Sufism is among the most ancient spiritual traditions in the world. Sufism traces its origins back thousands for years through a golden chain of individually guided meditation and mystical practice. The modern stream of the Sufi tradition, called Universal Sufism, is growing globally, especially in the West. Universal Sufism invites all souls––from any faith tradition and background, or from no faith tradition or background–– to join with us on the Journey of Becoming.
Like many mystical and meditative traditions, Universal Sufism encourages a short daily practice. This includes meditation with a focus on the breath. I say “breath’ rather than “breathing” because Sufis regard breath as a vital essence necessary to human life, and energy that permeates body, mind, and soul, enlivening persons who cultivate breath - consciousness, or breath - awareness. Universal Sufi meditation and breath - consciousness are beneficial to body, mind, and soul.
Mindfulness meditation helps the body by removing you from the demands and stresses of daily life for a few minutes each day, inducing physical relaxation and calm. Mindfulness also helps your mind, leads to clarity of thought, inspirational insights, and improved memory. Mindfulness meditation is good for the soul, and allows your innermost voice to speak and guide your thoughts. But meditation in the universal Sufi tradition is much more.
What does “soul” mean in Universal Sufism, if the movement has no religious affiliation? For many Christians the soul is comprised of two parts, “spirit” and “body.” In other faith traditions the soul is a fragment of a universal being that is convinced it is an individual entity but requires religion to correct this mistake so it can be reabsorbed back into the universal being. In Universal Sufism your Soul is your essence, that uncreated part of you that is YOU
This part of Episode One introduces listeners to the Host, David Peck (Sufi al-Hajj Daudi), and introduces Universal Sufism.
Part 2 of the episode addresses the questions, "What is mysticism?" and "What makes Sufism 'Mystical'?"
The concluding part of Episode One Describes Sufi rituals, and answers the question "Can a Mormon also be a Sufi, and what does that mean for their "Mormonism'?
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Sufis at the Dargah shrine of Moinuddin Chishty provide free hot meals to the thousands of pilgrims who come to the shrine from all over the world every day. Prepared in massive metal cauldrons donated centuries ago by the Mughal Emperors Akbar the Great and Shah Jehan, free daily meals include a breakfast for up to 3,000 persons and a dinner for up to 5,000. Surplus food is packaged in biodegradable containers and taken into the poorer quarters of Ajmer City and distributed through the Sufi Meals on Wheels program.
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|Origin||Sufism traces its legacy back into the dawn of humanity. Sufism was passed down to the present through a silsila, a Golden Chain of transmission from Guide to Disciple.|
|1910||Sufi Master and musician Inayat Khan travels to Europe and the United States, introducing Sufism in the West through music and lecture. He founded the Sufi Order in 1918, the foundation of Western Sufism, the Universal Sufi tradition in the West. Although Inayat Khan was gounded in more than one Sufi tradition in India, he is most closely associated with the Chishtiyya order associated with the city of Ajmer.|
|1970||Samuel Lewis, lovingly known as Murshid Sam, founds the Sufi Ruhaniat International (sri ) in San Francisco, California. The sri is an important stream of the Sufi lineage introduced by Inayat Khan. Murshid Sam in 1971 and was succeeded as the pir of sri by his disciple, Moineddin Jablonski.|
|2001||Pir Moineddin Jablonski dies, having appointed Shabda Kahn as Pir of the sri . Pir Shabda leads the sri today, and continues the important Sufi traditions of Murshid Sam, including the Dances of Universal Peace.|
|2020||David Peck (Sufi al-Hajj Daud) is initiated by Shabda Kahn as a Guide in the sri al-Hajj Daud founded the Teton Sufi Circle in 2020, and Of Saints and Sufis in 2021.|