Join Ashira Prem Rachana in conversation with Zaya and Maurizio for a live webinar The Gift of Catharsis: Holistic Liberation through Movement, Meditation & Empowerment on Saturday September 17, 2022, 9-10:30am PDT.
The video above is a taste of Ashira's Sufi Whirling and an excerpt of the practice from her website:
"When the opportunity to present my Sufi Whirling performance at Sur Baher's primary school, I jumped at the chance. I always love working with kids, and performing for over 500 of them was a true pleasure.
Along with my band for the occasion from Al Sanabil Theater in Jerusalem, headed by Mr. Ahmed Abu Sal'oom, we performed from over an hour in the school's outdoor courtyard.
Sur Baher has a population of over 15,000 residents and is a Palestinian neighborhood on the southeastern outskirts of Jerusalem.
The school invited us for the occasion of the Prophet Mohammed's birthday, and we performed traditional devotional music adorning the Prophet.
Devotional songs are hymns that accompany religious observances and rituals. Devotional music functions as a form of communion prayer and meditation and sung over a prolonged period to give participants a mystical experience."
"Those in power write the history, those who suffer write the songs" –Frank Harte
But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams... his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream... his wings are clipped and his feet are tied... so he opens his throat to sing.
Silent and serene, forgetting words, bright clarity appears before you.
Take your well-disciplined strengths and stretch them between two opposing poles. Because inside human beings is where God learns.
These songs — the oldest musical expressions of the slave experience in this country — still have a lot to teach us about how we think about death and dignity.
"What people agree is that it [non-duality] seems to point to a higher state that has something to do with oneness..."
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