Sheikha Azima Lila Forest, healing conductor, Siraj (senior minister), Dance Leader Mentor, retreat guide, and SoulWork practitioner with the Sufi Ruhaniat International, led the line-up of speakers with an insightful presentation on “Poetry and Music: The Stuff That Prayer Is Made Of”. Quoting her teacher Pir Hazrat Inayat Khan, she remembered his words, “it is better to say a prayer than to think it. It is better to sing a prayer than to say it.” She explained: When we sing our prayer, we bring those finer vibrations into the whole body. Thus the whole body is praying not just mind or the mind and heart. Poetry is musical language by itself and has the capacity to stir the heart and soul. Poetry and music bring such beauty into our lives and they can also immeasurably enrich our spiritual lives, our prayer lives. The poetry of the great mystic poets, Rumi, Hafiz, Kabir and Sadi....our prayers in themselves. It is a spiritual blessing to this country and indeed to all english speaking world that Rumi is now the best selling poet.
Marin County’s very first poet laureate, Albert Flynn DeSilver, shared one of his owns songs of the soul, entitled, “Disappointment,” which depicts the yearning for connection with the beloved typical to Rumi poems: What do you want to say to the world? In what tone? Have which bird twittered through the poem on what wings? To carry what to heart in which season? Your favorite sing echoing in the skin.
Which grand body of water will represent your gaping expanse? Which cloud tugs you along by what color? What voice your wind? Which metaphors will get stuck holding your fleeting disappointments for this world?
Sufism: An Inquiry Vol XVI, No. 1