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Zikr of Presence

31_design1Monday July 18th – 7:30pm
Zikr of Presence

Ballard Odd Fellows Hall
1706 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107
http://seattleoddfellows.org/

Mevlevi Order of America Seattle Circle
welcomes you! http://rumiseattle.org/

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. http://rumiseattle.org/?page_id=356

O you who’ve gone on pilgrimage
where are you, where, oh where?
Here, here is the Beloved!
Oh come now, come, oh come!
Your friend, he is your neighbor,
he is next to your wall –
You, erring in the desert –
what air of love is this?
If you’d see the Beloved’s
form without any form –
You are the house, the master,
You are the Kaaba, you! . . .
Where is a bunch of roses,
if you would be this garden?
Where, one soul’s pearly essence
when you’re the Sea of God?
That’s true – and yet your troubles
may turn to treasures rich –
How sad that you yourself veil
the treasure that is yours.

~ Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi
‘I Am Wind, You are Fire’ translation by Annemarie Schimmel

Zikr of Presence

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Monday June 20th.
We begin at 7:30
~ and welcome you to join us!
Location: Ballard Odd Fellows Hall
1706 NW Market  Street Seattle, WA 98107

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.  Learn more here.

This evening features live Turkish devotional music and song shared by nezen Timothy Kinsella and vocalist Emine Meg Savlov.

For those fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, the zikr this evening will be gentle and relaxed — much of the evening will be sitting in circle. We will offer refreshment around 9pm. After refreshment, there is time and space for traditional prayers. Ramadan Kareem!

Prayers of Forgiveness in Movement and Music

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Prayers of Forgiveness through Music and Movement
Monday May 2nd at 7:30pm
Ballard Oddfellows Hall (1706 NW Market Street 98107) in Seattle

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.

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. Learn more here.

Suggested donation: $15.00 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Questions: Contact Suleyman Scott at 206.784.1532

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is not imagination.

This is not 
grief or joy.

Not a judging state,
or an elation,
or sadness.

Those come and go. 
This is the presence that doesn’t.

~ Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi (trans. Coleman Barks)

 

 

Zikr of Presence

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When: Monday April 18th at 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.

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.

“Come to the orchard in Spring.
There is light and wine, and sweethearts
in the pomegranate flowers.

If you do not come, these do not matter.
If you do come, these do not matter.”
~ Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

If desired, you can RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/219054258453109/

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

Monday February 15th at 7:30pm5x8_trk_orntl_grld_dk_blv2w
Location: Ballard Oddfellows Hall
(1706 NW Market Street 98107)

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,

Suggested donation: $15.00
(no one turned away for lack of funds)
Questions: Contact Suleyman Scott at 206.784.1532

“Love is the bridge between you and everything.”
~ Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

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

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