A Free 2-part Series with Gayan
Friend of God
Al-Waliy, The Friend
Part 1 – Human Friendship
The Significance and Beauty of Human Connection
“There is no relationship that can be compared with friendship…
…it could take one’s whole life only to realize its meaning…” Hazrat Inayat Khan
Friendship. A word we use so casually, and yet in friendship can be experienced the mystery and fulfillment of creation.
The whole culture among Sufis is one of friendship. The fruit of inner development expressed in the joy and sovereignty of true companionship.
Friendship is a great and rare art. And like all artistry it must be intentionally practiced in order to realize its potential.
In this day of contemplation we experientially explored:
- What does it mean to be a friend?
- What is the mystic’s experience when meeting an “other”?
- What allows friendship to deepen and become more authentic?
- How do we prepare our hearts to realize true friendship?
The day on Zoom consisted of meditation, practice, and contemplation alone and/or in small groups.
Part 2 – The Friend of God
“It is the one who understands you most who is your greatest friend in the world.
And you can be the greatest friend of God if you can understand God.” Hazrat Inayat Khan
“God” changes as we do. At times God may feel abstract and distant. Other times God is the Beloved, the object of our devotion.
To be the friend of God is a most special station. Here we begin to see as God sees; to want what God wants. We feel God’s presence, all-pervading as the air. Here is a companionship as only friends can have.
In this day we will experientially explore:
- How has our understanding of God changed, and what is it now?
- What does it mean to be the friend of God?
- What is the journey of the heart to arrive at such a relationship?
Audio recordings for Human Friendship.
The opening slide show is here.
Audio recordings for The Friend of God
Gayan Macher is a companion and guide to those called to the courageous path of love. He has been a teacher of Sufism for over 35 years. He headed the Inayatiyya Order’s curriculum project that was the basis for Suluk Academy and was one of its lead teachers during its inception. He leads retreats and Inner Guidance groups around the country.
Gayan and Taj Inayat have collaborated in shaping the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan for the contemporary Western seeker. They co-lead New Rain, an activity of the Hurkalya Center, to support the spiritual practice of people drawn to the Sufi path.
Professionally, Gayan consults corporate executives on matters of human relations. He is also a singer-songwriter. You can hear his music on Spotify. He lives in Northern California.
Hurkalya Center through New Rain offers occasional, free programs on aspects of the path relevant to spiritual development and the understanding of life.