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Rumi and the Mystery of Being Human

An audio recording of Shaikh Kabir Helminski exploring how Rumi’s wisdom helps us to become more fully human, unlocking latent qualities within us that have their source in Spirit. From … Continue reading

June 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Struggling with Service

In our tradition, service is seen as a privilege and not something that is demeaning or relegated to those of a lower social order.

October 4, 2018 · 2 Comments

Listening

A talk offered by Shaikha Camille Helminski at the 2018 Festival of Faiths: “Sacred Insight, Feminine Wisdom.” First published on sufism.org. Bismillah arRahman arRahim We begin in the Name of … Continue reading

May 30, 2018 · 1 Comment

Book Review: Rumi Comes to America

What happens when a mercurial Englishman living in 1970’s California invites into his community of spiritual seekers a Turkish Muslim mystic? The answer can be found in this book. The Turkish mystic was one Suleyman Hayati Loras Dede, and the mercurial Englishman one Reshad Feild.

April 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Book Review: Holistic Islam

Author: Kabir Helminski Publisher: White Cloud Press From one perspective, Holistic Islam is a love letter to the spiritual path of Sufism that has nourished its author for many decades. … Continue reading

February 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Ramadan with Shams: The Ambush of Love

This Ramadan, I drank from the wisdom of Shams of Tabriz contained in the wonderful book Rumi’s Sun: The Teachings of Shams of Tabriz. “Shams” means “Sun” of course, and this year the summer equinox fell in the month of Ramadan; something which felt significant.

June 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Messenger’s Gift

Robert Abdul Hayy Darr explores how training a parrot to speak using a mirror becomes, in Rumi’s hands, a metaphor for how revelation is transmitted to humankind.

March 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

America of the Heart: Whitman and Rumi

As we enter deeper into the introspection of the winter months and America continues to search its soul in the aftermath of the presidential election, I find myself turning to … Continue reading

January 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Words from the East

The poetic tradition of the Mevlevi Order is not limited to the beautiful poetry of Mevlana Rumi. The Mevlevi Order has produced great poets, musicians, and artists throughout the centuries. … Continue reading

December 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

O Drunkard!

Why do you not keep the company of other drunks? Do you not see how your breath sickens the sober? Not content to sup in modest company, you threw yourself … Continue reading

September 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Happy Birthday Mevlana!

Today is Mevlana Rumi’s birthday. May his light be blessed and continue to shine down upon us. And here are his words about the wondrous birth of his namesake… The … Continue reading

September 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Impersonal Existentialist of the Sufi Way

Robert Abdul Hayy Darr gives another illuminating talk, this time using Rumi to illustrate how, for the Sufi, Islam is a lived experience rather than a blind belief, an antidote … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Letter from Father Francis

We are honoured to share some reflections from Shaikh David Bellak on his spiritual journey and a timely and inspiring letter received from Father Francis, a retired Catholic priest. Notes … Continue reading

June 22, 2014 · 3 Comments

Milad ul-Nabi: Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday

Today is Milad ul-Nabi, the observance of the birthday of Muhammad, may he be blessed. The earth has birthed many wondrous children, but Muhammad has surpassed them all. Earth and … Continue reading

January 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Feeding the Fire: Rumi and Native American Myth

In contemporary times some of the finest English translations of Rumi’s poetry have come from Americans, and Rumi was not long ago being lauded as the most widely-read poet in … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · Leave a comment