SUFI SEMINAR IN THE DR - 2004
AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE BELOVED
The seminar was the merging of two traditions, the Work of Gurdjieff and the Mevlevi Zikr, (remembrance of God).
Movements and daily themes intermingled with Zikr gave us a flavor of unity of two traditions that provide a single Aim, the attainment of a permanent center of gravity that revolves around the most important task for a true human, that is to practice Love in every action of daily life.
One of the must important themes that was presented was a fragment from a talk by JGB on "The world of facts and the world of possibilities"
We had a wonderful experience with the Beloved. Little by little the group was gathering strength to reach the Higher Realms where it is possible to establish a direct connection with the Higher Powers. No doubt that we experienced the connection of Efendi Jelaluddin with Baraka, he was working very intensively to bring us a present that each one of us individually was not able to receive; but he brought it into the group as if serving a banquet where each one was able to eat as much as he was hungry for.
Every night during the Zikr we could experience the reality of the heart; it was always new and fresh. It is not that we were strangers in a foreign land, but rather that we arrived home where we belong and longed for. At moments it felt like we have always been there.
We often spoke about a need to recognize our own true value as humans. We have a tendency to put ourselves down and fill the heart with negativity about ourselves and about others. "There is different perspective of the human being as the diamond of God that when is properly carved, will become part of the neckless of the Beloved. We have to try to establish a different relationship with God and it must be one of Love."
'He' has a constant yearning for each one of us individually and He is always there waiting for us to turn towards Him. There are many veils between us and God, but none between Him and us. We must clean our hearts of the rust it has accumulated so that it will shine and reflect the image of Him. This is the carving of the Diamond that will reflect His light into the world. The Zikr is the process by which this can be accomplished.
Efendi asked what Zikr was and after getting several answers finally he simply said: "Zikr is joy." -It is so true, that true joy is an everlasting experience; - it remains ingrained within our hearts.