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Estag’firullah Zikr: prayers of forgiveness in movement and music

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Monday March 7th 7:30pm
Odd Fellows Hall
1706 NW Market Street
Ballard, 98107

Zikr is a practice of prayer using synchronized chanting, music, and movement. We invoke specific spiritual energies through sound and intention.
The head of the Mevlevi Order of America, Makam Postneshin Jelaleddin Loras,
has offered this Estag’firullah Zikr as a blessing for us in establishing the Mevlevi tradition on American soil.

The Estag’firullah Zikr is intended to be a spiritually healing prayer experience. Estag’firullah is taken from the Arabic Ghafûr , one of the traditional Names of God meaning “the pardoner, the forgiver.” We invoke Estag’firullah to ask for forgiveness for every breath we have taken without remembering the divine unity of this reality.

We sing, whirl, and dance together in prayer to help each other polish our hearts, clarify our minds, and remember the ways we are intimately connected to God. Here we have a way to open our hearts and hands to the source of healing, and to all in need simultaneously. If you are unable to stand in the circle or engage in the physical movements, know you can still fully participate by simply sitting and being present with us.

We begin at 7:30 and welcome you to join us. Most nights, we have time to chat afterwards over tea. Please wear comfortable, modest clothing and thick socks for ease of floor movement.
Suggested Love Offering: $15.00. (All are welcome – offer what you can.)

http://rumiseattle.org/

Be Lost in the Call

Lord, said David, since you do not need us,
why did you create these two worlds?

Reality replied: O prisoner of time,
I was a secret treasure of kindness and generosity,
and I wished this treasure to be known,
so I created a mirror: its shining face, the heart;
its darkened back, the world;
The back would please you if you’ve never seen the face.

Has anyone ever produced a mirror out of mud and straw?
Yet clean away the mud and straw,
and a mirror might be revealed.

Until the juice ferments a while in the cask,
it isn’t wine. If you wish your heart to be bright,
you must do a little work.

My King addressed the soul of my flesh:
You return just as you left.
Where are the traces of my gifts?

We know that alchemy transforms copper into gold.
This Sun doesn’t want a crown or robe from God’s grace.
He is a hat to a hundred bald men,
a covering for ten who were naked.

Jesus sat humbly on the back of an ass, my child!
How could a zephyr ride an ass?
Spirit, find your way, in seeking lowness like a stream.
Reason, tread the path of selflessness into eternity.

Remember God so much that you are forgotten.
Let the caller and the called disappear;
be lost in the Call.

- Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi
Source: “Love is a Stranger”,
Kabir Helminski Threshold Books, 1993

Zikr of Presence

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When: Monday November 16th
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Ballard Oddfellows Hall
(1706 NW Market Street 98107)
Suggested donation: $15.00
(no one turned away for lack of funds)
Questions: Contact Suleyman Scott at 206.784.1532.

Zikr is a practice of prayer using synchronized chanting, music, and movement. We invoke specific spiritual energies through sound and intention. In the Zikr of Presence, we move deeply into the Mevlevi path, coming together to remember God through whirling, prayer, and Sufi devotional music and poetry. This is a traditional form of zikr, common to many Turkish Sufi orders and practiced since the time of Muhammad. 

We begin at 7:30 and welcome you to join us. Most nights, we have time to chat afterwards over tea. Please wear comfortable, modest clothing and thick socks for ease of floor movement. If you are unable to stand in the circle or engage in the physical movements, know you can still fully participate by simply sitting and being present with us. Read more here: http://rumiseattle.org/?page_id=356

Where Everything is Music

We have fallen into the place
where everything is music.

The strumming and the flute notes
rise into the atmosphere,
and if the whole world’s harp
should burn up,
there will still be hidden instruments
playing, playing

This singing art
is sea foam.
The graceful movements
come from a pearl
somewhere
on the ocean floor.

Poems reach up like spindrift
and the edge of driftwood
along the beach
wanting, wanting

They derive from a slow
and powerful root
that we cannot see.

Stop the words now.
Open the window
in the center of your chest,
and let the spirits fly
in and out!

– Mevlana Jalalu’ddin Rumi 
trans. Coleman Barks.

Esta’firullah Zikr (Prayers of Forgiveness) in movement and music

g-ptn-floral-pattern-0000041Monday November 2nd
7:30pm
Join us for prayers of forgiveness in movement in music: Estag’firullah Zikr.

Ballard Odd Fellows Hall
1706 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107
(find us in the Ballard neighborhood)

Learn more about Estag’firullah Zikr here.

“I want to see you.Know your voice.

Recognize you when you
first come ’round the corner.

Sense your scent when I come
into a room you’ve just left.

Know the lift of your heel,
the glide of your foot.

Become familiar with the way
you purse your lips
then let them part,
just the slightest bit,
when I lean in to your space
and kiss you.

I want to know the joy
of how you whisper
“more” ― Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

Zikr of Presence

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Monday October 19th
7:30pm

In the Zikr of Presence, we move deeply into the Mevlevi path, coming together to remember God through whirling, prayer, and Sufi devotional music and poetry. Read more here.

Location: Ballard Odd Fellows Hall, 1706 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA 98107 (downtown Ballard).

“You have no idea how hard I’ve looked for a gift to bring You.
Nothing seemed right.
What’s the point of bringing gold to the gold mine, or water to the ocean.
Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient.
It’s no good giving my heart and my soul because you already have these.
So I’ve brought you a mirror.
Look at yourself and remember me.”
                  ~ Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

The mission of the Mevlevi Order of America is to be a living embodiment of the Mevlevi Way, through sharing the teachings of the great 13th century poet and mystic Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi. We offer cultural programs, open workshops, and public presentations in the spirit of inclusion, equality, unity, and love, under the inspiration of Suleyman Hayati Dede, and the guidance of his son and successor Makam Postneshin Jelaleddin Loras.

Mevlevi Order of America Seattle Circle shares open circle gatherings on the first and third Monday of each month. Check back regularly to view our upcoming gatherings: RumiSeattle.org.

Zikr of Presence

Al_Malik_Arabic_TypographyMonday September 20th
7:30pm

Friends:
Come, come, whoever you are…
Share an evening of prayer with us!
Read more about Zikr of Presence here.

Location:
Ballard Odd Fellows Hall
1706 NW Market Street
Ballard 98107
(Upper Hall
– Knock loudly on the door, bell does not work!)

” I have come
to drag you out of yourself,
and take you in my heart.
I have come
to bring out the beauty
you never knew you had
and lift you like a prayer
to the sky. ”
       ~ Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

This evening we observe International Day of Peace* through this prayer offering.
*Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples This year’s commemoration is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All.” Read more here.

SEMA CEREMONY of the Whirling Dervishes

Mevlevi Order of America presents:
SEMA CEREMONY of the Whirling Dervishes
Led by Makam Postneshin Jelaleddin Loras*

3:30pm Sunday September 13, 2015

Ballard Odd Fellows Hall
1706 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107

Seating is limited. Advance tickets are recommended
$20.00 online http://sema.bpt.me/
$25.00 (cash only) at the door.
Doors open at 2:45pm
For more info visit: www.rumiseattle.org

“Love is the dancing cry of the soul, calling the body to worship
Like a shining whirlpool, or a spinning mayfly
So is love among the skies.
I leap across the mountaintops, madly singing the song of all songs
I float through the ether, intoxicated, thrilled
I think only of your love, your calling to me
And I dance the thousand dances of love, all returning to you.”
~ Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

*Makam Postneshin Jelaleddin Loras is our beloved teacher, Spiritual Director and President of the Mevlevi Order of America. http://rumiseattle.org/?page_id=44
http://hayatidede.org/popups/postneshin.htm

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Zikr of Presence

Friends;

Join us for Zikr of Presence
Monday August 17th at 7:30pm.

Ballard Odd Fellows Hall
1706 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107

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‘We are the mirror as well as the face in it
We are tasting the taste this instant
of eternity.
We are pain and what cures pain both
We are the sweet cold water
and the jar that pours.’
~ Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

Please Note: We will be on Holiday on Monday September 7th and will not hold the regular first Monday of the month Estag’firullah Zikr (Prayers of Forgiveness in Movement and Music.)

Image credit:”Birth of a Planet” mozaic by Sandra Bryant

On Holiday Monday September 7th

Friends;

We are on Holiday Monday September 7th and will not be offering our normal first Monday Estag’firullah Zikr. We welcome you on the third Monday evening, September 21st for Zikr of Presence. It is also International Day of Peace, a very auspicious time to gather in prayer.
Please arrive on time so we may begin promptly at 7:30pm.
Ballard Odd Fellows Hall1706 NW Market Street in Ballard.

Looking forward to being with you again soon!

Union is a raging river running toward the sea.
Tonight the moon kisses the stars.
O beloved, be like that to me. ~ Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

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We will be posting information soon about our next

public Sema Ceremony
scheduled for Sunday September 13th at 3:30pm
to be held at Ballard Odd Fellows Hall.

 

 

 

Prayers of Forgiveness

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Monday evening August 3rd 7:30pm

Ballard Odd Fellows Hall
1706 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107

a sweetheart is a mirror
a friend a delicious cake
it isn’t worth spending
an hour with anyone else

Ghazal 119

i don't need
a companion who is
nasty sad and sour


the one who is
like a grave
dark depressing and bitter


a sweetheart is a mirror
a friend a delicious cake
it isn't worth spending
an hour with anyone else


a companion who is
in love only with the self
has five distinct characters


stone hearted
unsure of every step

lazy and disinterested
keeping a poisonous face


the more this companion waits around
the more bitter everything will get
just like a vinegar
getting more sour with time


enough is said about
sour and bitter faces
a heart filled with desire for

sweetness and tender souls
must not waste itself with unsavory matters


Translated by Nader Khalili
Rumi, Fountain of Fire
Cal-Earth, September 1994