits. May this companionship grow, and flow, and know the depths and heights of the Great Breath in which we travel together.

Huuuuuu!

Yours ever,

Pir Zia


Nature Meditations: “Becoming Animal”
w/ Pir Zia Welcoming Special Guest David Abram
Sunday, January 24, 2021 @ 3:00 PM EST & 9:00 PM CET

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Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid’s 94th Urs: Minq?r-i M?s?q?r
Friday, February 5th, 2021 @ 1:30 PM EST & 7:30 PM CET

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Rumi’s Urs 2020: A Love Poetry Slam

Social Gathekas: A Conversation on Social Harmony & Service

w/ Saki Lee, Shahabuddin Less & Pir Zia Inayat Khan
Saturday, February 6, 2021 @ 1:30 PM EST & 7:30 PM CET

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Race, Justice, Equity and Love Update

Our beloved Murshid was well aware of the divisions caused by the perception and history of race. In the Objects of the Sufi Message, he included the goals of rooting out hatred caused by differences and distinctions, and meeting beyond the narrow national and racial boundaries. Read more…


Please see our full Inayatiyya Digital Programs Calendar for more gatherings,
checking timeanddate.com for times in your region. 


The Zephyr is a monthly newsletter of Inayatiyya, an interfaith mystical fellowship with branches worldwide. For more information on our activities, please visit inayatiyya.org.

The Zephyr December 2020

The Zephyr

14 December 2020

Dear Companions on the Path,

Here in the northern hemisphere we are nearing the darkest day of the year. It has not been an easy year. We have lost some dear friends—have lost, at least, their earthly forms—and the lives of many of us have been unsettled in numerous ways. The routines of travel and meeting that previously connected us have been unceremoniously interrupted. At the same time, we have found new means of being in touch.

Perhaps you find yourself, like so many, carrying an especially heavy load at present. This may be a timely moment to ask yourself what is really yours to lug through time and space. Are you bearing a heavier burden than is necessary? In addition to the ideals you have consciously chosen, are you carrying a load of inchoate worries and vague grievances?

Look how calmly the trees abandon their autumn leaves, scattering jewels on the ground, soon to become mulch. These serene beings are apt teachers for us. Just see how they send their life-essence down into their roots as the days shorten and darken.

There is a time for stillness and empty-handedness, a time for holding vigil in the darkness. Winter keeps a secret that is vital to our soul’s knowledge of itself. Before long, the days will lengthen again. But now is the time to be rooted in the silent, patient earth as the planet heaves through the ebon emptiness of space.

Yours ever,

Pir Zia


Light Upon Light: Universal Worship & Alchemical Practices for the Solstice

Light Upon Light: Universal Worship &
Alchemical Practices for the Solstice
Sunday, December 20, 2020 @ 1:30 PM Eastern

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Rumi’s Urs 2020: A Love Poetry Slam

Rumi’s Urs 2020: A Love Poetry Slam
Thursday, December 17, 2020 @ 3:00 PM Eastern

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Please see our full Inayatiyya Digital Programs Calendar for more gatherings, checking timeanddate.com for times in your region. Our details for 2021 are in the works and will soon be shared with all of us. 


The Zephyr is a monthly newsletter of Inayatiyya, an interfaith mystical fellowship with branches worldwide. For more information on our activities, please visit inayatiyya.org.

The Zephyr November 2020

The Zephyr

16 November 2020

Dear Companions on the Path,

Just as the pandemic hit this spring, my family and I moved into a little house by the James River. Throughout the summer—our first summer in America in twenty some years—whenever there was a free moment I would go out into the backyard and tend to the herbs and flowers. Left and right, invasive vines had to be persuaded to take another path. Suddenly, amongst the elegant lilies a crop of rough-looking characters sprouted up vigorously. I wondered if it wasn’t my duty to gently escort these interlopers elsewhere. But something gave me pause. Emerson defined a weed as a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. Perhaps there was a discovery to be made here? And so, warily, I extended a hand of friendship. Months went by, and the Suluk Global inaugural session rolled around. All of a sudden, one of those loiterers among the lilies put forth an enormous red flower! It was, I discovered, a Texas Star Hibiscus, or Scarlet Swamp Mallow. Far from being an intruder, it is a native species, and a generous one at that. Last week we had the inaugural session of the Suluk Graduate course, and lo and behold: a second enormous red flower!

Alas, Monday brought melancholy news as we learned from Evan Thompson that the previous day, Nov. 8th, his father William Irwin Thompson had peacefully passed away at home in Maine at the age of 82. William Irwin Thompson will be remembered as one of the great visionaries of the last fifty years. Less widely recognized than he deserved to be, William was a rare genius endowed with an almost magical ability to weave science, art, and mysticism into a complex “mind-jazz” that boldly advanced the horizon of contemporary culture. While James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis built the scientific case for the Gaia Hypothesis, William undertook the multidisciplinary articulation of a Gaian revolution of the spirit.

William’s Lindisfarne Fellowship was the laboratory of his Gaian politique, and in keeping with his keen interest in Murshid’s teachings, the Fellowship maintained friendly relations with our Order from the beginning. My father spoke at the inaugural Lindisfarne conference in 1973, William kindly welcomed me into the Fellowship in 2008, and the Abode hosted a memorable Lindisfarne conference in 2012.

In a dialogue with David Spangler and myself in 2009, William wrote: “When your mind is the mud, the stem, and the lotus, / you will be free to die and not even notice.” William’s was just such a mind. Those of us who knew and esteemed him will certainly notice the absence in this world of someone we so dearly cherished.

Yours ever,

Pir Zia


Third Friday Kinship Circle
Indigenous Reconciliation, Inclusion, and Unity: Exploring
the Love Languages of The Algonquin People in Canada
Sunday, November 20th, 2020
3:00-4:30 pm Eastern

Murshid guides our exploration of the languages of love needed for these times in The Art of Personality and Unity of Religious Ideals. Grandmother Judi and Mu’izza Mizen have worked together guiding Indigenous Reconciliation, Unity and Inclusion with the Ottawa Inayatiyya community over the past 12 years. They will share with us the qualities needed in this process.

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Astana Bookstore Online Sale November 2020!

Earlier this year, we purchased an extensive amount of book stock for our store at the Astana, our headquarters in North America. Due to the pandemic, our bricks-and-mortar store has been closed, so we would like to now offer you many wonderful Sufi books at a special 20-25% discount!

 


Inayatiyya Fall Appeal & Survey 2020

Our Inayatiyya Fall Appeal for 2020 was emailed this past Wednesday and shared an overview of our activities throughout this unusual year. There has been tremendous growth, catalyzed by the pandemic. We deeply appreciate the many ways you’ve supported us in the past as well as any contribution that you are able to give this fall, as we prepare for 2021.

Also, please consider completing our 5-minute Inayatiyya Community Survey providing feedback on 2020 programs and your ideas for next year. Thank you!

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The Zephyr is a monthly newsletter of Inayatiyya, an interfaith mystical fellowship with branches worldwide. For more information on our activities, please visit inayatiyya.org.

The Zephyr October 2020

The Zephyr

26 October 2020

Dear Companions on the Path,

I hope this finds you well. Here in Richmond, the sidewalks are spangled with golden leaves. As the trees shed their spent foliage, the Light of Nature is calling us to relinquish our outworn devices and sink down into our roots. Thus Shelley sings to the West Wind, “Drive my dead thoughts over the universe / Like wither’d leaves to quicken a new birth!”

The last month has brought us together in delightful ways. The Suluk Global course convened for its inaugural session, attended by saliks and salikas from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Scotland, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. We also happily gathered for the Volume Four study course, and for Spiritual Healing. Next month the Suluk Graduate course on alchemy commences, and in the Sunday classes we return to the Gathas.

I received many positive responses to the announcement last month recommending “Messenger” as an alternative to “Master” in the Invocation. But “Master” exists in other prayers as well (together with the word “Lord”), and questions remain. Please be assured that the Message Council and I are giving deep consideration to the whole subject, and more is yet to be resolved. Your thoughts on this subject are welcome and may be sent to: [email protected]

Here is another announcement of a linguistic nature. Since its founding more than a century ago, the initiatic school within our movement has been known by various names. It has been called the Esoteric School (a phrase borrowed from the Theosophical Society, of which the Madar al-Maham of the Order, Murshida Sharifa, had been a prominent member), the Inner School, the Sufi Order, the Order, and the Tariqat. As we streamline our communication, there is value in highlighting one of these names as the primary one. In many ways, the Inner School is the most intuitive of the names, pointing directly as it does to the inner life, which is the essence of the matter. In view of this, the Vice Presidents of the Activity and I have reached the conclusion that “Inner School” is the designation we will prioritize going forward.

Murshid’s words on the inner life bear quoting on this occasion: “By inner life is meant a life directed towards perfection, which may be called the perfection of love, harmony, and beauty; in the words of the orthodox, towards God. The inner life is not necessarily in an opposite direction to the worldly life, but the inner life is a fuller life. The worldly life means the limitation of life; the inner life means a complete life. The ascetics who have taken a direction quite opposite to the worldly life, have done so in order to have the facility to search into the depths of life; but going in one direction alone does not make a complete life. Therefore the inner life means the fullness of life.”

In the United States, the presidential election is nearly upon us. True democracy, Murshid reminds us, is seeing the Divine spark in every soul. A spark of the Divine Life exists in every candidate on the ballot and, just as importantly, in every person, animal, and plant that will be affected by the winners’ actions in office. May the good of the whole guide us, and may none be forgotten, least of all the least remembered.

Yours ever,

Pir Zia


Dream Flowers: The Collected Works of Noor Inayat Khan With an Introduction by Pir Zia Inayat KhanDream Flowers: The Collected Works of Noor Inayat Khan with an Introduction By Pir Zia Inayat Khan

Dream Flowers: The Collected Works of Noor Inayat Khan is now in print from Suluk Press. This volume contains all of the major works of Noor, including several previously unpublished pieces. Among the never-before-published essays are commentaries on scripture and on the teachings of her father. Pir Zia contextualizes the contents in an extensive analytical introduction. This definitive collection is recommended for all devotees of Noor, as well as students of her life and legacy. Purchase Dream Flowers Today. Also, please see A Call to Spy Note of Correction on our Noor Society website.

 


Sunday Sufi Teachings
w/ Pir Zia Inayat Khan
Sunday, November 1st, 2020
3:00-4:30 pm Eastern

After our four-part Healing & the Mind World series, we return to offering our weekly Sufi Teachings w/ Pir Zia class this Sunday. All are welcome! Please see here for details.

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While we know there are many mixed feelings about Amazon, if you are making purchases via Amazon this fall, leading into the holiday season, please consider linking to our Amazon Smile Page. When you use this page to place your order, the Inayatiyya (Sufi Order dba The Inayati Order), receives a percentage of what you spend as a donation.
Thank you for remembering the Inayatiyya!

Inayatiyya Digital Programs Schedule

There are many programs every month, hosted by our Seven Activities —
Inner SchoolUniversal WorshipKinshipZiraatHealingKnighthood of Purity, and Music
— as well as by Inayatiyya Young Adults and Anjumani Islam.
Please see our full program calendar for upcoming dates:
https://cutt.ly/inayatiyya-programs.


The Zephyr is a monthly newsletter of Inayatiyya, an interfaith mystical fellowship with branches worldwide. For more information on our activities, please visit inayatiyya.org.

The Zephyr September 2020

The Zephyr

24 September 2020

Dear Companions on the Path,

Shanah Tovah! May the Jewish New Year bring new light and life to hearts, and a renewed aspiration toward peace, healing, and the lived reality of kinship in the Holy Land and all of the holy lands of our green Earth.

As the pandemic and lockdown continue to weigh on individuals and communities, I hope you are finding a way forward that is spacious and hopeful. At times such as this, the solidarity and companionship of our caravan is especially important. And most important of all is the moment by moment intuition of the presence of the Friend.

The prayers of all of us, I know, are with our brothers and sisters in the Western states of the U.S., where devastating fires continue to rage. May rain, and relief, come soon.

Please send a prayer toward our beloved brother in the path Ghani O’Dell, whose spirit entered the Invisible last week. We are grateful for his many long years of dedicated service to our movement. May the Divine Light enfold him in his further journey.

The spirit of Pirzadi Shahida Noor has been very present to us these last weeks. On August 28th, English Heritage installed a Blue Plaque in Noor’s honor at 4 Taviton Street in Bloomsbury, where she lived while preparing for her fateful undercover mission in France. On Noor’s Urs, September 13th, we gathered online, and a group convened in Dachau. You will find Latifa Mancinelli’s account of the latter gathering here. On that mournful and sacred day, the new Noor Society was announced. If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to visit the website (noorsociety.org) and become a member. The following day we all watched spellbound as Noor’s Aède of the Ocean and Land was performed online by an outstanding cast livestreaming simultaneously from Athens, New York, San Francisco, Den Hague, and Rome. And, from the “world of dreams” Noor has bequeathed to us, there is still something more to look forward to: Dream Flowers: The Collected Works of Noor Inayat Khan is currently at the printers, and is expected to ship soon.

Finally, I would like to tell you of the conclusion reached by the Worldwide Message Council and myself with respect to a question that has arisen regarding the Invocation. The question is: a number of ashiqs and murids feel a certain hesitation around the word “Master”; what can they, what can we all, do about it? The word “master” is often associated with structures of social domination, such as the abhorrent institution of slavery. Even though, when we say the Invocation, it is widely understood that we don’t mean to reference slavery or anything of the kind, unintended semantic associations may nonetheless loom uninvited. In Murshida Sharifa Goodenough’s writings she tells of how she asked Murshid what was meant by “Master” in the Invocation. He answered that it meant Rasul, or Messenger. We thus have a clear substitute directly from Murshid—two actually, one in English and the other in Arabic. The recommendation of myself and the Message Council, therefore, is that anyone, or any group, that wishes for an alternative to “Master” in the Invocation is encouraged to use “Messenger” or “Rasul.” In non-English-speaking regions, it will be left up to each language group to determine the appropriate translation of “Messenger,” or alternatively to use “Rasul,” as well as determining the appropriate definite article to use, if any, with the aim of maintaining gender neutrality.

Yours ever,

Pir Zia


Healing & the Mind World Fall 2020
Healing & the Mind World Fall 2020
Sunday, October 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th, 3:00-4:30 pm Eastern

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Bi-Weekly Sunday Sama

Bi-weekly Sunday Sama Featuring
Renowned Indian Singer Rekha Bhardwaj

Sunday, September 27, 1:30-2:30 pm Eastern

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Sunday Sufi Teachings w/ Pir Zia Inayat Khan
Sunday, September 27, 3:00-4:30 pm Eastern

We invite you to join us every Sunday for Sufi Teachings with Pir Zia Inayat Khan. Today we continue with Hazrat Inayat Khan’s Gatha Papers, with a focus on the theme “ Training by Abstinence.” Our reading may be found here to review and reflect upon before our class.

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Please remember that all digital programs may be found on our Inayatiyya Digital Programs Calendar.


The Zephyr is a monthly newsletter of The Inayatiyya, an interfaith mystical fellowship with branches worldwide. For more information on our activities, please visit inayatiyya.org.

The Zephyr August 2020

The Zephyr

12 August 2020

Dear Companions on the Path,

Late summer greetings to you – and winter greetings to our friends south of the equator.

The prayers of all of us, I know, are with the people of Beirut, who have suffered such terrible destruction in the recent explosion. May the Beirutese find the strength to rise anew, and may there be support for them on all levels. Sarida Brown, European Vice President of Sufi Healing, has suggested practices for us all to do, and Tariq al-Olaimy of the Inayatiyya International Board has provided reliable links for sending needed contributions. You will find this information here. Ya Hafiz, Ya Rahman, Ya Wahhab, Ya Mu‘id, Ya Muhyi, Ya Ba’ith.

As you know, Universal Worship affirms the unity of the Spirit of Guidance and the multiplicity of its traces and signs throughout history and across the planet. In Europe, the work of Universal Worship has been inspiringly stewarded continent-wide for many long years by our esteemed friend Zumurrud Butta. Having completed a tremendously productive tenure, Zumurrud is now stepping down as European Vice President of Universal Worship. Zumurrud will continue to serve on the faculty of Suluk, as leader of the retreat concentration in German-speaking lands, as a revered guide, retreat guide, and teacher in the Inner School, and as a Siraj in the Universal Worship. I hope you will all join me in conveying sincere gratitude to Zumurrud for all that she has done, and continues to do, for our movement.

The new Vice President of Universal Worship in Europe is Qutbuddin Urs Schellenberg. You will find his biography below. Please join me in heartily welcoming Qutbuddin in his new role.

I wish you, dear friends, ease and peace in these last weeks of the season. These are quieter days for many of us, but renewed outward activity will begin again before long. On September 6th we will gather for a one-day Reentry retreat. The following weekend our Sunday sessions will resume with a special celebration of Pirzadi-Shahida Noor’s Urs and Hejirat Day featuring our good friend, and Noor’s biographer, Shrabani Basu. On the same day, those who are able will gather at Dachau to commemorate Noor at the place of her martyrdom. The following day, Monday the 14th, Noor’s play Aède of the Ocean and Land will be virtually staged by an outstanding international cast, directed by our Greek Sufi sister Anwari Elli Papakonstantinou and with music by the celebrated composer Shirish Korde.

“O happy wilderness, far will we roam!”

Yours ever,

Pir Zia


Qutbuddin Urs SchellenberBiography of Qutbuddin Urs Schellenberg

The new Vice President of the Universal Worship in Europe, Qutbuddin Urs Schellenberg is a Senior Lecturer for Religion and Ethics at the University for Teacher Education in Zürich. He simultaneously serves as Vice President of the Inayatiyya Switzerland, Vice President of Zenith Institute, and as a Representative of the Esoteric School in Zürich. Qutbuddin has a special interest in the inner paths within religious traditions as well as in the transforming role of religion in today’s societies and in people’s lives. He lives in Zürich with his wife and two daughters.


Inayatiyya Young Adults w/ Gayan Macher
Inayatiyya Young Adults w/ Gayan Macher
Saturday, August 15, 1:00-2:30 pm Eastern

Inayatiyya Young Adults, ages 18-39, are invited to join Gayan Macher to explore what it means to live our lives in alignment with the voice of guidance. This session is part of our monthly Young Adults series featuring various Inayatiyya teachers.

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What is Mine, and Ours, to Do about the Ecological Crisis? A Three-Part Series Hosted by the Kinship Activity
What is Mine, and Ours, to Do about the Ecological Crisis?
Saturdays, August 15, 22 & 29, 3:00-4:30 pm Eastern

Over the course of three weeks, the Inayatiyya Kinship Council is hosting this unique series on our individual and collective relationship to Climate Change. In these 90 minute sessions, we will explore the ecological crisis with diverse co-presenters, breakout groups, full-group discussion,
and tie-in with environmental justice. Advance registration is required.

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Inayatiyya Reentry: From Summer to Fall w/ Pir Zia Inayat Khan
Inayatiyya Reentry: From Summer to Fall w/ Pir Zia
Sunday, September 6, 10:30 am-5 pm Eastern

Join Pir Zia for a day of attunement and practices orienting us to the transition from summer to fall, and from what has come before to the unknown life ahead of us. All are welcome!

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Inayatiyya Reentry: From Summer to Fall w/ Pir Zia Inayat Khan
Noor Inayat Khan’s Urs & Hejirat Day
w/ Pir Zia & Special Guest Shrabani Basu

Sunday, September 13, 3:00-4:30 pm Eastern

On Sunday, September 13, we return for our weekly Sunday gathering to celebrate Noor’s Urs and also Hejirat Day, the anniversary of Hazrat Inayat Khan’s bringing of Inayatiyya Sufism from the East to the West. All are welcome to join us and our special guest, Shrabani Basu, Author of Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan.

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Aède of the Ocean and Land: A Play in Seven Acts
Aède of the Ocean and Land Live Performance
Monday, September 14, 1:00-2:30 pm Eastern

Join us for this live music-cinema zoom performance directed by Elli Papakonstantinou with music composed by Shirish Korde. Noor’s play, Aède, will be performed live simultaneously from Athens, New York, San Francisco, Den Haag, and Rome via Zoom. The 22 artists involved span ten time zones and represent five countries. Reserve your tickets today!

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An Update on Race & Justice Initiatives

The cry for racial justice and equity from a place of love has brought several new (and renewed) initiatives within the Inayatiyya. Please see this update with a view toward our next-steps.

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One of Pir-o-Murshid’s closest murids, Nekbakht Sakina Furnéebegan the Nekbakht Foundation to care for Murshid’s archives and to encourage the creation of publications from his teachings. Every quarter the Nekbakht Foundation publishes a newsletter and we are sharing the summer edition with you here. You may find additional information on the Nekbakht Foundation at www.nekbakhtfoundation.org.


Gayan Vadan Nirtan Cover

Gayan Commentary

Music of the Spheres: Gamaka Commentaries, Gayan

“I feel myself when I am by myself.”

The self has four layers: the body-self, the mind-self, the soul-self, and the Divine Self.

The body-self is made of food. It is born, grows, ails, and dies. When we look in the mirror, what we see is who we think we are. But this is only partially true.  Read More

See the full commentary on the Inayatiyya website.


Also please note that our Inayatiyya Digital Programs Calendar is in the process of being updated, with most dates now listed through December. There are many programs planned, with Pir Zia resuming his weekly Sufi Teachings Class, Sundays at 3 pm Eastern beginning on September 13, 2020. We hope to see you this fall! 


The Zephyr is a monthly newsletter of The Inayatiyya, an interfaith mystical fellowship with branches worldwide. For more information on our activities, please visit inayatiyya.org.

The Zephyr June 2020

The Zephyr

22 June 2020

Dear Companions on the Path,

“Cast the light from your eyes on a star. In light-years of time, the star receives your light,” said my father. Just imagine: our glances, gestures, and ideas reverberate far out into the horizons of time and space, forming an immense moving sculpture of consciousness in action. What is more, if one pours one’s acts into the service of a cause greater than oneself, one’s emanations unfurl themselves not merely in isolation, but rather as a strain within a vaster interwoven music. The purpose of the Inayatiyya is to join our lives in the elaboration of a planetwide hymn to the One echoing through the starry sky.

Our community has been intensely active and connected in recent weeks. Conversations that previously occurred more often in the margins have moved to the center. “Unity is not uniformity,” my father used to say. How can we be ourselves—as national communities, as religious communities, as racial and ethnic communities, and as individuals—and at the same time spiritually and strategically unite our lives profoundly in the Great Work of the remembrance of God and the service of humanity and the Earth? That is our task.

Soon we will gather for our annual North American Summer School, Season of the Rose. Season of the Rose will be online, and therefore abbreviated this year, but still a splendid opportunity to meet and attune together. I look forward to seeing you there.

After Season of the Rose, I propose that we all take a quiet week. This will be a time to digest all that has happened since our lives changed in March. It’s an opportunity to step away from computer screens as much as possible. Many of us will of course still have work and family obligations, but in our free hours we might take the chance to spend more time walking, exercising, gardening, cooking, reading, writing, praying, meditating, or playing with children or animal companions. “The essence of today’s message is balance.” It will be a time to come back to our senses and feel our feet on the ground. May it be love, light, and life.

During the quiet week the Astana will be closed and our online offerings on hold.* We will come together again on Viladat Day (Murshid’s birthday), July 5th, during our regular Sunday class time, joining in celebration.

Yours ever,

Pir Zia

*Nigel Hamilton’s valuable leadership training program, July 2-7, will go on as scheduled. Please contact Karima for details at [email protected].



Season of the Rose Online
June 26-28, 2020

As all things this year, Season of the Rose 2020 is moving to Zoom! Join us for one, two, or three days of gatherings that reunite and inspire us as we live in the unusual present, contemplate an unknown future, and reunite in shared community.
Day 1: Suluk Reunion, Day 2: Inayatiyya Leaders, Day 3: Intro to the Inayatiyya

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Hazrat Inayat Khan’s 138th Birthday Celebration
July 5th, 2020 at 3 pm EDT

All are cordially invited to join the Inayat Khan family in celebrating Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan’s 138th Birthday. We will gather for this special occasion during our weekly Sunday afternoon class time at 3 pm EDT.

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Zenith Summer Camp
“The Universe is a Phenomenon of Love”
July 17th – August 9th, 2020

From July 17th – August 9th 2020 we will be offering a mix of online seminars, daily meditations and evening programmes, as well as online group and individual retreats with some of our favorite teachers and guides.

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Gayan Vadan Nirtan Cover

Nirtan Commentary

Music of the Spheres: Gamaka Commentaries, Nirtan

“Why, oh my feeling heart do you live and die?
What makes my feeling heart now to laugh and to cry?
Death is my life indeed, I live when I die.
Pain is my pleasure, when I laugh then I cry.”

The sage speaks to his heart. Who planted you in my breast? What a strange amphibian you are—half angel, half animal, and all paradox!  Read More

See the full commentary on the Inayatiyya website.


Remember that all digital programs may be found on our Inayatiyya Digital Programs Calendar.


The Zephyr is a monthly newsletter of The Inayatiyya, an interfaith mystical fellowship with branches worldwide. For more information on our activities, please visit inayatiyya.org.

The Zephyr May 2020

The Zephyr

27 May 2020

Dear Companions on the Path,

Greetings of peace. I hope that peace is a reality for you amidst the uncertainty of the times in which we live. May our faith buoy us, fill us with loving-kindness toward all beings, and awaken us to the all-encompassing life of the One.

It has been a joy to see so many of you online. The lockdown under which we have all been living has spurred us on to become connected in new ways. From across great stretches of the Earth we have gathered for retreat, for the study of the Gathas and Volume Four, for Healing and Ziraat services, for circles of Kinship, and for Sama’.

Now the decision has been reached to move the upcoming Suluk Academy Core Course to an online format, making it available for the first time to murids around the world who have until now not been able to take part. For those murids who have not yet entered Suluk, but who feel deeply drawn to immerse themselves in Murshid’s foundational practices and teachings amongst a company of dedicated companions, I warmly encourage you.

The new connections that are being formed worldwide have given rise an initiative in which the Inayatiyya International Board (the hub of the various national boards), the Worldwide Message Council (the hub of the seven Activities), and the Astana (the base of my own work) will be increasingly collaborating to align and streamline the various parts of our movement to ensure ease, clarity, and flow in all that we do. Our movement is moving forward in form so that it can more fully open to the formless movement of spirit.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my deep gratitude to the long-serving members of the International Board who recently stepped down: Nigel Huzur HamiltonZamir Roehrs, and Wahhab Sheets. Each of them has been a colossal pillar of our worldwide work, and I hope you will join me in expressing sincere appreciation for all that they have done with so much dedication. At the same time, I hope you will join me in welcoming the wonderful new trustees: Tariq Al-Olaimy, Ikram Nicolas Enjalbert, Shakira Margaret Hannah, Gulrukh Deepa Patel, and Qahira Anne Louise Wirgman.

May the Message of God reach far and wide.

And may God enfold in love and light the soul of Nuryil Wolfgang Baumann, our beloved companion on the path, now ascending through the spheres.

Yours ever,

Pir Zia


Gayan Vadan Nirtan Cover

Nirtan Commentary

Music of the Spheres: Gamaka Commentaries, Nirtan

“The essence of today’s Message is balance.”

God is the First and the Last, the Outer and Inner. To find God, look where the opposites meet.

The outward beckons. Colors and fragrances allure the senses. Hands look for wood, stone, or metal to mold.  Read More

See the full commentary on the Inayatiyya website.



Season of the Rose Online
June 26-28, 2020

As all things this year, Season of the Rose 2020 is moving to Zoom! Join us for one, two, or three days of gatherings that reunite and inspire us as we live in the unusual present, contemplate an unknown future, and reunite in shared community.
Day 1: Suluk Reunion, Day 2: Inayatiyya Leaders, Day 3: Intro to the Inayatiyya

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Suluk Global Online Program

a very special opportunity for murids worldwide
Application deadline for North America is June 1st
Application deadline for everywhere else in the world is July 15th

APPLY TODAY

See here for a video gift from Suluk’s Naubahar Class (2018-2020)



The Divine Art: The Alchemy of Human Transformation

A Graduate Course of the Suluk Academy
November 2020 through May 2022
Applications are due by July 1, 2020

APPLY TODAY


Remember that all digital programs may be found on our Inayatiyya Digital Programs Calendar.
Look for upcoming new offerings including a Weekly Attunement with Taj & Gayan on Thursdays,
a special gathering for Pir Vilayat’s Urs on June 17, a monthly Universal Worship Service,
and a two-year Retreat Guide Training Program beginning September 2020.
Details are coming together and will soon be posted!


The Zephyr is a monthly newsletter of The Inayatiyya, an interfaith mystical fellowship with branches worldwide. For more information on our activities, please visit inayatiyya.org.

The Zephyr April 2020

The Zephyr

04 April 2020

Dear Companions on the Path,

As the virus continues its worldwide migration, each day brings news of another friend becoming ill. The poignancy of our interconnectedness has perhaps never been so palpable. We live in each other. May our healing prayers reach one another across land and sea. May our hearts fly to each other over hill and dale. May this ordeal only deepen our solidarity and our determination to pour our breath into the breeze of compassion that blows through everything.
Inayatiyya - A Sufi Path of Spiritual Liberty
In Arabic, the word for loving-kindness is ‘inaya. A few years ago, we transitioned from the name The Sufi Order to The Inayati Order. In doing so, we honored our founder Hazrat Inayat Khan and affirmed the ideal of loving-kindness as our core aspiration. At the time, we made it clear that we intended to be known equally as the Inayatiyya, and that we would eventually move entirely to that name.

Discussions in recent days between the International Board, the boards of various countries, the Message Council, the Astana, and myself have culminated in the agreement that now is the time to conclusively take up the name the Inayatiyya. In doing so, we are reaffirming Murshid’s original vision, which envisions the Order (also known as the Esoteric School) as one of several Activities collectively united within a single Movement dedicated to the service of God and humanity through work of various kinds. Our work contains an initiatic order (or tariqa), but contains other modes of participation and service as well.

Murshid seeded seven Activities. Five remained active through the twentieth century: the Esoteric School (i.e., the Order), Kinship, Universal Worship, Healing, and Ziraat. The sixth, The Knighthood of Purity, was revived and given full form in 2010. As we now adopt the name the Inayatiyya, there is timeliness in at last recognizing the proto-Activity Music as the seventh and final Activity of our Movement.

Murshid’s murshid blessed him saying, “Fare forth into the world, my child, and harmonize the East and the West with the harmony of your music. Spread the wisdom of Sufism abroad, for to this end art thou gifted by Allah, the most merciful and compassionate.” As his work advanced in Europe, Murshid appointed “Musical Representatives.” Following his father, Pir Vilayat gave great attention to music as a spiritual art. Today there are many capable and inspiring musicians among us. An effort is underway to revive the songs of the Gayanshala and the hymns of Shaikh-ul-Mashaik Maheboob Khan. There is an opportunity to intentionally sustain and transmit our canon of sacred songs and to infuse elevated music into all of our gatherings.

It gives me great pleasure, now, to introduce to you the pioneer Vice Presidents of Music in the Inayatiyya, for North America and Europe respectively: Tarana Sara Jobin and Ophiel van Leer. Please join me in giving a hearty welcome to these inspiring musical trailblazers as they enter their new roles. Tarana and Ophiel are working closely with the Inayati Musicians Guild, and all musicians in our Movement are warmly encouraged to join this collaborative fellowship. The Guild meets regularly at the Astana and online for practice sessions, or meshk.

Dear friends, in this strange time in which we find ourselves, I hope you are well. I send out prayers toward you every day. I feel your prayers, in turn, and I am grateful for them.

Yours ever,

Pir Zia


Our New Inayatiyya Music Activity Vice Presidents

Tarana Jobin has always loved music. She has been blessed with a number of extraordinary experiences as a conductor, including a historical moment as the first woman to conduct on the mainstage at San Francisco Opera in 2004; attending the Grammys as a nominee in 2010; and bringing new American opera to Alaska, Avignon, Szeged, and Shanghai. Sacred music is a particular calling; experiences with the Brahms Deutsches Requiem and Bach B minor Mass have been particularly memorable so far. But Murshid’s spiritual teachings through music draw her like nothing previously encountered, inviting consideration of the bigger musical picture of life. She first encountered Sufism at the Abode in 2010, graduated from the Suluk Gulzar class in 2015, and moved to Richmond in 2018 to serve as Music Director at the Astana, which is a quarter-time staff position, while continuing to accept engagements elsewhere.

Ophiel van Leer grew up in a family in Holland wherein music was part of everyday life. Through his mother he came in contact with Universal Sufism at a very young age. He was trained in flute playing by his father and in improvising by his brother. At age 18, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan invited him to lead the choir at the Zenith Institute Alps Camp, which he continues up to the present day. This at the time also gave the impulse for his musical studies in Utrecht in conducting and school music. Ophiel assisted Pir Vilayat for many years in his long cherished wish to study, conduct and sing Bach’s b-minor mass. This led to numerous concerts-for-peace in several European cities up to the holy land. During his workshops and seminars, Ophiel always aims to bridge music and meditation. He lives with his wife near Wiesbaden, Germany, where he teaches music and conducts several choirs.


Inayatiyya Digital Programs

As we “self-isolate,” we are adding new ways to connect and explore Inayati Sufism together. Please see this link for a comprehensive calendar of Inayatiyya Digital Programscurrently from our activities related to Esotericism, Music, Healing, Kinship, and Ziraat. Additional programs and gatherings, as well as Zoom links and other details, will be added as they become known. 

Special Note: We expect all programs to be online through the summer, and our hope is to all meet in-person again by this fall, God willing. The Suluk Reunion, scheduled for Friday, June 26th, is still on and will now be online from 11-3 pm EDT. If you are a graduate of Suluk, details will be shared soon. Also, we are postponing Season of the Rose at the Abode until 2021. We will share more program changes over the coming weeks.


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The Zephyr March 2020

The Zephyr

21 March 2020

Dear Companions on the Path,

Peace and love to you. As the coronavirus spreads around the world, our lives are changing in unprecedented ways. Some things, however, will never change.

Seclusion is now the order of the day. Retreat is mandated. This is a chance to give our lives over to contemplation and remembrance. It’s a time to be still and survey the quiet depths of our breath.

Adverse winds will not shake the solidarity of our caravan. We will be with each other through thick and thin. I will look for you on Sundays as we gather for reflection, study, and practice. Meanwhile a diverse cadre of Inayati teachers will offer meditations every day of the week, as this newsletter announces.

Let us be sure to take good care of one another. It is especially important to be mindful of our elders and those with special needs. May no one be forgotten. We are all in this together.

Some things will never change. God is the Light and Life in the lives of all of us, eternally and indivisibly One. Our souls, one and all, will live forever in the Being of Beings, the Vast and Tremendous. The Message brought by the Prophets is the truth. God is our secret, and we are God’s secret.

Yours ever,

Pir Zia

ps — You will find our online schedule for the spring below. It is designed to gather the Inayatiyya together to help us find attunement, rhythm, support, and community during this time of uncertainty.



Resurrection: An Easter Retreat Online w/ Pir Zia Inayat Khan
Livestreamed April 10-12, 2020 – All are invited! 
Register Today!


Ascension - Sufi Teachings w/Pir Zia & Sarida Brown - March 22 OnlineOn Sunday, March 22, from 3-5 pm EDT, Pir Zia will offer a class on Ascension.  

Last Sunday’s class was full! We are in the process of increasing our Zoom capacity so all of us may be part of these weekly gatherings with Pir Zia. Zoom is very busy and we hope to increase our capacity by Sunday. We hope to see you!

See here for details and a Zoom link

 


The Novel Coronavirus & the Life of the Spirit

 


Gayan Vadan Nirtan CoverMusic of the Spheres: Gamaka Commentaries, Nirtan

“The Message is a call to those whose hour has come to awake, and a lullaby to those who are meant to sleep.”

The Divine Face is shrouded in 70,000 veils of prismatic light and dappled darkness. Each veil is a cover on the bed of the sleeping soul. To throw off the covers and banish dreams is to meet the Eternal Sun. Read More

See the full commentary on the Inayati Order website.

 


Inayatiyya Worldwide Online Programs 2020

As we “self-isolate,” we are adding new ways to connect and explore Inayati Sufism together. Please see this link for a comprehensive calendar of Astana Programscurrently from our activities related to Esotericism, Music, Healing, and Kinship. Additional programs and gatherings, as well as Zoom links and other details, will be added as they become known. If you have any questions about our schedule, please always feel free to email Josh, our Front Desk Manager, at [email protected].

Please visit our 
Astana Programs Calendar to stay up-to-date.

The Zephyr February 2020

The Zephyr

17 February 2020

Dear Companions on the Path,

I hope this finds you very well. I am delighted to tell you of some recent happenings.

In Épernon, France, the newly formed ??b? class of the Suluk Academy gathered for the first time. It’s a lovely, thoughtful group hailing from many countries, and we delved immediately into concentration and the purification of the body and breath. While walking in the priory garden, I was moved to discover a patch of winter-blooming snowdrops, or perce-neiges, immediately calling to mind Pirzadi-Shahida Noor’s poignant story of that title.

Following the Suluk session, I proceeded to Fazal Manzil for a weekend with the leadership of the Esoteric School of the Inayatiyya in Europe. Each morning I introduced contemplative practices derived from the alchemical tradition of Sufism, and in the afternoon the masterful Nigel Huzur Hamilton elaborated the lore of alchemy. As I’ve mentioned, alchemy will form a central focus throughout the coming year.

The weekend came to a culmination with a special ceremony at the end of the day Sunday in which my revered uncle Shaikh-ul-Mashaik Mahmood Khan conferred on me two trusts: the chieftaincy of my paternal family, and the spiritual transmission of the Silsila-yi Inayatiyya-Mahbubiyya.

The Inayatiyya-Mahbubiyya lineage descends from Hazrat Inayat Khan via Shaikh-ul-Mashaik Maheboob Khan, Pir-o-Murshid Mohammed Ali Khan, Pir-o-Murshid Musharaff Khan, and the present incumbent, Shaikh-ul-Mashaik Mahmood Khan. It thus parallels the Inayatiyya-Nuriyya lineage I received from my father, traced from Murshid through Pirzadi-Shahida Noor. The auspicious meaning of this is that the two lines of spiritual transmission carried within Murshid’s family have now been rejoined.

The Coordinators and Representatives who were present, and who so wished, received bay‘at (initiation) in the Inayatiyya-Mahbubiyya, as an adjunct to their existing bay‘at. Those who were not present but wish to receive this additional transmission are welcome to receive it from me in the future. Going forward, the Inayatiyya-Mahbubiyya will be bundled with the initiatic pedigrees previously transmitted by the Esoteric School, so that new murids will receive this blessing as well.

Back in Richmond, we celebrated the Murshid’s ‘Urs at the Astana in a shower of roses and melodies. Prince of Qawwali Dhruv Sangari—a protégé of the late great Meraj Ahmed Qawwal, who used to sing weekly at Murshid’s Dargah—dazzled us with his sweet and resounding voice. We found ourselves at the nocturnal tryst (shab-gah) of which Amir Khusraw sings, where the glowing candle is the Prophetic Light.

Yours ever,

Pir Zia


Turban-tying in the Inayatiyya-Mahbubiyya Silsila at Fazal Manzil

Turban-tying in the Inayatiyya-Mahbubiyya Silsila at Fazal Manzil
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Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan's Urs 2020

Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan’s Urs 2020
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Suluk Academy

Suluk Academy Core Course 2020-2022
First Round of Applications Due, Friday, February 21st!

We are launching a new Suluk class in Virginia this coming fall. Suluk offers two years of intensive study in the core teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan, with Pir Zia and other Inayati teachers as faculty. If you are a lover of Sufi teachings, and have been initiated into the Inayati Order’s Esoteric School, this is the program for you! inayatiorder.org/suluk


Gayan Vadan Nirtan CoverMusic of the Spheres: Gamaka Commentaries, Nirtan

“The rapidity of my walk imagination cannot follow.”

The sleepwalking soul hurries here and there, and goes nowhere. The wakeful soul sits still, and travels beyond the stars. Read More

See the full commentary on the Inayati Order website.

 

 


The Inayati Order Programs Calendar 

Heart Ocean w/ Zuleikha (West Coast)
San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, California
03-05 April 2020
Registration now open!

Healing & the Mind World Four-Part Web Series
Wednesday Nights in May, 7-8 pm EDT
Watch online or at the Astana in RVA! 

Suluk Reunion 2020
Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, New York
25-26 June 2020
Registration now open!

Season of the Rose 2020 
Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, New York
26 June – 01 July 2020
Registration now open!

Resurrection: A Silent Retreat
The Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, New York
4-7 September 2020
Details forthcoming! 

Suluk New Two-Year Class Launch
The Astana, Richmond, Virginia
29 September – 04 October 2020
Apply today!

Healing & the Mind World Four-Part Web Series
Wednesday Nights in October, 7-8:15 pm EDT
Watch online or at the Astana in RVA!

Suluk Graduate 18-Month Course Launch
The Astana, Richmond, Virginia, Fazal Manzil, Suresnes, France, and Online
November 3-8, 2020
Details forthcoming! 

Heart Ocean w/ Zuleikha (East Coast)
The Astana, Richmond, Virginia
20-22 November 2020
Registration now open!

94th Urs of Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan in Delhi, India 
Delhi, India
03-09 February 2021

For a worldwide calendar featuring many Inayati Order teachers and programs, please visit our 
Inayati Worldwide Programs Calendar.

The Zephyr January 2020

The Zephyr

20 January 2020

Dear Companions on the Path,

I wish you peace and joy in the New Year.

As the new decade begins, there are many reasons to rejoice and give thanks. We live in a ravishingly beautiful sphere, a world of rainforests and alps, of whales and dragonflies. We are heirs to profound wisdom traditions that illuminate the mystery at the heart of creation. And our lives are sanctified by the boon of fellowship, the sweetness of sharing bread and breath.

But there are also many reasons to be troubled. The web of life on earth, uniting plants, animals, and human beings in a holy symbiosis, is fraying before our eyes. War, hot and cold, persists as a worldwide scourge, sending its shockwaves into the future as children are born in flight from ravaged lands. And millions shudder in the shadows of persecution and injustice rooted in racial and ideological animus.

God willing, strengthened by an unbreakable faith, we will go forward. We will excavate our souls. We will stand shoulder to shoulder with our siblings of all ancestries. We will honor the holy prophets and prophetesses of all lands, and endeavor to follow in their footsteps. We study the scripture of Nature and tread lightly on the Earth. We will attend to the healing of ourselves and of all beings. We will pledge ourselves to the highest code we know. We will make our life our song.

Yours ever,

Pir Zia


Prayers for Australia

We thank you for, and continue to welcome, prayers for Australia’s environmental crisis. Although bushfire conditions have eased somewhat and some parts have had rain, the country is still on alert with 82 fires still burning, 30 of them uncontained, with significant air pollution travelling far afield, even to other lands. Heavy rain in some places has added different significant challenges. In the fires whole towns have gone up in flames, thousands of people have become refugees, more than 500 million animals and plants have died, 28 people are reported to have died, more than 3,000 homes lost … Please send your prayers, love, the healing power of gentle rain…
Karima Moss Parkinson
Inayati Order Representative
Australia

 


Gayan Vadan Nirtan Cover

Music of the Spheres: Gamaka Commentaries, Nirtan

“By every hurt or harm that one causes me, one only makes me know him better.”

It’s all too easy to take offense. To flush red, glare, groan and snarl requires no insight. Reflection, on the other hand, is a science of the heart. Read More

See the full commentary on the Inayati Order website.


Suluk Academy

Suluk Academy Core Course 2020-2022
First Round of Applications Due, Friday, February 21st!

We are launching a new Suluk class in Virginia this coming fall. Suluk offers two years of intensive study in the core teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan, with Pir Zia and other Inayati teachers as faculty. If you are a lover of Sufi teachings, and have been initiated into the Inayati Order’s Esoteric School, this is the program for you! inayatiorder.org/suluk

2021