|Tawhid (Non-Duality, Oneness), as practiced in the tradition of Rumi, is the awareness that all of existence, at every level of manifestation, is unified, interconnected, and characterized by unstinting beneficence. Rumi was, at one point of his spiritual journey, drunk with this realization. As his state matured he developed it into a comprehensive teaching of Oneness, reflected in stories, sublime poetry and supplications, and even vulgar jokes—all of them illustrating the truth of this Oneness/Tawhid. He calls his masterwork, the Mathnawi, “the workshop of Oneness (non-duality)”: In a shoemaker’s shop, if you find a metal straightedge lying on a table, know for sure that it is for making shoes. Likewise, in the workshop of Unity, know that everything you find here expresses the truth of Oneness. We will explore this Oneness through words and beyond words: sound, presence, and heart awareness.
Shaikh Kabir Helminski
Kabir Helminski is a Shaikh of the Mevlevi Order which traces back to Jalaluddin Rumi. His books on spirituality, Living Presence and the Knowing Heart, have been published in at least eight languages. He has translated the works of Rumi and others, and has toured as Shaikh with the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey bringing Sufi culture to more than 100,000 people. Kabir is also Co-Director, with his wife Camille, of The Threshold Society (Sufism.org), which seeks to apply the wisdom of the Sufi tradition to contemporary needs. He is also a core faculty member of the Spiritual Paths Institute (spiritualpaths.net). He lives near Santa Cruz, California.