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Akbar's Chamber - Experts Talk Islam
The Meanings of Muslim Mysticism: An Introduction to Classical Sufi Texts

Akbar's Chamber - Experts Talk Islam

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 59:31


Between the eighth and tenth century, a series of profound texts were written in Arabic that explored the deepest, darkest and ultimately the most brightly illuminated corners of the human psyche.  Their authors were the founding figures of the Islamic mystical tradition known as Sufism. But inasmuch as these teachers were mystics, whose prayers and spiritual exercises had yielded extraordinary inner experiences, they were also psychologists whose writings laid bare the both the delights and delusions of the human personality, and the path to its perfection by the annihilation of the ego. Yet in order to share their experiences, and the lessons that were the fruit of them, the Sufis needed to wrestle with another set of issues: the problem of language. And so, after explaining the key terms and concepts of classical Sufism, in this episode we'll learn how the early Sufi masters tackled the problem of translating mystical experiences into language that ordinary people could understand. Then, turning to our own times, we'll examine how those Arabic texts can be made comprehensible in English. Fortunately, we're joined in Akbar's Chamber by Michael Sells, who has devoted his career to translating classical Arabic and especially Sufi texts. He is the author and translator of Early Islamic Mysticism: Sufi, Qur'an, Mi‘raj, Poetic and Theological Writings (Paulist Press, 1996).

Letting Go & The Greatest Secret
Francis Lucille – Recipes for Happiness Don't Work (Rerun)

Letting Go & The Greatest Secret

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 41:46


In this episode of “Letting Go & The Greatest Secret,” Francis Lucille describes the beautiful garden that is our true nature. He helps us see the belief that our true nature is somehow dependent on our human body/mind creates our misery. He has a delightful way of describing truth and inviting us to have it become our living experience. Francis Lucille transmits the ancient teaching of nonduality, which is the common ground of Advaita Vedanta, Ch'an Buddhism, Zen, Taoism and Sufism. Francis has written 3 books, “Eternity Now,” “Truth Love Beauty,” and “The Perfume of Silence.” Connect with Francis at FrancisLucille.com. To participate in daily dialogues and meditations with Francis, visit Meetup.com/Advaita. Hale Dwoskin is the author of the New York Times best seller "The Sedona Method" and the coauthor of "Happiness Is Free: And It's Easier Than You Think" with Lester Levenson. He has been helping people let go and discover their true nature since 1976. He is also one of the featured teachers in Rhonda Byrne's book and movie phenomenon "The Secret" as well as a featured teacher in "The Greatest Secret." Learn more about Hale and the Sedona Method at www.Sedona.com, www.YouTube.com/user/TheSedonaMethod, www.Facebook.com/TheSedonaMethod, and www.Instagram.com/TheSedonaMethodOfficial. To comment or ask a question about this episode please go to our channel on YouTube at https://youtu.be/2-mqJxoXguc.

The Hoffman Podcast
S5e14: Volker Krohn – Re-Initiated Into the Family of Humanity

The Hoffman Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 40:09


  Wonder why the Hoffman Process works so well on many levels? Listen in as Volker Krohn, psychotherapist, Director of Hoffman Centre Australia/Singapore, and Director of Hoffman International shares his experience of and insights into the Process. Born in Germany, Volker found his way to Australia after spending a short time in the United States. In the late '80s, he attended the second Process ever held in Byron Bay, New South Wales. Bob Hoffman was his Process teacher as well as his Process teacher trainer. In this conversation between Volker and Drew, we learn some fascinating things about the Process. Volker reminds us that the Hoffman Process is a psycho-spiritual process. As such, it supports the integration of the psychological and spiritual natures within us. With a background as a psychologist as well as his studies in spirituality, Volker shares his sense of what happens underneath the surface of the Process. Through his experience of decades of teaching the Process, Volker speaks to the heart of what the Process does. He says the Process helps each of us come to live in accordance with the intrinsic values of our hearts. He goes on to add that we aren't our thinking and we're not our feelings, rather these are aspects of our ego structure. Ultimately, the Process helps us come back into Presence and back into peace with ourselves. Volker beautifully encapsulates the Process as one that re-initiates us into our own humanity and into the family of humanity. Settle in for this beautiful conversation. Be prepared to come away with a deeper sense of your place in the family of humanity. More about Volker Krohn: Volker Krohn is an accomplished psychotherapist and has been the director of the Hoffman Centre Australia/Singapore since 1991. He is also the director of Hoffman International. He was personally trained by Robert Hoffman in the late 1980s and is a senior supervising facilitator of the Process. Volker's extensive professional background includes Family Therapy, Self-Psychology, and Creative Arts Therapy as well as organizational development. He also speaks and writes widely on emotional healing, re-education, and spiritual renewal, through the exploration of early childhood conditioning. Volker is passionate about helping people to improve their emotional and spiritual intelligence and has inspired thousands of Hoffman graduates in Australia and worldwide to live from a place of self-acceptance and gratitude claiming compassionate leadership in their life. As mentioned in this episode: The Arakwal and Bundialung Nation: Hoffman Centre Australia's retreat site is part of the Arakwal national park. The Arakwal are part of the Bundialung Nation. Teach Your Children by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young The lyrics that Volker mentions: Teach your children well Their father's hell did slowly go byAnd feed them on your dreamsThe one they pick's the one you'll know by Read the full lyrics here and listen on YouTube. Two Spiritual Paths: The Yana Path - the path of understanding. For instance, Zen Buddhism follows the Yana path. The Bhakti Path - the path of devotion. For instance, Sufism follows the Bhakti path through prayer, dancing The Enneagram: 3 basic human instinctual drives, Claudio Naranjo, and the 27 Enneagram sub-types. How climate change is affecting us: Climate Anxiety and Climate Depression University of California research on the Hoffman Process: Several different scientific research studies have been conducted about the Process – on the methodology and its aftereffects. One of the most significant studies was done by Professors Michael R. Levenson and Carolyn M. Aldwin, of the University of California, Davis. Their three-year, grant-funded research study shows that Hoffman Process participants experienced lasting significant reductions in depression, anxiety, and obsessive/compulsive tendencies, coupled with lasting significant increases in emotional intelligence,

The Spiritually Sassy Show
Ep. 93: The Music of the Mystics - with Tahir Qawwal

The Spiritually Sassy Show

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2022 80:53


This week, Sah welcomes Tahir Qawwal, who, at fifteen, left his home for the Himalayas to spend the rest of his teens living as a lonely dervish, practicing the yogic path and searching for enlightenment through the purity of sound and pitch.Later, he immersed himself in the sacred Sufi teachings of the past millennium and began his formal training in Indian Classical music (Hindustani) and Qawwali. Qawwali music weaves ancient poetry and intense rhythm with complex melodies to invoke an atmosphere of reverence and devotional ecstasy, catharsis and transformation.In 2001, Tahir co-founded the first Western-born Qawwali ensemble and released an 8-episode documentary series: “Qawwali - Music of the Mystics.” ▶ONLINE MUSIC SCHOOL: https://www.samaschoolofmusic.comIn this episode, Sah and Tahir discuss...His years living as a renunciate, without possessions, on foot, across India + TibetThe mystical experiences he's received on his holy pilgrimagesReconstructing his life and devoting himself to Sufism and musicHow the Muslim "Call to Prayer" became one of his most famous recordingsHis passion for Qawwali music, his music school, and documentary seriesand more...✨✨✨This podcast was brought to you by the Somatic Activated Healing Method—a revolutionary wellness practice combining the healing modalities of somatic movement, rhythmic breath, positive affirmations, and dynamic meditation, developed by Sah D'Simone.Join our next teacher training and start 2023 on the path to becoming a certified SAH Method movement healer. Get 10% off w/ our exclusive discount code: PODCAST at http://sahmethod.com✨✨✨Get more Sah in your life:

History of Asia
2.11. Iran since the 10th century. The Assassin's creed

History of Asia

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2022 64:47


In today's episode, we talk about the legacy of the period before the advent of the Safavids, and the transformation of Iran into a Shia state. Among other things, we discuss the rise of Sufism, the resilience of Persian culture and the “Shiite century”. We also give ample attention to the fascinating cult of the Assassins: if you are writing a fantasy novel, you may want to include these people.

Let's Talk Religion
The Jewish-Sufi Mystics of Medieval Egypt

Let's Talk Religion

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 24:44


This episode explores the life, teachings and movement of Abraham Maimonides, the son of the much more famous Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides (d. 1204).Sources/Suggested Reading:Idel, Moshe (1987). "The Mystical Experience in Abraham Abulafia". State University of New York PressKraemer, Joel L. (2010). "Maimonides: The Life and World of one of Civilization's Greatest Minds". Doubleday & Co Inc.Lobel, Diana (2021). "Moses and Abraham Maimonides: Encountering the Divine". Academic Studies Press.Russ-Fishbane, Elisha (2015). "Judaism, Sufism, and the Pietists of Medieval Egypt: A study of Abraham Maimonides and his times". Oxford University Press#Judaism #Mysticism #Sufism Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

The Dream Catcher Podcast
[Interview] An Introduction to Sufism: How Its Teachings Can Enhance Our Spiritual Life (feat. Ayeda Husain)

The Dream Catcher Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 32:36


Sufism may evoke the image of whirling dervishes or the sublime verses from Sufi poets such as Rumi and Hafiz. But most people have no idea about its teachings, practices and spiritual ethics. Called "the path of the heart," Sufism provides a compendium of wisdom that's both practical and profound. In this interview, we'll look into the richness of this tradition with my guest Ayeda Husain. Ayeda Husain is a senior teacher and guide in the Inayatiyya, a global organization dedicated to Universal Sufism. A long-time journalist specializing in Sufism, she now teaches Sufi meditation, chanting and philosophy with a special emphasis on Rumi's poetry as a means of healing and evolving. She has led spiritual retreats worldwide, taught Sufi meditation to Buddhist monks in Tokyo, and been invited to the UN as part of an international delegation of spiritual leaders. Ayeda introduces us to the mystical world of Sufism. We discuss the main teachings and practices and how we can use them to navigate our day-to-day lives more effectively. If you liked what you heard, please don't forget to like, rate, share and subscribe to this podcast. Thank you!

The Secret Teachings
The Secret Teachings 11/11/22 - Saturnine Corruptelam: An Excess of 11/11

The Secret Teachings

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2022 120:01


Nearly everything we interact with seems to be an inverted or distorted version of an elusive ‘truth'. Even the number 11, or dates such as 11/11, are seen as positive when they have darker meaning. Such afeeling is confirmed by the energetic signature of the Saturn spirit. But this spirit of chaos is a necessary evil which brings about the four corners of our world and the matter of our bodies for spirit to inhabit. It is the temptation of Lucifer that draws us into the seven deadly sins of excess, represented by the number 11. If we can overcome this excess and lift off the weight and chaos of Saturn then a spiritual transformation can occur. When we leave our stagnate bodily and mental state we create friction, warmth, and light. Upon realizing our immortality as non-physical beings a spark of consciousness is reborn, or what we call the second coming or the second birth, i.e. being born again. This is the recognition of an ability to commune with God. Thus, we become a son of God, both man and woman, since the ‘son' is truly an illuminated ‘sun' within the universal mind of God. As Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Likewise, Isis, the universal mother and womb, says: I, Isis Am All That Has Been, That Is Or Shall Be; No Mortal Man Hath Ever Me Unveiled.” The veil can be more easily lifted during the equinoxes and solstices, and during times such as 11/11. But such rebirth can be attained internally by focusing on the bindi, RA eye, ureas, third eye, or middle pathway of Christ and Buddha - the place between the Temple of the head, which contains the seven openings of creation.

the smiley brain
nafs | (ego)

the smiley brain

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2022 20:58


On the first episode of the smiley brain 2.0, I explore the meaning of the word "nafs" in the Islamic tradition. While Carl Jung referred to the shadow and the ego in the late 1800s, the Qur'an detailed the trials of the soul and the ego over 1400 years ago. In this episode, I begin a humble and introductory [attempt at] unpacking of 3 stages of the nafs (ego's journey.) Ultimately, through jihad of the nafs (struggle/purification of the ego) the devotee reaches higher states of awareness and consciousness and surrenders into submission of faith and trust in the Beloved. I have much to learn. I look forward to deepening my knowledge and insights and sharing reflections with you along the way. PS: if you are interested in signing up for classes through Aleff Institute to deepen your knowledge of Farsi and Islamic mysticism and poetry, you can do so through https://aleffinstitute.com. I highly recommend this for people who are willing to invest dedicated energy to learning through a highly informed and perceptive lens. PPS: please forgive any mispronunciations or misunderstandings on my end. You are welcome to inform and educate me! 

Once Upon a Cult
Sufism Reoriented, It's Like Sufism, but Reoriented

Once Upon a Cult

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 53:32


This week we take a look at Sufism Reoriented. It's like Sufism, but reoriented and with a lot less Allah. This group is best known for being heavily financially supported by the owner of Cheesecake Factory. As well as building an ugly ass building in the middle of a small town. 

Higher Density Living Podcast
The Best Explanation of Love and Unity | Sufi Mysticism

Higher Density Living Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2022 18:21


In this episode, Jason Rigby picks up the topic of “Sufi” Mysticism. Sufism is a way of life. Sufism is a body of mystic practice, found mainly within Sunni factions of Islam but also within Shia Islam which is characterized by a focus on Islamic spirituality, ritualism, asceticism, and esotericism.    Western observers consider Sufism as mere “Islamic” mysticism that upholds crude practices, free from religion, and mostly composed of oriental stereotypes.   Sufism emphasizes introspection and spiritual closeness with God. It coincides with the fundamental teachings of love.  Just like in the Ra Material, it's about love and light. It is more on the inward aspects or submission to enlightenment.    Beneath the background of this topic, Jason also discusses how sufism conflicts with the modern world. We are still suffering from the same institutional meltdowns that drags us backwards from progressiveness. Everything is based on the fear of others, hence, we cannot understand our spiritual affinity. Let us join Jason as he talks about Sufism. www.higherdensityliving.com

Conversations with Tyler
Reza Aslan on Martyrdom, Islam, and Revolution

Conversations with Tyler

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 53:13 Very Popular


Reza Aslan doesn't mind being called a pantheist. In his own “roundabout spiritual journey” and study of the world's religions, which has led him to write books on Islam, the life of Jesus Christ, God, and most recently an American martyr in Persia, he has come to believe the Sufi notion that religion is just a shell one must break through to truly understand God—and that if God is anything at all, then all is God. He joined Tyler to discuss Shi'a and Christian notions of martyrdom, the heroism of Howard Baskerville, the differences between Sunni and Shi'a Islam, esoteric vs. exoteric expressions of religion, how mystical movements arise more organically than religion, the conflicts over Imams in the Islamic world, how his upbringing as an Iranian immigrant shaped his view of religion, his roundabout spiritual journey, the synthesis of Spinoza and Sufism, the origins of Wahhabism, the relationship (or lackthereof) between religion and political philosophy, the sad repetition of history in Iran, his favorite Iranian movie, and more. Read a full transcript enhanced with helpful links, or watch the full video. Recorded October 12th, 2022 Other ways to connect Follow us on Twitter and Instagram Follow Tyler on Twitter Follow Reza on Twitter Email us: cowenconvos@mercatus.gmu.edu Subscribe at our newsletter page to have the latest Conversations with Tyler news sent straight to your inbox. 

When We Speak
56. Toko-pa Turner

When We Speak

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2022 56:27


Today's convo is with Toko-pa Turner. Toko-pa We discuss her book, “Belonging” and  I get to read some of my favorite passages of her book which was transformative for my healing journey. We also discuss how she's practicing belonging today, what inspired the creation of ” Belonging”, and her gift of being a dreamworker.   Blending the mystical tradition of Sufism in which she was raised with a Jungian approach to dreamwork, Toko-pa founded the Dream School in 2001 from which thousands of students have since graduated. She is the author of the award-winning book, Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home, which explores the themes of exile and the search for belonging. Sometimes called a Midwife of the Psyche, Toko-pa's work focuses on restoring the feminine, reconciling paradox, and facilitating grief & ritual practice.   Visit Toko-pa's website Purchase Belonging  Follow Toko-pa on Instagram

SHE Talks
116 | Dreamwork, Setting Boundaries & the Skill of Belonging with Toko-pa Turner

SHE Talks

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2022 67:52


I'm happy to welcome our guest Toko-pa Turner– a woman whose presence and work I deeply admire. Blending the mystical tradition of Sufism in which she was raised with a Jungian approach to dreamwork, Toko-pa founded the Dream School in 2001 from which thousands of students have since graduated. She is the author of the award-winning book, Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home, which explores the themes of exile and the search for belonging. Sometimes called a Midwife of the Psyche, Toko-pa's work focuses on restoring the feminine, reconciling paradox, and facilitating grief & ritual practice. As I mentioned, in our conversation today we speak about the medicine of the equinox and the autumn season, living with autoimmune illness and creating necessary boundaries and structures in ones life to support this, dreamwork and simple steps we can all take to begin more actively relating to our inner, hidden dimensions, and how we can cultivate the skill of belonging in an increasingly lonely and disconnected world. Toko-pa is a fount of wisdom, and I'm honored to have her with us today. Enjoy. Toko-pa's website: www.toko-pa.com Toko-pa on Instagram: www.instagram.com/tokopa Sara's website: www.saraavantstover.com Sara's newsletter: www.saraavantstover.com/#newsletter Sara on Instagram: www.instagram.com/saraavantstover Sara on Facebook: www.facebook.com/saraavantstoverauthor

Eight Billion
The Walk Of A Sufi....Remembrance And Love With Dr. Rabia Subhani

Eight Billion

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2022 40:01


There are so many religions in this world that for those looking for that spiritual connection, finding one can be a struggle. Our guest in this episode found herself in this dilemma until she was given advice: "when your soul finds its home, your heart will know." Eventually, she found hers in Sufism. Liza Florida introduces us to Dr. Rabia Subhani, a neuropsychologist who, after a spiritual epiphany in 2013, became immersed in learning mindfulness and self-compassion. Here, Dr. Subhani shares with us her story of spiritual awakening and how this extended to her work helping neurodiverse children and their families. She dives deep into autism, the benefits of meditation, and the key teachings of Sufism that taught her all about remembrance and love. So walk with a Sufi in this conversation and gain great insights on spirituality, medicine, and, most of all, love.

New Books in Middle Eastern Studies
Emily Jane O'Dell, "The Gift of Rumi: Experiencing the Wisdom of the Sufi Master" (St. Martin's Essentials, 2022)

New Books in Middle Eastern Studies

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 38:39


The Gift of Rumi: Experiencing the Wisdom of the Sufi Master (St. Martin's Press, 2022), written by Dr. Emily Jane O'Dell was published by St. Martin's Press in 2022. In this rich and insightful book, Dr. O'Dell takes us through her own spiritual and physical travels, as well as gives us historical and Islamic mystic context to help us understand and cherish the words of Rumi on a deeper level. As one of the world's most loved poets, Rumi's poems are celebrated for their message of love and their beauty, but too often they are stripped of their mystical and spiritual meanings. The Gift of Rumi offers a new reading of Rumi, contextualizing his work against the broader backdrop of Islamic mysticism and adding a richness and authenticity that is lacking in many Westernized conceptions of his work. Author Emily Jane O'Dell has studied Sufism both academically, in her work and research at Harvard, Columbia, and the American University of Beirut, and in practice, learning from a Mevlevi master and his whirling dervishes in Istanbul. She weaves this expertise throughout The Gift of Rumi, sharing a new vision of Rumi's classic work. At the heart of Rumi's mystical poetry is the “religion of love” which transcends all religions. Through his majestic verses of ecstasy and longing, Rumi invites us into the religion of the heart and guides us to our own loving inner essence. The Gift of Rumi gives us a key to experiencing this profound and powerful invitation, allowing readers to meet the master in a new way. Meg Gambino is an artist and activist currently working as the Client and Community Relations Manager at a local nonprofit focused on ending hunger in North Penn. Her life mission is to creatively empower others by modeling reconciliation between communities of people and people on the margins. Find her on Instagram @megambino. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/middle-eastern-studies

New Books in Islamic Studies
Emily Jane O'Dell, "The Gift of Rumi: Experiencing the Wisdom of the Sufi Master" (St. Martin's Essentials, 2022)

New Books in Islamic Studies

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 38:39


The Gift of Rumi: Experiencing the Wisdom of the Sufi Master (St. Martin's Press, 2022), written by Dr. Emily Jane O'Dell was published by St. Martin's Press in 2022. In this rich and insightful book, Dr. O'Dell takes us through her own spiritual and physical travels, as well as gives us historical and Islamic mystic context to help us understand and cherish the words of Rumi on a deeper level. As one of the world's most loved poets, Rumi's poems are celebrated for their message of love and their beauty, but too often they are stripped of their mystical and spiritual meanings. The Gift of Rumi offers a new reading of Rumi, contextualizing his work against the broader backdrop of Islamic mysticism and adding a richness and authenticity that is lacking in many Westernized conceptions of his work. Author Emily Jane O'Dell has studied Sufism both academically, in her work and research at Harvard, Columbia, and the American University of Beirut, and in practice, learning from a Mevlevi master and his whirling dervishes in Istanbul. She weaves this expertise throughout The Gift of Rumi, sharing a new vision of Rumi's classic work. At the heart of Rumi's mystical poetry is the “religion of love” which transcends all religions. Through his majestic verses of ecstasy and longing, Rumi invites us into the religion of the heart and guides us to our own loving inner essence. The Gift of Rumi gives us a key to experiencing this profound and powerful invitation, allowing readers to meet the master in a new way. Meg Gambino is an artist and activist currently working as the Client and Community Relations Manager at a local nonprofit focused on ending hunger in North Penn. Her life mission is to creatively empower others by modeling reconciliation between communities of people and people on the margins. Find her on Instagram @megambino. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/islamic-studies

New Books Network
Emily Jane O'Dell, "The Gift of Rumi: Experiencing the Wisdom of the Sufi Master" (St. Martin's Essentials, 2022)

New Books Network

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 38:39


The Gift of Rumi: Experiencing the Wisdom of the Sufi Master (St. Martin's Press, 2022), written by Dr. Emily Jane O'Dell was published by St. Martin's Press in 2022. In this rich and insightful book, Dr. O'Dell takes us through her own spiritual and physical travels, as well as gives us historical and Islamic mystic context to help us understand and cherish the words of Rumi on a deeper level. As one of the world's most loved poets, Rumi's poems are celebrated for their message of love and their beauty, but too often they are stripped of their mystical and spiritual meanings. The Gift of Rumi offers a new reading of Rumi, contextualizing his work against the broader backdrop of Islamic mysticism and adding a richness and authenticity that is lacking in many Westernized conceptions of his work. Author Emily Jane O'Dell has studied Sufism both academically, in her work and research at Harvard, Columbia, and the American University of Beirut, and in practice, learning from a Mevlevi master and his whirling dervishes in Istanbul. She weaves this expertise throughout The Gift of Rumi, sharing a new vision of Rumi's classic work. At the heart of Rumi's mystical poetry is the “religion of love” which transcends all religions. Through his majestic verses of ecstasy and longing, Rumi invites us into the religion of the heart and guides us to our own loving inner essence. The Gift of Rumi gives us a key to experiencing this profound and powerful invitation, allowing readers to meet the master in a new way. Meg Gambino is an artist and activist currently working as the Client and Community Relations Manager at a local nonprofit focused on ending hunger in North Penn. Her life mission is to creatively empower others by modeling reconciliation between communities of people and people on the margins. Find her on Instagram @megambino. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/new-books-network

Spiritual Awakening Radio
Sound Meditation in the World Religions Series: Sufism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Kabir Panth (Yoga of Sound Series)

Spiritual Awakening Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 46:35


Today we explore Inner Sound Meditation according to the teachings of Sufism, Jainism, the Sikh scriptures, and the Path of Guru Kabir, along with some valuable insight about Inner Sound Meditation practice by Edward Salim Michael.    "Abstract Sound is called Saut-e Sarmad by the Sufis; all space is filled with it. The vibrations of this Sound are too fine to be either audible or visible to the material eyes or ears, since it is even difficult for the eyes to see the form and color of the ethereal vibrations on the external plane. It was the Saut-e Sarmad, the Sound of the abstract plane, which Muhammad heard in the cave of Ghar-e Hira when he became lost in his divine Ideal. The Qur'an refers to this Sound in the words, 'Be! and all became.' Moses heard this very Sound on Mount Sinai, when in communion with God; and the same Word was audible to Christ when absorbed in his Heavenly Father in the wilderness. Shiva heard the same Anhad Nada during his Samadhi [deep meditation] in the cave of the Himalayas. The flute of Krishna is symbolic of the same Sound. This Sound is the source of all revelation to the Masters, to whom it is revealed from within; it is because of this that they know and teach one and the same truth." (Hazrat Khan, The Sufi Message Series, II, The Mysticism of Sound)   In Divine Love, Light and Sound, Peace Be To You,   James Bean Sant Mat Satsang Podcasts Spiritual Awakening Radio https://www.SpiritualAwakeningRadio.com    

New Books in Islamic Studies
Waleed Ziad, "Hidden Caliphate: Sufi Saints Beyond the Oxus and Indus" (Harvard UP, 2021)

New Books in Islamic Studies

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 94:21 Very Popular


Today, we speak with Waleed Ziad, about his book Hidden Caliphate: Sufi Saints beyond the Oxus and Indus, published in 2021 with Harvard University Press. Ziad is an assistant professor of Religion at UNC Chapel Hill and holds a PhD from Yale. In Hidden Caliphate, Ziad offers an incredibly rich, fascinating, and detailed study of Sufi networks. These are expansive networks that span a wide array of geography, from Afghanistan to China to Siberia. Challenging dominant and often simplistic narratives of the region, reduced to the story of the Great Game, the book centers on the Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi Sufi order, the hidden caliphate in Ziad's title, who play instrumental roles in shaping the religious, social, political, and intellectual landscapes of Central and South Asia. Ziad shows that these networks stay alive well into the 20th century, in a period that other scholars have argued is one of decline, with their legacy and influence still alive today, embedded in everyday life and culture throughout the region. The book is a riveting telling of the mujaddidis' impact on Muslim reformist movements and their responses to the decline of Muslim political power. In our discussion today, we talk about Ziad's arguments and contributions. Some of the specific themes we cover in this discussion are Islamic sovereignty and kingship, millenarian eschatology, Sufis as scholars and scholars as Sufis, intellectuals, and teachers, Sufism's connection with orthodoxy, parallels between Sufi training and Tantric Buddhist esoterism, the woman question in the book, and colonialism and its impact on the Mujaddidis. Shehnaz Haqqani is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Mercer University. She earned her PhD in Islamic Studies with a focus on gender from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. Her dissertation research explored questions of change and tradition, specifically in the context of gender and sexuality, in Islam. She can be reached at haqqani_s@mercer.edu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/islamic-studies

New Books in Anthropology
Waleed Ziad, "Hidden Caliphate: Sufi Saints Beyond the Oxus and Indus" (Harvard UP, 2021)

New Books in Anthropology

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 94:21


Today, we speak with Waleed Ziad, about his book Hidden Caliphate: Sufi Saints beyond the Oxus and Indus, published in 2021 with Harvard University Press. Ziad is an assistant professor of Religion at UNC Chapel Hill and holds a PhD from Yale. In Hidden Caliphate, Ziad offers an incredibly rich, fascinating, and detailed study of Sufi networks. These are expansive networks that span a wide array of geography, from Afghanistan to China to Siberia. Challenging dominant and often simplistic narratives of the region, reduced to the story of the Great Game, the book centers on the Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi Sufi order, the hidden caliphate in Ziad's title, who play instrumental roles in shaping the religious, social, political, and intellectual landscapes of Central and South Asia. Ziad shows that these networks stay alive well into the 20th century, in a period that other scholars have argued is one of decline, with their legacy and influence still alive today, embedded in everyday life and culture throughout the region. The book is a riveting telling of the mujaddidis' impact on Muslim reformist movements and their responses to the decline of Muslim political power. In our discussion today, we talk about Ziad's arguments and contributions. Some of the specific themes we cover in this discussion are Islamic sovereignty and kingship, millenarian eschatology, Sufis as scholars and scholars as Sufis, intellectuals, and teachers, Sufism's connection with orthodoxy, parallels between Sufi training and Tantric Buddhist esoterism, the woman question in the book, and colonialism and its impact on the Mujaddidis. Shehnaz Haqqani is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Mercer University. She earned her PhD in Islamic Studies with a focus on gender from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. Her dissertation research explored questions of change and tradition, specifically in the context of gender and sexuality, in Islam. She can be reached at haqqani_s@mercer.edu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/anthropology

New Books Network
Waleed Ziad, "Hidden Caliphate: Sufi Saints Beyond the Oxus and Indus" (Harvard UP, 2021)

New Books Network

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 94:21


Today, we speak with Waleed Ziad, about his book Hidden Caliphate: Sufi Saints beyond the Oxus and Indus, published in 2021 with Harvard University Press. Ziad is an assistant professor of Religion at UNC Chapel Hill and holds a PhD from Yale. In Hidden Caliphate, Ziad offers an incredibly rich, fascinating, and detailed study of Sufi networks. These are expansive networks that span a wide array of geography, from Afghanistan to China to Siberia. Challenging dominant and often simplistic narratives of the region, reduced to the story of the Great Game, the book centers on the Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi Sufi order, the hidden caliphate in Ziad's title, who play instrumental roles in shaping the religious, social, political, and intellectual landscapes of Central and South Asia. Ziad shows that these networks stay alive well into the 20th century, in a period that other scholars have argued is one of decline, with their legacy and influence still alive today, embedded in everyday life and culture throughout the region. The book is a riveting telling of the mujaddidis' impact on Muslim reformist movements and their responses to the decline of Muslim political power. In our discussion today, we talk about Ziad's arguments and contributions. Some of the specific themes we cover in this discussion are Islamic sovereignty and kingship, millenarian eschatology, Sufis as scholars and scholars as Sufis, intellectuals, and teachers, Sufism's connection with orthodoxy, parallels between Sufi training and Tantric Buddhist esoterism, the woman question in the book, and colonialism and its impact on the Mujaddidis. Shehnaz Haqqani is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Mercer University. She earned her PhD in Islamic Studies with a focus on gender from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. Her dissertation research explored questions of change and tradition, specifically in the context of gender and sexuality, in Islam. She can be reached at haqqani_s@mercer.edu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/new-books-network

New Books in Central Asian Studies
Waleed Ziad, "Hidden Caliphate: Sufi Saints Beyond the Oxus and Indus" (Harvard UP, 2021)

New Books in Central Asian Studies

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 94:21


Today, we speak with Waleed Ziad, about his book Hidden Caliphate: Sufi Saints beyond the Oxus and Indus, published in 2021 with Harvard University Press. Ziad is an assistant professor of Religion at UNC Chapel Hill and holds a PhD from Yale. In Hidden Caliphate, Ziad offers an incredibly rich, fascinating, and detailed study of Sufi networks. These are expansive networks that span a wide array of geography, from Afghanistan to China to Siberia. Challenging dominant and often simplistic narratives of the region, reduced to the story of the Great Game, the book centers on the Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi Sufi order, the hidden caliphate in Ziad's title, who play instrumental roles in shaping the religious, social, political, and intellectual landscapes of Central and South Asia. Ziad shows that these networks stay alive well into the 20th century, in a period that other scholars have argued is one of decline, with their legacy and influence still alive today, embedded in everyday life and culture throughout the region. The book is a riveting telling of the mujaddidis' impact on Muslim reformist movements and their responses to the decline of Muslim political power. In our discussion today, we talk about Ziad's arguments and contributions. Some of the specific themes we cover in this discussion are Islamic sovereignty and kingship, millenarian eschatology, Sufis as scholars and scholars as Sufis, intellectuals, and teachers, Sufism's connection with orthodoxy, parallels between Sufi training and Tantric Buddhist esoterism, the woman question in the book, and colonialism and its impact on the Mujaddidis. Shehnaz Haqqani is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Mercer University. She earned her PhD in Islamic Studies with a focus on gender from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. Her dissertation research explored questions of change and tradition, specifically in the context of gender and sexuality, in Islam. She can be reached at haqqani_s@mercer.edu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/central-asian-studies

New Books in Sociology
Waleed Ziad, "Hidden Caliphate: Sufi Saints Beyond the Oxus and Indus" (Harvard UP, 2021)

New Books in Sociology

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 94:21


Today, we speak with Waleed Ziad, about his book Hidden Caliphate: Sufi Saints beyond the Oxus and Indus, published in 2021 with Harvard University Press. Ziad is an assistant professor of Religion at UNC Chapel Hill and holds a PhD from Yale. In Hidden Caliphate, Ziad offers an incredibly rich, fascinating, and detailed study of Sufi networks. These are expansive networks that span a wide array of geography, from Afghanistan to China to Siberia. Challenging dominant and often simplistic narratives of the region, reduced to the story of the Great Game, the book centers on the Naqshbandi-Mujaddidi Sufi order, the hidden caliphate in Ziad's title, who play instrumental roles in shaping the religious, social, political, and intellectual landscapes of Central and South Asia. Ziad shows that these networks stay alive well into the 20th century, in a period that other scholars have argued is one of decline, with their legacy and influence still alive today, embedded in everyday life and culture throughout the region. The book is a riveting telling of the mujaddidis' impact on Muslim reformist movements and their responses to the decline of Muslim political power. In our discussion today, we talk about Ziad's arguments and contributions. Some of the specific themes we cover in this discussion are Islamic sovereignty and kingship, millenarian eschatology, Sufis as scholars and scholars as Sufis, intellectuals, and teachers, Sufism's connection with orthodoxy, parallels between Sufi training and Tantric Buddhist esoterism, the woman question in the book, and colonialism and its impact on the Mujaddidis. Shehnaz Haqqani is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Mercer University. She earned her PhD in Islamic Studies with a focus on gender from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. Her dissertation research explored questions of change and tradition, specifically in the context of gender and sexuality, in Islam. She can be reached at haqqani_s@mercer.edu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/sociology

Let's Talk Religion
What is Sufi Music?

Let's Talk Religion

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 57:42


In this episode, we finally dive into one of my favorite topics - Sufi Music. We discuss its history, practical uses as well as theoretical, philosophical perspectives on the role and power of music to affect the human soul, all from the perspective of Muslim Sufi writers.Sources/Suggested Reading:Abu Nasr Abdallah b. Ali al-Sarraj al-Tusi - "Kitab al-Luma' fi al-Tasawwuf". Translated & summarized by Reynold A. Nicholson. E.J. Brill. 1914.Adamson, Peter (ed.) (2005). "The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy". Cambridge University Press.Addas, Claude (1993). "Quest for the Red Sulphur: The Life of Ibn 'Arabi". The Islamic Texts Society."Al-Qushayri's Epistle on Sufism - Al-Risala Al Qushayriyya Fi 'ilm Al-Tasawwuf". Translated by Alexander Knysh. 2020. The Center for Muslim Contribution to Civilization.Alvarez, Lourdes Maria (2009). "Abu-l Hasan al-Shushtari: Songs of Love and Devotion". In the "Classics of Western Spirituality" series. Paulist Press.Alvarez, Lourdes Maria (2005). "The Mystical Language of Everyday Life": Vernacular Sufi Poetry and the Songs of Abu Al-Hasan Al-Shustari". Exemplaria. 17:1, 1-32, DOI: 10.1179/exm.2005.17.1.1.Avery, Kenneth S. (2004). "A Psychology of Early Sufi Sama: Listening and altered states". Routledge.Chishti, Muhammad Tanveer Jamal & Dr. Abdul Zahoor Khan (2015). "Approaches of The Early Sufis From 10th Century to 12th Century Towards 'SAMA'". Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences. 6, 5:51.Cornell, Vincent J. (transl.) (1996). "The Way of Abu Madyan: The Works of Abu Madyan Shu'ayb". The Islamic Texts Society.Ernst, Carl W. & Bruce B. Lawrence (2003). "Sufi Martyrs of Love: The Chishti Order in South Asia and beyond". Palgrave Macmillan.Hammarlund, Anders; Tord Olsson & Elisabeth Özdalga (1997). "Sufism, Music and Society - In Turkey and the Middle East". Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul. Transactions Vol. 10.Homerin, Th. Emil (2011). "Passion Before Me, My Fate Behind: Ibn al-Farid And the Poetry of Recollection". SUNY Press.Homerin, Th. Emil (2001). "From Arab Poet to Muslim Saint: Ibn al-Farid, His Verse, and His Shrine". The American University in Cairo Press.Ibn Sina - "A Treatise on Love". Translated by Emil L. Fackenheim. Medieval Studies.Khan, Inayat (1991). "The Mysticism of Sound and Music". Revised Edition. Shambala Dragon Editions.Lewis, Franklin D. (2000). "Rumi: Past and Present, East and West". Oneworld publications.Ibn 'Arabi - "The Ringstones of Wisdom (Fusus al-Hikam)". Translation by Caner K. Dagli. Great Books of the Islamic World.Qureshi, Regula Burckhardt (1995). "Sufi Music of India and Pakistan: Sound, Context and Meaning in Qawwali". The University of Chicago Press.Ridgeon, Lloyd (ed.) (2015). "The Cambridge Companion to Sufism". Cambridge University Press. Shehadi, Fadlou (1995). "Philosophies of Music in Medieval Islam". E.J. Brill.Wright, Owen (translated and edited by) (2010). "Epistles of the Brethren of Purity: On Music. An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistle 5. Oxford University Press.#Sufism #Music #Islam Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

A Quest for Well-Being
We Are Spirit Beings

A Quest for Well-Being

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 49:16


— “You were taught how to think, what to think, how to be and act, etc. This programming concealed your real identity. Inevitably, over time, one layer, after another, of your "make-up", in the form of thoughts, concepts and imagination, succeeded in obscuring your true identity. In time, you forgot about your innocent and spontaneous nature; you forgot about your Essence. Becoming aware of the add-ons or superimpositions to one's original nature is the first step. Undoing and freeing oneself from all the add-ons is the next step. We are not separate individuals, but formless, Spontaneous Presence, all part of the same Essence. The crux of the subject matter is that we are essentially Spirit Beings. We have always existed, and we will always exist. Our identification with the body-form has kept us ignorant, deluding us into thinking that we are unique individuals. We perceive ourselves as different from each other when it is only the body-form and pseudo-identity that differ.”  Valeria interviews  Ann Shaw  — The author of “Who Am I ?” Ann has been fascinated with the ultimate questions of “Who am I?” “Where have I come from?” for as long as she can remember. She spent many periods in solitude and reflection, looking for answers. She practiced meditation, Self-enquiry, contemplation and also attended various solitary retreats. Finding out the meaning of life became the most crucial topic. Driven by a fiery determination and in hot pursuit of answers, Ann immersed herself in a wide variety of spiritual literature from east and west. This included the mystics, teachers and masters of varied traditions, including Ramana Maharshi, Paramahansa Yogananda, Joel Goldsmith, Buddhism, Taoism, Rumi and Sufism, etc. Her interest and passion led her to the academic study of the subjects close to her heart, namely, psychology, theology, mysticism, comparative religion, etc. Armed with intellectual knowledge and graced with several spiritual/mystical experiences, the search continued with a vengeance. The journey had its highs and lows - with long periods “in the desert”, until, at last, further down the illusory road, what she was looking for, found her! The teachings of Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj and his Master, Shri Siddharameshwar Maharaj, freed Ann from the illusory “I”, thus bringing her search to an end. In 2013-2014, she spent nearly six months in Nashik, India, with her husband, in the presence of Nisargadatta's successor, Shri Ramakant Maharaj, absorbing the teachings and undergoing the various simple, yet, powerful, practices. She had reached her destination! They remained in close contact with Maharaj over the years, while continuing to spread the teachings across the globe and enabling seekers to visit Maharaj in Nashik. Auspiciously, Ann returned to Nashik for a few more months in 2018, to be with her Master. Shri Ramakant Maharaj attained Mahasamadhi in August 31st. Ann is the editor of Selfless Self, (hailed as a spiritual classic), on the teachings of Shri Ramakant Maharaj, which was published in 2015, and has since been translated into six languages. She also edited Maharaj's books, Be With You, (2016) and Ultimate Truth, (2018). Her book Timeless Years with Shri Ramakant Mahararj 2012 – 2022 by Ann & Charles Shaw was published on March 1st 2022. It is a fascinating story of their time in India with their Master and offers a unique and profound insight into Maharaj's life and the Guru-disciple or Teacher-student relationship. Who Am I? published on April 11 2022, offers answers to anyone searching for a greater understanding of who we are and why we are here. And not only that, its uplifting, vibrational wisdom enables a true experience of the Self. This self-help book contains practical guidance and techniques on how to know yourself, put an end to suffering and find lasting happiness and peace. Who Am I? is a refreshing read that crosses all barriers. Not limited by any belief system, philosophy, religion, spirituality, or genre, it speaks to us all. As well as continuing to write books, she teaches Naam Mantra meditation, as she was instructed to do, by Shri Ramakant Maharaj To learn more about Ann Shaw and her work, please visit: whoamibook.co.uk and annshaw.space         — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well. 

Mindful U at Naropa University
91. Netanel Miles-Yepez: Comparative Religion

Mindful U at Naropa University

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 81:20


Netanel Miles-Yepez is a Sufi Pir (Sufi spiritual guide), Doctor of Divinity, and World Wisdom's Professor at Naropa. He is also an artist, an author, a religious scholar, a spiritual teacher and a Co-Founder of The Heart Fire Festival. His focuses and studies are with Sufiism. In this episode, we hear him speak about Sufiism, developing a deeper understanding of religion, and what connecting to his own religion did to assist his soul path. Special Guest: Netanel Miles-Yepez.

Let's Talk Religion
Shadhiliyya - The North African Sufi Order

Let's Talk Religion

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 24:08


In this episode, we keep exploring the world of Sufism through one of the oldest and most important orders in history - the Shadhiliyya.Sources/Suggested Reading:Abu-n Nasr, Jamil M. (2007). "Muslim Communities of Grace: The Sufi Brotherhoods in Islamic Religious Life". C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd.Cornell, Vincent J. (1998). "Realm of the Saint: Power and Authority in Moroccan Sufism". University of Texas Press.Cornell, Vincent J. (Tranlated by) (1996). "The Way of Abu Madyan: The Works of Abu Madyan Shu'ayb". The Islamic Text Society.Lings, Martin (1993). "A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century: Shaikh Ahmad Al-'Alawi, his spiritual heritage and legacy". The Islamic Texts Society.Michon, Jean-Louis (ed.) (2010). "Ibn Ajiba: Two Treatises on the Oneness of Existence". Translated by David Streight. Archetype; Bilingual edition.#Sufism #Islam #Mysticism Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.