The Efflux of the Soul is Happiness: Online Mureeds Retreat, Part One

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Date(s) - 14/11/2020 - 15/11/2020
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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An online Sufi retreat with SAADI NEIL DOUGLAS-KLOTZ  

14-15 and 21-22 November 2020, 5 – 8pm GMT (London)

 

A song of the open road…

The efflux of the soul is happiness, here is happiness, 

I think it pervades the open air, waiting at all times, 

Now it flows unto us,

we are rightly charged. 

(from “The Song of the Open Road,” Walt Whitman, 1856)

 

Happiness is the soul’s natural state, our birthright. Accepting this state more and more, free from both complacency and expectancy, is what the path is all about. How do we get there? What would an open road to it look like for us right now? How do we decrease the ways we distract ourselves from its call? As the Bible story of Jacob and Esau warns, how do we avoid “selling our birth right for a bowl of porridge”? And how do we do all this in very challenging times for the earth?

During this year’s mureeds retreat, we will dedicate ourselves to these questions. We will share zikr, chant, meditation, body prayer, sohbet and teachings from the transmission of our lineage ancestors, including Hazrat Inayat Khan, Murshid SAM and Murshid Moineddin. The retreat is open to mureeds from any lineage or teacher, and to others by permission.

Each of the four days will have two separate 1h 15min sessions, with a half hour break in between. The only request is to participate in most of the sessions and do some of the practice during the intervening week, supporting each other.

A secure web page will be set up for the retreat with our Zoom details, recordings, any related materials, and a possibility for sharing and questions. The recordings will remain online for six months. However, please register by 13 November in order to have access to the recordings.

This retreat is by donation (any amount).

To register for the retreat, please send your request with name and email address to Stella: skcranwell@hotmail.com  Please also include the name of your guide, teacher, or tariqa (lineage).

 

For all peoples we have prescribed two medicines.

The first: some clear pointers to watering holes of Reality’s essence,

ways of living that free the soul, modelled in nature’s harmony.

The second: open, well-travelled roads

allowing you to track, step-by-step,

the impulse seeded in you at the beginning of everything.

–meditation on Surah Al-Maida, 5:48 from Desert Wisdom

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From “The Path of Initiation and Discipleship” Gatheka by Hazrat Inayat Khan, Tasawwuf by Murshid Samuel Lewis:

GATHEKA: Changing clouds like those which surround the sun, might surround our joy, but when they are scattered we will find our property still there in our own heart. It is something we can depend upon, something nobody can take away from us.

TASAWWUF: Walt Whitman has said that the efflux of the soul is happiness. But there is heaviness and the heavy people cannot take that. They surround all the spiritual teachings with words and with their own ideas and even behavior patterns. This does no good. It has led to the revolts of the young who intuitively know this is not true. They may not know what is right but their inner beings distinctly point out to them what is wrong and they will have no more kinship with what is obviously wrong.

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 Jesus said, “Don’t lie, and don’t do what you hate, because all things are disclosed before heaven. After all, there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed, and there is nothing covered up that will remain undisclosed.” –Gospel of Thomas