Blessed Births
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Blessed Births

September is a blessed month of holy birthdays. We remember these beloveds and ask to be brought in nearness to them in every state and every moment.

September 8th is the remembrance day celebrating the birthday of Beloved Mary. Immerse in her grace through this celebration of the book launch of The Way of Mary, Maryam, Beloved of God, with Camille Helminski, A. Helwa, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Andrew Harvey, Omid Safi, Rev. Matthew Wright, Lisa Ferraro and other friends. Click on the video image below:

September 27th is the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, his family and his community. We share these Love Letters to Muhammad by Anna Rohleder as a way to deepen your connection.

September 30th is the remembrance day of celebration of the birthday of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi. May these “Seven Counsels ” be a birthday gift from him to us to remember and practice with the blessings of our Sustainer.

In generosity and helping others be like a river.
In compassion and grace be like the sun.
In concealing others’ faults be like the night.
In anger and fury be as if you have died.
In modesty and humility be like the earth.
In tolerance be like a sea.
Either appear as you are or be as you appear.

Our Offerings

In support of broader access, we are in the process of shifting some of our book offerings to other platforms away from Amazon. Many of our titles can now be ordered through in the USA, or in the UK, or in either regions; if you can’t find a title published by Threshold Books on Amazon, please visit those sites. And of course, we also encourage you to support your local bookstores by placing orders for books with them as much as possible.

Please be aware that these books are now newly available as linked below and from Waterstones:

Rumi and His Friends ebook

Rumi’s Sun paperback

In the House of Remembering paperback

For a full list of Dede and Ana’s books and recordings, as well as those they have assisted in bringing into publication, please see the books page of the website.

Oct 1st

Join us for a monthly online meditation and sohbet with Shaikh Kabir and Camille, and special guests from the Threshold community. Held on the 1st Sunday of every month at 12pm Eastern Time (5pm UK).

Zoom meeting:
Zoom passcode: threshold

Watch last month's meeting below and see all our videos here.

September Theme

Develop “Being” through remembrance, intention, and love.

We welcome your reflections on this theme.

Reflections on the August theme: True Adab is not a set of rules, but innocent awareness.

~ Aykut Akalın [Istanbul, Turkiye]

We can find beautiful examples of adab (spiritual courtesy) in our Mevlevi tradition which set the tone of every action and relationship as described in the adab article on Threshold website:

Every situation and relationship has its proper adab: between students on the path, in relation to family members and elders, in relation to one’s shaikh. Every level of being also has its adab, including coming into the presence of Truth.

Someone can see a dervish kissing a glass before sipping their tea, or ‘meeting’ with their pillow before going to sleep; so there is an appropriate adab for inanimate objects as well.

Manifestation of this adab in our daily life may seem solely about a set of behaviors and etiquette and one can find these a bit formal, limiting our own wishes about how to act and behave, pushing us to fit into a social shape defined by previous generations which we don't want to be pushed into. At least this was the case for me, as I didn’t really understand the reasons behind all of these behaviors. Being born and raised in Turkiye where Sufi culture and way of living has imbued society so much, we practice some of these practical aspects without really thinking about them. For example; I would wait for the eldest person on the table to start eating first or would enter a room with my right foot first. But why, why do I have to follow these rules? Growing up I wasn’t a rebellious type (and am still not); so I enjoyed being recognized by my family and society for following this etiquette, having adab. Elders might have said things like, 'This boy is so ‘edepli’' (has adab). So it was a ‘nice’ thing to have adab but tiresome at the same time.

On pages 53 and 54 of The Book of Language by dear Kabir Dede, adab is described as 'courtesy and appropriate behavior.' He continues; ‘In our context it is a subtle discipline of mind and body that expresses humility, respect, patience and sensitivity… Adab is the reflection of wisdom and the evidence of justice.’ Reflecting on what adab means for me, in addition to these it is also a way of expressing and embodying love and affection. This is not just limited to our fellow dervishes but includes our relationship with all creation as well as our Rabb. It is one of the most appropriate answers I can find to the questions ‘How can I express love?’ or ‘How do I become love?’ It's a way of acting upon the meaning of our dear Yunus Emre’s suggestion: ‘Love the creation for the Creator's sake.’

When I try to perceive the subtler levels of meaning and the symbolism emanating from the practices and adab being taught on Mevlevi path, I can relate these as beautiful enablers for refined awareness of ourselves, our actions, thoughts, feelings, and our surroundings. With this awareness we have the possibility of expressing the appropriateness needed in the moment. This has tremendous potential for training the ego. The adab and its practical aspects basically become a container for a conscious way of life and growing our humanness. And without this refined awareness and presence it's very hard to allow the appropriateness to emerge from within. So awareness also becomes the enabler and the container for adab. It's a cycle of emergence; adab enables awareness to be refined and awareness enables adab to emerge.

With my first encounters in Threshold, I thought it's pretty easy and natural for me to follow the adab; I learned some of it growing up anyway. Then I slowly started learning more; we would try to be as silent as possible while preparing the food, to be present with the food, with our breath, and with our fellow dervishes; or we would enter the gathering space with our right foot first to consciously step over the threshold, leaving the world behind and entering the sacred space. This time, our path was teaching me the subtler levels of its adab with the reasons behind it, which opened the deeper meanings for me. Understanding their meanings made it much easier to integrate this adab into my daily life.

There is another aspect I have to mention though. During the initial years of me coming to the path, I had the risk of overdoing it and taking these as sets of rules that I must follow, with the additional risk of doing it to be recognized and liked by others. Now, looking back, thanks be to God these risks are being dissolved over time, and it's rather becoming a guideline and a more balanced and effortless way of life where I can express love, affection, respect and courtesy towards others. So the following was my intention before a recent Türkiye trip: try to be present, return to your breath as much as possible, focus on how much you love your fellow travelers and attend to the needs of the moment. I believe this has allowed me to feel light and in the flow, and I hope it has given my friends a sense of being loved, respected, and held. For me it was a beautiful way of being and living, and, God willing, I can continue learning and deepening in adab. May our perception be open for understanding the purpose and meaning of adab on our path, and may we approach this way of living with innocence and open-heartedness. Ameen.


~ Aykut is a seeker on the Mevlevi Path living in Istanbul. Currently focusing on the Threshold Turkiye circle and Turkish Threshold website.

The Threshold Society

The Threshold Society, rooted within the traditions of Sufism and inspired by the life and work of Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi, is a non-profit educational foundation with the purpose of facilitating the experience of Divine Unity, Love, and Truth in the world. Sufism is a living tradition of human transformation through love and higher consciousness. Our fundamental framework is classical Sufism and the Qur’an as it has been understood over the centuries by the great Sufis. The Society is affiliated with the Mevlevi Order, and offers training programs, seminars and retreats around the world.

Each month we intend to highlight an article about our lineage and its principles. This month we offer Love in Islam by Mahmoud Mostafa:

Dear brothers and sisters, the guidance of Islam is the guidance of love. The innate, natural and ancient religion that is Islam is the religion of love. The Prophet (puh) came to guide us to love and to make clear the love that is at the core of all religion. Our purpose as human beings is to consciously manifest Allah’s love in our lives. This is the most significant meaning of Khilafa and Ibada that can bring purpose to us and transform our lives. When we reflect upon the history of the Prophet (puh) and the spread of his message we will realize that Islam could not have taken root in the world without the love that filled the heart of the Prophet and was clearly manifest in his way of relating and interacting with people that brought out their own deep and profound love for him. Without this mutual and abiding love, none of us would be here today. Without this love Islam would not have been possible.

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