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Zikr-The Sufi Ceremony of the Remembrance of Divine Unity
There will be an open Zikr this Wednesday. Open means anyone of any experience level is welcome. Zikr means the Sufi Ceremony of the Remembrance of God, a traditional ecstatic practice of the Sufis, as observed by the order of the Sufi Ruhaniat International. We will be singing very old sacred phrases in Arabic, some of which mean: "We begin in the Name of Divine Unity" "All of Reality is contained within Divine Unity" "Divine Unity is constantly vibrating into all forms, in all times and places." This practice is noted for producing good feeling. It was one of the central practices of the Persian poet Rumi, allowing him the Divine Expansion and Insight from which he wrote his poetry. Both beginners and those with experience gain enormous benefit. The Sufis frequently refer to Divine Unity as "The Friend." The Friend, who is always happy to see us and who we are always happy to be with. Come. . . make friends. This event is free and open. The Zikr now begins at 7 PM with basic orientation to practice, history, and the stories of the teachers and people of the Ruhaniat Sufi Order. This will be mostly practice and stories, with very little lecture. Sufism is vast and a little information at the beginning can be of great help in navigating it.

The Light Upon Light Sufi Center in the Center for Performing Arts

3754 Pleasant Avenue South · Minneapolis, MN

What we're about

From the outside it looks like we are holding hands, singing the Names of God from all around the world, and doing easy round dance forms.

From the inside we are having quick and radical shifts in awareness as an entire group. The Persian poet Rumi speaks of "the Wine of Love". Jesus speaks of "the Peace that passes understanding." The Buddha speaks of "the Emptiness", not as absence but as potentiality. These and more are available, not as poetic ideas but as direct experience. Easy and direct, all dances are taught as for beginners each time. We really work at not having an in-group and an out-group.

We believe that all religions can lead to direct experience of our Divine Source. We do not honor any particular path over another, letting effectiveness determine what is right for each person. What works is what's right. If you are interested in the adventure of the vast inner life of the Spirit then this is one of the many good ways to begin. For more info: www.dancesofuniversalpeace.org

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