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