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Heart with Wings


Murshida Stephanie Nuria Sabato

Meditations on The Message is a Meditation Retreat that focuses on the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan. The teachings are supported with supplemental readings, meditations, and breath practices, which are all aimed at the development of the 'democracy of the ego and the nobility of the soul'.

Classes Offered in 2017

February 4, 2017
Given July 28, 1925

Visalat Day Remembrance
February 2017

In the words of Hazrat Inayat Khan:

My Blessed Mureeds, I would like to speak this evening on the subject of the teaching that is given by Murshid to his mureeds. This training can be divided into four classes. And the four classes again divided to two divisions: finer training and grosser training.


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Outline of Reading and Practice References

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May 27, 28, 29, 30, Ozark Spring 2017 Camp, Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri USA

Ozark Spring 2017 Camp
Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri USA
May 27, 28, 29, 30

Sublime Simplicity

In the words of Hazrat Inayat Khan: We read in the Vadan, "Simplicity is the living beauty." Man today has made life so complex that whatever he seeks after, he wants to find in complexity. All things in life which have importance, beauty, and value are simple; and simplest of all things is the divine truth.

Outline of Practices and Reading References


Day 1 Attunement

The truth is not a newly invented theory, not a dogma, not an idea; it is reality itself. At the back of it is the self of man; therefore, it is simple. (Hazrat Inayat Khan)
Play Audio 1 (01:27:49)
NOTE: The background noise is from heavy rain falling during the class session. 38 minutes into the class tornado alerts sounded. Our class was joined by Murshid Khabir Kitz and members of his class who came to the lower level of the hall for protection from the storm. From 38 minutes onward you can listen to the heart conversation between Murshid Khabir and myself. It was indeed a blessing in diguise! I wanted to attend Murshid Khabir's class session and he mine, which had been simultaneously scheduled. God IS Great! Wishes and prayers are answered!

Day 2 Attunement
We human beings here have this tendency and it is also the tendency of the soul. Wherever it finds interest, joy, and pleasure, it remains, it settles there. But again, every soul is bound to its goal, it must reach there, and in order to reach the goal it must return.... There are, three different ways of returning, or one should really say going forward. One is the way of the drunken man; another of the man who is asleep; and the third is the way of the man whose eyes are open. (Hazrat Inayat Khan)
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Day 3 Attunement
This process by which every soul comes forth and returns is the very process that the mystics of all ages have realized here on the earth; and the true meaning of mysticism or spiritual attainment is to know fully. (Hazrat Inayat Khan)
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Play Audio 2 (03:13)

Day 4 Attunement - Note: This session begins with a reading by NurAlim Graves on DreamVisions
The very fact that there is so much materialism shows that every soul feels uncomfortable and begins to long for spiritual attainment. But how do they pursue spiritual attainment? (Hazrat Inayat Khan)
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Summer School, Katwijk Netherlands

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International Summer School
Murad Hassil, Katwijk Netherlads
July 5-11, 2017

Top: Murad Hassil, Left: Murshid Nawab Pasnak & Murshida Nuria Sabato, Joint General Representatives

Selected Summer School Offerings 2017

Summer School 2017 in Katwijk, Netherlands was highlighted by the blue sky and clouds, so familiar in the paintings of the Dutch Masters.
The North Sea  breezes, undulating gently through the dune grasses, curling ribbonlike waves upon the sea’s surface, and drawing moray patterns in the sands – a beautifully, harmonious dance of the elemental world and an atmosphere of Light, Life, and Love. ~ KarimaGita Erickson

Viladat Day Keynote, Rabbi Gabriel Hagaî


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Sacred Secrets of Silence

In the words of Hazrat Inayat Khan: There is a saying that words are valuable but silence is more precious. This saying will always prove true. The more we understand the meaning of it, the more we realize its truth. How many times we find during the day that we have said something which would have been better left unsaid!

Outline of Practices and Reading References



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Faith and Doubt, by Hazrat Inayat Khan

Reading Delivered by Wali van Lohuizen, author of What does the soul tell? Reflections on teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan - A Sufi essay

Faith and doubt are as light and darkness. The moments of faith are like the moments of the day, and the moments of doubt are like the moments of the night. Download PDF of the Sacred Reading

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The Path of Initiation

Reading Delivered by KarimaGita Erickson

The most important factor in the Sufi Movement is the esoteric school, although it is not the most important activity, for the reason that this school has to do with some few, not with the multitude. The esoteric school is not for all and will never be for all; it is only for the few. Download PDF of the Sacred Reading

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Life of the Buddha, danced by Nirtan Pasnak


Life of Buddha, danced by Nirtan Pasnak

The movements of this dance are to music composed by the famous violinist of the Carnatic tradition, Dr. L. Subramanian, but written in a western classical style for a full orchestra, and performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Madras percussion ensemble (conducted by Maestro Daniel Nazareth in 2006). Soloists on violin are L. Subramanian and Ruggiero Ricci. The composition is the second movement of the double concerto for two violins.



The story of Buddha goes as follows:
In the city of Kapilavastu, in the foothills of the Himalayas, behind four walls there was a resplendent palace. In that palace lived the king Shuddodana with his beautiful queen Maya. Once the queen had a dream where she saw in the sky a white elephant that entered into her side. Nine months later, in the Lumbini gardens, holding onto the branch of a tree she gave birth to the future Buddha, named Siddhartha Gautama. The sages examined the baby and said that either he would become the world ruling Chakravarti or he was destined to acquire perfect wisdom and illumination as the Buddha. His father, wanting his son to become a chakravarti, protected him from contact with the rest of the world. The boy grew up amidst games and the enjoyment of dancing and singing– but the gods interfered. Once, while walking in the gardens the handsome youth saw an old man, a sick person and a dead man, and he was overwhelmed by the suffering of the world. When he then saw a yogi he decided to follow the path of wisdom and find a way to remove evil from the world.



That night he took his horse and quietly stole from the palace, ‘Going Forth’ in search of release from suffering. Once away from the city he sent his beloved horse back home, removed his jewelry and rich garments, put on the loin cloth and shaved his head. He became a disciple of a renowned Yogi and followed his teaching. He followed the path of asceticism but in time became so weak that he almost died from starvation. At that moment a maiden came by carrying the sweet rice pudding kheer. She offered a bowl of it to Siddharta. Having eaten, he recovered his strength and understood that the path of asceticism is not the way, as he might die before achieving his goal. He realized that the best is the middle way, avoiding extremes of asceticism and of self-indulgence, and developing loving compassion for all sentient being.



Finding the Bodhi tree, the pillar of the universe, he sat down, deciding that he would not rise from the seat until he reached Nirvana. Mara, the embodiment of illusion, came with all his attendant hosts, claiming that it was his place under the tree. Siddhartha rejected his claim, saying that it is not by hatred and aggression one claims this seat but through self-discipline. He called upon Earth to be his witness. As the Earth shook, the hosts of Mara flew away in fright.

While Siddharta sat under the Bodhi tree, he went higher and higher, until he at last reached Nirvana and proclaimed his victory. The Heavens shook with joy, trees gave fruit and the sick became healed and danced. Brahma came to Buddha and told him that he should teach the path to the world to give a way from suffering. The Buddha came to the deer park near Varanasi and gave his first sermon consisting of the four noble truths: Life is suffering; the cause of suffering is craving; there is a way out of suffering; that is to follow the eight-fold path, which consists of the path of meditation and developing loving kindness toward all sentient beings.


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Universal Worship Service, Spirit of Guidance

Cherags: Nawab Pasnak, Rani McLaughlin, Amin Betcanur
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Zirat, Presented by Amir Smits


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From the Zirat Papers, the words of Hazrat Inayat Khan: In this journey the soul has passed, not only through the angelic and the djinn spheres but through the rocks and plants and through the lower creation it has risen to become human. Therefore through all the names and forms we see in this world, even of the smallest germs and insects, the soul is working out its perfection to express itself in humanity.

A picture of the journey may be made, as of an angel from the highest heaven who came down and descended in the lowest depth of the earth, and from there, feeling after and longing for paradise it has left, has worked its way through the lower creation and arrived at the form of man.

Although in essence, even after touching the deepest depth of the earth, the soul is divine, in order to realise for itself that divine element, it has a task waiting even after being man, and it is the manner in which that task is accomplished and the object gained, which is taught in Zirat, in which we all unite to offer our homage to the Owner of the Farm. "Zirat is the science of Divine Creation”.

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Selected Offerings from 2017 Ghost River Retreat

In Arabian Nights there is a most interesting mystical story that gives us a little idea what the Path of Attainment means. It is the story of Aladdin, who, on asking for the hand of the princess, was told he should bring the magic lantern first, in order to attain the daughter. And he went. Then the story goes on, telling how many forests, how many rivers he crossed, how he went through the wind and storm, through all troubles and difficulties, over the tops of mountains and to the depth of the earth. He went through the water, through the air, through fire, through all tests and trials, till he reached the end of his ordeal and found at last that lantern, that magic lantern, by which he attained his object.

Sufi Prayer & Elemental Breaths
Presented by Nuria Sabato


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Hazrat Inayat Khan's Zikar, Jelaluddin Sill

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Hazrat Inayat Khan on the Performanance Zikar
Presented by Nuria Sabato



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Concentration Practice, Presented by Carol Harmon

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Blue Delphinia

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Hazrat Inayat Khan on Rhythm
Presented by Nirtan Sokoloff

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Sufi Healing Service and Practice
Presented by Kuan yin Pujos-Michel and Nuria Sabato


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Play - Healing Through the Elemental Breaths
Singing Wazifa Ya Shaffee Ya Khaffee, Presented by Jelauluddin Sill

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About Universal Worship
Presented by David Murray

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