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Hazrat Inayat Khan
Welcome to this fourth newsletter in our series honoring the illuminating murshids and mentors whose lives and teachings give inspiration, hope and guidance to the leaders of and participants in the Dances of Universal Peace. 

We hope you peruse the links in this newsletter to gain more insight and encouragement from the words and teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan.
 Our Own Murshid of Love
by Jane Sky

  Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan, born in 1882, lived a life of mythical proportions. He states in his “Confessions” that music and mysticism were his heritage (his grandfather was called the Beethoven of India) and his search for the divine truth began in his childhood. Early on he wrote poetry and composed songs, and under the guidance of his grandfather he grew to be an esteemed musician throughout India. He was devoted to the Holy Prophet and loyal to Islam and prayed faithfully, though once, doubt seized him and he wanted to give up on his pursuit of God. He went to his grandfather with his questions. Then his grandfather quoted from the Qur’an, “The signs of God are seen in the world, and the world is seen in thyself.” Murshid Inayat Khan experienced a sudden illumination upon hearing these words, his doubts were quieted and he began to see the symbols of God in all of nature and in himself. 
At 18 years of age he left his home and traveled to all the leading cities of India, performing his music for the rajas and maharajas and being rewarded richly for his efforts. One of his listeners asked what mystery was in his music. Murshid explained, ”My music is my thought… my emotion... the deeper I dive into the ocean, the more beautiful are the pearls I bring forth in the form of melodies… my sole object in music is to achieve perfection.” One day, though, all his medals and decorations of honor were stolen from him, which at first was a horrible disappointment. Then came another moment of illumination and he realized the transiency of worldly honors.  He then set forth in pursuit of philosophy, visiting every mystic he could, "traveling through jungle, across mountains and along river banks playing and singing before them." 

     It was during these times that he met the Sufi dervishes and grew to love their sweet nature and their manner of using music as the “food of the soul.” He experienced visions, dreams and inner initiations, all leading up to the first meeting with his ideal master, Mohammad Abu Hassim Madani.   From him he  received training in the four schools of Sufism and became absorbed in the "Light of the World Unseen." It was his master who spoke the words that sent Hazrat Inayat Khan to the West, “Spread the wisdom of Sufism abroad, for to this end art thou gifted by Allah.”

     He left India in 1910 and arriving in America was initially a bewilderment, but being a Sufi, he found he could soon adapt to this complete change in his surroundings. He began “the noble object” of establishing the Sufi Order of America while on tour and performing at universities, halls and stages from coast to coast. He began to see that despite the materialistic ambitions of Americans, they had a strong desire for spiritual progress. Murshid’s lofty ideals included the intentions to:  establish a human brotherhood with no considerations of caste, creed, race, nation or religion; spread the wisdom of Sufism; harmonize East and West in music, the universal language; and promote Sufi literature, which he considered the most beautiful and instructive in all the aspects of knowledge. In San Francisco he met and initiated Rabia Ada Martin, who became Samuel Lewis’s first Sufi teacher.

     Hazrat Inayat Khan then traveled to Europe, living in London during WWI and establishing a strong following there.  He lived in Geneva and near Paris as well. For 17 years he worked tirelessly to bring to the world the Message of Love, Harmony and Beauty, to focus on and teach the unity of religious ideals, to give lectures and initiate students and to give prayers that resonate with power to illuminate and inspire. There was a majestic vastness and depth to the mission of this enlightened human being. The many photographs of him show clearly the tremendous grandeur of his energy; especially in his eyes, one can see and feel the Baraka, the spiritual blessings and power.

      It was during his last visit to the U.S. in 1926, a year before his death at age 47, that he had 6 interviews with   Samuel Lewis. Thus began the connection between them that transcended the limits of the material world, for he continued to guide and instruct Murshid Sam throughout Sam’s life.  Hazrat Inayat Khan is considered to be the grandfather of the Dances of Universal Peace.  His Message has reached thousands of people through the Dances and the Sufi organizations around the world that continue to follow the path of his teachings. He is a beacon of light in a struggling world.  His words and guidance are a great source of inspiration, comfort and strength to all who are blessed to receive them.

A Few Dances with an Attunement to
Hazrat Inayat Khan:

Thy Light is in All Forms

From You I Receive

Universal Worship Dance

Send us the Peace

My House Shall be a House of Prayer for All People

Spirit of Peace

The Nayaz Dance  
(Wali and Arienne van der Zwan)

Disclose to Us  (Wali and Arienne)

Toward the One

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Newly Certified Dance Leaders

We send blessings to the newly certified leaders within our region. We bow in gratitude to their service and devotion, and in joy at their stepping forward to do this work! 

This month we bless...

Yolanda Aziza Aguirre (Port Townsend, WA)

Adam Saleem Wolter (Minneapolis, MN)

Latifa Beatriz Giraldo (Tyrone, NM)

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 New DUP logo banner for sale
New Logo Banners!

Many thanks to Lucinda Abbe for designing our new color scheme. These banners are hand batiked in Bali. If you would like to purchase one, please send a check for $40.00 to our office, DUPNA, PO Box 6372, Longmont, CO 80501

Please write "logo banner" in the Notes section on your check.
Our October newsletter will continue our series honoring the murshids and mentors of the Dance lineage by featuring the wisdom and inspirations of Murshid Moineddin Jablonski.

Until then, may the Spirit of Love, Harmony, and Beauty continue to light your path with peace.

The Board and Staff
Dances of Universal Peace North America

In This Issue:

  1. Murshid of Love: Hazrat Inayat Khan
  2. Song of the Month: Thy Light is in All Forms
  3. Video of the Month: Murshid as I Remember Him
  4. Gratitude for Donations
  5. Dances with an Attunement to Hazrat Inayat Khan
  6. Newly Certified Dance Leaders
  7. Upcoming Events
Video of the Month:

Murshid As I Remember Him

Click here to view a snippet of the film narrated by Hazrat Inayat Khan's eldest son Pir Vilayat
and produced by Sacred Spirit Music

Thank you to Wahiduddin Richard Shelquist for the video snippet.

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Inayat Khan with his daughter Noorunissa
Song of the Month:
Thy Light is in all Forms

performed by Sky in the Road from their CD "Celebration"

The words of this song are from Salat, a prayer created by Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan. It celebrates the myriad ways Light is manifested in our world.
Gratitude for Donations

DUPNA would like to thank the following circles and events for their dana from their events and gatherings to help further the work of DUPNA and outreach of the Dances. May you be blessed in return!

Summer Camp with the Beloved in Mancos, CO

Fort Wayne Dance Collective

Santa Cruz, CA Dance circle

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Upcoming Events in Our Region

Northern Colorado Dances of Universal Peace and Sufi Camp with Grace Marie and Tui Wilschinsky
Aug. 25-28
Berthoud, CO

Jim Grant


Kootenay Dance Camp
with Kabir, Mirabai Wolf Willow, Hamid Daniel, and Myriah Majida

Sept. 1-5
Kootenay, B.C. Canada
Laverne Booth


What is Awake?
with Munir Peter Reynolds

Sept. 9-10
Portland, OR
Susan Economon


East Bay Sufi Camp

with Perry Pike and GaiaTree Jones
Sept. 16-18
East Bay Hills near Berkeley, CA

Sadaya Zimmerle


Miriam: The Mystery and the Message
with Amina Linda McMakin
Sept. 16-18
Arden, NC

Lucy Oliver


Sacred Presence
with Rev. Tasnim Fernandez and Imam Bilal Hyde
Sept. 16-18
Rochester, MN

Marion Coit


Fall Canyonlands Camp with Sky and Bernie
Sept. 28-Oct. 3
near Moab, UT

Sky Majida


Sufi Retreat with Leilah Be
Oct. 28-30
Asheville, NC

Tarana Wesley


The Strength to Heal, The Wisdom to Awaken, The Heart of Compassion
Nov. 4-6
Vashon Island, WA

Martha Bracken


Live at Lava
Nov. 4-6
Lava Hot Springs, ID

Connie Zareen


The Radiant Dancing Heart with Leilah Be
Nov. 10-13
Starke, FL

Sukaynah Holly


Click Here to view and bookmark a complete listing of events at our One-Time Events calendar at the DUPNA website

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Dance Recording Project Help Needed

We are seeking one, or more, people who enjoy recording music at events to contribute to our Song of the Month feature.  Rahmana has been the pipeline for music the past several years, and she will be completing her service this fall.  We would like to keep the flow of music coming, as this is one of our most enjoyed highlights of the newsletter. 

Please contact Rahmana at if you can help.

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