In honor of the Libra full moon, we will gather in ceremony and taste mystical annihilation in the Beloved (fana) one of the core goals of the Sufi way, also known as the Religion of Love. The mind has its logic, but the spiritual heart- which is called Qalb in Arabic meaning“to turn” points to our forever changing, beating heart - the only true metric to sense our way towards the wisdom of the unification of the opposites of "I" and "Thou."
As the Sufi poet Rumi exclaimed~
Between thousands of "Me’s" and "Us”
Say! Who am I?!
Listen to my cries! Don't silence me
I'm losing my mind in this Love,
So don't cast thorns in my path
If you do so, I will step on them
& crush any barrier!
I am Him!
I’ve become Him!
I am with Him!
I have become nothing without Him!
In the religion of Love, I have become just like Him!
For this Love alone, I am annihilated!
Through breathing exercises, vocalizations and movement, we will focus on awakening our spiritual heart, clearing energetic blockages in the body and becoming a channel of divine Love. Sema (sufi whirling) is a moving meditation that awakens and harmonizes body, mind and heart to the inherent beauty and unity of the natural world, from the smallest atom to the stars.
Friday April 19 | 8 - 10PM
$35 | $28 for members
Juliet Rabia Gentile (MA, Sarah Lawrence College) is a Sufi adept and performance artist. Juliet founded The Source, a holistic co-living space and spiritual sanctuary located in Woodstock, NY. She is a spiritual representative of Shaykha Fariha Fatima of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi lineage, based in Tribeca and has led Sufi prayer ceremonies throughout New York at venues including the U.N. General Assembly, Riverside Church, Barnard College, Cathedral St. John the Divine, New York Open Center and Omega Institute. She teaches Sufi whirling (Sema), chanting and frame drumming both privately and in groups in NYC. She shares her love of music as a vocalist and percussionist in several ensembles including Persian Music Ensemble, American Sufi Project and The New York Arabic Orchestra
Daniel Yousef Tehrani is a singer and multi-instrumentalist specializing in Persian traditional music. Born in NYC, he studied music in Iran and began performing professionally as a teenager.