The Path of the Heart hosted by Lightsong-Inayatiyya
our monthly Sufi classes and Music of Life gatherings
14:30– 18:30, followed by a potluck dinner
at the Sufi Center den Haag
Anna Paulownastraat 78, 2518 BJ, The Hague
Since time immemorial, Sufi mysticism has developed and refined pathways of spiritual unfoldment that honor the beauty and richness of daily life.
The Path of the Heart is our open monthly gatherings – in person as well as online – that explores some of the practices and teachings for navigating this journey. We draw from the teachings of Sufi mysticism, including Hazrat Inayat Khan, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan and Pir Zia Inayat Khan, as well as the poetry and stories of mystics from other wisdom traditions.
During our gatherings, we share sacred music and dance, breath, light, sound, and meditation practices to harmonize, purify and uplift our hearts and spirit.
These gathering are offered to all sincere seekers of love, harmony and beauty. To help us continue our work, we welcome your generous donations.
FEBRUARY – DECEMBER 2017
THE MUSIC OF LIFE: CONNECTING HEARTS
In 2016 Lightsong-Inayatiyya hosted a new series of monthly Sunday afternoon events called The Music of Life. These programmes began with an (optional) hour of meditation led by members of our Sufi community, followed by a welcome tea and coffee break for a wider audience to come to the benefit music concerts which we organized to support awareness of our interconnectedness beyond the boundaries of race, culture and religion. Last year our proceeds from these events to the Hope Project in India and to Doctors Without Borders to support medical aid in Aleppo, Syria.
See last year’s events by clicking here
In 2017 we continue our Music of Life: Connecting Hearts benefit music programmes, which are preceded by an optional Sufi meditation class (from 14:30 – 15:30). The Music of Life programmes will be followed by a “potluck” meal where everyone is invited to bring something (vegetarian) to share – a wonderful way to end our day informally with each other. These Sunday afternoons are aimed at awakening awareness of our interconnectedness beyond the boundaries of race, culture and religion. Our wish is to inspire, connect and bring more empathy into the world through music and artistic expression.
These are the dates for our 2017 Sunday afternoons in the Hague with special guests:
February 12: Love Human and Divine: an afternoon of Sufi practice, poetry and Dances of Universal Peace, with Saki, Shankha, and Terry
March 19: Sufi class followed by Saraban Trio – Ottoman music with Nazeer Abdiulhai (Syria) on ud, Emine Bostanci (Turkey) on kemensche and Jacobus Thiele (Germany) on percussion.
April 9: Piano concert with virtuoso Mike del Ferro and Audio Visual Presentation with Sofia Dawoudi (Meet the Syrians)
May 14: Sufi class followed by classical Indian vocal music concert with Prewien Pandohi-Mishre (Suriname) and Yama Sarshar (Afghanistan-Australia) on tabla
June 18: Urs celebration of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, followed by Indian music concert with Sougata Chowdury (India) on sarod and Ganesh Ramnath on tabla
September17: Sufi class followed by the Dance of the Soul with Musawira Graciete Parizio (Brazil)
October 22: Sufi class followed by Qawwali concert with vocalist Iliyas Nadjafi (Afghanistan), Yama Sarshar on tabla (Afghanistan-Australia) and Ganesh Ramnath (Holland) on harmonium.
November 19: Public lecture with Shaikh ul Mashaikh Mahmood Khan, nephew of Hazrat Inayat Khan, followed by master story teller and musician Sarhand Sahebdivani (Iran)
December 3: Sufi Class followed by Taize singing led by Meike Heegardt (singer and music teacher from Bremen, Germany)
SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER 2017 MONTHLY LIGHTSONG-INAYATIYYA ONLINE CLASSES for mureeds and serious students of Sufi mysticism. These monthly classes can be accessed at any time, and include four different segments which include sacred music, prayers and spiritual practices: early morning meditation; a primary theme for the month; wazifa and zhikr practice; and mystic relaxation, followed by weekly e-mails with reflections and self-inquiry suggestions. For more information about the classes and to register click here