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Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
12:55 pm
[irvingk57]
A Beard Made of Love
Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

I posted "A Beard Made of Love," a true story of Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, late Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order, on the Darvish blog: http://darvish.wordpress.com

Ya Haqq,

Irving Karchmar

Saturday, December 13th, 2008
9:54 pm
[irvingk57]
Master of the Jinn translated into German
Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Alhamdulillah!

Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel has been translated and published in German, where it is titled Meister der Jinn, and can be purchased on Amazon's German website HERE.

Ya Haqq!

Friday, March 14th, 2008
12:07 pm
[irvingk57]
The Prophet (pbuh) and the Blind Man
Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Read the latest post on the Darvish blog - The Prophet (pbuh) and the Blind Man.

Ya Haqq,

Irving
Thursday, February 21st, 2008
2:58 pm
[irvingk57]
Friday, February 15th, 2008
10:52 am
[irvingk57]
Constancy on the Sufi Path
Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Read the latest post on the Darvish blog, Constancy on the Sufi Path, by clicking HERE.

Ya Haqq,

Irving
Monday, February 11th, 2008
1:06 pm
[garden_pixie]
From the Heart of Silence
SAVE THE DATE!

APRIL 26, 2008

PORTLAND, OREGON

Threshold Society

From the Heart of Silence

A Day of Contemplative Practice


Join with us for a day of silent contemplation, guided by these extraordinary open-hearted practitioners:

Father Michael Fish from the New Camaldoli Monastery in Big Sur. www.Contemplation.com

Venerable Ani Tenzin Kacho, Vietnamese born Tibetan Buddhist Nun and associate of the Dalai Lama. www.tdling.com

Rabbi Ted Falcon, Rabbi and teacher in the Jewish Contemplative Tradition. www.betalef.org; www.rabbitedonline.com

Sheikh Kabir and Camille Helminski, teachers in the Sufi tradition of Rumi. www.Sufism.org


Alternating periods of silent meditation and short talks on contemplation by each of the presenters including a silent lunch, and ending with a reception.

Silent contemplative practice is the common ground shared by various faith traditions. Sufism, Christianity, Judaism, and Buddhism each have their characteristic approaches to the contemplative experience. More and more people are coming to understand that meditation, centering prayer, and silent remembrance are practices that open up a shared spiritual experience beyond beliefs and theologies.



Registration begins February 18, 2008
Contact: Mary Platt 503-329-4102 or platt.mc@gmail.com
Seating limited – no children


Sponsored by:

Center for Spiritual Development



The Threshold Society http://www.sufism.org and http://www.suficircleofportland.org

And

The Center for Spiritual Development
Sunday, January 27th, 2008
4:43 pm
[irvingk57]
Book Launch Party and Reading

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Alhamdulillah!

The Book Launch Party and Reading for the Sufi novel Sang Raja Jin – Master of the Jinn in Indonesian Bahasa, will be held, inshallah, in the offices of Nun Publisher (Jln. Ampera Raya Gg. Kancil No. 15, Jakarta Selatan, 12550, Telephone: +62 21 78847301:

Saturday, February 16th - at Hour: 15.00 WIB – (3:00 pm).

Four prominent Indonesian literary figures will read selections from Sang Raja Jin: Nuruddin Asyhadie, a renowned poet and author, Anton Kurnia, a well known literary critic, Siska Widyawati, a Sufi dervish and journalist, and Meithya Rose Prasetya, a writer and lover of mystical works.

And many journalists and critics have been invited.

For more information, click HERE.

Ya Haqq!

Thursday, January 24th, 2008
3:49 am
[rudisa]
Feb 10: Sufi Celebration: The Hidden Angles of Life
I think that many of us would enjoy this enlightening and fun event. :)


Sufi Celebration: The Hidden Angles of Life

Returning to Los Angeles for the second annual event, MTO Sufi Association is presenting "Sufi Celebration" at the USC Bovard Auditorium on Sunday, 7 pm February 10, 2008. This year's program, "The Hidden Angles of Life" features the exuberant and uplifting Sufi chanting called Zikr, demonstrations of Movazeneh -- the practice of harmonizing and balancing the body, as well as captivating speeches on Sufism and its manifestations in the arts and sciences, and inspiring poetry renderings. The night tops off with gourmet appetizers, pastries, and refreshments amid the festive informal reception in the lobby.

Using both traditional and modern instruments such as the tar, setar, guitar, keyboard, daf, and tombak, the students of MTO Sufi Association have achieved an enchanting unique fusion of musical styles to accompany the Sufi chanting or Zikr. Last year's program, "Calling for the Beloved", which was presented to a sold out audience at UCLA in April 2007, the Sufi Zikr Performers were the highlight of the evening. Zikr, which is at the same time revitalizing, exhilarating, and soothing, is a fundamental practice of students of MTO Shah Maghsoudi.

In the teachings of Sufism, the true human being is considered as the perfect image of existence and Sufis are generally regarded as "Mystics". This mystical experience is associated with a sense of tranquility, unity, compassion, love, and knowledge.

The results of Sufism are found in some of the world's greatest literature and mystical love poetry, numerous artistic creations, and scientific discoveries. Rumi, the most renowned Sufi of all time, is well known in the West and has been the bestselling poet in the United States over the past decade. Sufism is not a historical relic, but a living reality attainable in contemporary everyday life, beyond any boundaries of gender, race, culture, religion or economics. It teaches one to move beyond societies' seemingly insurmountable stresses.

For more information and tickets, including group discounts, call (310) 529-5389, email sufism@usc.edu, or visit the Sufi Association Celebration website at http://www.SufiAssociation.org/SufiCelebration/USC/
Monday, January 21st, 2008
1:15 pm
[irvingk57]
The Prayer of Guidance

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

The Prophet (pbuh) has said:

“If one of you is concerned about some practical undertaking, or about making plans for a journey, he should perform two Rakats (cycles) of voluntary prayer. Then he should say the following dua:”

O Allah! I seek Your guidance by virtue of Your knowledge, and I seek ability by virtue of Your power, and I ask You of Your great bounty. You have power; I have none. And You know; I know not. You are the Knower of hidden things.

O Allah! If in Your knowledge this matter is good for my religion, my livelihood and my affairs, immediate and in the future, then ordain it for me, make it easy for me, and bless it for me. And if in Your knowledge this matter is bad for my religion, my livelihood and my affairs, immediate and in the future, then turn it away from me, and turn me away from it. And ordain for me the good wherever it may be, and make me content with it.

- Called the Salat-ul-Istikhara, or The Prayer of Guidance, it is adapted from the excellent and beneficial Simply Islam blog.

Ya Haqq!

From the Darvish blog.

Friday, January 11th, 2008
9:34 pm
[irvingk57]
The Happy Occasion and a Gift for All

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Alhamdulillah! My daughter is engaged to be married :) In honor of this happy event, I am giving the Master of the Jinn Ebook as a free gift to all who want one.Just email me at Irvingk57 at aol dot com and put Gift Ebook in the subject line. 

To read the rest of the post, go to the Darvish blog.

Ya Haqq,

Irving
Sunday, January 6th, 2008
9:59 am
[irvingk57]
Being Thought Full of God
Salaam Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Please read the latest post on the Darvish blog, called Being Thought Full of God.   Just click HERE:

Ya Haqq,

Irving Karchmar

http://www.masterofthejinn.com
Sunday, December 30th, 2007
12:05 pm
[irvingk57]
Happy New Year 2008 - And a Resolution

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Happy New Year to all my Brothers and Sister of every faith and race and creed around the world! May God bless you all this year with health, happiness, love and wisdom. I can think of no better resolution for the New Year than this beautiful prayer.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

- Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi


Ya Haqq!

Originally from the Darvish blog.

Sunday, December 9th, 2007
10:26 pm
[irvingk57]
The Moon is Always Full

 

The moon is always full

Our human eyes

See only its phases

 

Love is always here

Our human heart

Sees only its shadow

 

Joy is always present

Our human mind

Reasons it away

 

God is always near

Our human spirit

Knows this without words

 

O Moon, display your full beauty

to my inner eye

O Love, come into the light that casts

no shadow

O joy, overflow my cup of reason

with your wine

O God, fill me, fill me, fill me

with Your knowing

 

That my heart may rejoice in You

My eyes may be filled with You

My reason overcome by You

My spirit abound in You

 

Ameen!

 

Irving Karchmar, November 2007

Originally posted on the Darvish blog

Monday, December 3rd, 2007
1:36 pm
[katff]
Documentary Film

Hi there,

 

I am currently researching for a documentary about poly relationships for one of the British Broadcasters.  Firefly, the company I work for, has a proven track record for making high profile documentary films often about sensitive and complex subjects.  The film that we are making will give three couples or families the chance to tell their story.  It is going to be a thought provoking, optimistic film looking at the positives of living in a poly relationship

 

If there’s anyone in the group who is currently in a poly relationship or knows of anyone who is then I would love to have a chat. Even if you are not interested in taking part in the film I would still very much value the chance to speak with you to help me with research. Attached are my contact details - alternatively please let me know how I can best contact you and I will call you whenever is most convenient for you.

 

I hope to hear from you soon.

 

Many Thanks for your time.

 

Katherine

 

Tel: - 020 7033 2300

Email – katherineanstey@fireflyproductions.tv

 
Friday, November 23rd, 2007
1:20 pm
[irvingk57]
FREE Master of the Jinn EBOOK Gift for Christmas and Hanukkah!

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

The Christmas shopping season begins today, so in the spirit of giving, and because I really loved giving away Master of the Jinn Ebooks for Eid, I am happy to once again offer a FREE Master of the Jinn EBOOK as my Christmas and Hanukkah gift to anyone that would like one. It is in .pdf format and contains all the illustrations of the original book.

“Come, come! Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Atheist, come whoever you are!”

If you would like a FREE Master of the Jinn EBOOK, just email me at:

Irvingk57 (@) aol (dot) com - (write Gift Ebook in the subject line).

Of course, if you want to give Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel as a Christmas or Hanukkah gift, just click HERE to buy the paperback on Amazon.com. They will also gift wrap it for you :)

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

Ya Haqq!

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007
6:27 pm
[irvingk57]
Master of the Jinn Foreign Rights - A Request

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Alhamdulillah! I received an email today from a translator in Tokyo who would like to translate Master of the Jinn into Japanese. It is a blessing for this unworthy darvish, and brought to mind that perhaps some of the kind readers of this Sufism board may also know of, or have contact with, publishers or foreign rights agents in other countries.

And so, a request:

If you or someone you know has any contacts or influence with a Book Publisher or Foreign Rights Agent in your country, please email me and, inshallah, Master of the Jinn, this Sufi novel of Allah’s infinite love and mercy, will be read in many countries in many languages. If you have not read the book yet, I will be happy to email you a copy in ebook format.

My email: Irvingk57 (@) aol (.) com (Remove the brackets and close up the email address so that there are no spaces).

May God bless you all and guide you on the straight path of love and wisdom.

Ya Haqq!

Sunday, October 21st, 2007
5:55 pm
[irvingk57]
My Out of Body Experience - A True Story
Salaam Dear Brothers and Sisters:

I have posted a true story on the Darvish blog about an Out of Body, or Near Death experience I had that you may find interesting.

Here is the link:  http://darvish.wordpress.com/2007/10/21/my-out-of-body-experience-a-true-story/

Ya Haqq,

Irving
Friday, October 19th, 2007
10:45 am
[irvingk57]
Re: New Poem on Darvish Blog
Salaam Dear Brothers and Sisters:

I have posted a new poem on the Darvish blog entitled The Sun Does not Rise, Neither Does it Set. Please check it out by clicking HERE:

Ya Haqq,

Irving
Wednesday, October 17th, 2007
10:06 pm
[irvingk57]
Re: Master of the Jinn Ebook for $3.99
Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

I have lowered the price on the Mobipocket edition of the Master of the Jinn Ebook to $3.99 through the Holiday season, so that it is really affordable to all who want to read it. Click the link to order it:

http://www.mobipocket.com/en/eBooks/BookDetails.asp?BookID=55260&Origine=848

You can read it on your Windows PC, PDA, Smart phone, Windows Mobile, Blackberry, Palm OS, Symbian, PocketPC, Franklin eBookMan, Pepper-pad, the iLiad, and many other Ebook readers.

Note: Mobipocket does not work on Macs as yet, so please email me directly to get the Master of the Jinn Ebook as a pdf file for only $5.00, which you can read on a Mac or iPhone.

Also, if you live in a country where Sufi books are restricted, email me and I will send you a FREE copy of Master of the Jinn.

Ya Haqq,

Irving
http://www.masterofthejinn.com 
Friday, October 12th, 2007
2:32 pm
[raghuvanshi]
UNESCO declares 2007 as year of Rumi - 10/11 bomb blast at Ajmer Dargah Sufi Shrine in India -
The bomb blast of 10/11 at Ajmer Darghah ( Sufi shrine)  in India,  is a allergic reaction by terrorists to the antibiotic called Sufi Ideology.

UNESCO has declared the year 2007 as the Year of RUMI - the great Sufi Mystic. This was done to bring world peace as Sufi Ideology unites Islam and Christianity and Judaism and Hinduism.

Sufi Ideology will bring PEACE in Middle East between Shias and Sunnis and Christians and Jews.

There is a pattern emerging by the Ajmer Darghah blasts of 10/11 which indicate to 9/11 terrorist attacks on USA and 7/11 terrorist blasts on India

9/11
7/11
10/11

11th September and 11th July and 11th October reveal a pattern of terrorists.

My prediction is that the terrorists did a bomb blast at Ajmer Dargah ( Sufi shrine) out of sheer frustration at the success of Sufi Ideology towards world peace.

10/11 blast at Sufi Shrine at Ajmer coincides with UNESCO declaring Year 2007 as the Year of Rumi for World Peace.

My book Mystical Ecstasy SUFI Practices was released on 6/9 ie 6th September 2007

The terrorists have suffered an allergic reaction to the Antibiotic called Sufi Ideology for World Peace, post  September 11 terrorist attacks.
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