Summer School Selected Offerings
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, Presented by Rabbi Gabriel Hagaî
- Secrets of Sacred Silence, Presented by Nuria Sabato
- Faith and Doubt, Presented by Wali van Lohuizen
- The Path of Initiation, Presented by KarimaGita Erickson
- The Life of Buddha, danced by Nirtan Pasnak
- Universal Worship Scriptual Readings. Cherags: Nawab Pasnak, Rani McLaughlin, Amin Betcanur
- Zirat, Presented by Amir Smits
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
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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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 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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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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