Zikr: Watering the Seed of Remembrance with Murshid Kiran Rana
Zikr (zikar, dhikr, thikr) takes many forms among Sufis around the world, spoken and silent, sung and with movement, drums and music. Whatever the form, zikr is remembrance of the One, of an original unity that we sense deep inside. Some bring their longing to return to that unity, others affirm that the unity is always here.
We start with a short meditation, poem, or breathing exercise, then move into musical zikr. Dropping into the “ocean of remembrance,” meeting selves on the way, each of them dissolving into sound dissolving into silence descending into awareness. Something is singing through, who is this guest that comes?
Murshid Kiran Rana was born and raised in India. In 1973 he traveled to the West, …where he met and trained with his Sufi teacher, Fazal Inayat-Khan. In 1981, Kiran moved to California, where for 35 years he was a book publisher and also led workshops on Sufi poetry and music. During that time he became a Murshid (guide) in the Sufi Way, the progressive Sufi order started by Fazal Inayat-Khan. In 2014, Kiran gave up publishing and devoted himself full-time to the practice and teaching of Sufism. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife, Jeanne, who is a poet. At the Bay Dervish center in Alameda they hold monthly Sufi conversations and gatherings for zikr, qawwali and worship.
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