THE CALL OF THE SUFI

The call for love, life, ecstasy and celebration.

A powerful and ecstatic introduction to the world of Sufism, which is neither a religion nor an ideology…it is a vast sky of a particular quality of consciousness… an ocean of remembrance …a merging with all of existence…

One becomes a Sufi, not by belonging to a particular order, but by dropping from the head to the heart…being filled with love…
We will use different techniques like rhythm, breath, voice, sound and dance to enter a state of centerdness , silence, & emptiness…

Zhikr (a primary sufi technique, meaning remembrance) takes us through the different layers of our being, & bring us in touch with the beloved within.

Sama…Whirlingis a human reflection of the cosmos, a movement where we dissolve our selves into existence, & love & wildness flower into the experience of meditation. In this Mevlevi Sufi ceremony that symbolizes the union with existence, we will also explore the beauty of sufi poetry, with readings from Rumi.

The Sufis.. are an ancient spiritual freemasonry whose origins have never been traced or dated…

Though commonly mistaken for a Moslem sect, the Sufis belong to no religion or ideology…rather, all that is valuable in all religions, flows into Sufism… However, Islam has offered protection to the Sufis over the ages.

Sufism is concerned with love…

The beloved is all of existence, & the goal, for the Sufi, is merging into one -ness…whole-ness… coming home to the beloved.

Intense , passionate love & a desire to merge with the beloved…being in harmony with the whole…are characteristics of the Sufi .

The way is one of love, rejoicing, celebration, & ecstasy.

Music, Poetry & Dance…have grown out of this ecstasy.

The Sufis talk of two kinds of love.

One is "muhabbah"…ordinary love…lukewarm, omentary…without depth or intensity…

The other is "Ishq"…authentic, passionate, all consuming,, a fire that burns with total intensity.

The Sufi alchemy creates "Ishq"…A madness …A passion that comes from your center, & propels you to merge with the ultimate…

"Tariqat"…is the way that the Sufi comes into harmony with the whole.

Two things are basic to the method…

  • The first is Faqr... simplicity, egolessness, inner emptiness
    If you follow Faqr, you slowly dissolve the idea of separation from existence, and achieve a state of "Fana" or non being. You disappear…And then suddenly another state occurs…"Baka" or being.

    A dewdrop must cease to be a dewdrop when it enters the ocean.

    This is Fana. But the moment the dewdrop enters the ocean, it becomes the ocean…
    This is Baka. Sufism is a bridge between Fana & Baka.

  • The second is Zhikr remembrance…
    When you disappear as a person, then presence is left.
    In that presence, remember yourself, remember God…
    La illaha ill Allah…

    as this resounds within you, dance with it, whirl, turn, & let this chant fill every cell in your body. Slowly, something inside you starts to fill with light, love…& silence...

Sufis call their assemblies "temples of total ruin"-'kharabat' because you have to die, you have to disappear, to be there.
When Sufis really meet, there is nobody to meet !!
An assembly of Sufis is a meeting of loving presences.
Sufis honor the body, & search for direct mystical experiences through raising their energy to ecstatic , psychedelic heights , without the use of drugs or alcohol. The only drug is love…the only wine is love.

Various chants & sounds are used, along with specific breathing techniques. The sound "Hoo" is a reference to the divine presence… The sound "ya" is a plea, an invitation to the divine to enter within…

"Sama," or "Sema," refers to the ceremonial whirling which symbolizes dissolving into existence… as well as to the space in which this ceremony takes place.

One of the greatest Sufi mystics & poets in the Persian language is Jalaluddin Rumi. "Whirling Dervish" is the name given to the Sufis who collected around Rumi,, & who used whirling as the primary technique for spiritual evolvement.

Rumi's poems have been translated into several languages, & recited & sung by celebrated artistes around the world.
Sufis are not bound by any dogma or cult. They have no sacred city, no monastic organization, no religious instruments…
"We friends", or "People like us" is how they refer to themselves, & they recognize each other by a mutual instinct, which is difficult to explain.

The natural Sufi may be a peasant, a lawyer, teacher, housewife, anything.

"To be in the world, but not of it. Free from ambition, pride, greed, blind obedience to custom"….that is the Sufi ideal.