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Be Humble in Love; Be Bold in Loving

Hz. Abul Hasan Kharaqani, Kars Sooner or later those who travel the path of God will encounter a series of questions related to the very existence of the "self." What began as a self-evident and solid "I," an identity made up of desires, satisfactions, disappointments, insecurities, and aspirations, gradually becomes a rather different [...]

2019-05-10T10:22:09-05:00

Unfold the Wings of your Essence

In the State of True Friendship: Shams & Mevlana A recent sohbet with Shaikh Kabir & Camille Ana Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem Kabir Dede: This is the day that Hazreti Shams first came to Konya. In emptying our hearts, as much as we are able, we will hear and be encouraged in our own journeying by [...]

2018-12-13T15:47:29-05:00

Endeavor to Make God Your Companion in Every Spiritual State

A transcribed sohbet of Shaikh Kabir, from the forthcoming book The Living Tradition, Discourses on the Sufi Path The Qur’an says: In His causes you ought to strive. The Arabic word jihada could be translated as “strive.” The real jihada, the real spiritual striving, is reconciling the energy or force from which we gain a [...]

2018-11-30T12:25:59-05:00

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 [...]

2018-11-02T10:45:37-05:00

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) [...]

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

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 [...]

2018-09-01T13:38:46-05:00