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Zikr of Presence

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Monday September 18th
7:30pm
Ballard Oddfellows 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. 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.

Knock loudly on the door – doorbell does not work!

Zikr of Presence is held on the third Monday evening each month:
September 19, October 16, November 20.
(Check this website about December. We will be holding a public Sema ceremony on Saturday December 16th and may not hold Zikr of Presence on the following Monday evening.)

Discover more about our history and other gatherings our website!

January Meeting Schedule

We traditionally take things a little slower in January. Here are all the January events; we’ll be back on the regular schedule in February.

No meeting on Monday, January 9th!

Celebration of the Urs of Suleyman Dede
When: Monday January 16th
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Ballard Oddfellows Hall
(1706 NW Market Street 98107)

Sema Ceremony
By invitation only.
When: Sunday January 22nd
Time: 3:00pm
Location: new location! Please see email invite.

No meeting on Mondays, January 23rd or 30th!

Regular Monday meetings resume on February 6th.

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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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Date: Monday May 16th 

Time: 7:30pm

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 have instituted this monthly meeting under the instruction of our order’s musical guide, Dr. Timucin Cevikoglu.

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.

Location:
Ballard Odd Fellows Hall
1706 NW Market StreetSeattle, WA 98107
Friends: when you arrive at the door, ring the bell for the upper hall. A friend will answer the door and invite you in. Please note: sometimes the bell doesn’t work. Knock loudly if there is no response.

Listen with ears of tolerance!
See through the eye of compassion!
Speak with the language of love!  ~ Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

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

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/

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.

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