Upcoming Talk: Rumi’s Hidden Teachings on Unknown Dimensions of Consciousness

I invite you to join us in a talk and dialogue on Rumi’s teachings at Richmond Hill Public Library

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Date: Sunday Feb 10, 2019 at 2pm
Address: Richmond Hill Public Library, 1 Atkinson St, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 0H5 Map
Title: Exploring the Unknown Dimensions of Consciousness Through Rumi’s Hidden Teachings: Shadow, Projection, and Reflection – Part 1
Speaker: Farzad Khalvati

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“You are a tree with thousands of shadows on every side.
Love your shadows. Don’t cut them off from your being.

Bring the shadows to the light so they will fade away.
Reveal your glowing face like a sunrise.”

– Rumi

Often, we have the impression that the path of self-realization has little to do with our daily lives and interactions. On the surface, self-realization seems so abstract and disconnected from “real” life that it is hard to see that it (self-realization) is, indeed, the only way out of suffering and having a creative and meaningful life. 

Nevertheless, unknowingly, every day, we deal with the innermost dimensions of our awareness, without realizing that the quality of our daily life depends on deep understanding of these unknown dimensions of consciousness such as Shadow, Projection, and Reflection.

With the help of the hidden teachings of Rumi, in this talk, dialogue, and contemplation, we will explore these hidden dimensions of our awareness to become one step closer to self-realization.

 

 

Beauty Behind the Veil – Understanding a Deeper Meaning of Rumi’s Writings

By Farzad Khalvati, Doug Marman

As the most famous Sufi mystic of all times, Rumi’s poetry and writings have been the source of inspiration for some, and a source of confusion for others. While some scholars and Sufi enthusiasts find deep and meaningful teachings behind his writings (Chittick, 2005), there have been debates among academic scholars who suggest that Rumi’s writings are entirely random and lack any organizational structure (Palmer, 2015). The lack of solid causality and linearity in the construction of Rumi’s writings, such as Masnavi and Discourses (Fihi-Ma-Fihi), have made them notoriously difficult to understand (Arberry, 1995). This might have contributed to an impression that most of Rumi’s work can only be seen as a linguistic artwork and not a foundation for a teaching.

The psychology of learning has mainly focused on linear or analytical thinking where we clearly differentiate between thoughts, understanding, and learning of a subject matter (Sperry, 1952). This gives the impression that learning occurs linearly and hence, it can only digest writings that are presented linearly with strong causal relationships between the consequent elements.

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The Call of the Unknown

The Call of the Unknown — A Spiritual Adventure

A Talk on Hidden Teachings of Rumi – Sep 30, 2018

By Doug Marman

The spiritual path is not a path where we find answers that bring an end to our questions. It is a path that leads deeper and deeper into the unknown.

As the Sufi poet, Rumi, says, we have to continually give up everything we think we know to take the next step on the spiritual path. This means, over and over again, becoming a beginner, like a child who sees life as completely new. We need to keep starting over because our experience with life changes us as we grow spiritually. We are changed so deeply that we see the world through different eyes.

We like to reassure ourselves about how much we know and how much we have learned, especially as we grow older. It gives us the feeling that we are standing on firm ground and that we know who we are. However, this won’t do us much good if we are seeking what Rumi calls the real jewel of life—the treasures hidden in the unknown. To find the wisdom of the invisible worlds within us we must let go of the firm ground beneath our feet and who we think we are. We must risk everything. This is every bit a true adventure.

Upcoming Talk: Beauty Behind the Veil 

I invite you to join us in a talk on Rumi’s teachings at the University of Toronto Initiative for Iranian Studies, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations.

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Date: Friday Nov 23, 2018 at 4pm
Address:4 Bancroft Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1C1  Map
Title: Beauty Behind the Veil – A practical approach for understanding a deeper meaning of Rumi’s writings
Speaker: Farzad Khalvati

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Beauty Behind the Veil – A practical approach for understanding a deeper meaning of Rumi’s writings

By Farzad Khalvati, Doug Marman

As the most famous Sufi mystic of all times, Rumi’s poetry and writings have been the source of inspiration for some, and a source of confusion for others. While some scholars and Sufi enthusiasts find deep and meaningful teachings behind his writings (Chittick, 2005), there have been debates among academic scholars who suggest that Rumi’s writings are entirely random and lack any organizational structure (Palmer, 2015). The lack of solid causality and linearity in the construction of Rumi’s writings, such as Masnavi and Discourses (Fihi-Ma-Fihi), have made them notoriously difficult to understand (Arberry, 1995). This might have contributed to an impression that most of Rumi’s work can only be seen as a linguistic artwork and not a foundation for a teaching. Continue reading