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The Spiritual Challenge of Artificial Intelligence, Trans-Humanism, and the Post-Human World

This talk by Shaikh Kabir created quite a stir at the Science and Non-Duality Conference, The Mystery of Being Human, Oct 26th 2018.   What compels me to speak about the challenge of trans-humanism, artificial intelligence, and the post-human world is our culture’s lack of a metaphysical framework to understand what's happening. With the disintegration [...]

2018-11-02T10:45:37+00:00

Eighteen Stages of Service

Eighteen Stages of Service[1] The soul of the Mevlevi Dergah (training center) is the kitchen (matbah). In the kitchen, the Head Cook Dede (Ashchi Dede; Ser-tabbah),[2] the Cauldron Dede (Kazanci Dede), the Internal Affairs Dervish, the person in charge of the house work in a dervish convent (icheri meydancisi) and the Dish-washing Dede (Bulashikchi Dede) [...]

2018-09-05T14:43:58+00:00

The Coherence of Our Souls

~ Shaikh Kabir Helminski The Essence of Our Practice We place a great emphasis on being—the quality of attention and presence that we practice. Being is our capacity to be awake with full attention and an open heart. Being is also the source of coherence. Being is our capacity to connect the transcendent with the [...]

2018-09-01T13:38:46+00:00

Give God Your Existence

Give God your existence and God will give you His Life. Today is September 30, Mevlana’s birthday and the 10th day of Muharram, remembered primarily for the martyrdom of Imam Hussein. On this day we are especially grateful for the wisdom that unites us with reality and the example of holiness of our spiritual ancestors. [...]

2017-11-01T12:11:23+00:00

Presence, Sincerity, & Spiritual Practice

Today time moves fast and our humanness is under assault in many ways. The distractions of consumer society and pop culture, the compression of time, the advance of technological powers, the intensity of life requires nothing less than the development of true spiritual practice and remembrance.

2017-06-17T14:55:58+00:00

Living Presence – 25th Anniversary Edition

With unique clarity, this book describes how presence can be developed to vastly improve our lives. Drawing on the work of the beloved Sufi poet, Rumi, as well as traditional material and personal experience, this book integrates the ancient wisdom of Sufism with the needs of contemporary life. Completely revised and updated for its 25th anniversary, this edition of Living Presence offers a wisdom that is both universal and practical.

2018-04-01T15:55:15+00:00