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Presentation: Ladder of Enlightenment

  • Concord Hall/House 1407 Chapala Street Santa Barbara, CA, 93101 United States (map)

Ladder of Enlightenment: Interpreting Sufi Stories at Institution of World Culture
Presenter: Fariba Enteshari 

"Peleh, Peleh taa Molaaghateh Khoda"
"Step by step to meet God within." ~ Rumi


Great Sufi masters like Rumi hide the gems of the search for the truth within the images of storytelling. Together, the stories build the alphabets of understanding the language of our inner life and journey of spirit on the earth. Stories are like rungs that help us to climb the ladder of enlightenment. The devotional path of Sufis is also supported by Sama (dance), Zikhar (mantra), along with music.  Fariba Enteshari explores concepts and layers within the meaning of Rumi's poetry that help to reflect, examine and express the inner life with the help of the great master Sufi poet Rumi in his spiritual quest so beautifully described in his poetry.

Fariba Enteshari, EdD is an international educator, specializiing in Rumi. She has devoted her life to the transformational teachings of Rumi through his poetry and epic masterpiece, Mathnawi, and its seven stages of enlightenment. Through her years of teaching Rumi to a wide variety of students, she has researched the beneficial and healing effects of Rumi's poetry on the lives of her students. Born in Iran, she is fluent in Rumi's native language and culture, so that she can share with us the original melody and cadences of his language. Her diverse background will help the participants draw from many cultural and religious traditions, while developing their own personal voice for growth.

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Institute of World Culture

Earlier Event: September 30
Reception: Celebrating Rumi's Life
Later Event: October 28
Study Group: My Religion is Love