Class Message Baraka Center

September 2017

Dear Friends,

Classes begin at the Baraka Center, Tuesday, September 19th:  7:15-7:30pm sitting meditation, 7:30pm class begins, 9:00pm class closing. (all class dates listed below)

We are very excited about our theme for the year: “Healing”.
The power to heal is a quality natural to all beings. In the course of the difficulties of life we lose sight of that power. We lose sight of it as individuals and as communities. Nothing is more needed in the world today than the power to reawaken this quality of restoring ourselves to a place of health, vitality, and connection. This year we will explore the Sufi teachings on the art of healing. We will cover it for our own health, for the health of our relationships, for the health of our families and communities, and ultimately for the health of the country and the world. These ancient teachings have never been more needed than at this time.

We have been pondering how to best use our class time in the service of this profound teaching.  Because your presence is so important to us and because the nature of some of our Sufi teachings require consistency, we would like people to make a strong commitment to attending classes regularly. We have had feedback that once a month classes would be easier to commit to.  We don’t want to cut back on the number of hours we meet during the year, so we will also be adding three Sunday mornings to our schedule. We will meet from 9:30-12:30 followed by a community lunch for those who are able to stay. Those dates will be decided upon soon.  We have our Tuesday class meeting times listed below.  We will meet the 1st Tuesday of each month except for September and January when we will meet on the 3rd Tuesday.

Come and join us in this exploration of our healing journey.
Much love,
Zarifah and Nur Azad

Tuesday Class Meetings:  7:15-7:30pm Sitting Meditation; 7:30pm Class Begins; 9pm Class Closing

September 19
October 3
November 7
December 5
January 16
February 6
March 6
April 3
May 1
June 5

December 2016

Classes scheduled for:
December 6th, 2016
No class December 20th
Beginning the New Year 2017, January 3rd, 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 7:30-9:00pm.

This year we will explore the integration of our yearning for Love and Belonging with the reality of living in this world with all of its distractions and difficulties. The focus will be on cultivation of the Mind and how we can make concrete changes in our thoughts, feelings and actions in order to fulfill the purpose of our lives.
We will be using the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan, especially Volume IV  Mental Purification and Healing, from the Complete Works of Hazrat Inayat Khan.

On-line texts of the books and papers of Hazrat Inayat Khan are available,

February 1, 2016

Dear Ones,

Every year on February 5th we celebrate the Urs or passing of Pir o Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan.  However, this year the Baraka Center will hold the Celebration of that event at the regular class time on Tuesday, February 2.
We will incorporate this celebration into our regular class topic of “The Inner LIfe.”

Inayat Khan is the founder of the Inayati Order and a constant source of guidance, inspiration and acceptance to all of us.  His name Inayat is translated as “loving kindness” and his teaching and his presence have embodied that truth.  This baraka or blessing has been passed on to all of us much as the nimbus of the sun envelopes all the planets.  We come together to honor him with gratitude and thanks but also to acknowledge that Great Being that emerges in him and through all of us, that Unknowable Source of all that is and that is the fulfillment of Love, Harmony and Beauty.

Come this Tuesday and bring some token of your remembrance of your relationship with him.  Bring a poem of Murshid’s, a favorite line, a song, a flower, what ever moves your heart.  If you are new to this path and have yet to discover this teaching and belonging, bring yourself.  It is more than enough.

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow night.
Much love, Munawir and Zarifah

January 2016

Dear ones,

Pir Zia has just announced the renaming of our Sufi Order. We are now called The Inayati Order. There are many discussions of this on line, but, we will also discuss the name change more fully at the class this Tuesday, January 12th.

Pir Zia translates Inayati as loving kindness. This would include qualities such as tolerance, generosity, acceptance, intention for the good of all, qualities that each of us seeks to emulate and to enhance in our daily lives.

In this coming year, I wish to invite you on a quest to develop these qualities in ourselves more thoroughly and to share them freely with the generosity implied in the new name of our order.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon.
Much love, Munawir

Class Dates for January:  January 12 and 19, theme is “Breath”.  January class dates are 2nd & 3rd Tuesdays which is different from our regular schedule, 1st & 3rd Tuesdays.

September 2016

Dear Ones, last year our class schedule for the Baraka Center was constantly interrupted by weather, holidays and other unavoidable interruptions. Because we now meet bi-weekly there were often long stretches without classes. As Hafiz noted “You know how you get, Dear One, when you have not had your taste of Love.” Our distance from each other was unsettling.

The Farmers Almanac and the IT person where I teach are suggesting that another hard winter is coming. To account for possible interruptions, we will now be having meetings on the Tuesday following the missed class (we will keep you informed). We also will be taking advantage, from time to time, of the months that have 5 Tuesdays allowing us greater opportunity for connection.

We will use this time to deepen our connection to each other, the Baraka Center and the Sufi Message of Spiritual Liberty.

We look forward to being together.