Monthly Archives: August 2014

On Holiday Monday September 1st

Friends,woman in white
September 1st

is Labor Day.
We will not be holding
our regularly scheduled
“Estag’firullah Zikr”
that evening.

We look forward to being with you again at our next public gathering
on Monday September 15th at 7:30pm for “Zikr of Presence.”

Stay Close, My Heart

Stay close, my heart, to the one who knows your ways; 
Come into the shade of the tree that allays has fresh flowers. 
Don’t stroll idly through the bazaar of the perfume-markers: 
Stay in the shop of the sugar-seller. 
If you don’t find true balance, anyone can deceive you; 
Anyone can trick out of a thing of straw, 
And make you take it for gold 
Don’t squat with a bowl before every boiling pot; 
In each pot on the fire you find very different things. 
Not all sugarcanes have sugar, not all abysses a peak; 
Not all eyes possess vision, not every sea is full of pearls. 
O nightingale, with your voice of dark honey! Go on lamenting! 
Only your drunken ecstasy can pierce the rock’s hard heart! 
Surrender yourself, and if you cannot be welcomes by the Friend, 
Know that you are rebelling inwardly like a thread 
That doesn’t want to go through the needle’s eye! 
The awakened heart is a lamp; protect it by the hem of your robe! 
Hurry and get out of this wind, for the weather is bad. 
And when you’ve left this storm, you will come to a fountain; 
You’ll find a Friend there who will always nourish your soul. 
And with your soul always green, you’ll grow into a tall tree 
Flowering always with sweet light-fruit, whose growth is interior.
~ Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi 
(trans. Andrew Harvey)

“Zikr of Presence”

Dear Beloveds,
You are warmly invited to join the Seattle Mevlevi Circle – this Monday, August 18th at 7:30pm in Ballard for an inspirational “Zikr of Presence” practice. In unity and remembrance,  we will move, chant, sing and whirl through transformative and ecstatic states.

When: This Monday, August 18th at 7:30pm
Where: Ballard Oddfellows Hall (1706 NW Market Street 98107)
Who: Friends of all faiths/skill levels are warmly welcome! These are healing prayer practices, and we invite you to participate as you are able.
Dress: Please dress comfortably for movement, with thick socks or turn shoes for moving/whirling on a wood floor. (Mevlevi Semazens: please wear your zikr garments.)
Questions: Email us at or contact Postneshin Suleyman Scott at 206.784.1532
Cost: Suggested $15 donation

Truly, is there any fair thing
that has not one day lost its luster,
or any roof that did not become a floor,
except the voices of the holy in our breasts,
that resound like the trumpet of resurrection?
–Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi, Mathnawi I:2078-2080

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