Juliet Gentile Rabia and Paramatma Siri Sadhana will introduce contemplative teachings and practices from the Sufi and Sikh traditions. Juliet will guide us on a journey into the Sufi Al- Layl: The Night tradition contemplating the inner black light of the divine feminine essence shining in the heart through meditation, chanting of special divine names for the longest nights of the year and frame drumming. Layla, whose name means “night,” was both a historical woman who inspired countless Persian and Arabic love poems, and also a symbolic device, a being who transcends time and space, embodying the zhat, or majestic Divine essence. The Sufi adept is forever in search of the inner Layla, the Beloved, who is always eluding and disappearing around the next bend in the road. The end of the mystical quest is to be united with the Beloved in one body, one breath, and to know oneself as divine. As Rumi says, “Woman is a ray of God. She is not that earthly beloved: she is creative, not created.” Paramatma Siri Sadhana wil introduce teachings and a meditation to embody Durga, the Queen of Kundalini, a form of lilla, a distinct form of the divine play embodied as the luminous dark goddess emanating as a stream of supremeheroine super powers, also beyond time and space and yet always here as the dark mother of the universe opening the frequency of receptive clarity and the capacity to be at one with love.
*This evening's offering is open to Cis gendered women and trans/woman identified people