Saint Francis of Assisi and the Dervishes

 Over the centuries, the talks of Saint Francis and his relation to Islamic Mystics have left many in wonderment. Idres Shah sheds light on the subject sharing historic encounters of the Saint with the Mystics of the East.

Saint and Sultan

“When he was thirty, Francis decided to try to reach the East, and specifically Syria, which abutted upon the area of Asia Minor where the Whirling Dervishes were established. Prevented by financial troubles, he returned to Italy. Then he started out again, this time toward Morocco. He set off with a companion and traversed the whole kingdom of Aragon in Spain, though nobody can say why he did this, and some biographers are actually puzzled. Spain was very much penetrated with esoteric ideas and schools.

He did not actually reach Morocco, being driven back by illness, In the spring of 1214 he returned home.
Now he set out for the Crusades, where the siege of Damietta was in progress. Sultan Malik el-Kamil was encamped across the Nile—and Francis went to see him. He was well received, and the theory is that he went there to try to convert the Sultan to Christianity. “The Sultan,” says a chronicler, “not only dismissed Francis in peace, with wonder and admiration for the man’s unusual qualities, but received him fully into his favor, gave him a safe-conduct by which he might go and come, with full permission to preach to his subjects, and an entreaty that he would frequently return to visit him.” (Idres Shah)

The Whirling Dervishes can attain intuitive knowledge partly by a peculiar form of spinning, presided over by an instructor. Rumi’s school of Whirling Dervishes was in full operation in Asia Minor, and its founder was still alive, during the lifetime of St. Francis.

Here is the puzzling “spinning” tale:
Francis was walking through Tuscany with a disciple, Brother Masseo. They arrived at a fork in the road. One path led to Florence, another to Arezzo, a third to Siena.
Masseo asked which branch they should take.
“The road which God wills.”
“And which is that?”
“We will know by a sign. I command you, by your path of obedience, turn round and round as children do, until I tell you to stop.”
So poor Masseo twirled and twirled, till he fell down from giddiness. Then he got up and looked beseechingly at the saint; but the saint said nothing, and Masseo, remembering his vow of obedience, began again to twirl his best. He continued to twirl and to fall for some time, till he seemed to have spent all his life in twirling, when, at last, he heard the welcome words: “Stop, and tell me whither your face is turned.”
“To Siena,” gasped Masseo, who felt the earth rock round him.
“Then to Siena we must go,” said Francis, and to Siena they went.

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Dream of Lady Fatima

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Artist’s depiction of Lady Fatima

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Latest dream received from a lady in Jeddah, (Rajab) May 2014:

A Visit to the Resting Place of Lady Fatima al Zahra in Madina & the Secret Link of the Fatimi Prayer

During and after my eldest sister’s passing away, my younger sister and I have been regularly praying certain prayers that are found in Ahle Bait narrations. Additionally, on the day Qudra came for a healing session for my ailing sister in the hospital, she administered a particular prayer associated with Lady Fatima al Zahra, which is read among her descendants, in order for us to recite.
As a direct result of the related prayers of Lady Fatima, I was shown the following dream:
In the dream I saw myself and my sister taking a journey on our own from Jeddah to the sanctified city of Madina Al Munawara to Masjid-e-Nabi (Prophet Mohammed’s Mosque)
We used a new mode of transportation to reach there. In order to enter the Mosque, we stood in a queue to pay for the duration of stay at the mosque. Just as we pay for parking space when accessing certain commercial areas. (I was quite astonished at what I witnessed as this is not the norm)
Before paying the entry fee, I submitted my sister’s and my ID cards. The lady glanced at my ID and said they need clarification on our identity. So she phoned another senior admin staff.


When I asked the lady, what was the entire problem about? Why we need this ‘clarification’..
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The lady working at the Mosque, stated, “you are Hashimite”
She gave me, a master card with our full names which we were supposed to be using for future visits to Prophet’s Mosque.
On the card, I clearly saw the word “Hashimite”..
I entered the mosque.
It appeared more like the Grand Mosque in Makkah than that of Madina.
My sister and I quickly walked towards a white stair case which was designed to take us to the female section.
We took the staircase and came down, it turned to night and we were in some remote place and no longer in the Mosque’s premises.. I looked to my right, and saw a small horizontal, maintained but not renovated white building. I read the sign board, which stated in dark green text, “Fatima Al Zahra” in English and Arabic.
While I was about to enter the building, I saw a grave like structure, I thought –
“ Is this Fatima Az-Zahra’s grave? Should I walk over it? NO, it’s wrong..”
So I walked beside it respectfully and entered the building by opening a large rectangular door covered with aged black leather. Following in my steps was my sister.
My sister and I entered a room. In this room, I saw a small group of women, approximately 7-9, were praying and meditating, deeply engrossed in worship.
Just as we stood for prayer, raising my hand to recite, “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great).. I awoke.
Peace be upon Lady Fatima and her descendants.

 

HU-He is He

 

HU-The Tao- The Essence-

The Secret of Hu
Resides in You
The secret of Me
Resides in Thee
The secret of us
Resides in WE
The secret of WE
Resides in…(QH)

 

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In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

Allah! There is no God but He,
the Living, the Self-subsisting, the Eternal.
No slumber can seize Him, nor sleep.
All things in heaven and earth are His.
Who could intercede in His presence without His permission?
He knows what appears in front of and behind His creatures.
Nor can they encompass any knowledge of Him except what he wills.
His throne extends over the heavens and the earth,
and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them,
for He is the Highest and Most Exalted. (Quran 2: 255)

 

Poem1_900The Tao that can be described in words is not the true Tao

The Name that can be named is not the true Name

From non-existence were called Heaven and Earth

From existence all things were born

In being wthout desires, you experience the wonder

But by having desires, you experience te journey

Yet both spring from the same source

And differ mostly in name

This Source is called ‘Mystery”

Mystery upon Mystery

The womb giving birth to all of being( Tao Te Ching)

 

 

 

 

In reality, however, God does not have an image because He has no form, only an emanation of power which is called HuThe practice of Dhikr is formulated o bring us back to the awareness of Hu, the Soverin , Most High, who governs and encompasses all.

“Sound is the Medicine of the Future” (Edgar Cayce)

FREQUENCY+INTENTION = HEALING

VOCALIZATION+VISUALIZATION= MANIFESTATION

 

 

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Spiritual Warrior-“HU Man”

Historic Origins of Hu

The Supreme Being has been called by various names in different languages, but the mystics have known him as Hu, the natural name, not man-made, the only name of the Nameless, which all nature constantly proclaims. The sound Hu is most sacred; the mystics call Ism-i Azam, the name of the Most High, for it is the origin and end of every sound as well as the background of each word. The word Hu is the spirit of all sounds and of all words, and is hidden within them all, as the spirit in the body. It does not belong to any language, but no language can help belonging to it. This alone is the true name of God, a name that no people and no religion can claim as their own. This word is not only uttered by human beings, but is repeated by animals and birds. All things and beings proclaim this name of the Lord, for every activity of life expresses distinctly or indistinctly this very sound. This is the word mentioned in the Bible as existing before the light came into being, ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.’

The sound HU becomes limited in the word “ham”, for the letter “m” closes the lips. In Hindustani this word expresses limitation because ham means “I” or “we,” both of which words signify ego. The word “hamsa” is the sacred word of the yogis which illumines the ego with the light of reality. The word “huma” in the Persian language stands for a fabulous bird. There is a belief that if the “huma” bird sits for a moment on someone’s head it is a sign that he will become a king. Its true meaning is that when a person’s thoughts so evolve that they break all limitation, then he becomes as a king. It is the limitation of language that it can only describe the Most High as something like a king. It is said in the old traditions that Zoroaster was born of a “huma” tree. This explains the words in the Bible, “Except a man be born of water and the spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” In the word “huma”, “hu” represents spirit, and the word “mah” in Arabic means water. In English the word “human ” explains two facts which are characteristic of humanity: “hu” means God and “man” means mind, which word comes from the Sanskrit “mana”, mind being the ordinary person. The two words united represent the idea of the God-conscious person; in other words HU, God, is in all things and beings, but it is man by whom He is known. “Human ” therefore may be said to mean God-conscious, God-realized, or God-man. (Hz. Inayat Khan-Mystic)

 

” The true healing power of sound comes from the chanting of harmonics”. Pir Vilayat Khan

 

The sound of the abstract is called Anahad in the Vedas, meaning unlimited sound. The Mystics name it Sarmad, which suggests the idea of intoxication. The word intoxication is here used to signify upliftment, the freedom of the soul from its earthly bondage. Those who are able to hear the Saut-i Sarmad and meditate on it are relieved from all worries, anxieties, sorrows, fears and diseases; and the soul is freed from captivity in the senses and in the physical body. The soul of the listener becomes the all-pervading consciousness, and his spirit becomes the battery which keeps the whole universe in motion.

Some train themselves to hear the Saut-i Sarmad in the solitude on the sea shore, on the river bank, and in the hills and dales; others attain it while sitting in the caves of the mountains, or when wandering constantly through forests and deserts, keeping themselves in the wilderness apart from the haunts of men. Yogis and ascetics blow Sing (a horn) or Shankha (a shell), which awakens in them this inner tone. Dervishes play Nai or Algosa (a double flute) for the same purpose. The bells and gongs in the churches and temples are meant to suggest to the thinker the same sacred sound, and thus lead him towards the inner life.

This sound develops through ten different aspects because of its manifestation through ten different tubes of the body; it sounds like thunder, the roaring of the sea, the jingling of bells, running the water, the buzzing of bees, the twittering of sparrows, the Vina, the whistle, or the sound of Shankha until it finally becomes Hu, the most sacred of all sounds.

This sound Hu is the beginning and the end of all sounds, be they from man, bird, beast, or thing. A careful study will prove this fact, which can be realized by listening to the sound of the steam engine or of a mill, while the echo of bells or gongs gives a typical illustration of the sound Hu. Hazrat Inayat Khan

 

“When the Sheik arrives at his post, he bows, sits on the post, and kisses the floor. All the turners sit, and their cloaks are put on them by those who did not turn in the fourth selam. They have returned to their tombs but in an altered state. The Sheik recites the Fathia, the first sura of the Koran, and all the dervishes kiss the floor and rise. The Sheik then sounds a prayer to Mevlana (Rumi) and Shams Tabriz and begins the sound “HU”. The dervishes join in sounding the “HU” which is all the names of God in one.” Shems Friedlander

 

Just as many traditions believe that the “OM” is the original creative sound, there are traditions that believe that this energy may be attributed to another sound—the “HU”. In the Shabd Yoga traditions, including Master Path and Eckankar and in the mystical Islamic path of  the “HU” is considered to be the highest vibratory mantra that can be sounded. Chanting the “HU” is said to lead one to transcendence—to God realization and enlightenment.
“HU” is believed to be the universal name of God, which is present in every existing language. The “HU” sound has been described as many things from the buzzing of bees to the rushing of wind to the flute of God. It is said to be present in the words we speak, in the sounds of animals; that it is the wind in the trees, the rushing of waters, the roaring of water falls, the beat of the sea against a beach—that it is everywhere, in every plane.
Like the “AH” and the “OM”, the “HU” may be perceived of as a seed syllable. Depending upon its pronunciation, it may also be perceived of as a vowel sound—the “U”. The “HU” creates extraordinary energy for balance and clearing. Many believe it activates both the heart and the crown chakras. When sounded together in a large group, it is extremely powerful and transformative. Jonathan Goldman

 

Master Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee on Oneness & Rose Winstanley Trefz’s Vision

Master Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee on Oneness

There are also forces that stand in the way of this new awakening, that want to keep us in the grip of their power structures, to keep us enslaved with greed and self-centered desires. They have even polluted the spiritual arena, where self-improvement rather than selfless service is encouraged. One cannot sell devotion or market how to give oneself. Love has no power structures or hierarchies; it is not for sale. It passes freely from heart to heart along the web of oneness that connects us all. But in the dense patterns of our worldly thought-forms we have forgotten that the real gifts of God, like the sunlight, are always free. For centuries the secrets of divine love and the knowledge of oneness has passed freely from heart to heart in secret, while the world went about its unheeding ways. But the need of the time is that it come out into the light now, so that it can be lived in the world.

A web of light has been created around the world to help us make this transition. Through this web the invisible is already becoming visible, the signs of God already revealing themselves in a new way. In the energy of divine oneness the opposites have already come together. But love needs us to bring this potential into manifestation, to make it part of the fabric of daily life. Without our participation the potential will ebb into a fading promise of something that might have happened.

This is the work of lovers, of those in service to His love. Lovers know how to give themselves to the moment, to be awake in the eternal now. They are not afraid of the consequences of their actions because they know that only His love is real. They honor their soul’s pledge to witness His oneness. In the mirror of their heart a secret is being born, and in the network of lovers this secret is coming alive. Humanity has forgotten that the world can only be transformed through love, that love is the greatest power in creation. But His lovers have always known this, and long ago they gave themselves to the work of His love.

Without this central note of pure love, the future will remain just a dream and the patterns of the past will close more tightly around us. With love joy will return, and joy will cleanse away the pollution of the world, the negative thought-forms and patterns of greed that devour so much of our energy and life force. When joy returns to the hearts and lives of humanity, the whole world will come alive in a new way. The soul of the world will sing the oneness of God and we will know why we are here.

Vision  shared by Rose Winstanley-Trefz

The Ascended Masters of Grace are beckoning humanity to unite under the banner of LOVE for the sake of Universal harmony. Today we take the honour of sharing a beautiful dream which has been in ‘incubation’ since 2003. The TIME is NOW to share based on inspiration. We thank Light Worker Rose Winstanley-Trefz for the timely release.

“How many have powerful dreams? My dream, which was more like a daydream came from what I authored, called ‘Awaken, the time is now’ What, we must wonder is, how many other women have dreams like this one in which the Divine Feminine is beckoning?
In my dream I was observing a magical place, like a huge arena, in which there were several people sitting in a semi-circle in the center of this stage. These people appeared to be in a deep state of meditation. These figures had an absolute sense of serenity about them and a look of peacefulness on their faces and you could sense this loving energy that encompassed everything around them, including me. I felt like I was being embraced by an invisible wave of warmth, love and acceptance.
These figures emitted a brightness of light that shone outwards from their bodies like prisms. The radiant energy in this place was so vibrant and electrifying, yet paradoxically I had this feeling of inner calm and serenity like nothing I had ever felt before in my life. I knew I was here in this place for a very specific reason and that this moment was the most important one of my life.
As I watched, a powerful looking elderly man with a great, flowing white beard and a brilliantly white robe spoke to a younger man who had a gentle face and a light around him which made him shine like the sun. His essence, everything about him was golden, including his robe. “Son, we have all the elements in place. Our children are ready now. We will proceed.” The one in the golden robe turned to his neighbor and looked at him lovingly. This man with his radiant smile had a look of such compassion, and with the sparkle in his eyes, I knew that the person before me was known as Buddha, the Enlightened One.
I suddenly felt a rush of air around me, and I recalled a book I had just read about the early Gnostic’s and I completely understood their concept of gnosis, this inner “knowing”.
As Buddha looked to his neighbor and ever so lightly touched him, this man looked up and with his piercing dark eyes so intense and powerful, it was clear this was the Prophet Muhammad pbuh. The last figure stood and began doing the Sun Salutation, a series of movements that I had learned from my yoga classes. Krishna, with his liquid, mesmerizing, flowing movements, was the embodiment of meditation in motion.
A couple of other figures entered this most holy place. These were the most beautiful women ever imaginable. They were so dazzling, with their long robes that had what appeared to be thousands of glittering gems around them reflecting all the light. All the men rose and bowed respectfully to them.
The golden robed man embraced the taller of these two woman, “Greetings, Mother Sophia.” Sophia in the Greek language, means wisdom. Most people aren’t aware of the significance of the Divine Feminine aspect of God which has been so neglected throughout history. Jeshua lovingly embraced the women. The last woman he approached, as he looked deeply into her eyes was, “Mary.” For the briefest instant the love between them flashed like a spark and I was encompassed by sheer powerful force of it.
Mother Sophia embraced each one of her son’s, and said. “Let us begin.” She took the hand of Moses and Buddha and sat down. Mother Sophia turned to look directly at me and I heard the words, “Awaken, awaken children. The time is now.”
At 4:30 a.m., 9/24/03 I awoke with the words echoing through my head, “get paper and pen and write.” I wanted to go back to sleep, but this sense of urgency, this nagging message continued until I was driven from my bed to my desk where I wrote non-stop for three hours. ‘Awaken,The Time Is Now’ is the result. Time has passed since I wrote that first draft, and it has sat in my files until now. This bit of writing keeps coming to mind. It calls to me and insists that I do something with it. So grateful to share it with others now. ”
Rose Winstanley-Trefz

Global Full Moon Meditation Event 19:19, Wednesday May 14th, 2014

Full Moon Meditation Event-19:19, Wednesday May 14th, 2014-05-14-15th Rajab

Divine Feminine Energy Shift to Take Place

This sacred month of Rajab is famed for Divine Favor, outpouring and Grace. The Universe is shifting towards the Feminine embracing all through the Energy of Love.

Article: Feminine Energy Shift

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DREAMS  transport one from a state of limitation to unlimited possibilities. Many a time dreams are therapeutic and foretell future events. They unveil realities and serve as premonitions also. The following dream was shown recently to a participant for tomorrow’s Full Moon Meditation. She requested us to not disclose her identity.

“Upon joining the moon meditation event, I saw the following dream the same night.
I was preparing for a flight to the moon. The vehicle was a space shuttle, just as an astronaut would travel in. The only difference was that I did not require a space suit. I was excited, happy and looking forward for this extra ordinary journey! It seemed as if “normal” to travel to the moon. I unconsciously practice moon gazing and HIGHLY RECOMMEND those who know ‘how to,’ to do so tomorrow.

Blessing to All,
Moon Lady

 

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HU Chant Instructions

 

It is said that the Qalb-heart of the Hu Man has 70,000 veils. Thus the lifting of the veils is a process that is inevitable to the Seeker of Light.

 

  HuHU Meditation Chant Instructions

 

 

 

Brief Intro

Mantras have an extraordinary importance like the “HU”, like other Mantras is  a “word of power”. Mantras are listened to or recited for many different purposes, as a means of achieving different states of consciousness, to create resonance with specific attributes of Divine Energy, and to manifest different qualities from resonating the chakras to embodying compassion.

 

This sound Hu is the beginning and the end of all sounds, be they from man, bird, beast, or thing. A careful study will prove this fact, which can be realized by listening to the sound of the steam engine or of a mill, while the echo of bells or gongs gives a typical illustration of the sound Hu. Hazrat Inayat Khan

The HU inspiration came out of passion. A desire to release the Supreme Name “HU” into the universe through remote meditation bringing together seekers from all spiritual paths all embracing and joining together for the sake of LOVE. We seek Unity through common ground.

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My first introduction to the sacred name HU came to me during my early teens when I was sent to the  ancient land of India with my future spiritual mentor. Prior to this trip, I befell the teachings of Idris Shah. In it, he explained that Mystics rely not on knowledge from books, rather knowledge which is poured directly in to the heart of the seeker through Divine Grace; Heart to Heart (Owaisi Transmission).. This concept intrigued my curiosity  in what seemed odd but deeply resonated. Thus, following my heart, I recall sitting still in nature, simply observing, contemplating and awaiting for this phenomena to strike-more like an experiment which proved  true as Idris Shah explained. Jotting notes of what was pouring into my heart, I started recording these mysterious words of wisdom in my diary.. A favorite one till today was about the wise owl who remains awake at night reciting  HU  while majority of mankind  in deep slumber. Ever since, I’m simply enchanted with HU.

Easy to Follow Instructions

 

Asana –Meditation Position

 

All positions require an upright posture keeping spine straight at all times.

  • Lotus Position
  • Cross Legged
  • Kneeling position

 

Mantra-Chant

Eyes Closed

Recite: HU (Huuu)

Breathe in through nose:  Huuu-Visualize Inhaling Divine White Light entering into your entire being. Absorb.

Breathe out through nose: Huuu-Visualize Exhaling Darkness within exiting your being.

 

Mudra-Hand Position

When we connect the index finger and thumb we begin to feel the pulse of the heart, and our focus now becomes the heart, and Divine says, “I cannot be found on Heavens or earth, but I can be found in the heart of My believer.” That connection opens the flow of Divine power, what we call “Qudra”

Hu Hand Position: Bring together your index finger and thumb forming a circle. Palms facing down resting on your legs, or palms facing up resting on your legs.

Duration: Continue to inhale and exhale HU until your heart feels full of light and contentment.

 

May we be infused with the Light of HU. May our beings be saturated in the essence of HU. May we acquire Divine Grace by the Grace of HU. May we Love All of creation with the Divine Quality of Love from HU who is Love. Ameen. Amen