An interfaith event, Living from the Heart, organised by Richmond and Putney Unitarian Church.
We are proud to announce that the Grand Shaykh Taner Ansari of the Ansari Qadiri Rifai Sufi Order will be delivering an address at Richmond and Putney Unitarian Church on the theme of:
A Sufi perspective of spirituality in the twenty-first century.
There will also be a bring-and-share lunch following the service to which you are all warmly invited.
Date: 18 October, Sunday Time: 11 AM Venue: Richmond and Putney Unitarian Church, Ormond Road, Richmond, Surrey TW10 6TH
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1030 arrivals and greetings
1100 joint service begins
Lighting of the chalice
Chant- come, come, whoever you are
Reading Ibn Arabi on different religions
Sharing the peace
Chant- From you I receive
Reading- Vivekananda- Universal religion Introduction of and talk by Shaykh Ansari (20 mins) Musical Voluntary
Reflective silence (5 mins)
Closing prayer for togetherness and peace
Q and A (15 mins)
THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS OF LOOKING AT THE SAME THING:
Think about how many levels Allah is living His life. How many dimensions, how many levels, how many ways, how many manners! Do more thinking about these things. Start with the ones that are very apparent. Everyone has life, so think about life first. That’s the main thing, how does He live?
Manifest life the way Allah lives. Think about consciousness. Is all life conscious or do you first find consciousness in a brain? What is happening? Think about the dimensions. How many dimensions are there? How many ways are there? I am trying to encourage you get used to thinking in this way.
Very rarely does Allah make me repeat the same thing. He has been making me talk for 10 years or more now. It’s the same subject, but there are so many angles you can look at the same thing from. For example, take a sphere: how many circles can you put around a sphere? There are 360 degrees one way, 360 degrees every other way. There are so many different angles to look at it from.
That’s why you can sit here and talk about the same subject until you die and not say the same words. What does Allah say in the Quran? “If the oceans were ink and all the forests were pens, Allah’s words would not be finished.” He counted His blessings and He could not count them all.