Welcome to the International Sufi Movement
Universal Sufism: The Sufi Message is a Message of Unity, of Spiritual Liberty, and of Love, Harmony and Beauty, destined for all humanity. Its purpose is not to draw seekers to a new path, but to awaken them to the path which they are destined to tread.
Truth is One; it cannot be otherwise. Therefore the Sufi finds the light and love of the Divine Spirit of Guidance hidden in all names and forms.
In the words of Hazrat Inayat Khan:
The effort of the Sufi Message is to give the opportunity to those serious seekers after truth that they may come in touch with the deeper side of life. No doubt truth is never taught, truth is discovered. It is not the wonderworking, it is not the life of phenomena that is the sign of the seeker. It is in the search for truth that God is found; it is in the finding of God that truth is realized. But where is God to be found? God is to be found in the heart of man.
International Summer School 2013
“The soul is the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of God lives within the shrine of the heart; this shrine can be closed or it can be open. There are some things in life that open it and some that close it.”
Hazrat Inayat Khan, The Dance of the Soul
Dear friend on the Sufi path,
Welcome to the Summer School of the International Sufi Movement, held every summer in the Universel Murad Hassil in Katwijk aan Zee. Sufism has been called the religion of the heart, and the Divine Spirit is meant to live within the temple of the heart. The theme of this year’s Summer School will be ‘Open Our Hearts,’ and in this connection Hazrat Inayat Khan has said: “If there is a trace of God to be found, it is in the heart of man. If it is not open enough, then the natural flow is closed, and the life becomes incomplete.”
The Summer School will emphasize personal work toward the opening of the heart. The program will include a wide range of activities, such as sacred readings, breathing practi- ces, musical attunements, meditative exercises and the singing Zikar. Of course there is al- ways the opportunity to meditate in the sacred stillness of the valley. On Commemoration day, 18 July, it will be possible to visit the graves of the brothers of Hazrat Inayat Khan in the cemetery ‘Oud Eik en Duinen’. After that visit we have lunch and organize a program in our Sufi centre in the Anna Paulownastraat in The Hague. We will have a two day program for children (>6) and lots of singing. We also feature interesting lectures by members of our Sufi community, and a special guest lecture by Marcel Derkse, a well known writer and teacher, whose work includes translations of the Masnavi by Jelaluddin Rumi. The Summer School will conclude with the Candle of Wish, a ceremony created by Hazrat Inayat Khan that acknowledges the in-most longing of our hearts.
We are happy to inform you that, due to a generous donation, it has been possible to significantly reduce the prices of Summer School 2013.
Looking forward to seeing you there, and with warm greetings from the heart, The Organizing Committee
“Now coming to a still greater secret of life I want to answer the question: how can we grow to read and understand the message
that life speaks through all its names and forms?
The answer is that, as by the opening of the eyes you can see things, so by the opening of the heart you can understand things.
As long as the heart is closed you cannot understand.
The secret is that, when the ears and eyes of the heart are open,
all planes of the world are open, all names are open,
all secrets, all mysteries are unfolded.”
Hazrat Inayat Khan, Man, The Purpose of Creation
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