a Soul seeking medley just a few excerpts from the Songs of the Soul Poetry and Sacred Music Festival 2012 Compiled by Ali Haji
On a destined, beautiful spring weekend in San Rafael, California, the International Association of Sufism (IAS) inaugurated theÂ Songs of the SoulÂ Poetry and Sacred Music Festival, an event that holds the promise, like the Fez Music Festival in Morocco, to quickly establish itself as one of the premier annual gatherings in the world for artists, religious scholars, and enthusiasts from many faith traditions, cultures and generations to come together in celebration and exploration of our humanity. Dr. Nahid Angha, Sufi Master and co-founder and co-director of IAS, opened the event highlighting the purpose of the festival: In the same tradition of the great Sufi Masters who have offered this most beautiful and mesmerizing poetry language to the nations, we the International Association of Sufism, are honored to celebrate our poets and musicians and (are) also embarking on a new program recognizing the unpublished books of poetry by our present time poets and also include sacred music of traditions, which is another expressive language of universal value.
Setting the poetic mood of the festival, she shared a few couplets, which she herself translated from Hafiz, the 14th. century Persian sufi poet...
Sufism: An Inquiry Vol XVI, No. 1